October 20, 2022
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Kelly Pilleux-Petronia, the guest author of today’s blog post, is the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) field representative for Territory 30, serving the Chicago, Illinois, region. She served as a designated school official (DSO) for over 10 years before joining SEVP’s Field Representative Unit in 2014.
In today’s blog post, Ms. Pilleux-Petronia provides DSOs with information they can share to help F and M international students prepare to maintain their status during emergency events.
As a DSO, you play an important role in helping F and M students prepare for and respond to emergencies.
By preparing for emergencies with your students, you help build a more resilient school that is better positioned to respond to a disaster and recover quickly.
To help your F and M students prepare in case of a natural disaster or other emergency event:
Want more emergency preparedness resources to share with your international students? Encourage them to visit Ready.gov, which offers emergency preparedness information in 12 languages besides English. You can also recommend that students download the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mobile application and follow FEMA on social media.