In an effort to inspire students to be prepared for a disaster before it hits, Lander University partnered with the American Red Cross to host their first Be Ready Week.
Students throughout the university participated in readiness events on campus, including a Be Ready presentation from local Red Cross staff where students learned what to put in a disaster preparedness kit and how to react in the face of a disaster. Students were also encouraged to download Red Cross apps, such as the First Aid App, the Hurricane App and the Tornado App, which allow you to receive severe weather alerts and tips for emergency response directly on your smart phone. To top off the festivities, students participated in an open forum where local disaster clients, emergency management officials, and Red Cross representatives answered questions and shared what it’s like to personally experience loss in a disaster.
“It’s so important to learn how to prepare for a disaster as early in life as possible. Especially for students who are living on their own for the first time, knowing what to do in an emergency situation is essential,” remarked Sarah Dow, Regional Chief Development Officer. “We are thankful that Lander recognizes the importance of preparedness for its students.”