General Preparedness

Emergencies can occur anywhere at any time. Yale University plans for all hazards and relies on employees to help maintain critical functions.

In order to fulfill those responsibilities, individuals should prepare themselves by making an emergency plan, building a kit with essential personal items, and knowing how to stay informed during incidents. Individual preparedness is the foundation in helping to protect you and your loved ones. In addition, when employees are personally prepared, the Yale community can continue to promote a safe and resilient campus for all students, faculty, and staff.

  • Be familiar with your child’s school’s emergency plans and register to receive community emergency alerts from your local government’s Web site or school district.
  • Stay informed with Yale Alerts: update your contact information through the Yale Portal; save the Yale Alert number (203-432-5830) on your phone and assign it a special ringtone.
  • Regularly practice and update plans, and check and replenish supplies at least once a year.
  • Did you know… Hazards range from natural hazards (severe weather) to manmade incidents and unexpected events.

For additional information, speak to your manager, lead administrator, or HR generalist and visit Yale’s Emergency Management website,, and

Before an Emergency

Home and Family: Prepare your home and those who depend on you by creating evacuation, shelter-in-place, and communication plans. Include special considerations for elder, child, and pet care. Assemble kits with emergency items for your home, automobile, and other important locations. At home, kits should sustain you for at least three days and include the following items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Nonperishable food
  • Eating utensils, non-electric can opener
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medication and items for unique needs
  • Cash and some change
  • Clothes and comfortable shoes
  • Important documents
  • Filter mask or cotton t-shirt
  • Mobile device charger
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Sleeping bag or warm blankets for each person
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Household bleach

At work: Talk to your supervisor on a regular basis about your responsibilities during a campus emergency. This includes clarifying expectations and reviewing emergency plans and notification procedures. Routinely update your emergency contact information on the Yale Portal so that you will receive the latest information through Yale Alert. Make plans to have alternate means of transportation to and from work. Assemble a workplace preparedness kit that includes the following items:

  • Blanket, sleeping bag and pillow
  • Change of clothes and shoes
  • Cash and some change
  • Medication and items for unique needs
  • Mobile device charger
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Important phone numbers
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle, coffee mug

During an Emergency

  • Take appropriate protective measures.
  • Check in with your supervisor for guidance and direction.
  • Perform tasks assigned by supervisor in a safe manner using proper workplace protections.
  • Report hazardous/unsafe conditions to your supervisor.
  • Monitor Yale’s Emergency Management website.

After an Emergency

  • Check in with your supervisor for further instruction.
  • Refresh and replenish home and workplace preparedness kits.
  • Seek services offered by the Employee Assistance Program, as needed.