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Get trained, get prepared!

An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure.  Basic supplies and a plan will go a long way in ensuring your safety in an emergency

Being prepared is as easy as building a disaster supply kit and having a plan.  Basic supplies can be purchased at the UVM bookstore and you can get non-perishable snacks at your dining facility.  UVM prepares for emergencies and has general supplies and food on hand but we can't provide for everyone's specific needs.  It's always a good idea to make sure that you are prepared as an individual and have anything you may need in an emergency.  

Tips for emergencies at UVM

  • Keep your CatAlert information up to date.
  • Review the and post a copy in your work area.
  • Carry your UVM CATcard at all times for identification and access on campus.
  • As you use your CATcard to access buildings, please do not allow unknown people to enter the building behind you.
  • During hours of darkness, walk only in lighted areas, and be aware of nearby "blue light" emergency phones.
  • Report any activity or objects out of place to UVM Police Services (911 or 656-4000)
  • For any building you use, always know two exits that don't require the use of an elevator.
  • Always evacuate if the fire alarm sounds.
  • In the event of an incident outside, stay inside the building you are in unless advised otherwise by public safety officials.
  • In the event of an incident in your building, take your UVM CATcard, purse, wallet, keys, and cell phone, then leave and go to another place of safety on campus.
  • Have a communication plan for contacting family members, and include someone who lives in another area code who can pass a message home.
  • During an emergency, stay in touch with what is happening on campus by calling the UVM Emergency Information Line (656-0000), checking the UVM homepage (www.uvm.edu), and monitoring your UVM e-mail account.

Build an emergency supplies kit!

Below is the FEMA recommended supplies for a Basic Emergency 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
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps (Know where important resources are on campus such as UVM Police, the counseling center, and Student Medical Services)
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Make an emergency plan!

UVM will provide you with information during an emergency but it's still a good idea to develop a basic plan and take a few steps to ensure you're ready in case something happens.  Here are a few basic tips in developing your plan:

  • Program important information into your phone and if possible have a printed backup of emergency phone numbers, medications you need, and other information that you would want in an emergency
  • Know where your evacuation point is for your dorm.  Ask your RA or RD for information.
  • Know important locations such as the Emergency Department at the UVM Medical Center, UVM Police Services, and UVM Student Health Services
  • Communicate to your family how you will contact them in an emergency
  • Practice for an emergency.  Evacuate, contact your family, and simulate what you would do during a disaster.

Get your office ready!

UVM's CATWatch Program

The UVM Department of Risk Management and Safety, in collaboration with UVM Police Services and UVM Office of Emergency Management, are pleased to offer the CATWatch program. This program supports the planning efforts of campus departments for a variety of emergencies that may arise and require immediate response. As with any safety program, the institution's responsibilities for emergency planning can only be met with help and participation from departments across campus.  Click here for more info!

Volunteer

Enjoy helping people? Want to support UVM, Burlington, or Vermont during emergencies?  Check out the organizations below for volunteer opportunities

UVM Rescue

UVM Rescue is a student run volunteer EMS agency.  The state licensed 24/7 EMS service responds to over 1,800 calls a year.  Any student can apply to join UVM Rescue and training is provided by the agency.  

American Red Cross

There is a Red Cross chapter office in Burlington and they are always in need to energetic volunteers to respond to local and national disasters.  Click here to visit their site and learn what options are available. 

Vermont Department of Health

On Call for Vermont is program run by the State Department of Health.  The Medical Reserve Corps is currently seeking volunteers to assist with medical support during disasters.  You can also register yourself as a medical professional to be assigned should a disaster hit.  Visit oncallforvt.org for more information.

Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon is a disaster response team made up of Veterans, First Responders, and Civilians.  The Vermont Team is currently seeking volunteers as well as leadership volunteers.  Visit Team Rubicon's website for information.

SerVermont

SerVermont is the Vermont Commission on National and Community Service.  They are the host agency for the National Service Organization, AmeriCorps.  Check out their website to see what opportunities they have for volunteering and service.

UVM CATWatch Program (Employees)

The UVM Department of Risk Management and Safety, in collaboration with UVM Police Services and UVM Office of Emergency Management, are pleased to offer the CATWatch program. This program supports the planning efforts of campus departments for a variety of emergencies that may arise and require immediate response. As with any safety program, the institution's responsibilities for emergency planning can only be met with help and participation from departments across campus.  Click here for more info!

UVM Emergency Preparedness Poster

Download UVM's Emergency Preparedness Poster and put it up in your office or dorm room for information on what to do during emergencies.

UVM Emergency Preparedness Poster for 2016