What is Preparedness?
Being prepared for emergencies and disasters is not difficult, should be done by all of us, and requires relatively few resources.
- Being Aware: Emergency preparedness means taking action to be ready for emergencies before they happen. Preparedness involves awareness of the threats, hazards, and emergencies likely to occur where you live, work, play, and study. Through this awareness, decision making is simplified during the emergency or disaster.
- Making a Plan: In addition to awareness, preparedness involves making an emergency plan at home, work, school, and for your commute, and practicing these plans regularly. Planning for emergencies before they occur is critical for mitigating the effects of the threat and/or hazard. Emergency contacts, escape plans, meeting locations, etc. are all aspects of having a good plan.
- Building a Kit: Finally, building a disaster or emergency kit to help you and your family make it through the emergency or disaster is critical. Kits should sustain each family member for up to 72 hours. We should each have a family kit at home, a commuter kit in our vehicles, and personal kits at work or school. Kits can be purchased commercially, or can be custom built to best suit the needs of the individual and/or family.
Visit the links on the side for more information and resources to help you and your family be prepared for emergencies and disasters, and to help the Emergency Management Division create a culture of preparedness across our campus community.