The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have it right. Be Prepared. In so many situations, it’s important to have a plan that you hope you’ll never need. Arming your student with a plan for how to proceed in an emergency means less anxiety for both your student and you. Hopefully, it’s a plan your student will never need, but he knows he’s prepared — just in case. Take time to talk with your student about his plan, work on it together, and make sure that you both know the details — just in case.
There are two general types of situations in which your student might need to leave campus quickly. The first situation entails an instance when the campus might need to be evacuated by all students. This might be a situation such as a weather emergency, an environmental threat, or other factor which affects all personnel at the college.
In the event of a general evacuation, the most important thing is for your student to carefully follow the instructions given by the institution. Almost all schools now have carefully considered plans for evacuating their campus in an emergency. Your student should look at the website or other material given to him by the college to make sure he knows what he is expected to do and how he will receive information.