UDC Prepared

Planning and awareness is key during any emergency event. UDC Prepared is a community awareness program, based on FEMA’s Ready campaign, which encourages individuals to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. Through this program, Emergency Management provides response and recovery from predictable hazards and emergencies in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the university community.


Are you prepared for an Emergency? Making a plan is fundamental to personal safety and is an essential part of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from any incident or emergency you may face.

Individuals should plan for the following:


  • Know alternate exit routes
  • Identify assembly areas (near & far)



  • Identify a safe location to shelter
  • Know how to protect and isolate yourself from the threat



  • Consider a variety of ways to keep in contact with family, friends, roommates, and co-workers in case communications and information technology infrastructure is damaged or overwhelmed


People with Accessibility and Functional Needs

  • Include family, friends, roommates, and co-workers in your plan by helping them understand your needs during an emergency


Building an emergency go kit is one of the first steps of becoming prepared. Emergency and first-aid kits should be easily accessible and portable, in case you need to evacuate. It is recommended that you have separate go-kits for your home, office, and car. Each kit should contain least three days of supplies to sustain yourself. Here are a few items recommended by READY.GOV:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Flashlight & extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Radio & extra batteries
  • Medications & items for unique needs
  • Cash and coins
  • Clothing and comfortable shoes
  • Important documents
  • Filter mask or cotton t-shirt
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Whistle
  • Mobile device charger

In addition, consider the needs of others in your family including children, the elderly, and pets. For pre-made, ready for purchase emergency go-kits, the UDC Public Safety and Emergency Management recommends visiting the Red Cross Store



The university utilizes several different methods to notify the UDC community of emergency situations and safety-related information.

UDC Alert powered by LiveSafe

  • UDC Alert provides a direct connection to the UDC Police Department’s Emergency Communications Center. UDC Alerts may be sent via email, text, push, and social media. Download LiveSafe today.

UDC Communications


  • In conjunction with UDC Alert, UDC Communications provides notification and/or advice for incident preparation through UDC Email, Website, MyUDC portal, and social media.

UDC Information Line 202.274.5000

  • This line provides recorded information regarding the university’s status and any pertinent information.

Media Outlets

  • UDC may contact local media outlets with emergency information such as weather-related delays and closings.

Government Alert Systems

In addition to UDC Alert, you may choose to sign up to receive alerts from your local jurisdiction.

  • Capital Region Updates is a clearinghouse for emergency alert systems in the National Capital Region including the District of Columbia’s AlertDC.
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts may be issued by the National Weather Service (for severe weather alerts in your current location) or by the President of the United States. These alerts will be received on any WEA-capable devices.


Emergency Procedures
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Emergency Management
Office of Training | Compliance |Emergency Management
Building 39/C04
phone 202.274.5050
email police@udc.edu

Emergency Telephone Numbers

University Police – 202.274.5050
Local Emergencies – 911
Risk Management – 202.274.7178
Campus Services – 202.274.5865
University Health Services – 202.274.5030
University Information Line – 202.274.5000
Mayor’s Citywide Call Center – 202.727.1000


Emergency Communications Center
Building 39, Room C04
p | 202.274.5050
f | 202.274.7486

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