Emergency Plans (Are you prepared?)

Please take a few minutes to review these steps to evaluate your personal and departmental preparedness: 

Receive Emergency Text Messages via Cell Phone
A text message is one of the most reliable ways to quickly provide you with emergency information.  Students, faculty and staff at Western are strongly encouraged to provide their cell phone numbers to the University. Even if users do not regularly text on their cell phones, most cell phones are capable of receiving text information.  To subscribe, go to the web4u. Employees may also call Human Resources at x3774. Cell phone numbers will remain confidential. 

Evaluate Your Personal Preparedness
Do you have an emergency kit?  A 72-hour kit is the minimum needed. You may want to consider one each for work and home. You can find suggested contents at the Washington State Emergency Management Division’s website by clicking on the Preparedness tab. WWU Associated Students Bookstore offers an affordable emergency preparedness kit for individual preparedness which can form the basis for your 72-hour kit. 

Review the WWU Emergency Response Guide
Permanent employees at Western were given copies of the WWU Emergency Response Guide, a flip chart to be posted in work areas.  Please review the information.   If you don’t have a copy, please call EHS at x3064 to get one. 

Faculty may wish to review the page toward the bottom of this guide called Faculty Information for Classroom.  It may be helpful to encourage students to take steps towards personal preparedness and/or hold a brief discussion of emergency procedures in the classroom setting.

Review Your Departmental Planning
Departments may wish to discuss their specific emergency issues. Planning will help keep those in your department safe. The WWU Department Emergency Plan template is used to complete the departmental emergency plan.  A tool-kit that provides additional instructions and information is also used when filling out the template.

Have an Out of State Contact
If you are separated from your loved ones when a disaster strikes, you will immediately wonder how and where they are.  Local phone systems may be shut down not because of damage, but because of the large number of people trying to call at the same time.  Frequently, you can place a long-distance call, so it is recommended that every household have an out-of-area contact person that lives at least 100 miles away.  The state supplies State Out-Of-Area Contact Cards.  A limited supply is available from EHS by calling x3064.  It is advisable that every household member should keep this card in a wallet, purse or backpack.

Practice Drop, Cover and Hold
Take opportunities to practice your drop, cover and hold preparations.  Plan where you will drop, cover and hold in all the places you spend time – classrooms, offices, walks, gyms, buses, home, etc.    

Visit Links

WWU Emergency Response Guide

WWU Emergency Communications

WWU Building and Department Emergency Plans

Bellingham Emergency Management

Whatcom County Division of Emergency Management

WA State Division of Emergency Management

U.S. Federal Emergency Management Administration Site

Page Updated 10.22.2013