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What constitutes an emergency? Most people think of hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters when considering the question. But a true emergency can be natural or man-made, and can involve a disruptive situation that unfolds in minutes or takes place over several days or even weeks. Inclement weather, a disease outbreak, fire, a bomb threat or other serious crime—any of these occurrences can prompt an emergency response on the University of Baltimore campus or in the city around us.
Regardless of the nature of any emergency, proper planning can make responding easier for you and those around you. Whether you are visiting campus or are a long-standing member of the UB community, your safety and security are the top priorities of the UB Police Department and the University's Emergency Management Team. Ensuring your well being requires planning, awareness and understanding on everyone's part.
Take a minute to consider the following:
- Who should I notify in an emergency?
- What can I do to be prepared?
- How should I respond in a disaster?
Note that these questions have one thing in common: They all require good, reliable communication. At UB, our communication strategy is based on Public Safety's Emergency Text Message System, a state-of-the-art technology capable of sending emergency messages instantly to all registered text message capable mobile phones, Blackberrys, wireless PDAs, pagers, smart or satellite phones, and e-mail addresses. This system is free and available to all members of the UB community. Signing up takes only a few minutes.
Communicating in an emergency involves more than just checking messages. A key component of planning for an emergency is determining how to contact your family, classmates and friends. Establish a meeting place, and arrange a calling tree. Familiarize yourself with both shelter-in-place and evacuation plans and procedures for all UB buildings, as well as established evacuation routes from Baltimore. Take a look at UB's Emergency Resource Guide—the most important document for our campus response to any situation requiring decisive action.
Above all, your cooperation is highly valued in any emergency. The more you know about handling an unexpected situation involving health and safety, the more likely you are to manage it well and help those around you. We urge you to take time to learn more about the following:
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