Departmental Readiness

Culture, Plans, and Kits

Although supplies are important, the planning around building kits is even more beneficial to creating an internal culture of readiness. Start a conversation with faculty and staff, and encourage them to think in a holistic way about office preparedness.

Here are a few things everyone should consider when planning for an emergency:

  • Have an emergency phone list with important personal and professional contact information — make sure you have a paper copy.
  • Know the designated meeting spot for faculty and staff.
  • Know to check for official sources of information.
  • Know your work responsibilities in an emergency.
  • Keep paper copies of critical documents that you may need to continue to work in an emergency.
  • Make sure you have on hand a proper supply of anything special you may need, such as medication, a small amount of food, water, and cash.

While there are no policies or legislation that require each department/faculty to practice workplace preparedness, everyone should have a personal preparedness kit at home and at work. Emergency kits are unique to each individual because they may contain prescription medications, family contact information/plans, extra clothing, and cash — this is why departments are not responsible for providing kits. Departments are also not responsible for providing large office kits, however, having a large emergency kit for the workplace is a great way to support overall preparedness.

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