Planning in advance for emergencies empowers you to act confidently should a situation arise and can help keep you and others safe.
As you prepare, tailor your plans and supplies to meet your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. You should coordinate with your friends, family, people you assist, and/or those you rely on for assistance.
Planning ahead is the first step in preparing yourself for an emergency and should include:
- Designating an out-of-area contact: It might be convenient to text or call after an emergency, so identify an out-of-area friend or relative who can serve as a central connection point. For smaller emergencies, keep local emergency contacts on hand.
- Deciding where to meet after an emergency: Choose a location near your residence, classroom, or office and another away from campus to meet with your friends, classmates, coworkers or roommates in the event you can't return.
- Always knowing the locations of emergency exits and escape routes: No matter where you are, take a minute to note the locations of all emergency exits and the paths by which you can exit quickly if needed.
- Reviewing and practicing your emergency plan: Be sure to review your plan with friends, classmates, coworkers, and relatives and set aside time to practice your plan.
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