Proactive Preparedness at Work, School, and Home

January 19, 2022

The CU Denver | Anschutz Emergency Management Division knows that resiliency starts with taking preparedness steps today to meet the challenges of tomorrow. 

Since the aftermath of the devastating Marshall Fire in Boulder County, a reoccurring trend shared by survivors is that in the minutes they had to evacuate their homes, they did not know what to pack and bring with them. Some grabbed family photo albums; some grabbed baby formula and diapers. Others evacuated their homes without shoes, medications, or important documents. 

Natural, human-caused, and technological disasters can occur at any time. Having a plan and an emergency disaster kit increases your ability to adapt and respond. Whether circumstances dictate a shelter-in-place order or evacuation, developing an emergency plan and an emergency disaster kit is an effective way to ensure you and those around you have the tools and resources in place and ready to go.

If you would like to learn more about community preparedness and receive tips on how to create your own emergency disaster kit, the CU Denver | Anschutz Emergency Management Division is hosting a virtual Build-a-Kit class on Thursday, Jan. 27 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Click here to register.

Below are tips for developing an emergency plan.

Emergency Disaster Kit

An emergency disaster kit is a collection of basic items you may need in the event of an emergency. You can have multiple kits to fit your needs. Make sure each kit is easily accessible in your office, at home, and in your vehicle.

Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place Plan

There may be times when you need to shelter in place or evacuate. Having a plan and knowing what plans already exist at work, school, and home is key to effective preparedness. Don’t forget about family pets and livestock.

Communications Plan

It’s easy to get separated from fellow students, co-workers, or family members during an emergency or disaster. The best way to ensure that everyone comes back together safely is through an effective communications plan.

Unique Needs Plan

Disasters impact everyone differently. Building an inclusive plan requires a whole-community mindset. Individuals living with an access or functional need may rely on additional resources during a disaster.

This message is from Essi Ellis, director of emergency management, and Garrey Martinez, emergency management program manager – CU Denver.