Department ofEnvironmental, Health, Safety & Emergency Programs

What is Preparedness?

Preparedness is a state of readiness to respond to a disaster, crisis, or any other type of emergency incident. It includes planning and education. PLU conducts training for its responders and exercises its response plans and training through drills and other types of exercises. Please refer to the calendar on this website for more details.

Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed.

There are three simple steps that students should take to prepare for an emergency when living on campus or in off-campus housing:

First, purchase or prepare a personal emergency kit.

Second, develop a communication plan for reaching family members in the event that normal communication channels are disabled.

Third, know what to expect and what to do at PLU during various types of emergencies.

Following are a few guidelines to consider in taking these three steps. Please also refer to the PLU Prepare in a Year brochure in the Quick Links to the right.

Get An Emergency Kit

Emergency kits may be purchased at PLU's Garfield Book Company or, for help in making a kit, visit or

For tips on making a kit on a budget, see Disaster Kit on a Dime.


Make a Communication Plan

Local telephones, cell phones, and e-mail may not work during an emergency. However, it is often possible to call outside the local affected area. Your family should make a plan to call an out-of-state friend or family phone number, so each person can report they are safe.

Look For Web, Phone, and Media Alerts

PLU Alert! may be used to notify students and employees of unfolding emergency incidents via text and voice message to cell phones, PLU work phones, and PLU email addresses on record with the university. For more information, click here.

Parents and students may also find updated crisis or emergency information on the PLU Web site,, and by calling the incident hotline, 877-322-0872.

Weather closure information is available three ways: 1) online at and at, 2) by calling 877-322-0872, and 3) by following local broadcast news reports.

Know What to Do During Fire, Violence, or Gas Leak

Learn what to do to save your life during a fire, violent incident, gas leak and many other incidents by reviewing the emergency procedures.