Guest contribution from Elisa Krebs, a junior at IU Bloomington and media intern for Public Safety and Institutional Assurance.
Holiday shopping for a college student can be difficult. As an Indiana University student myself, nothing means more to me than when my loved ones purchase gifts that will help me day-to-day while I’m away at school. With the holiday season fast approaching, I’ve received input from Indiana University safety experts and professionals to compile a safety holiday gift guide. These gifts are affordable, increase safety and are practical for college students!
- Portable charger. Recommended by Tracy James, Assurance Communications Manager, a portable charger can help both when electronics get low on battery throughout a busy school day, or in a case of emergency. These chargers come in different storage amounts, prices, shapes, and sizes. Many students carry these around in their purse or backpack and for this generation, this stocking stuffer can’t go wrong!
- Radio frequency safe wallet. Credit card companies have recently attempted to implement chips in lieu of magnetic strips on credit and debit cards, but why not ensure extra security for your accounts? Sara Chambers, Chief Privacy Officer, recommends keeping accounts safe by purchasing a radio frequency safe wallet to protect against electronic pickpocketing. Wallets vary in price and color, look like a regular wallet, but go the extra step in ensuring your bank account safety.
- The Gift of Fear, by Gavin de Becker. For a student looking for an interesting read about safety, Robert True, Chief of Police for IUPD-Indianapolis, recommends purchasing The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. This book offers advice to readers about specific ways to protect yourself and others, how to spot warning signs to predict when danger may be present before it’s too late. This is great gift for either a college student or anyone in your life whose safety is important to you.
- Water Purifier/Water Bottle. Dan Derheimer, Director of Environmental Health & Safety for IU Bloomington, recommends gifting a water purifier to ensure the quality of water you or your loved one is consuming. Water purifiers come in the form of faucet attachments, pitchers, or self-purifying water bottles and can be purchased at many major retailers.
- Mini flashlight. Lastly, here’s a tip from the author. One thing that I’ve found to be invaluable during my time at college is having a mini flashlight attached to my key ring at all times. I use my flashlight for much more than I anticipated, including when I’m walking alone at night or when I need to see something in the dark but I’m using my phone for something else.
Parents interested in learning how IU responds to various emergencies may find our emergency procedures webpage useful. It includes information about how students and staff should respond during active shooter or armed assailant scenarios.
Public Safety and Institutional Assurance falls under the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for IT and CIO.