With the dawning of September, JSU has been alive with more than just the new term. Taking place from September 8th through the 12th, Ready JSU Week has and will be providing training opportunities as well as speakers in order to bring more attention to the many benefits of volunteerism in collaborations with National Preparedness Month.

National Preparedness Month encourages to educate citizens to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities as well as prevention, protection, response and recovery efforts to prepare the United States for all hazards, whether terrorist attack or natural disaster.

The goal of Ready JSU Week is to increase campus awareness about the importance of preparing for any type of disaster or emergency as well as demonstrating our campus response capabilities for when they are needed most.

Earlier this week, Ready JSU Week sponsored CERT training on campus. The CERT Program helps educate people about disaster preparedness and what they can do in case of such situations. They provide volunteers with basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical procedures.

With certified CERT training, team members can be more aware as to how to protect their families, neighbors, coworkers, or classmates if a disaster was ever to occur.

This Thursday, September 11, from 9 a.m. to noon on the 11th floor of the Houston Cole Library is where this week’s efforts will go to shine for “A Celebration of Volunteerism.”

Speakers for the seminar will include Jennifer Maddox of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama, Justin Fuller of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Corps, Sheneka Love of the Calhoun County AmeriCorps Initiative, and Rebecca E. Turner of JSU’s Career Services.

Here, students can learn how they can include volunteerism among their skills on their résumés as well as how to get involved in programs such as AmeriCorps and how it can serve as a pathway to learning valuable skills and gaining experience that can help jumpstart careers.

Afterward, from 1 – 3 p.m., AmeriCorps volunteers will conduct an AmeriCorps Application Preparation Clinic in Room 1101C.

From 1 – 4 p.m., there will be Volunteer Reception Center training in Room 1101A. This training will familiarize attendees with VRCs, which are activated in times of disaster. There, participants will also be introduced to how to help organize disaster response volunteers with the help of “go boxes.”

In the spirit of Ready JSU Week, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to become more aware of what they might do in disastrous circumstances.

With the rise in technology on campus, they encourage to take advantage of Jacksonville State University’s Emergency Alert System.

Even small steps such as setting up an emergency supply kit and making emergency plans go a long way. By being informed about the different emergencies that may affect them and taking the necessary steps to get trained and become engaged in community preparedness and response effort, students can help make a difference.

JSU is certainly putting the NPM’s slogan “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare” to good use.

Megan Wise
Staff Writer

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