Get Prepared

Prepare before an emergency ever arises to best protect yourself and others.  

  • Register or update your contact information in the YU UPDATE emergency notification system. 
  • Know your surroundings: identify emergency exits in your building and familiarize yourself with emergency evacuation procedures.  
  • Know your responsibilities: if you are responsible for communicating with staff, faculty or students in your department/area, understand how to do so quickly and prepare in advance key emergency response information. Administrative and academic department supervisors should pre-determine outside meeting spaces for your faculty and staff in the case of a fire/emergency evacuation of  your building. 
  • Know the University’s emergency contact numbers: Wilf Campus: 212.960.5200; Israel Henry Beren Campus: 212.340.7796; Brookdale Center Campus (Cardozo Law): 212.790.0303; Ferkauf Campus (Bronx): 718.430.2019   
  • If you see something suspicious, report it immediately to Campus Security or call 911. 

Emergency Supply Kit

For your workplace, where you might be confined for several hours, or perhaps overnight, the following supplies are recommended.

Flashlight with extra batteries

Use the flashlight to find your way if the power is out. The use candles or any other open flame for emergency lighting is prohibited.

Battery-powered radio

News about the emergency may change rapidly as events unfold. You also will be concerned about family and friends in the area. Radio reports will give information about the areas most affected.


Enough non-perishable food to sustain you for at least one day (three meals), is suggested. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. The following items are suggested:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meals, meats, fruits, etc.
  • Canned juices.
  • High-energy foods (granola bars, energy bars, etc.).


Keep bottle water available, One gallon of water or more if you are on medications that require water or that increase thirst.


Include usual non-prescription medications that you take, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, etc. If you use prescription medications, keep at least a three-day' supply of these medications at your workplace. Consult with your physician or pharmacist how these medications should be stored, and your employer about storage concerns.

Tools and Supplies

  • Paper plates and cups, plastic utensils,  plastic garbage bags
  • Personal hygiene items, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, soap, contact lens supplies and feminine supplies.
  • Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear, including a long sleeved shirt and long pants, as well as closed-toed shoes or boots.