"People Don't Plan to Fail -- They Fail to Plan!"
Here at the University we have a number of safety initiatives in place. We put a lot of time and effort in trying to make them work. Still, the complete success of any of our programs requires that the entire University Community share in the responsibility. One's life or one's personal safety is no joke nor is it a trivial matter. It must be taken seriously at all times. The unfortunate situation that occurred at Seton Hall is very real and it can and will happen again if we don't do our utmost to prevent it. I'm hopeful that this tragedy will raise our conscious level so that we never experience this again. Please don't take things for granted, get to know the proper procedures for conducting yourself and act in a responsible manner when an emergency occurs.
Don't take chances and don't wait until something happens before you put forth the effort to obtain information to protect yourself and those around you. We need your help to make the University a safer place. Three weeks ago, Public Safety started presenting a comprehensive safety program covering a variety of topics. Forty volunteers from across the campus are attending classes three hours--one night a week for an 11week period. It is expected that we will be continuing this training program and make it available to others. There will be a follow-up to this article in the next issue with some timely tips.
--John Cook, Fire Specialist, Fire and Occupational Safety,
Division of Public Safety
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 20, February 8, 2000