In larger emergencies that may impact the entire campus and/or community, first responders may not be able to reach you immediately. As a result, there are several simple steps that you can take to be prepared to handle emergencies on your own. In order to be prepared, you should:
- Have a Plan - Know what emergencies can impact you and have a plan for each.
- Have a Communication Plan - Think about how you will communicate with family and friends during an emergency when cell phone systems may be overwhelmed – try texting and/or establishing an out of town emergency phone contact person who family and friends can call to check in and relay messages.
- Keep a printed list of phone numbers for family, friends, and other contacts in case your cell phone is inoperable, the battery is dead or in the event you lose your phone. It may be difficult to remember all the phone numbers that you have entered into your cell phone. Program emergency contact numbers in your cellphone using ICE, ICE2, ICE3 (in case of emergency).
- Talk with care providers at your child’s school and day care about their emergency procedures if you have small children.
- Locate two exits - in any building that you frequent.
- Have an Emergency Kit - in your car and/or residence with a flashlight, whistle, small first aid kit and other items to sustain you for three days.
- Take a CPR/First Aid Class.