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Planning for an Emergency

Learn what protective actions to take before, during, and after an emergency.  Get a kit.  Make a plan.  Stay informed.

If you have a disability or an access and functional need, you may need to take additional steps to prepare for emergencies.  For assistance in developing an Individual Emergency Preparedness Plan please complete the Voluntary Request for Emergency Preparedness Support.

Basic Steps
Stay Informed

Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as building an emergency supply kit and making an emergency plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. Register for UR Alert to receive important information during an emergency.  Get more information at

Get a Kit

This means having your own food, water, and other supplies such as a flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, cell phone charger, and medications, stored in an easy-to-carry container or bag.  Find out what else to include in your kit at

Make a Plan

Know in advance what to do if you need to evacuate. Choose an out-of-area contact person because if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service, it may be easier to text or call long-distance.  Individuals with functional needs should consider being part of a buddy system with a roommate, classmate, or colleague who could provide assistance and support before, during, and after an emergency.  Visit for more information.

Dave McCoy
AVP Public Safety, Chief of Police
(804) 289-8718

Brittany Schaal
Director, Emergency Management
(804) 289-8855

UR Emergency Hotline
(804) 289-8760, (866) 386-0403

UR Police, emergency
(804) 289-8911 (911 on campus)

UR Police, non-emergency
(804) 289-8715

UR Switchboard
(804) 289-8000