Emergency Preparedness

Living off campus, it is important to know how to protect yourself in the event of an emergency, such as hurricane, flood, tornado, fire, explosion or terrorist act. Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters.

In case of a threatened or actual local emergency, the Emergency Alert System will broadcast timely information and instructions. The primary radio stations (FM/AM) to listen to in the District of Columbia include the following:

  • WTOP 1500 AM, 820 AM, 103.5 FM
  • WMAL 630 AM
  • WGMS 103.5 FM
  • WJZW 105.9 FM
  • WKYS 93.9 FM
  • WHFS 99.1 FM
  • WPGC 95.5 FM

The information broadcasted will inform the public what actions are being taken by the District government in response to the emergency, and will also tell them what to do.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests every household have a disaster supply kit containing food, water and supplies for three days. This kit should be kept in a designated place and be ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. FEMA suggests you keep the following things in your disaster supply kit:

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Three-day supply of water - one gallon of water per person, per day.
  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit and manual.
  • Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
  • Matches and waterproof container.
  • Whistle.
  • Extra clothing.
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener.
  • Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
  • Cash and coins.
  • Special needs items, such as medications, eye glasses, and contact lens solutions.

Students should plan with their roommates and family in advance about how they will communicate in an emergency situation. It is also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the proper way to shut off your gas, electricity and water if you live in a house. You should also think about a plan for your pets should an emergency cause you to evacuate or be kept from your home.

The university has a comprehensive emergency plan and systems in place to communicate information in an emergency.  Visit the Campus Advisories website for more information.