How can you prepare for a disaster on campus? The Department of Public Safety provides six tips on keeping yourself safe in case of an emergency.

Download the U Heads up! App

The University of Utah “U Heads Up!” app provides students, faculty, staff and visitors with a quick-reference campus emergency response guide, a photo and comment upload to tell Emergency Management about your safety concerns around campus and push notifications from the Campus Alert system.

Pay Attention to Campus Alerts

The University of Utah’s Campus Alert System is designed to reach everyone on campus in the best way possible during an emergency. Alerts are sent via text message and color-coded email. Please make sure your cell phone number is updated in CIS. Always pay close attention to these alerts and inform others around you.

Emergency Kits

An emergency kit contains the essentials that you will need in case a disaster strikes. If you can’t get home, out of the office or off campus, your kit should have water, food and the items you need to help you through an emergency. Emergency Management recommends students carry at least 16 oz. of water and 1,200 calories worth of food with them at all times. Be Ready Utah offers advice on what is in a kit.

Know your Emergency Assembly Point

Emergency Assembly Points (EAPs) are outdoor areas where students, faculty, staff and visitors can gather in the event of emergencies. Every building has an assigned EAP. Find your EAP here.

Drop, Cover and Hold On

In case of earthquake, DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms. Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture. Do not use a doorway unless you know it is a strongly supported, load-bearing doorway and it is close by. Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Do not exit a building during the shaking. Do not use the elevators.

Participate in the Great Utah Shakeout

Practice makes perfect. Be sure to participate in the annual Shakeout on Thursday, April 20 at 10:15 a.m.