Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies can occur anywhere at any time. UNK plans for all hazards and expects everyone on campus to follow these plans. In order to do this, individuals should prepare themselves by;

What You Can Do

  • Familiarize yourself with this website.
  • Take note of your building's floor plan, exit routes, AED, storm shelter locations, and evacuation assembly areas.
  • Locate the nearest fire extinguisher and fire alarm pull station. Learn to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Participate in evacuation drills and other safety training programs.
  • Stay informed with UNKAlert: make sure you keep your contact information updated.
  • Prepare and disseminate phone contact information and phone calling trees for your unit or floor, and be sure to keep them updated. Program your cellular phone with emergency contact information.
  • Have a preparedness kit or an emergency kit here. These kits should have items like a flashlight and battery-operated radio.
  • Have a first aid kit on hand. Click here to find out recommendations and information for home first aid kits.
  • Know where to find university emergency information and basic first aid materials.
  • Prepare yourself and your family at home so they know what to do if you are involved in an emergency, including where to go and how to cope until you're able to get home.
  • Be cognitive of your surroundings and report what you perceive has a potential threat.

Have a Plan

  • Your family may not be together when disaster strikes - this is especially true for students - so it is important to plan in advance. Know how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
  • Plan for senior citizens
  • Plan for disabled citizens
  • Plan for pets

Family Emergency Plan (FEMA home communication plan)

  • Rule 1: ASAP Call home, or your other designated out-of-town contact.
  • In a larger emergency, phone service may be affected: It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Text-messaging (SMS) may also get through faster than a person-to-person call. Use multiple methods to get your message through.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. Cellular service may be affected.