PREPAREDESS | RESPONSE | RECOVERY
As we all know, emergencies can strike quickly and without warning. It is imperative to be prepared. To be adequately ready for any situation, there are three sections below:
It is important to:
Become familiar with natural disasters and other risks in your area.
Have an emergency plan in place for yourself and those who may depend on you.
Work out a family and student communication plan.
Understand who and when to contact for both emergencies and health coverage after the fact.
Every campus or community should have an “Emergency Coordinator.” This person can be yourself or any designated faculty member.
This individual should be aware of:
1. Knowledge of proper channels and times to reach out to emergency services and institutions for proper care and solutions;
2. Health coverage options for students or any individual to supply to healthcare providers when necessary;
3. The proper tools and training to survive and guide others in the event of an accident or a natural disaster; and
4.Access to student and family contact information.
Students, faculty and administrators can be prepared for emergencies in a variety of ways, such as by conducting drills and posting safety materials around campus and on websites.
To be completely ready for disasters, review the United States’ federal government guidelines and recommendations on their official website: www.ready.gov
We strongly recommend Smart Traveler Enrollment Program enrollment, a free service that allows you to enroll your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Stay informed, stay connected, and stay safe! Visit and register at: www.step.state.gov
For practical information to help you settle into everyday life in the United States and basic civics information that introduces you to the U.S. system of government, download the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration service’s “Welcome to the United States” guide in 14 different languages here: https://www.uscis.gov/tools/settling-us/
Accidents can be worse than natural disasters, as they happen without warning, and some have little precedent as to how to react. It is important to have Emergency Coordinators who are flexible and capable of responding quickly.
This is when knowing emergency service locations and numbers is pivotal. In case of a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, tornado or hurricane – faculty and students should have basic materials and training.
In the event of an accident, vehicular or otherwise, you and your faculty should confirm and evaluate conditions, report the incident immediately, follow instructions from emergency personnel precisely.
Administer first aid if you are trained to do so.
Do not attempt to move a seriously injured person.
When you call emergency services, tell the operator:
1. The type of emergency.
2. The location of accident.
3. If there are victims and how many.
4. Your name, contact information and location.
Remain on the phone until assistance arrives or if emergency operator ends the call.
If you are unsure whether you or an accident victim should visit an urgent care center/clinic or an emergency room, contact WellAway to be guided to the appropriate provider.
After a disaster/accident, students and faculty may be distressed personally and professionally. Many people will need scheduling flexibility and other forms of temporary assistance. Some services that should be taken into consideration are short-term and long-term loan providers, child care centers, disaster relief and counseling services. In the case of a medical emergency and if a medical professional believes it necessary, you may be repatriated to your country of origin for proper medical care.