• Chandler Durden | Staff Writer

Natural disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can

With the arrival of Natural Disaster Preparedness month in September, and after a visit from Hurricane Irma, the GC2Y Unnatural Disasters class collaborated with GC Public Safety to host an event to inform the campus on how to be prepared for a natural disaster on Sept. 19.

“Hopefully people will know you need more than water after coming to us,” said Amanda Reinke, assistant professor of anthropology and teacher of the Unnatural Disasters class.

The students in the class began the event by first handing out a checklist to see if anyone already owned some of the items for a disaster preparedness kit, and most did not. Then they passed out pamphlets explaining how to build a disaster preparedness kit and what the essentials of the kit were.

Sophomore Kendal Griner, an early childhood education major, was worried at how unprepared some people were.

“We each did the survey in class and realized we had nothing,” Griner said.

The preparedness kit included many items people usually think of, such as water, a flashlight and non perishable foods, but other components are often forgotten, like an emergency blanket, a whistle and sunscreen.

Along with showing how to prepare at home for a natural disaster, the class displayed a map of the resources on campus. The map, created by GC public safety, showed where to go if a natural disaster were to ever hit Milledgeville.

“There are lots of resources on campus,” Reinke said. “Public safety is your go-to.”

The map showed certain areas that are designated for specific purposes during an emergency.

Porter Hall is a designated bomb shelter, Centennial Center is the meeting place for all due to its size, and the locations of emergency call boxes on campus were also made known.

Those in attendance also learned that if they pick up the phone in any classroom and do not dial anything, public safety will automatically be called.

Students who attended the event left with the knowledge of how to personally be prepared for an impending disaster as well as resources the school provides during such instances.

“It would be very smart to know what is available to you,” said sophomore Jennifer Harris, an exercise science major.


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