UWG Ready. Get trained, get prepared.
An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. Basic supplies and a plan will go a long way in ensuring your safety in an emergency.
Being prepared begins with building a disaster supply kit and having a plan. Basic supplies can be purchased at the UWG bookstore and local stores. UWG prepares for emergencies and has general supplies and food on hand but we cannot provide for every specific need. It is always a good idea to make sure that you, as an individual, are prepared and have anything you may need in an emergency.
Keep your Live Safe information up to date.
Carry your UWG ID at all times for identification and access on campus.
As you use your UWD ID to access buildings, do not allow unknown people to enter the building behind you.
During hours of darkness, walk only in lighted areas, and use your LiveSafe app Safe walk function, if you feel the need.
Report any activity or objects out of place to UWG Police (911 or 678-839-6000)
For any building you use, always know two exits that do not require the use of an elevator.
Always evacuate if the fire alarm sounds.
In the event of an incident outside, stay inside the building, you are in unless advised otherwise by public safety officials.
In the event of an incident in your building, take your UWG ID, purse, wallet, keys, and cell phone, then leave and go to another place of safety on campus.
Have a communication plan for contacting family members, and include someone who lives in another region who can pass a message home.
During an emergency, stay in touch with what is happening on campus checking the UWG homepage (westga.edu) and monitoring your UWG e-mail account.
Below is the FEMA recommended supplies for a Basic Emergency 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 and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- 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
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps (Know where important resources are on campus such as UWG Police, the Counseling Center, and Health Services)
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
UWG will provide you with information during an emergency but it is still a good idea to develop a basic plan and take a few steps to ensure you are ready in case something happens. Here are a few basic tips in developing your plan:
- Program important information into your phone and have a printed backup of emergency phone numbers, medications you need, and other information that you would want in an emergency
- Know where your evacuation point is for your Residence Hall. Ask your RA or HRL for information.
- Know important locations such as the UWG Health Services, UWG Police and UWG Counseling center.
- Communicate to your family the method you will contact them in an emergency
- Practice for an emergency. Evacuate, contact your family, and simulate what you would do during a disaster.
The UWG Building Manager program is supported by the UWG Emergency Management, UWG Risk Management and UWG Police Department. This program supports the planning efforts of campus departments for a variety of emergencies that may arise and require immediate response. As with any safety program, the institution's responsibilities for emergency planning require the help and participation from all departments across campus.