Consider These Things Before a Disaster
Discuss your planning with friends/roommates/local family members. Identify alternate meeting places in case of separation. Establish a contact person from outside the University. Make sure all roommates carry each others telephone numbers and understand the importance of checking in if someone becomes separated during a disaster, or to obtain everyone’s whereabouts.
Always make your family members aware of your arrangements. Make arrangements for special needs. Store sufficient personal survival supplies (see suggested list below). Store supplies to sustain you during relocation (see suggested list below).
Disaster Supply Kit: There are six basics that you should stock for your residence: water, food, first aid kit, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container. Possible containers include a camping backpack or a duffel bag. For a comprehensive list of supplies to include in your kit, visit http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/fdsk.pdf.
Evacuation by Vehicle: Keep a full tank of gasoline in your car. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and may be unable to pump gas during power outages. Carpool if feasible, to reduce highway congestion and delay. Listen to a battery-powered radio (or your car radio) and follow local evacuation instructions.
Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked. Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges. Do not drive into flooded areas. Stay away from downed power lines. Let others know where you are going. Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
Take with you the following items:
- Maps - Copies of important documents in a watertight container
- First aid kit and prescription medicines
- Jumper cables and other tools
- Nonperishable food and water to last at least 72 hours
- Bedding and extra clothing
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Photo ID
- Personal hygiene supplies (toothbrush, soap, deodorant, contact lens solution, sunscreen)
- Plastic garbage bags, toilet paper and paper towels
- Seasonal supplies such as insect repellent and sunscreen
- Games and books for children
- Extra necessities for anyone with special needs
For an in-depth guide to preparedness, access the publication Are You Ready? at www.fema.gov/areyouready/index.shtm.