– Secure your campus: If you’re unsure where the school is located and what may happen to you if it’s hit by a tornado, hurricane, or blizzard, be sure to lock your doors and windows. Also, call the school and ask to be put on a bus that will take you to safety. Most important, call out to your family and friends and let them know where you are. You never know when severe weather is heading your way.
– Shelter from the sun: Even if you’re not at school, be sure to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays. Use a shade block on your car or a hat with a wide brim to block the sunlight while inside the car. Sunlight can cause serious tanning problems and lead to skin cancer. Don’t forget to protect your skin with a quality sunscreen. If you’re going to be outside for long periods of time, get the full SPF rating to help avoid damage from the sun.
– Hose off quickly: Always carry a reliable water supply with you. It’s important to have a source of water close when conditions become very hot. Water is your most reliable source of hydration and can help in many different emergency situations. Don’t forget to pack bottled water. You’ll be glad you did.
– Secure your belongings: Make sure all of your personal belongings are secure and kept where they belong. In case of a fire, make sure that all of your books and office supplies are in your class, not left in a classroom or on campus. Secure all of your luggage before you leave for school and lock up all breakable items.
– Be prepared: One of the best ways to stay safe during bad weather is to know what to do in the event of an emergency. Familiarize yourself with the procedures for storm evacuation. Have a plan in place in case of a fire. Know your school’s emergency procedure for storm-related emergencies. Students need to be prepared at all times.
While everyone wants to come to work safe and knowing proper school safety procedures are a good start, you should also practice these techniques daily. It is never too early to start learning how to protect yourself and your family from bad weather. Many students are not aware of their surroundings and may get caught unaware in a dangerous situation. If students take every day classes and practice using school safety signs diligently, then students can feel confident in their abilities when the time comes to learn what to do in an emergency.
It doesn’t matter if you live on or off campus: Surviving a disaster or bad weather is no different for students who don’t go to school regularly. Even if you aren’t on campus, it is important to practice common sense safety habits every day. Students need to take a few moments every day to learn about their school’s safety procedures and to practice what they learn in class. If students take every student safety sign in the classroom and practice their basics, students can feel confident that they are prepared in the event of a disaster. After all, no one wants to think about their school being closed for days or weeks because of a storm or other natural disaster.
Every day, students need to be aware of the school’s emergency procedures. For example, school emergency plans outline when and how emergency supplies need to be carried to and from the college campus. Proper supplies such as bottled water, matches and flashlights need to be on hand in case of a fire. If students can’t access these supplies on their own, they need to know where they can go to get them. After school activities such as sports play, fraternities and sororities get together to prepare for different situations, students should go over their emergency plans with the rest of the student body to make sure everyone has a clear understanding of the school’s emergency procedures.
Students also need to know their school’s emergency measures in case of an emergency, but they must never assume that their school has emergency measures in place. Students should inform their parents immediately if they find out that there are not sufficient adult volunteers to lend a hand during a school parade or other event. In addition, students should not go on campus without permission from their parents. This applies whether they are walking or riding a bicycle.
If students do plan to ride bicycles on campus, they should wear reflective gear and always ride with another student. If possible, they should also get their bike registered with the school’s bike department. Most students take advantage of the fact that classes can be taken by the end of the day so they can go home early. But rushing from class to home will only put them in danger of getting into an accident. Even if they have to walk home from school in a daze, they should at least wear a seat belt and they should always carry pepper spray. These are all excellent severe weather survival tips for college campuses.