February 24, 2003 Vol. VII, No. 11

University Tests Emergency Preparedness Plan

About 50 of Cal State Northridge's top administrators underwent two days of specialized training last month to brush up on campus emergency preparedness procedures, including operating the campus' new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the Physical Plant Management complex.

The training included a desktop exercise of responding to a scenario not unfamiliar to the campus: a major earthquake centered in the San Fernando Valley. The training was part of the university's current efforts to update and revise its Campus Emergency Management Plan, said Public Safety Director Anne Glavin.

"Basically what we were doing was testing our system to see how it all came together," said Glavin. "We walked away from this exercise feeling good knowing that we know how to operate our EOC under a formal emergency management structure. The California Standarized Emergency Management System was utilized in this exercise and we managed it fairly well.

With the looming war in Iraq, the ongoing threat of terrorism and the ever-present prospect of natural disasters, the federal government last week unveiled a new "Be Ready" preparedness campaign (www.ready.gov). The Los Angeles City Fire Department also has earthquake and other emergency preparedness tips at www.lafd.org/eqtips.htm.

CSUN's Public Safety Department offered these key recommendations: 1) have a communications plan with cell phones or other methods so family members can reach each other during an emergency; 2) maintain a home emergency kit including a three-day supply of food, water, medicine and other essentials; and 3) report suspicious events or people to Public Safety at (818) 677-2111.

Learning first aid and CPR from the Red Cross or a community organization was another suggestion. In addition to the home emergency kits, officials also advised people to consider maintaining auto and office emergency kits that are small and portable so they can be stored in a daypack and carried if necessary.

Suggested Emergency Kit
  • Bottled Water
  • Non-Perishable & Dried Food
  • o Can Opener
  • Small Radio and Extra Batteries
  • Flashlight and Extra Batteries
  • First Aid and Medicines Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Blanket and Sleeping Bag
  • Large/Small Sealable Plastic Bags
  • Pre-Moistened Towelettes
  • Small Tool Kit
  • Chemical Light Sticks
  • Matches and Lighter
  • Jacket, Clothes and Gloves
  • Walking Shoes and Socks
  • Cash (small denominations and coins)
  • Compass
  • Toiletries / Personal Hygiene Items
  • Entertainment Pack: Family Photos, Notebooks, etc.

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