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Students are advised to prepare themselves as much as possible for potential emergencies they may face while attending Nevada. This section is designed to serve as a guide to students preparing for such emergencies.
In general terms, when a large-scale disaster occurs, emergency responders, such as fire departments, emergency medical services & police departments, are first on the scene to assess damage, secure public safety, and help those in immediate need. They are joined by volunteer organizations like the American Red Cross, which provides shelter and assistance to meet emergency needs. There are public and private utility crews, who work to restore electricity, telephone and natural gas lines. There is a response system in place, but in times of disaster, emergency responders can't be everywhere, helping everyone immediately. It may take an extended period of time for assistance to reach your area. And if the emergency is limited to your home, workplace, or immediate neighborhood, your plans have to be personalized. In either case, everyone in your family should be ready to act. For example:
You can see how important it is to take steps to prepare for disaster before it happens. Preparing for emergencies is everyone's responsibility. Families and friends can and do respond to and recover from these events better by preparing in advance and working as a team.
Tips to develop a personal evacuation plan. Answers to these questions determined in advance will make it easier to react should an actual emergency situation occur.
Perhaps the most common concern brought to our department by parents during an emergency is, "Where is my son/daughter?" Residence Life and Housing begins each resident's stay in housing by requesting emergency contact information and student's personal evacuation plan to be submitted prior to or during check-in. In addition to the information that is given at check-in, PLEASE make plans in advance with your parents/family on how you will contact one another in the event of an emergency, such as evacuation. Multiple modes of contact are advised, such as a cell phone, phone card, and finding a mutual contact person in case conventional communication systems are not operational due to the emergency conditions.
There are several additional steps that we encourage students to take in preparing their belongings. First, ensure your belongings are covered under your parent's homeowner's insurance or secure additional coverage. There are many companies who provide low-cost, comprehensive coverage for personal property specifically designed for college students. Remember to label everything... literally everything with your first and last name.
Students living on campus (and those living off campus also!) should design and maintain an emergency kit in their room, and to take it with them in the event of an evacuation.
We suggest a kit include the following:
Things that would need to be added to the kit without delay in an emergency:
Prior to leaving in the event of a scheduled building evacuation (such as in the case of the closure of the university due to regional emergency situations), students are advised to secure their valuable personal belongings (preferably by taking them along) before leaving campus. For insurance purposes, keep an itemized list of personal property, including room furnishings, clothing & valuables. Photographs of your possessions are helpful as well.
Students who are leaving campus during a scheduled building evacuation are advised to take the following items with them:
Information on personal, regional, and national preparations for Avian flu and other health concerns: