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UAB ready for National Preparedness Month
Are you prepared if an emergency strikes? UAB has its safety bases covered for National Preparedness Month with the School of Public Health’s activities and events taking place this month.
“National Preparedness Month is geared at more than just preparation on campus. It’s really about preparing the community, the state, and the nation,” said Dr. Lisa McCormick, Director of the Office of Public Health Practice.
On September 22, 4-7 p.m. the 22nd Annual AIDS Walk & 5K Run will benefit Birmingham Aids Outreach. The Run will also educate the diverse Birmingham community about AIDS prevention.
The Carole W. Samuelson Lecture will take place on September 25, 12-1 p.m. at the Alumni Society House. The lecture will feature Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist, a leader in creating an 11-mile green network of pedestrian and bicycle paths in South Bronx. A national satellite broadcast, “Changes Since H1N1: Perspectives from Immunization Managers in a National Survey,” will also be aired September 25, 12-1 p.m.
A National Preparedness Month “Lunch and Learn” seminar, sponsored by the Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety and the South Central PERCL, will be held September 27, 12-1 p.m. at the Ryals PHB Room 507. Mr. James Romett, Communication Education Specialist of the Birmingham Chapter of the American Red Cross will be giving the presentation, “Individual Preparedness Strategies and Resources.” He will cover how the American Red Cross provides relief to victims and will teach how to develop a family emergency plan and disaster preparedness kit.
The Alabama Department of Health recommends for a disaster preparedness kit to include 10 essential items: water, food, can opener, medications, first aid, flashlight, radio, clothes, personal care items, and important documents.
UAB Occupational Health & Safety has an equation for emergencies: diligent preparation + organized response = successful recovery. That’s why UAB has organized severe weather gathering points in preparation for emergencies. The gathering points can be found at http://www.uab.edu/ohs/emergency-preparedness/emergency-response-plans.
“A lot of international students are not familiar with this area and have never learned about tornado sirens and safety evacuation procedures. We take it for granted that we grew up in the States and have the opportunity to learn these things,” said Dr. McCormick.
In the emergency of a fire, UAB recommends a 4-step process called the RACE response system:
1. Report the fire. Dial 911. Identify yourself and provide the exact location of fire or smoke and what is burning, if known.
2. Activate the fire alarm. Fire alarm pull stations are located near the exits on every floor.
3. Confine the fire and smoke. As you leave the room where the fire is located, close the room door and fire doors located in the corridors.
4. Evacuate staff and visitors immediately. Do not return to the building unless told to do so by the fire department, police, or the Safety Officer.
B-ALERT, the emergency notification system at UAB, has continued its text and email tests in preparation for any emergency or severe weather situation. The UAB Emergency Management Team urges for UAB students, parents, faculty, staff and visitors to register their phone and email with B-ALERT. Emergency notifications are posted on Facebook and Twitter @UABNEWS.
The UAB Severe Weather & Emergency Hotline can be reached 24/7 at 205-934-2165. Severe weather conditions and emergency situations along with UAB’s official opening and closing status are accessible through the up-to-date hotline. The official website for UAB emergencies is www.uab.edu/emergency.