Emergency Preparedness
Be Prepared: What To Keep On Hand

In extreme emergencies such as icing, extended power outage, illness outbreak, epidemic, etc., University services (e.g., heat, lights, food supplies) may be interrupted or curtailed and routine means of communication with family and friends (e.g., cellular and land line phones, Internet) may be compromised for short (e.g., hours, next day) or extended (e.g., days or weeks) periods of time.

Items we recommend you bring with you on move-in day or obtain once you are on campus:
  • analog touch-tone telephone kept plugged into your room's phone jack
  • battery-powered AM radio, extra batteries, flashlight
  • first aid supplies including band aids, sterile gauze pads and tape, gloves, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, pain relievers, masks
  • extra soap, toilet paper, towelettes and tissues
  • anti-bacterial (waterless) hand gel
  • cleaning supplies, including mild disinfectants
  • heavy duty gloves
  • small bottle of bleach, plastic bags, duct tape
  • manual can opener
Additional items to keep readily available, in the event you need to leave your room with very little warning:
  • cash, small denominations, some in quarters (credit cards, ATMs may not work if regional phone demand is too high)
  • any prescription or over-the-counter medicines
  • personal items such as cellular phone, glasses, contact lens solution, cherished photos
  • valuables such as laptop and jewelry
  • copies of financial papers, bank account numbers, other important documents
  • hat/cap, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • "go bag" with sturdy shoes, socks, changes of clothing
  • feminine supplies
  • inventory of belongings left behind in room, especially any valuables
Additional items you should always keep on hand in your room:
  • up to two-week supply of bottled water
  • up to two-week supply of non-perishable foods
  • extra supplies of food and other things you like and use the most
  • campus and area maps
  • airtight containers for food
  • blanket