Personal PreparednessP2 Andy Altizer Director of Emergency Preparedness GA Tech
Emergency Preparedness Whose job is it? GA Tech Police? Faculty & Staff? Students? Everyone's! Including, yours!
What Can You Do to Help? Personal Preparedness (P2) • Trust your instincts • Know your building evacuation plan • Know what’s in your building • Know your building manager • Consider taking the EP training classes • Sign up for GTENS, Weather Alerts and Crime Alerts • Report suspicious behavior • Have a “family plan” – including communications plan
What Else Can You Do • Get a Kit • Make a Plan
Get a Kit • Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, or longer if necessary. • It's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. Consider creating two kits. In one, include everything that you will need to stay where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version that you can take with you if you have to leave.
Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both • Flashlight and extra batteries • First aid kit • Whistle to signal for help • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food) • Local maps
Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container • Cash or traveler's checks and change • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate. • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper — When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit • Fire extinguisher • Matches in a waterproof container • Prescription medications and glasses • Pet food and extra water for your pet • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels • Paper and pencil • Comfort/stress foods • Sterno or portable propane stove/hotplate (For home emergency use in the event of extensive power outages)
Make a Plan When disaster strikes, it is important to think through your personal emergency plan and address the following considerations: • Contacting your family — It may be easier to make a long-distance call than to call across town, so identify an out-of-town contact that may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members. • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. • You may have trouble getting through, or the telephone system may be down altogether, but be patient. • Make sure that your campus directory contact information is up to date. • Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency, the first important decision is whether you stay put or leave. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and available information, to determine if there is immediate danger. If time allows: Call or email the "out-of-state" contact in your family communications plan and tell them where you are going.
Also…. • In any emergency, local authorities may or may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should monitor TV or radio news reports for information or official instructions as they become available. If you're specifically told to evacuate or seek medical treatment, do so. Georgia Tech will also post emergency information on the Institute's home page at www.gatech.edu. • If you live on or near campus and have to travel some distance to your permanent residence, identify your primary travel plans and have emergency travel funds on hand should you need to leave unexpectedly. • If you plan to travel by air or rail, have travel agency or airline information handy. • If you plan to drive, identify an alternate route. • Plan places you will assemble and anticipate where you will go. Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency.
Also…. • If you cannot get home, identify friends or family who live nearby who would agree to let you stay during a campus closure. • If you live in Institute Housing, know your evacuation procedure. • Other important considerations: • Arrange for direct deposit. In the event of a campus closure, any earnings you are scheduled to receive may only be issued electronically. • If you are an out-of-state or international student or faculty member, try to maintain a sufficient amount of emergency funding to return to home should the emergency situation that the campus be closed.
Safety First! • Always lock your door, even if you intend to return shortly or are just going down the hall. • Do not allow strangers to enter the premises. • If someone asks to use your phone for emergency purposes, offer to telephone for them instead of allowing them access to your residence and possessions. • Do not put your address anywhere that a stranger can gain easy access, such as a key chain or hang tag. • On-campus, call 404-894-2500 to report any suspicious activity. Off-campus, use the emergency number of the city or town. Immediately give the dispatcher your location and any pertinent information. If possible, stay on the line until help arrives or the dispatcher terminates the call. • When possible, use your ATM card during the day. If you must use the machine at night, go to an indoor or otherwise well-lit machine. • Avoid working or studying alone in a building at night. Have a friend available for emergencies.
Safety First! • Always lock your door, even if you intend to return shortly or are just going down the hall. • Do not allow strangers to enter the premises. • If someone asks to use your phone for emergency purposes, offer to telephone for them instead of allowing them access to your residence and possessions. • Do not put your address anywhere that a stranger can gain easy access, such as a key chain or hang tag. • On-campus, call 404-894-2500 to report any suspicious activity. Off-campus, use the emergency number of the city or town. Immediately give the dispatcher your location and any pertinent information. If possible, stay on the line until help arrives or the dispatcher terminates the call. • When possible, use your ATM card during the day. If you must use the machine at night, go to an indoor or otherwise well-lit machine. • Avoid working or studying alone in a building at night. Have a friend available for emergencies. • Use crosswalks with caution, and not when using your cell phone!
Be in the Loop! Emergency Notification • Georgia Tech Emergency Notification System (GTENS) • https://passport.gatech.edu/ Weather Alerts • Weather tracking system that focuses on GA Tech, as opposed to NWS on Fulton County. • Campus community can subscribe to receive weather alerts. • http://www.police.gatech.edu/weather.htm Crime Alerts • http://www.police.gatech.edu/crimealerts.htm
YOU! • Be a part of the solution….not part of the problem! • Be Prepared – P2! • Join GA Tech CERT! • Citizens Emergency Response Team
Andy Altizer Director of Emergency Preparedness Georgia Tech Police Department 879 Hemphill Avenue Atlanta, Georgia 30332 404-894-8392 firstname.lastname@example.org Questions