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Campus Preparedness > Emergency Tips

Creating a Disaster Plan

  • Learn about the natural disasters that could occur in your community.

  • Talk with employers and school officials about their emergency response plans.

  • Talk with your family about potential emergencies and how to respond to each.

  • Plan how your family would stay in contact if you were separated. Identify two meeting places: the first should be a place near your home; the second should be a place away from your neighborhood in case you cannot return home.

  • Pick a friend or relative who lives out of the area for family members to call to say they are okay.

  • Draw a floor plan of your residence. Mark two escape routes from each room.

  • Post emergency telephone numbers by telephones. Teach children how and when to call 911.

  • Show responsible persons in your household how and when to shut-off water, gas and electricity at the main switches.

  • Take a first aid and CPR class. See Education and Training to sign up.

  • Consider how you would help your neighbors who may need special assistance.

  • Make arrangements for your pets. Pets are not allowed in public shelters.
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