Safety Tips in Our Changing World

Champaign citizens may take several actions to keep themselves and their community aware and safe:

  • Be aware of surroundings and watch for unusual activities. Simply by staying alert, risks may be avoided.
  • Report packages or bags left unattended.
  • Know the locations of emergency exits.
  • Never accept packages from persons unknown to you.
  • Stay informed.
  • Keep a battery-operated radio handy, listen to news reports, and follow directions from the Emergency Operations System.
  • Prepare a home readiness kit.

You may be required to stay in your home in the event of a major emergency, natural or manmade. Items to have on hand include:

  • Three-day supply of water and ready to eat food.
  • First-aid kit, including medications and prescription information.
  • Portable radio and extra batteries.
  • Make a disaster plan that includes how to contact all family members in an emergency.

Champaign Fire Department (CFD) is a founding member of Champaign Area Citizens Corp. More homeland security information may be received by contacting Deputy Chief Steve Clarkson ( – (217) 403-7202.