Yale Emergency Management is committed to ensure that the Yale Community is well prepared for an Emergency. This web site is designed to inform you about emergency preparations matters, both on campus and at home. Though preparation takes a bit of time and planning, it brings awareness to the choices you may have during an emergency. By preparing both mentally and logistically, you can increase your confidence and ability to handle a real emergency situation.
On Campus preparation activities are on-going. We are fortunate that Yale has police and security departments that are equipped to offer assistance, as well as departments that address hazardous materials, fire safety, and other areas. Experts from across campus form our Emergency Operations Team and are prepared to manage an array of crisis situations. This group meets regularly to review procedures and participate in drills and exercises. The goal is to be fully prepared to face situations that we hope will never occur.
As winter turns to spring and then summer, flowers start to bud, and the grass turns green. After this cold winter this is something that we are all looking forward to. However, the season can also bring severe weather. So while enjoying the change of seasons, be mindful of the following safety precautions:
Thunderstorms are common in the spring and summer. They often occur in the afternoon and evening, but they can happen at any time of the day. Even mild thunderstorms can be dangerous because every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people every year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.
Here are some Thunderstorm Safety Tips:
Terms to Know:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.
Flooding and Flash Floods are also common in the spring. Snow melt and heavy spring rains fill rivers and streams which can cause flooding. Flash floods occur suddenly when water rises rapidly along a stream or low-lying area. Be prepared to head for higher ground at a moment’s notice when a flood or flash flood warning is issued.
Here are some Flood Safety Tips:
Tornadoes are another weather event to watch out for. While you might think tornadoes only happen in the South or Mid-West, they happen in Connecticut too. Tornadoes occur mostly on warm spring days between 3:00 and 9:00 p.m. However, tornadoes can occur anywhere, at any time of the year, at any time of the day.
Here are some Tornado Safety Tips:
Download the Tornado Warning & Alert App by the American Red Cross- From your mobile phone, call "**REDCROSS" (**73327677) and get a link to download the app to your phone. You can also download the app directly from iTunes or the Google Play app store.
FEMA wireless emergency alert system intended to inform the public about extreme weather like hurricanes, tornadoes or flash foods; Amber Alerts; or alerts from the president about catastrophic disasters. The alerts come as text messages that feature a special tone and vibration. No longer than 90 characters, the message discusses the type and time of the alert and action individuals should take. Learn more by watching this short video on Youtube.
Terms to Know:
Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!
Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately under ground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom).