Whether on campus, at an off-campus residence, or visiting a new area, it is important to know what you will do should an emergency occur. Advanced preparation could save your life.
Prepare for an Emergency
Plan for emergencies today, before they occur. Know how you’ll contact your friends and family and reconnect if separated. Establish a meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. As you prepare, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like the operation of medical equipment.
When communications are available, always contact your loved ones to let them know you are safe. This reduces the calls necessary by TCU and local responders so that they can respond to those who still need assistance.
Create a personal emergency plan using our TCU Emergency Plan form
Create a personal emergency plan: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/133447
When on campus remember the acronym, LESS is More to be prepared for emergencies.
When disasters strike, you may be required to care for yourself for up to 72 hours before essential services are available. This means you should be equipped with enough food, water and other supplies to sustain yourself until help arrives.
Checklist for emergency supply kit: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/90354
It is recommended to keep an emergency supply kit at home and in your vehicle in order to respond on-the-go. These kits should be checked and restocked annually to ensure batteries and perishable items are still useable.
Basic Emergency Supply Kit
- Water– one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food– at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Consider adding the following items based on your individual needs
- Prescription medications
- Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
- Glasses and contact lens solution
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Cash or traveler’s checks
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
TCU and other emergency partners use various resources to ensure you are notified of emergencies on the TCU campus, in the Fort Worth community and outside of the local area. It is important that you take the time to understand the messages you may receive from each of these alert systems, and what you need to do to receive these services.
The University utilizes the TCU Alert System, a mass communication program that includes phone, text and email communication, as well as indoor/outdoor loudspeakers and emergency lighting on campus to notify the Horned Frog community of an emergency or weather-related closure/delay.
The City of Fort Worth has a notification system which you can subscribe to in order to receive alerts and information for around the city. You choose the information you want, from urgent public safety alerts to community information and receive information by text or email.
Outdoor Warning Sirens
The City of Fort Worth’s Office of Emergency Management manages the local outdoor warning system, which is designed to notify citizens to proceed to indoor shelter and seek further information on current hazards by tuning into local news outlets. The system is tested each Wednesday at 1pm, as weather conditions permit.
Sirens will be activated for:
- A tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service
- Tornado or funnel cloud reported by a reliable source
- Sustained winds in excess of 70 mph
- Reports of hail larger than 1.5 inches in diameter
- Chemical spill emergency
- State or national emergency declared by the governor or president
- Other emergencies as appropriate