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USU Departments Helpful Hints for Planning

Select a department team leader that can coordinate/ organize your department’s emergency response and preparedness. No one can do this alone, they will need help.

  1. Develop an emergency action plan. What would your department do if the campus was shutdown for a period of time? Are your employees crossed trained? Where would your employees shelter in-place if the need arises? Does your department have emergency food and water? A department emergency action plan template can be found on the USU Emergency Management website.
  2. Have an evacuation plan, accountability roster, and a “go bag” filled with emergency supplies.
  3. Faculty: Advise your students where to meet outside of building in case of evacuation. You will need to account for your students if the building is evacuated.
  4. If the fire alarm is activated, EVACUATE! Even if it is a false alarm, take the time to practice your evacuation plan and account for your employees.

Listed below are some suggestions for your department emergency supplies:

  • First Aid Supplies (bandages, gauze rolls, and gauze pads)
  • Bottled Water
  • Food (non-perishable)
  • Battery Operated Radio
  • Flashlight

Important Dos and Don'ts

  • Do keep a copy of this information with you at all times.
  • Do get to know the building/department evacuation and emergency action plan. Coordinate with other departments in your building.
  • Do make sure you are aware of the needs of anyone with disabilities in your areas of responsibility.
  • Do ensure your personal contact information is up-to-date with your department and in Banner.
  • Do understand your roles and responsibilities during an incident.
  • Do make sure students/employees under your supervision are aware of emergency procedures and you discuss these at the beginning of each semester.
  • Don’t re-enter a building after an evacuation until the “all clear” is given by a proper authority.
  • Don’t speak to the media. All inquiries should be directed to the Director of Public Relations and Marketing at (435) 797-1351.
  • Do sign up for CODE BLUE emergency alerts.
    1. * Log into USU Access ( and select Personal Information
    2. * Select View/Update CODE BLUE Emergency
    3. * Enter up to 5 voice/text message contact numbers (Alert Phone Numbers)