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K-State Trauma Researcher Says Being Prepared, Taking Action Are Vital in Preventing Tragedies Like the One at NIU
Date:2/18/2008

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Each individual should have a plan that includes whom to contact in an emergency, what personal phone calls to make, and how to be safe in a dorm room, classroom or car, she said.

Taking action also can help prevent a tragedy.

"If you recognize a problem, do something. Intervene, especially with students. Talk to them," Goff said.

Tragedies like that at NIU affect K-State faculty and students, Goff said. "We know colleagues and students there. We worry that it could happen here," she said.

During any national tragedy, it's good to let young people express their feelings, Goff said.

Goff also advises vigilance but not hyper-vigilance. "Don't become paranoid. Don't stay home and quit interacting with people, but do be aware of what's happening around you," she said.

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