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Emergency preparedness might nab you an iPad

By Mandy Cook

Memorial University is prepared for any and all potential emergencies thanks to the approval of a new emergency management plan this past spring.

And in support of the new emergency plan, Memorial is currently undertaking an awareness campaign which targets students, faculty and staff.

Monster-themed and other humorous posters will be placed on walls and television screens around the St. John's and Grenfell campuses, and stickers with emergency information have been placed on lockers. In addition, emergency information and telephone numbers have been included in student fall orientation packages and new staff and faculty orientation materials.

As well, there are two iPads up for grabs in a university-wide contest: one for students and one for a staff or faculty member. Second prize is a bike and third prize is a selection of Memorial-themed prizes. Entries into the contest can be made by visiting www.mun.ca/emergency. As of Monday, Aug. 29, an emergency-related question will be posted to the website for the next five weeks. Each correct answer will garner contest participants one entry per week. Winners will be announced Oct. 3.

The new emergency plan contains information regarding the individual's role and responsibilities and how university personnel should be prepared in order to minimize risk.

What's your role? Go to www.mun.ca/emergency to find out. There, you will find emergency telephone numbers and instructions to follow in case of an emergency. From a building evacuation to a hazardous chemical spill to a bomb threat, the plan is in hand.

"The new campus plans are based on four emergency management principles: preparedness, prevention/mitigation, response and recovery," Office of Emergency Management Co-ordinator Karen Alexander said. "Emergency planning has a wider scope today than simply how to respond to an emergency. We are emphasizing this wider approach, one that encourages all employees and students to be more aware, to be proactive and to make plans in advance of adverse events."

Memorial University's Emergency Management Steering Committee approved the new all-hazards emergency management plan for both the Grenfell and the St. John's campuses April 20. The Board of Regents also approved the Emergency Management Policy on May 19 and the new plans will come into effect in January 2012. Similar emergency plans are under development for the Marine Institute and the Harlow Campus.

In addition to www.mun.ca/emergency, all emergency information is accessible on mobile devices via Memorial's new mobile website, www.m.mun.ca. For more information, please see www.mun.ca/emergency or call 709-864-7661 or 709-864-7544.

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