September is federally deemed as National Preparedness Month, where preparedness related awareness is raised through various methods. Since 2012, the Center for Preparedness Education within the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health, has highlighted National Preparedness Month on campus by coordinating various awareness building activities each year. This year will include a Preparedness Fair to be held on September 7th.
The Center has partnered with the UNMC College of Public Health’s Student Response Team for coordination of the fair. The Student Response Team’s mission is to promote future public health leadership by providing students with hands-on training and experiences in outbreak response and emergency preparedness. Building upon their energy, the fair this yeat will prove to be the biggest yet with numerous vendors aimed at advancing preparedness, disaster response and personal wellness. The vendors, including the Tri-County CERT, AMTA Community Service Massage Team, the Nebraska Information Analysis Center, Salvation Army, along with others, will provide information, hands-on activities and demonstrations to students and staff from both the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its clinical partner – Nebraska Medicine.
In addition to the fair – contests throughout campus will include “best preparedness kit” and “best slogan”. Social media engagement and awareness related activities will also take place throughout the month.