The campaign focusses on the Coronavirus outbreak, and fire safety
The Groningen Safety Region (Veiligheidsregio Groningen); an organisation responsible for regional public welfare, has started a campaign to alert international students in Groningen to possible risks in their new surroundings. Under the banner of “Better Safe than Sorry”, the Safety Region hopes to inform new Students about Coronavirus measures in place in Groningen, and fire safety. As reported by the GIC.
A website has been created where students can read all of the rules regarding the Coronavirus in the Netherlands- these may differ from a students country of origin (and realistically are much more likely to be looser than most Internationals are used to).
In addition to the Coronavirus, the Regio is paying attention to fire safety. According to Dutch law, every floor in a house should have a smoke alarm, and the same for every student room. This is the responsibility of the owner of the property, and landlords can be fined for not doing one of their only duties.
The website also provides contact details for emergency services and public institutions.
The Safety Region came up with the campaign because a graduation study showed that there is a great need for it, with graduating students saying that they were not provided with timely information. The campaign is being distributed through various channels by the Safety Region. Posters are also being put up.