Health Emergency

What is a Health Emergency?  

A health emergency is the rare situation when something unusual creates the potential for widespread illness among a group of people.

Examples of possible health emergencies include the following:

  • A large outbreak of bacterial meningitis
  • A large foodbourne outbreak
  • An act of bioterrorism such as the intentional release of anthrax spores or another biological agent
  • A large chemical spill or release that results in multiple injuries
  • An influenza pandemic

What can you do to prepare for a health emergency on location?

  • Keep yourself in good health.  This includes getting a seasonal flushot, eating a healthy diet, exercising and not smoking.  For more good health information, check out our Health Tips page.
  • Practice infection control measures now.  Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently.  Cover your cough and sneeze into a tissue; dispose of the tissue and wash your hands.  Avoid close contact with others when you are ill.
  • Make a communication plan with your family.  Create a list of important contacts and discuss alternative ways to communicate if necessary.  This might include prearranged meeting places or communication through a third party, such as a relative.  If you live in student housing, discuss with your family when and how you might leave location in the event of an emergency.

Want more info?

Read RMU's Health Tips.

Robert Morris University Illinois is a private, not-for-profit associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree-granting institution, accredited by the Higher learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604, 312.263.0456) and authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza Suite 333, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377, 217.782.2551, IBHE Feedback). Robert Morris serves over 4500 students interested in getting an education that meets the demands of today's business, graphic arts, health care, culinary and technical world at its main campus in Chicago as well as at locations in Arlington Heights, DuPage, Elgin, Orland Park, Schaumburg, Springfield, Peoria and Lake County.