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As we learned from the events of September 11, 2001, the following things can happen after a terrorist attack:
  • There can be significant numbers of casualties and/or damage to buildings and the infrastructure. Keep up-to-date information about any medical needs you may have and how to contact your designated beneficiaries.
  • Heavy law enforcement involvement at local, state and federal levels follows a terrorist attack due to the event’s criminal nature.
  • Health and mental health resources in the affected communities can be strained to their limits, maybe even overwhelmed.
  • Extensive media coverage, strong public fear, and international implications and consequences can continue for a prolonged period.
  • Workplaces and schools may be closed, and there may be restrictions on domestic and international travel.
  • You may have to evacuate an area, avoiding roads blocked for your safety.
  • Clean-up may take many months.
  • Be familiar with SCU Prepared and its emergency plans
  • Know your evacuation area
  • Assemble a disaster supply kit for your automobile, locker, or office

If Disaster Strikes

  • Remain calm and be patient.
  • Follow the advice of Campus Safety and local emergency officials.
  • Listen to a global communication source for news and instructions.
  • If the disaster occurs near you, check for injuries. Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people. Try to contact Campus Safety at x333 if possible.
  • Do not use the telephone unless it is a life-threatening emergency.


  • You can provide a minimal amount of protection to your breathing by covering your mouth and nose with a damp cloth.
  • Close all windows.
  • Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Go to an above-ground room (not the basement) with the fewest windows and doors.
  • Wet some towels and jam them in the crack under the doors.
  • Stay in the room and listen to your communication source and Campus Safety officers until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate.