Week 3 - Individual Preparedness

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September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM), which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

Each week during 2016’s National Preparedness Month, UCSF Emergency Management will send out tools and resources for employees and their families to use to ensure that they are better prepared for emergencies both in the workplace and at home.

Week 3 – Individual Preparedness

Please see below for emergency preparedness resources, downloads, and videos from FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security’s national emergency preparedness campaign (www.ready.gov/september).

All UCSF Medical Center employees are encouraged to review and make use of these resources to learn how to:

  • Understand actions you can take to be prepared for emergency
  • Be aware of specific needs you may have if an emergency strikes like: medication, power needs, eye glasses, devices that you may count on, pet needs, etc.
  • Understand safety tips and protective actions you can take before or during a disaster.
  • Download the ContactBridge App for alerts, disaster resources, and safety tips

Videos, & Other Related Preparedness Resources


  • Be informed, make a plan, build a kit, get involved. Everyone can take steps to prepare for an emergency: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcnCQ_pdVCY
  • Make disaster preparedness a part of your everyday routine and protect yourself and your loved ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcnCQ_pdVCY
  • Being prepared is part of who you are, and disaster preparation is no different: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
  • Take meds? Plan ahead by keeping a copy of your Rx + 1 week supply in a safe place.
  • Keep a radio & extra batteries handy to listen for info from local officials if you lose power.
  • Gather your supplies before a hurricane so you won’t find yourself with empty shelves. Supply list: www.ready.gov/kit.
  • Sign up to receive text or e-mail alerts about emergencies like wildfire from your local Office of Emergency Management.
  • Are you getting your community prepared for a #tornado #hurricane or #wildfire? Add your activity: www.ready.gov/prepare
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts can save lives! Be smart. Know your alerts and warnings. Learn more: 1.usa.gov/1jLKAGr
  • Make sure you know what your insurance policy covers before an emergency: 1.usa.gov/1UGuFAA
  • There are plenty of ways individuals can get prepared. Here’s 10 ways: bit.ly/22tNNpV

ContactBridge App

Safety tips during a disaster

  • Know what to do when roads are flooded: "Turn Around Don't Drown! It may save your life!” #NatlPrep
  • If you’re already on “high ground” during a flood, stay where you are. Be prepared by having your supplies already stored.
  • Wildfires often begin unnoticed. Call 911 if you see a #wildfire! More tips: http://go.usa.gov/3AqSx
  • You may have to evacuate quickly due to a flood event. Learn your evacuation routes & identify where you will stay.
  • An emergency may knock out power. Prepare by stocking non-perishable food items & water.
  • During an #earthquake DROP, COVER, & HOLD ON. Share this safety message from @TheRock: https://youtu.be/vRdTaLWrpTE

Stay tuned for next week's preparedness theme…Lead up to National Day of Action!!!

To view September Preparedness Emails:
Week 1 - Preparing Family and Friends
Week 2 - Preparing Through Service
Week 3 - Individual Preparedness