In September of 2008, AU President Rebecca L. Sherrick created the Office of Emergency Preparedness.
The mission of Aurora University's Office of Emergency Preparedness is to lessen the effects of disaster on the lives and property of the students, employees and visitors through planning, coordination, and support in the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
From an emergency preparedness perspective, the best-case scenario is to be prepared at the department level to respond quickly and effectively in order to mitigate an emergency on our campus. The Office of Emergency Preparedness and the Department of Campus Public Safety is well trained to respond to any sort of emergency, and can call upon the resources of local and state law enforcement agencies when needed.
Just as the university will be taking stock of how best to be prepared, there are steps individuals can take to help prevent a worst-case scenario. Always be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. If something does not look right, if it does not feel right, let someone know. Trust your internal instinct.
AU needs your eyes and ears; it takes an entire campus community to make it safe. These precautions may prove invaluable during an actual crisis and are good habits to ensure your personal safety.
In a best-case scenario, we will learn new ways to prepare, protect and safeguard our campus for a day all of us hope will never come.
Please note: Faculty, staff and students can sign up for Emergency Notification Text Messaging through WebAdvisor