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Safety DON’Ts in a Community

ImageLiving in a positive, caring and safe community is all about teamwork. As a campus community member, your student is responsible not only for his/her own safety, but also for doing his/her best to contribute to the safety of those around them. Because they can often turn a deaf ear to anything you have to say regarding their safety and respond with a “sure, mom” or something similar, here is a different twist you can offer on keeping them and their friends safe.

  • Don’t act like it’s all about you.
  • Don’t prop open outside doors – you never know who might get in.
  • Don’t tamper with fire equipment – you’ll want it ready to go in an emergency!
  • Don’t disregard your gut instincts – if something feels “off,” it’s probably true.
  • Don’t just “get to know” fellow community members by following them on Facebook – do face-to-face, too.
  • Don’t be alone with people you don’t know, though.
  • Don’t slam doors.
  • Don’t vandalize others’ property.
  • Don’t let your choices about alcohol and other drug abuse negatively impact others around you – or impair your judgment.
  • Don’t let things like burned out lights, broken glass, water leaks and more go undetected – report them right away!
  • Don’t assume things about others. Engage them in conversation and find out the real scoop instead.
  • Don’t take advantage of others in your community.
  • Don’t keep to yourself so much that it’s impossible to know you.
  • Don’t always have ear buds plugged in – it makes you seem really unapproachable, plus you may not hear someone coming up behind you.
  • Don’t just look out for yourself – it’s about community safety!
  • Don’t forget what a great opportunity it is to live with other people – and a great responsibility.

Although today’s campuses remain some of the safest places to live and learn, they are not immune from incident. When students stay alert, report things that seem amiss and work together with others, they help the professionals do their very best work.

Putting Emergencies on “ICE”

There are simple tactics that can do everyone some good. One such initiative is putting “ICE” or “In Case of Emergency” contact numbers in our cell phones. Experts suggest programming the acronym “ICE” followed by the name and number of a family member or friend who EMTs, the police or hospital staff can contact if you are ill or unable to respond in an emergency. These ICE folks should be available much of the time and know any of your important medical conditions.

For example:

ICE – Jane Doe (mother), 555-121-1212

Take a few moments to put your phone on ICE today – and get your student to do the same. It could save a lot of time, trouble and tears in the long run.

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