Employees Asked to Update Emergency Contacts in Portal

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During National Preparedness Month, the Department of Public Safety urges all Southeast employees to check their emergency contact information on file with the University and update it with any new information.

To update emergency contact information, log in to portal.semo.edu and select the ‘Employee SS’ tab. The ‘Update Emergency Contacts’ link appears in the Personal Information box in the upper right corner of the page.

As you review the information, consider listing multiple contacts. Adding an out-of-town or out-of-state contact is recommended in the event of a regional emergency during which communication methods are widely affected. During an emergency or natural disaster, telephone systems may experience large volumes of calls that make it difficult to place a call. The telephone system may be down altogether, and it is likely that it will be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town. An out-of-state contact may be in a better position to communicate with separated family members.

Because your family may not be together when disaster strikes, it is important to plan in advance. Be sure every member of your family knows your family’s emergency plan including the phone number of the out-of-state contact and has the means to contact them. For more information regarding emergency communication or a family emergency plan, contact Beth Glaus in the Department of Public Safety at ext. 2963 or e-mail her at baglaus@semo.edu.