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Stay Ready

Emergencies can be unpredictable. Whether it is a sudden severe storm, a disease outbreak or an active shooter, it is best to be as prepared as possible. That could mean having necessary supplies or thinking quick on your feet. Make sure that you have signed up for or updated your contact preference on Dillard's emergency alert system. Also, make sure that you are following the University's communication channels that deliver information instantly--email, social media and the website. The time to prepare is before an incident occurs. 


General Guidance


In the event that authorities issue shelter-in-place orders, such as severe weather, disease outbreak or outbreaks of violence, be prepared to survive for at least 72 hours (3 days).


In New Orleans, power outages are very real possibilities, so be ready to manage outages by having your devices fully charged at all times.


Have emergency contacts handy and make sure that the University has your emergency contact information, as well.


You may want to program a designated person as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, for instance, emergency personnel will often check your “ICE” listings in order to contact someone you know. Let your ICE contacts know that they are listed as such.


Identify an out-of-town contact. In some cases, it may be easier to call or text long-distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. Your alternate contact could also serve as a “rally point." Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has the ability to call the emergency contact.


Discuss your emergency plans with friends and families. Discuss a primary and secondary place to reunite if you get separated. 


Have resource information on hand. We have a list of University and community resources available that provide emergency planning and recovery information.


When an emergency occurs, the most important thing is remain calm. This is especially important if you have to contact 911. In the case of immediate danger, campus and local authorities may or may not immediately be able to provide information about what is happening and what you should do.


Compile an emergency kit that can be taken wherever you go. However, understand that, depending on the emergency, weight and volume could become a factor. Overstocking your bag with non-critical items will slow you down and could prevent you from being as mobile as needed or even prevent you from carrying it altogether.


Remember to refresh your kit each year to check shelf-life of items (batteries corrode and food expires, for example) and to ensure properly operating equipment.




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