General Preparedness and Safety

Emergency Procedures Reference Guide
(This link will redirect you to the Campus Public Safety which contains additional resources specific to safety and hazard mitigation.)


Quick reference guides for Staff, Faculty and Students.  These guides provide a snapshot for how to prepare for a variety of hazards.

Personal Preparedness Guide
Provides preparedness and response information for Faculty, Staff and Students

Travel Preparedness Guide
Provides general travel preparedness guidance for both domestic and international travel.

Classroom Preparedness
Classroom Safety Briefing - provides a script as guidance for conducting a classroom safety briefing.

Preparedness Supplement
Provides additional resources, links and insight into how to build resiliency in the face of disaster.

Visitor Preparedness Guide
For groups coming on campus for extended periods of time please contact Amy Rasmussen to request a Safety Binder for that group.
Safety Binders will include:

  • A Visitor Preparedness Guide with response information specific to guests
  • Fire Extinguisher Guide - one-page instruction with pictures on the proper use of fire extinguishers
  • Campus map
  • Evacuation maps of spaces used by the visiting group
  • Boxer Alert Temporary Subscription Instructions - this will allow visitors to sign up to receive emergency alerts during their stay on campus.  Groups will be unsubscribed once their stay has ended.

Inclement Weather
Click on the images and/or links below to learn more about weather related impacts. 

evergreen trees on a snowy landscape 
Winter Weather
Learn how to prepare for and stay safe during winter weather.

National Weather Service - Winter Safety

Be Winter Weather Ready

Working in Cold Weather - OSHA Alert

Winter Storm Preparedness - Red Cross

Preparing for Winter Storms - CDC

Build a Disaster Supply Kit (Go Bag)



Flooded street with a house and speed limit sign almost underwater 
Flooding can occur anytime of year and can be minor or catastrophic.

Basic Flood Preparedness

Flood Safety - Red Cross

Flood Preparedness and Response - OSHA

Turn Around Don't Drown - Flood Water Avoidance

Flood Safety - CDC




thermometer showing extreme heat with a sunny background 
Extreme Heat
Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. 

Keep pets safe in the heat - Humane Society Guidance

OSHA Rules for Heat Illness and Prevention

Required Oregon OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Training

Washington County - Extreme Heat

Multnomah County  - Help for When It's Hot

Extreme Heat Preparedness - FEMA Guidance

storm clouds with lightning

palm trees blowing in high winds
High Winds

High Wind Safety - National Weather Service

High Winds - What to Do

Trees & Storms - Purdue Ext. Study

smog and smoke in the air with buildings barely visible in the background
Air Quality

Natural Hazards
Click on the images below to learn more about other natural hazards that could impact our area. 

corner of a building with brick and masonry damaged by earthquake
The Pacific Northwest is part of a very active earthquake region. Although they can occur with very little warning there are things you can do to stay safe.

Earthquake Preparedness and Response - OSHA

Earthquake Preparedness and Response

Cascadia Subduction Zone - Hazards & Preparedness

Cascadia Earthquake - Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

highway road with mud and debris blocking it from a landslide
A variety of other hazards like flood, heavy rainfall, wildfire impacts, earthquakes and heavy snow melt can all cause landslides.

mount St. Helens volcanic ash cloud
The Pacific Northwest is home to the most active volcanoes in the US. Understanding the risks and knowing what to do is more important than one might think.

Hood River with wildfires across on the Washington state side
Every year widlfires cause millions of dollars in damage, destroy communities, and take lives. Prevention and preparedness can save lives and aid in reocvery efforts.

Technological and Man-made Disasters
Click on the images below to learn more about other human caused hazards.

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Cyber Attack
Cyber attacks are malicious attempts to access or damage a computer or network system. Cyber attacks can lead to the loss of money or the theft of personal, financial and medical information. 
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Active Threat
These threats often occur in confined spaces like offices and classrooms but may also occur at outdoor gatherings.  Although sometimes scary or hard to talk about, it is important to prepare and train for these events.
protesters in teh street with fire in the background
Civil Unrest
Peaceful protest and rallies can sometimes escalate into contentious and potentially dangerous situations.
dynamite sticks with a clock timer
Bomb Threat
Always assume a bomb threat is real.  Often intended to cause disruption to business or academic schedules these threats should be responded to immediately.
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Hazardous Materials
Hazardous materials can include explosives, flammable and combustible substances, poisons and radioactive materials. Emergencies can happen during production, storage, transportation, use or disposal. You are at risk when chemicals are used unsafely or released in harmful amounts where you live, work or play.
downed power lines laying in the street
Power Outages
Infrastructure like power, water, gas, etc. can fail.  It is important to know how to adapt until services can be restored.