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Preparing For National Campus Safety Awareness Month


Did you know that September is National Campus  

Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM)? To support colleges, universities and other organizations, the Clery Center offers campus safety programming and resources through it's initiative, "Know More, Do More: 30 Days of Professional Development During NCSAM 2014." With NCSAM rapidly approaching, institutions can prepare by:

  • viewing the free Clery Center webinar, "Making a Plan: Organizing Events and Activities During National Campus Safety Awareness Month";
  • visiting the National Criminal Justice Reference Service website for a compilation of materials on campus safety;
  • visiting the Clery Center's NCSAM web page where you can sign up to receive an email each Monday for the month of September that will highlight daily resources, free webinars and other events occurring during the week; and
  • pre-ordering the Clery Center's Campus Security Authority (CSA) Training video ($250/institution through 09/30/14 - regularly $295/institution).

The Campus Security Authority (CSA) training package comes with supplemental materials and a 15-minute video that provides an introduction to the Clery Act, identifies who is and who is not a CSA, outlines roles and responsibilities for reporting and describes how information reported is used under the Clery Act.


In addition, don't miss NCSAM's first free webinar on Wednesday, September 3rd at 3 PM, sponsored by Margolis Healy, Implementation in Action: Making a "Good Faith" Effort to Comply with the VAWA Amendment to Clery. Register today. 


Did You Know September is Also National Preparedness Month? 


The Federal Emergency Management Agency's national campaign, Ready, promotes being informed and taking specific actions to prepare for disasters and emergencies.


The National Preparedness Community, a part of Ready, is focused on increasing preparedness through group discussions and exercises, and hazard-specific drills. Throughout September, a variety of emergency preparedness resources and tools will be provided to community members and organizations, including institutes of higher education. The following weekly topics will be included:

  • 2nd week of Sept. - know how to plan for specific needs before a disaster, particularly for the following groups: colleges and universities, first responders (police, fire, EMS, nurses, public utility, etc.), and organizations (faith-based, voluntary, state, local and tribal)
  • 3rd week of Sept. - how to build an emergency kit
  • 4th & 5th week of Sept. - how to practice for an emergency

For tips and information about National Preparedness Month (NPM), visit the website.


The Ready Campaign also offers an NPM 2014 Digital Engagement Toolkit, which will help your organization maximize awareness and promote NPM prior to and during the month of September. The toolkit includes "suggestions for engagement through social media", tips and tools you can share, examples of how to get involved, printable publications, videos, and more.



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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.