Welcome to ZagReady!
Welcome to the main resource for emergency preparedness education materials for the Gonzaga University community. Gonzaga is a safe and secure campus, and natural emergencies or disasters are relatively rare occurrences in Spokane. However, there is always the possibility that a hazard, weather event, or other disaster might impact the Gonzaga community. Preparedness and planning before an event helps increase the resiliency of individuals and the campus population.
The ZagReady! program collects together resources and information to help students, staff, faculty, and community members prepare for emergency situations on campus. This is a collaborative effort with input from many different departments and experts across campus and the public safety field. This page is under development, so check back frequently for more content and information. Students, staff, and faculty may also wish to visit the MyGU site for more detailed information.
Gonzaga University embraces an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness, which means all members of our community should be familiar with three basic protective actions that will help during any emergency or disaster situation. These three actions are evacuation, shelter in place, and avoid the area.
Evacuation protective actions move people away from dangerous conditions or situations, and are often associated with fires or earthquakes. Click on the 'Evacuations' link to the right for more information.
Shelter in Place protective actions move people inside to shelter during a dangerous situation. These are often for a relatively short period of time and are most commonly associated with responses to hazardous weather or chemical exposures.
Avoid the Area protective actions are used to close part or all of the Campus and minimize access to dangerous situations. This may include sending individuals home or to off-site shelter locations.
This section provides important information about what to do before, during, and after medical emergencies you may encounter on campus. This includes information for you as a bystander, or if you experience the emergency yourself. This section also contains information on where to find resources for CPR, AED, and first aid training.
Lockdown/Run, Hide, Fight
This section contains information on how to protect yourself when you encounter individuals armed with weapons and intent on inflicting violence. These behaviors build on the basic protective actions covered earlier, and include some important specific information.
Hazard Specific Resources
Although Gonzaga University embraces an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness, it is useful to have specific information about hazards. This also better helps prepare individuals to stay safe during specific incidents that may not quite rise to the emergency level. Some sample topics include severe winter weather, air quality concerns, extreme heat, flooding, and infectious disease.
Some Important Terms to Know:
Watch: Forecast issued well in advance to alert the public of the possibility of a particular weather related hazard (e.g. tornado watch, flash flood watch). The occurrence, location and timing may still be uncertain. If you receive a watch notification, prepare to take action.
Warning: Forecast issued when weather or hazard is "imminent" or already occurring (e.g., tornado warning, flood warning). A warning is used for conditions posing threat to life or property. If you receive a warning notification, take protective action immediately.
Evacuate: To immediately leave a hazard location (ie: building, area of campus, etc.) due to an immediate health or life-threatening hazard.
Shelter in Place: To go and stay indoors when a situation occurs that may be a hazard to health or is life-threatening. Stay inside, secure doors and windows, turn off fans and air conditioners. Remain in place until told it is safe to leave.
Lockdown: To secure a space to protect occupants from individuals intent on inflicting violence, typically with a weapon of some kind. Move to a pre-designated space if possible, lock and barricade doors and windows, turn off lights, and seek shelter behind sturdy objects. Begin evaluating Run, Hide, Fight responses. Remain in place until first responders arrive or the lockdown is lifted.