September is National Preparedness Month

David Esterquest

National Preparedness Month, recognized each September, is a reminder that all of us should be prepared for emergencies, at work and at home. Here are a few things you can do that will help you be better prepared for the unexpected.

  1. Learn where the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED) is located in your work area.list of locations is available (must be on the Fermilab network to access locations). AEDs are electronic medical devices that can check a person’s heart rhythm and recognize a rhythm that requires a shock. AEDs use voice prompts, lights and text messages that guide the rescuer through steps to take when responding to a medical emergency.
  2. Learn how an AED works. You don’t need formal training to operate an AED, but if you’d like to see how one works, stop by the atrium Health Fair on Oct. 24 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and see a demo. The Fermilab Fire Department will be available to demonstrate and answer questions.
  3. Register for CPR training. Fermilab offers CPR/AED training for employees. Check out the schedule. Consider signing up for a three-hour class that may help you save a life in the future. CPR/AED training is also provided by the American Red Cross; please check online for local courses in your area.
  4. Everbridge emergency messaging system. In preparation to receive important emergency notifications, it is highly recommended that you log in to the Everbridge system and check to make sure your contact information is up to date. If you have issues logging in, please contact the Service Desk.
  5. Fermilab emergency response. If there is an emergency in your area, or you or someone you know needs emergency response, please contact x3131 or 630-840-3131.

David Esterquest is the Fermilab security chief and emergency manager.