One of the biggest challenges the campus will face in a major emergency is helping the campus community and the university extended family get information about the safety of students, faculty and staff and ultimately help them reconnect following a disaster.
You play the biggest role in making this possible. Following an emergency it is critical that students, faculty and staff reach out to concerned love ones and let them know they are safe. The campus has procedures in place to help, but the reality of campus life makes perfect accountability impossible.
Often normal communications are disrupted in an emergency. So the university provides mechanisms for reporting who is known to be safe. If you are safe, or not even in the area, following a major emergency you should do the following:
- Attempt to contact your immediate family. (it is good practice to designate a common point of contact that your family & friends know to call)
- Provide information to university officials for rosters upon request.
- Register on the emergency database designed to share information in an emergency at reconnect.utk.edu.
4. If unable to register online, call the university safe line at 865-656-SAFE (7233) to be added to the database.