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Get a Kit

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 small 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. A useful resource for additional information on emergency kits is http://www.vaemergency.com/readyvirginia/getakit.

Items for your student's emergency kit:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask
  • Moist towelettes
  • Rain poncho or large garbage bag
  • Prescription medications
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses as applicable
  • Copy of important documents, such as the communications plan and driver’s license
  • Bottle of water
  • Non-perishable snack