Charles River Campus Emergency Response Protocols
In general, there are two types of evacuation that you might experience, both are, hopefully, short term. The first is for a localized incident, such as a power outage or a fire. The second may be for a larger incident, like a hurricane or a flood. Whatever the reason, it is better to have thought about what you might need to think about and things to take with you, prior to being ordered to evacuate.
Local government officials, not Boston University, issue evacuation orders when disaster threatens. Listen to local radio and television reports when a disaster is imminent. If local officials ask you to leave, do so immediately; they have a good reason for making this request.
In certain emergencies, students, faculty and staff may need to be temporarily relocated or provided with an assembly area. The following areas should be considered as possible emergency assembly areas:
- George Sherman Union
- Track & Tennis Center , 100 Ashford
- Case Center Gyms
- Agganis Arena & Recreation Center
Coordinate your evacuation plan in advance when creating your disaster plan. Ensure that you’ve tested the evacuation routes and that you have planned several in the instance of closed roads and routes.
If you have only moments before leaving, grab these things and go!
- Medical supplies: prescription medications and dentures.
- Disaster supplies: flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid kit, bottled water
- Clothing and bedding: a change of clothes and a sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
- Car keys and keys to the place you may be going (friend’s or relative’s home
Remember these simples tips:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes so you can be protected as much as possible.
- Take your disaster supplies kit.
- Take your pets with you; do not leave them behind. Because pets are not permitted in public shelters, follow your plan to go to a relative’s or friend’s home, or find a “pet-friendly” hotel.
- Lock your home.
- Use travel routes specified by local authorities — don’t use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous.
- Stay away from downed power lines.