Emergency Preparedness

September is Emergency Preparedness Month! With the new school year just starting, be prepared for any emergency and watch this video from EHS and Harper Police, “Emergency Procedures at Harper College.” Topics will include: Fire Drills and Evacuation Duties, Severe Weather Procedures, Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management Overview, Injury Reporting, Bomb Threats, and Active Shooter Response. Watch this video with your students to help review safety procedures.

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Interested in helping out in the community?

CERT, is the Community Emergency Response Team. If you are interested in taking a more active role in emergency preparedness sign up for CERT classes and learn about, "setting up treatment areas, HAZMAT and fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, medical techniques, and more." Check out the continuing education classes for emergency dispatcher or CERT here and, “Make a difference with your role in emergency services.”

Palatine Emergency Management Agency, or PEMA, "is a volunteer driven organization dedicated to assisting Village departments during emergency situations, and planned community events. PEMA members also strive to educate the public, volunteer organizations and private businesses in the community to work together toward a common goal of preparedness."

Or starting your career in Public Services?

Harper College offers a number of public service career and transfer programs in fields like;

What Can You Do at Home?

A FEMA article states that, "packing an emergency preparedness kit helps ensure the safety and comfort of you and your family members at a time when basic public services may be disrupted." Check out the websites below to find a detailed list of items to include in your Emergency Go Bag.

Some items that you can include:

  • 1 gallon of water per person per day (for at least 3 days for drinking and sanitation)
  • 3-day supply of nonperishable food with can opener
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • First aid kit and dust masks
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape for shelter in place
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Paper and pencil
  • Moist towelettes, paper towel, and toilet paper
  • Pet Supplies for each pet, including food, water, and medications (if needed)
  • Carry in a plastic storage bin or duffel bag
  • Prescription medications and glasses (if needed)
  • Infant formula and diapers (if needed)
  • Important Documents (copy of insurance policy, ID and bank account records in waterproof container)
  • Cash or Travelers Checks
  • Complete change of clothing, long sleeve shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes
  • Fire Extinguisher and matches in waterproof container
  • Mess kits, paper plates cups utensils and paper towels
  • Activities for children, like books or toys (if needed)

For Additional Resources

- Red Cross; “Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services- from providing relief and – support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.”

- CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; The “CDC works 24/7 to protect American from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.”

- Federal Emergency Management Agency; “Helping people before, during, and after disasters.”

- Department of Homeland Security, Ready.gov “is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American People to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including national and man-made disasters.”

- NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; “To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.”

- National Weather Service; “Provide weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.”