Preparing for an emergency

Preparing for an emergency

Be prepared: Make a plan. Get a kit. Keep informed.

Once an emergency occurs, how well it is handled depends on the planning done beforehand. Planning for a wide range of emergencies will give you the tools to act quickly and decisively when seconds matter the most.

You can plan for emergencies at any level; build your personal plan or work with your colleagues to develop emergency response procedures for your residence, department or building. Sharing preparedness information with your family and colleagues will help everyone be more resilient.

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  1. Familiarise yourself with the information on this site telling you what to do and what to expect.

  2. Enter the University Security (emergency on campus) contact phone number into your mobile phone (free-call 1800 646 501). If you have access to an internal phone make sure the on-campus emergency phone number is visible for users (see contacts page for details). Ensure your contact details with the University and your on-campus residence manager are current (email and phone) and for staff, sign-up through eCentre for emergency SMS alerts to your mobile.

  3. Check the emergency procedures on the During an Emergency page - it's best to know beforehand what to do in an emergency.

  4. Ensure your personal Emergency Kit is stocked with the necessary items you may need.

  5. Check the Emergency homepage for up to date information.

If internet access is disrupted, information will be conveyed to staff and students via other sources.

As a responsible and safe education provider and employer, the University is committed to ensuring we are well prepared to respond quickly and appropriately in an emergency situation.


University Emergency procedures posters

In 2014 the University awarded an Innovation Grant to the Emergency and Risk Management team to create some emergency procedures posters. These posters are displayed across all University sites in high-use areas and are intended primarily as a preparedness tool prior to emergencies as well as a "memory jogger" during an emergency.

If you would like to order extra posters to display in for example, your office, workshop, laboratory or near your first aid kit, or if you need to replace a damaged poster, then please contact emergency@cdu.edu.au and they will be forwarded to you free of charge.


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University emergency planning

To ensure the safety of all members of the University community, an Emergency Management Plan has been developed. This EMP tells you how and when the University will respond in the event of an emergency. The EMP also outlines the roles and responsibilities of everyone – including you - before, during and after an emergency.

It is recommended that each University department and faculty has an emergency communications plan, a business continuity plan, hazard identification and risk mitigation plan and an emergency resources and contacts list.

To assist with this, you can contact the Emergency and Risk Management team – emergency@cdu.edu.au.


Communications during an emergency

In the event of an emergency that affects multiple people and/or University sites, an alert will be issued to the University community. The alert will advise if classes are suspended and whether students and staff need to make travel plans in the event of a University closure.

Alert updates will be made available to the wider University community on the University Emergency Homepage (cdu.edu.au/emergency) and will include:

  • Official University instructions regarding class cancellation and University closure.
  • Links to information on progress and tracking of the event.
  • Links to emergency services, government and other relevant sites.
  • Updates on when the University will reopen and when classes will resume after the event.

University closure

If required, the Vice-Chancellor (or designate) will make the decision to close all or part of the University, or a specific campus.


Personal emergency planning

Many disasters will affect essential services and possibly disrupt your ability to travel and/or communicate with family and colleagues. You may be confined to your home, or forced to evacuate your neighbourhood or campus.

In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, emergency services will not be able to get help to everyone as quickly as needed. It is strongly recommended that you plan to look after yourself for at least three days (72 hours) in the event of a disaster.

You can get a copy of a household emergency plan and checklist from your local Council or emergency services website - refer to the Who can help in an Emergency.


University Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs)

A PEEP is a written document that sets out the agreed actions to be undertaken in relation to a person who is unable to self-evacuate a building in the event of an emergency. People may be unable to self-evacuate a building due to a permanent or temporary impairment.

The contents of a PEEP will provide information about how the person requiring assistance is to be informed about the emergency and what assistance may be required to evacuate the building/area.

A PEEP is a personalised plan, the contents of which are primarily devised by the person who may be unable to self-evacuate a building/area in a safe or timely manner in an emergency, in consultation with relevant CDU staff members.

Assistance to develop a PEEP

Students should contact:

  • Equity Services
  • Chief Wardens
  • Building/Area Wardens
  • Floor/Zone Wardens
  • Manager, Campus Residence
  • Campus/Centre Administrators

Staff should contact:

  • Chief Wardens
  • Building/Area Wardens
  • Campus/Centre Administrators
  • Office of Human Resource Services

Further information on PEEPs can be found on the FAQ webpage.

A suggested PEEP template (DOCX 185KB) can be found on the Governance webpages.

Evacuation kit

An evacuation kit is a portable kit that normally contains the items you would require to survive for 72 hours, when evacuating from a disaster. The focus is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival.

The primary purpose of an evacuation kit is to allow you to evacuate quickly if a disaster should strike. It is therefore prudent to gather all of the materials and supplies that might be required to do this into a single place, such as a bag or a few storage containers. In addition to allowing you to survive a disaster evacuation, an evacuation kit may also be used when sheltering in place as a response to emergencies such as house fires, blackouts, cyclones, and other severe natural disasters.

Think about having an evacuation kit handy in your car, office, student residence and at home... just in case.

Evac kit checklist


Emergency kit

An emergency kit is a package of basic tools and supplies prepared in advance as an aid to survival in an emergency. Emergency kits, in a variety of sizes, contain supplies and tools to provide a survivor with basic shelter against the elements, help you to keep warm, meet basic health and first aid needs, provide food and water, signal to rescuers, and assist in finding the way back to help.

Emergency kit checklist

(Source: Get Ready Queensland - Disaster Management)

The Emergency homepage is the main source of information if an emergency impacts the University. You can find current information on your campus/centre conditions and any active alerts.

Make yourself aware of the University’s Emergency Management Plan (PDF 82KB) and recommended emergency procedures.

For emergency and useful contact numbers refer to Who Can Help in an Emergency.

For links to important information refer to useful information and links.