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:
- Know what emergencies can impact you and have a plan for each.
- Always locate two exits in any building that you frequent.
- At a minimum, 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.
- 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.
- It may be difficult to remember all the phone numbers that you have entered into your cell phone. 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.
- Program emergency contact numbers in your cell phone using ICE, ICE2, ICE3 (in case of emergency).
- If you have small children, talk with your schools and day care providers about their emergency procedures.
- Consider taking a CPR/First Aid Class and/or participate in the UGA CERT program.