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While the University plans to maintain essential support services for students following a disaster, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may take time to be restored. A key element of personal preparedness is the creation of a disaster supplies kit. Having a few supplies on hand can make the wait for those services to be restored more tolerable. Basic items to include are a flashlight (with spare batteries), first aid kit, pre-paid calling card, and a blanket. A bottle of water and non-perishable snacks are also recommended. Remind your student to keep personal needs items in their kit such as a supply of medications for a minimum of three days or an extra pair of eyeglasses. The federal government offers many more resources online to help you and your student build an emergency kit. 

Items for your student's emergency kit:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Water (one gallon of water per person per day; unopened commercially bottled water is recommended)
  • Non-perishable snacks (three-day supply)
  • Prescription medications (three-day supply)
  • Eyeglasses 
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask
  • Copy of important documents, such as driver’s license and your family's emergency plan 
  • Moist towelettes
  • Blanket
  • Rain poncho or large garbage bag