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Disaster & Disease Prepareness: Things to Consider
- Plan for disruption of services. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities, banks, stores, restaurants, government buildings and post offices may be closed.
- Utilities, including phone, cable and Internet access may be affected.
- Prepare backup plans for regularly scheduled meetings or gatherings.
- Consider how to care for people with special needs if the services they rely on are not available.
Schools and universities may be closed for extended periods of time.
- Evacuating and closing the university may be necessary in the event of disruption of services and utilities or to prevent the spread of disease.
- Duration of the closure will vary, depending upon the magnitude of the emergency. Students need to discuss this with their families and agree upon a plan.
- Transportation services may be disrupted.
- This is especially important for students who are far from home.
- Prepare a backup plan for taking care of loved ones who are far away.
- Consider alternate transportation, as well as the possibility of working or learning from home.
- For those who live off campus, it is important to have plenty of food and supplies on hand. (The current recommendation is a two- to four-week supply of food and drinking water).