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Travelers, Listen Up

Keep these safety tips in mind when traveling:

  • Pack essential items. Water, first aid kit, an emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, and important documents or information you may need.
  • Let family and friends know your itinerary. Make sure they know where you will be staying and how to reach you.
  • Make a plan. Find out what the disaster safety procedures are where you are staying. Identify how you would get out of the building in case you need to evacuate. Also, locate safe places inside should you need to take cover during a disaster, such as an earthquake or tornado.
  • Know the area before you travel. Learn about the area you are visiting. Find out what disasters may occur in the place where you are traveling.
  • Pay attention to the local forecast. Travel and weather web sites can help you avoid storm seasons, severe heat and other regional challenges that could impact your safety.
  • Have emergency numbers ready. Make a list of numbers of emergency responders (e.g. police, fire). Also, if you are in a disaster, remember to register on the Safe and Well web site on so family and friends can find you and know you're OK.

If traveling internationally, register with the U.S. Department of State for travel information, warnings, and alerts at For students traveling abroad, visit

For more emergency preparedness information, contact U.Va.'s Office of Emergency Preparedness: 434-982-0565 or