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
All Mills 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.
Receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations
Learn emergency safety tips for over 20 types of disasters, including earthquakes,
fires, and more.
Locate open emergency shelters in your area and find disaster recovery centers.
Share alerts via text, email, and social media.
Make a Plan.
While Mills 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.
Individuals and families should be prepared to be self sufficient for a minimum of
72 hours; seven days is even better. While Mills will provide access to basic necessities,
having your own items means you can be sure to have the things you need close by in
Water: At least one gallon per day per person for three to seven days
Food: At least enough for three to seven days. Non-perishable packaged or canned food
and juices, foods for infants or the elderly, snack foods, non-electric can opener,
cooking utensils, fuel, paper plates, and plastic utensils
Blankets and pillows
Clothing including safe, sturdy, non-slip shoes
Basic medical supplies like a first-aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs, and extra
Travel-size toiletry items
Extra medication in a waterproof bag or container
A flashlight and batteries
A little bit of cash, if possible
Copies of insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, social security card,
and other important documents, in a waterproof container
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
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 Mills intends to 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:
Whether you are safe
A custom message
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 Mills resources will be
directed toward response and recovery efforts. As such, Mills will not be able to
provide individual status updates.