Individual Preparedness

Individual Preparedness

Following a major disaster, first responders who provide law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life-saving and life sustaining needs.

Develop A Survival Mindset




In an emergency, each of us must think in terms of me, us, and them. First, you must take care of yourself until the professionals arrive. Next, take care of your family and home. Lastly, you can help others.

Make A Plan

Make a Family Emergency Plan

  • Learn about emergency procedures at work, schools, and anywhere your family spends time.
  • Identify escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
  • Pick two places to meet: Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency (like a fire) and outside your neighborhood if you can't return home.
  • Pick a family contact in another state who everyone can contact if separated in an emergency.

Develop a Family Communications Plan

Create a Plan to Shelter-In-Place

Create a Plan to Get Away

Know Emergency Plans at School/Work

Get a Kit

Assemble an emergency kit

Gather enough supplies to last all family members for three days. Place supplies in easy-to-carry containers such as plastic totes or duffel bags. Refresh supplies every six months as needed. Store kits where they can be reached easily in case of emergency.

Additional emergency kit materials:

Glasses, Contact lenses and solution. Pet food and additional water. Infant formula, games, books and activities for children. 

Go Kits

  • Home: Keep this kit in a designated place in case you have to leave your home quickly. 
  • Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. 
  • Vehicle: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.

Stay Informed

Preparedness is the key in preventing, protecting, mitigating, responding, and recovering from an emergency.  Being prepared in advance can reduce fear, anxiety, chaos, and loss.  Should an incident occur, the University will provide assistance; however, local responders may have difficulty getting to you or are focused elsewhere; therefore, individuals should know what to do.  Use this site and others to prepare for disasters that may occur in this area.


  • Sign up with your state and/or local emergency management office to receive emergency alerts and notifications.
  • Monitor local news coverage for emergency information, including evacuation orders, boil water advisories, and air quality reports. 
  • Turn on Wireless Emergency Alerts notifications on your smartphone.
  • Listen for and follow water advisories from local authorities.

NOAA Weather Radio

Outdoor Warning Siren

Smartphone Apps

Local TV and Radio Stations

Get Involved

How quickly you can get back to business after a terrorist attack or tornado, a fire or flood often depends on emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While recognizing that each situation is unique, the University can be better prepared if it plans carefully, puts emergency procedures in place, and practices for all kind of emergencies. A commitment to planning today will help support members of our community on campus, the city, the state and the nation.

  • Get basic emergency training.

  • Take classes on first aid and CPR.

  • Teach your family how and when to call 911 and how to use fire extinguishers.

  • Learn how and when to turn utilities off. Teach all age appropriate family members. Keep necessary tools near gas and water shut-off valves.