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

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  • 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.