Be Ready CCU initiative

In an effort to prepare the University community for all hazards and threats, Emergency Management has created the Be Ready CCU preparedness initiative. Preparing for emergencies on campus is a shared responsibility among the students, faculty, and staff. Our disaster resilience as a campus community is strengthened if each individual is prepared. Be Ready CCU provides training and resources for students, faculty and staff to create hazard awareness and personal preparedness. CCU is committed to creating a culture of preparedness and providing the safety and security that will support an environment of learning and discovery for all. 


The Emergency Management Department participates in employee and student orientations and provides the Be Ready CCU emergency preparedness guide and CCU Emergency Supply Kit bags. Both are available for free to any member of the University community; download Be Ready CCU (PDF), or contact the Emergency Management staff at or 843-349-5088.

The Be Ready CCU (PDF) emergency preparedness guide provides information on emergency planning, preparing for ‌and responding to potential emergency situations. In addition to offering tips on basic preparedness and first aid, it includes an introduction with emergency preparedness information specific to CCU.

Everyone should have an emergency supply kit. The CCU Emergency Supply Kit bag has a list of basic emergency supply kit items on the front of the bag along with a list of personal items one would need when evacuating. This bag is great for on-campus and off-campus students to fill and keep in their room, commuting students can also put the kit in their car, and staff and faculty can use the emergency supply kit in their cars or offices.

CCU’s PrepareAthon! Day of Action

Disasters can strike anywhere and anytime. National Preparedness Month — observed every year in September — serves as a reminder that everyone must take action to prepare for the types of emergencies that can affect each of us. Being prepared for disasters is a shared responsibility. It takes the whole university community working together to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from the destructive forces of nature and other emergencies or disasters.

Severe Weather Preparedness Training

Severe Weather Preparedness Training is a two-hour class taught by CCU Emergency Management staff. The training provides information on the severe weather we are vulnerable to on campus, including hurricanes, and general actions to take to safeguard yourself and others during severe weather. The training also provides an overview on the National Weather Service warning products and weather terms and definitions. This training is available to any student group, University unit or department. NOAA Weather Radios are also distributed to University units or departments to place in their office area on campus. For additional information, contact the Emergency Management Department at or 843-349-5088.

National Weather Service SKYWARN™ Spotter Training

CCU Emergency Management hosts meteorologists from the local National Weather Service (NWS) office on campus for SKYWARN™ Spotter Training. Participants learn about storm development and structure, how to identify potential severe weather and basic severe weather safety. SKYWARN™ is the NWS program composed of trained volunteer weather spotters who coordinate and send reports of weather based phenomena to the NWS. SKYWARN™ Spotter training is free and open to the University community and the public.

In-person SKYWARN™ Spotter Training will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m in the Alford Ballroom (Room 105) located in Atheneum Hall. Participants are not required to join the SKYWARN™ volunteer program. There is no registration.