September 8, 2011 — You never know when an emergency situation will happen. To see you through the first critical hours of an emergency, it is essential to have supplies on hand and actions planned ahead of time. One of the easiest ways you can be prepared is by having an "emergency go bag." We recommend the following items:
• First-aid kit
• Flashlight and extra batteries and/or glow stick
• Whistle to signal for help
• Moist towelettes
• Rain poncho
• Prescription medications
• Extra pair of eyeglasses
• Bottle of water
• Non-perishable snacks
• Copies of important documents, such as your family communications plan and driver’s license.
It's also a great idea to have some essentials in your car, such as a flashlight and extra batteries, flares and reflectors, jumper cables, a basic tire repair kit, and a spare tire. Check out this Car Emergency Kit Checklist for ideas about how to prepare your vehicle in case of an emergency.
If you already have a kit, don't forget to refresh the contents.
In the support of National Preparedness Month, Hoos Ready is hosting a Make Your Own Safety Kit event on Sept. 25, from noon to 2 p.m., at the McCormick Road dorms quad.
For information, contact U.Va.'s Office of Emergency Preparedness: 434-982-0565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.