Emergency Tips for College Students

Emergency Tips for College Students
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    College students have plenty on their minds and may not give much consideration to how a fire, an earthquake, a tropical storm or other weather event might impact their lives.

    That isn't unusual as few of us make these thoughts a priority.

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When a disaster does come up, we can hope that everything falls into place or, in the case of a pending event such as a late-season hurricane or a blizzard, there are ways that you can prepare. If you must evacuate your dorm, follow your college’s instructions as you make your way to safety. The following tips should always be kept in mind when preparing for a disaster.

1. Your personal identification — If you must suddenly leave your dorm room, don’t worry about your wallet and other personal effects. Get out immediately. When preparing for a pending storm, keep your identification handy. Your student card and other form of legal identification such as a driver’s license should always be kept with you.

2. Take out some cash — When electricity fails, ATMs go down too. Even so, bank machines are typically emptied and not as quickly replenished during significant weather events. Take out enough money to tide you over for at least one week. A credit card or a debit card can come in handy once power is restored too.

3. Your prescription medicines — If you rely on prescription medicines, you will want to keep these handy. Have enough on hand for at least a week following a disaster; renew your prescription if you start to run low.

4. Water and food — If you cannot return home in an emergency, expect that you will spend time at an emergency shelter. What you cannot expect is having enough water and food to tide you over until the storm passes and help reaches you. Pack enough water for at least three days and bring with you nonperishable food items including trail mix, energy bars, dried fruit and crackers.

5. Clothing and personal effects — Figure that wherever you go you will be able to bring one bag or suitcase, perhaps little else. Pack up you electronic devises, several changes of clothing and your personal grooming items and bring these with you. Include several trash bags — one can hold your dirty laundry and the others your trash.

6. Bedding and sleeping essentials — If you’re moved to a shelter, you may get a cot to sleep on, but don’t count on enough of them to have one for yourself. If you own a sleeping bag, bring it. Also bring blankets, a quilt and a pillow. Load up on bedding if your emergency is in cold weather as a power outage at a shelter without a backup generator can make your stay especially miserable.

7. Miscellaneous and more — There are a number of other items you can bring with you, provided that you have the room. These include: toilet paper, antibacterial soap, a working flashlight with an extra set of batteries, a radio, tools, cooking ware and utensils, and duct tape.

Dorm Readiness

Of course, you may think — how many college students have what they need on hand? Probably, that number is far too low. If you find yourself ill-prepared for an upcoming emergency, you’ll learn your lesson the hard way that keeping a stash of must have items handy is not only practical, but essential.

See Also — 4 Safety Tips for Roadside Emergencies

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