Emergency Preparation

The TAMU Emergency Preparedness webpage provides guidelines to students on what they should do in an emergency. The 12th Man Emergency Playbook outlines procedures on how students, faculty, and staff should respond in case of an evacuation, severe weather, fire, medical emergency, or a personal safety emergency. Texas A&M University has an Emergency Operations Plan which describes how university departments and local emergency responders will respond during a variety of emergencies on campus.

Texas A&M University is committed to providing an educational climate that is conducive to the personal and professional development of each individual. Texas A&M University and the Division of Student Affairs realize that crises, or critical incidents, will occur and that these crises can have a significant effect on the larger community. Such critical incidents will require an effective and timely response.

Texas A&M University and the Division of Student Affairs have developed a Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), consisting of university administrators and staff, to best respond to the critical incidents involving students. CIRT is available 24/7, 365 days a year to help students on and off campus during a critical incident.

To activate CIRT, please contact the Texas A&M University Police Department at 979.845.2345. 
For general information or questions about CIRT, please call Student Assistance Services at 979.845.3113 or https://studentlife.tamu.edu/sas/emergencies/


  • Be aware of your surroundings. Being aware of where you are and what is happening around you can help you to understand how information, events, and your own actions will impact your safety and your ability to protect yourself, both now and in the near future.
  • Protect yourself. Based upon your assessment of the situation, use your best judgment to protect yourself and, if possible, others.
  • Call for help. Any emergency service can be summoned by calling 911.
  • Help others. Once you are safely away from the danger, warn others of the hazard and help if you can without putting yourself in danger.

Emergency Procedures

Preparation in Personal Emgergency
The purpose of this webpage is to serve as a guideline for actions you can take to prepare you and your family in case you experience a personal (i.e. physical or mental) emergency. 

Keep all of your important documents in a safe place (in your home, at the bank, and/or electronically) and let someone you trust know where these documents can be found. If possible, have documents translated to English:
  • Banking institution(s) used, account numbers, balance in accounts
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport & other immigration documents
  • Social Security card
  • Car title
  • Overall list of all debts and assets (i.e. accounts, credit cards, etc.)
  • Copies of medical records
  • List of prescription medications
  • Proof of vaccinations
Always carry these important documents with you.
  • Photocopy of I-20/DS-2019, passport, visa, I-94
    • You may carry any one of the following versions of the I-94 card: A copy of the front and back of the paper I-94 card, most recent United States admission stamp in the passport that states F-1/J-1 and D/S, a copy of the electronic I-94 card
    • When you leave the Bryan/College Station area, you should bring your original immigration documents in addition to the photocopies
  • Any other visa/immigration papers
  • Health insurance card
  • Driver license
  • Texas A&M University ID
  • Car registration and insurance card
  • This form allows you to indicate the beneficiaries of your bank account(s)
  • You should complete such a form and provide it to the bank when you set up your account(s)
  • Ask for this form even if bank does not offer it
  • If no beneficiary is named, your family will have to go to court and hire an attorney to access your money upon your death
You can register yourself as an organ, tissue and eye donor in the State of Texas, which means that after you die, specific organs and tissues you select will be donated to individuals in need

Learn more at https://www.donatelifetexas.org/

Visit Student Legal Services to create and file the following documents:

Offices of the Dean of Student Life
Texas A&M University
Student Services Building, 2nd Floor
471 Houston St. College Station, TX 77843-1257
Phone: 979.845.3111

Living Will (or Advanced Directive)

  • Indicates your preference for specific treatments (i.e. life support) if you cannot make decisions for yourself

Durable Power of Attorney

  • Designates someone to make business decisions and actions on your behalf (i.e. pay rent, buy/sell items, sign name to contracts, etc.), which continues beyond incapacitation

Durable Medical Power of Attorney

  • Designates someone (relative or trusted friend) to make life-or-death medical decisions for you if you cannot, which continues beyond incapacitation 


  • A will is a legal document showing how your property should be distributed and who should become the guardian for your children after your death
  • If you are single and have no children, you should not need to create a will unless you own property (i.e. a home) or you do not want your assets to be distributed evenly among your parents
  • If you are married and/or have children, a will is highly encouraged
  • If you have children, you should name a guardian (to raise the child) and a trustee (to manage the child’s money) in your will.
  • It is best to complete your will in the State of Texas, even if you already had one done in another state or country.
SchoolSafety.gov has free resources to help schools prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from emergency situations. The website was updated to include information regarding COVID-19.