Do you know what to do in the event of an emergency? Do you know where to get information or how to get in contact with friends and family? It's important to think about these questions before an emergency, and have a personal preparedness plan.
Personal preparedness is as easy as one, two, three. The guide and checklist below will help you enhance your personal preparedness in the event of an emergency.
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Step 1: Get Educated
Learn about safety and preparedness at NYU. Find information on the NYU Campus Safety website and about the Safe NYU app. Discover information about different threats and hazards and how to prepare for them. Check out New York City’s preparedness resources NYC Emergency Management’s Get Prepared page. Read up on how to develop a personal plan using Ready.Gov resources. And, if you travel as part of your NYU experience, be sure to find travel safety resources on the Campus Safety website before you go.
To request a meeting with Campus Safety to discuss your own personal emergency plan, reach out and call Emergency Management at 212-992-5648. We can help discuss evacuation, active threat preparedness, emergency supplies, go bags, and any questions you may have regarding disabilities, access or functional needs.
Step 2: Get Notified
Download the Safe NYU app and make sure the university has your current cell phone number so that you will receive university emergency alerts. Keep in mind that NYU issues alerts for campus emergencies and weather closures. You may want to be informed about other types of emergencies, such as those affecting other areas of the city, roadways or transportation systems. Consider signing up for alerts issued by NYCEM and the State of New York. Purchase a NOAA weather radio and download the FEMA app. Media outlets and apps can also provide information regarding emergencies.
A note about social media: When viewing social media for emergency information, make sure to follow authoritative accounts that provide confirmed information. If you are near an emergency, be sure to focus on your safety rather than attempt to post to social media.
NYU Campus Safety Social Media Accounts:
Step 3: Get Ready
Turn all of your preparedness research into an actionable plan. Take proactive steps to be ready. Get a flu shot. Practice different evacuation routes from the places you typically go. Collect important information such as critical phone numbers, prescription and insurance information in a paper file stored in a watertight container and make sure it’s backed up electronically in a secure place. Participate in campus trainings and exercises and find out about community preparedness activities in your neighborhood.
Be ready. Tell your classmates and colleagues that you are taking all of these steps to be prepared. Encourage them to be a part of Resilient NYU!
Disabilities, Access and Functional Needs
If you require additional assistance in an emergency, be sure to identify your needs ahead of time and communicate them to others. Develop a plan that makes sense for your specific situation. Wear medical alert tags or bracelets and be prepared to tell emergency personnel if you have a disability, use a mobility aide or service animal, whether you have allergies, phobias, or a language barrier. Know the names of all your medications. If you use an augmentative communications device or other assistive technologies, plan how you will evacuate with the devices or how you will replace equipment if lost or destroyed. Include appropriate supplies in your go bag and emergency supply kit. If you use assistive technology devices, such as white canes, CCTV, text-to-speech software, keep information about model numbers and where you purchased the equipment. Plan how you will communicate with others if your equipment is not working.
Communications Plan for Classes, Office, Family and Friends
Write down phone numbers and email addresses for the important people in your life. Having this important information written down will help you reconnect with others in case you don’t have your mobile device or computer with you or if the battery runs down. If you have a household member(s) who is Deaf or hard of hearing, or who has a speech disability and uses traditional or video relay service (VRS), include information on how to connect through relay services on a landline phone, mobile device, or computer. Be sure to identify an out-of-town contact as a central point of contact in case local phone lines are not working.
For your classes or work environments, discuss how you will communicate with each other in an emergency. Develop a plan with different options for contacting each other depending upon available technologies. If voice lines are not working, texting may be an option. Online course environments may allow for virtual class meetings, depending on the situation. If you are a leader, be sure to communicate with the people who rely on your leadership.
Emergency Meeting Places
Decide on safe, familiar places where you can go for protection or to reunite. Make sure these locations are accessible for persons with disabilities or access and functional needs. If you have pets or service animals, think about animal-friendly locations. You should identify meeting places that are local as well as out of the area and communicate these locations to everyone who is part of your plan.
Personal Preparedness Checklist
To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. Keep in mind that everyone’s emergency kit will be a little different. Think about your specific needs while developing your list of items.
- Water: one gallon per person per day for at least three days
- Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Manual can opener for food
- Emergency supplies for service animals, food for pets
- Cash or traveler’s checks and change
- Whistle to signal for help
- First aid kit
- Extra medication, oxygen, insulin, or other medical supplies
- Hearing aids and hearing aid batteries
- Extra eyeglasses
- Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
- Solar charger
- Extra batteries and charger for motorized wheelchairs and other assistive or medical devices
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Personal hygiene items, feminine supplies
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
- Laminated personal communication board, if you might needassistance with being understood or understanding others
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in waterproof container
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Infant formula and diapers for children
- Local maps
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Other supplies that apply to your particular needs