It’s time to turn the clocks ahead and lose an hour of sleep this weekend when Daylight Savings Time kicks in at 2:00 a.m. Sunday. When you turn the clocks ahead, it’s a good time to take a few basic steps to ensure you are ready in the event of an emergency.
CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES. When you turn the clocks ahead, take a few minutes to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and push the test button to make sure the alarms are working. If have questions about how to do this contact the Verano Place Housing Office at 949-824-5964949-824-5964.
REVIEW YOUR EVACUATION PLAN AND LOCATE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ASSEMBLY AREA.There are many reasons you might need to evacuate your apartment. You should evacuate immediately when:
- a fire and/or life safety emergency occurs,
- your building fire alarm activates,
- you are notified to do so by emergency response personnel or Student Housing staff.
Daylight savings is a great time to review the various neighborhood assembly area locations in Verano Place and ensure your household knows what to do if you need to evacuate. When an evacuation is necessary place your red “EVACUATE” door tag on your outside doorknob as you leave your apartment. Once outside, move to the closest Neighborhood Assembly Area (NAP site) and check in with Verano Place Staff. While gathering at the assembly area, please try and keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. If you suspect someone may be trapped in a building notify emergency personnel. Before returning to the building, wait to receive the “all clear” from staff or emergency personnel.
GET YOUR HOUSEHOLD PREPARED. Disaster can strike anywhere, anytime. Daylight savings is a good time to:
- check your emergency supply kit and rotate out any expired food, water, medication, etc.
- create an emergency supply kit for your car or office.
For information on preparing an emergency kit on a tight budget visit http://sites.uci.edu/emergencymanagement/2013/09/26/preparedness-on-a-budget/