Being prepared is critical, especially when an emergency or disaster arises. Staying well informed about potential situations is an important part of making sure that you are safe and supported in emergencies. The following resources offer information on the most relevant kinds of hazards that may occur near our campus, as well as how you can prepare for them.
Know what disasters could affect your area, resulting in evacuation or shelter-in-place orders.
All students are automatically signed up to receive email, voicemail, and text message alerts through the College's emergency notification service. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to opt in to help them receive critical notifications. Make sure that your notification contact information is up to date by going to the Mills Resource Portal, selecting the myMills Resources folder, and clicking on myMills Menu. Choose the Emergency Notification Services link.
While the College has a comprehensive plan for campus emergencies, every student and their families should have a personal plan. You and your loved ones may not be together when a disaster strikes, so it is important to put a plan in place ahead of time.
If you have an animal, be sure to plan for their needs as well. Include proper identification, immunization records, an ample supply of food and water, a carrier or cage, medications, muzzle and leash, and any other essential care items.
For additional information on building your supply kit, please visit the following websites:
Emergency supply checklist (PDF) produced by Ready.gov
Emergency checklist (PDF) produced by Take Winter by Storm
Build a Kit on a Shoestring Budget produced by Make it Through
For information about making a personal plan with your family, visit ready.gov/campus and the Red Cross Make a Plan web page.
Following a disaster, it is important to let your family and friends know that you are okay. The American Red Cross has established a Contact and Locate website that we will use if a significant emergency or disaster impacts our campus. Everyone will be encouraged to go to the website to report their status. The information you can post includes:
Family and friends will be directed to the Safe and Well website and will be able to search for you based on the information you provide. Please note that phone lines may be busy or unavailable after a significant event, and our resources will be directed toward response and recovery efforts. As such, we will not be able to provide individual status updates.