Emergency Preparations

In the event of an emergency that requires normal operations to be put on hold so that the university can respond quickly to a developing situation, all students will be informed by university personnel — faculty, resident directors and assistants, or other academic and administrative staff — to gather as a group at a specified location.

It is assumed that non-resident students will want to return to the safety of their own homes and families if possible. Unless the situation warrants otherwise, they will be allowed to do so. From that point on, university administration will work in conjunction with local and state officials to determine if any further action is required.

If asked to evacuate, students in residence halls will be asked to wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket, pillow, flashlight, prescription medications, and any valuable belongings. We will have additional bedding and food supplies on hand in the unlikely event that students and staff would be required to remain at one of the gathering points, or at an evacuation center, for any length of time. All items left in the room should be removed from the floor and placed on top of the bed, chest, or closet. Everything should be unplugged, except for your micro fridge.

In Case of Emergency (ICE)In an emergency, time is critical. Programming your emergency contacts into your cell phone using the designation ICE (In Case of Emergency) enables emergency service providers and public safety personnel to get answers quickly in the event that you are incapacitated.

Here’s how it works:

  • Program multiple ICE contacts by labeling your mobile phone directory with ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 or ICE MOM, ICE DAD, or ICE SISTER.
  • If you are under 18, make sure your ICE contact is a parent or guardian authorized to make decisions on your behalf.
  • Make sure the person whose name and number you are giving has agreed to be your ICE contact.
  • Provide an ICE contact’s number that is easy to reach.
  • Your ICE contact should have a list of people to call on your behalf (next of kin, your place of work, etc.).
  • Alert your ICE contact to any medical conditions that could affect your emergency treatment (your allergies, current medication, etc.).

For ICE-related information at a JWU campus, contact the following:


North Miami