Emergency Preparedness



WCU has a range of strategies in place to promote a safe environment and respond to emergencies as part of the institution’s emergency preparedness efforts. Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of every individual in the Western Carolina University community. Unfortunately we never know when an emergency might happen, but planning now for how you would respond will help you remain calm, think clearly and react appropriately to any disaster.

Take responsibility for your own safety by being prepared with plans and an emergency supply kit. This not only increases your ability to survive, but reduces the risk and workload of first responders, emergency medical services, fire fighters and law enforcement.

Important Numbers

On-campus: dial 8911
Off-campus: dial 911
University Police: 828-227-7301

Student Preparedness checklist

This is a checklist for students of Western Carolina University to assess their knowledge in being prepared for an emergency. All students should be able to affirm the following statements:

  • Information in MyWCU is accurate for how I want to be notified in case of an emergency (mywcu.wcu.edu).
  • I have programmed the WCU Police Department’s phone numbers into my phone 828-227-7301 (non-emergency) 828-227-8911 (emergency)
  • My roommates and/or close friends know how to contact my family or other emergency contact.
  • My parents know how to contact my roommates and/or close friends in case of emergencies.
  • My emergency contacts are clearly labeled in my cell phone and information foremergency contacts are accurate both in my phone and on MyWCU should they need to be contacted.
  • I know more than one way to get out of every building where I have classes, activities, or live.
  • If one exit is blocked, I can get out of the building using a different exit. I am familiar with the fire exits in my residence hall / home and in the buildings in which I have classes.
  • I know how to get to the WCU Health Center if I get sick.
  • I have an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, a weather radio, fresh batteries, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, and other items. A listing of essential kit items is available at: http://www.ready.gov
  • I know where to shelter in place in case of severe weather such as a tornado. For a severe weather shelter area, I should avoid windows and areas where there might be flying glass, exterior walls, rooms with high ceilings such as auditoriums, and I should try to get to one of the lowest levels in the building.
  • When I go out at night, I have a plan on how I will get home. I have friends that I can call to pick me up if I get stuck at a party or location where I feel uncomfortable. My roommates/friends know where I am going and the people I am with. 
  • I know the housing staff for my residence hall, including my Resident Assistant, Resident Director/Assistant Resident Director and other staff in case there is an emergency or other problem.
  • Parents may sign up for Emergency Notifications at (www.getrave.com/login/wcu) and clicking “Register”. Students are automatically enrolled with their contact number listed in MyWCU.

student preparedness Checklist

Faculty & Staff Preparedness

Faculty and staff should visit the Office of Safety and Risk Management's web site to reference items such as occupational health and safety, hazardous materials, fire safety, and much more. Additionally a checklist has been provided to assess your preparedness for an emergency.


Campus Safety Programs 

FAmily Preparedness

Making a famly emergency plan, practicing the plan, and using the plan are key to responding to an emergency. Take this short quiz to determine your readiness quotient.  Take time also to familiarize yourself with the campus annual safety report that details information about notification, crime, and incidents on our campus.


Emergency Plan

Emergency Kit List


Items to include in an emergency supply kit:

  • Water - 1 gallon per person per day for 3 to 7 days
  • Food – non-perishable and canned food supply for 3 to 7 days
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  Weather Radio with extra batteries
  • Cell phone with charger
  • First aid kit and first aid book
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off water
  • Blanket or sleeping bag – 1 per person
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, feminine supplies
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Important documents – insurance policies, copy of driver’s license, Social Security card, bank account records
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Cash and change

More on emergency supplies

Office of Web Services