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Personal Preparedness

Consider These Things Before a Disaster:
  • Find out where the nearest two or three shelters are likely to be located.
  • Discuss your planning with friends/roommates/local family members.
  • Identify alternate meeting places in case of separation.
  • Establish a contact person from outside California.
  • Make sure all family members carry the telephone number of the contact and understand the importance of checking with that person if the family is separated during a disaster.
  • Alert family members outside the area of your plans.
  • Make arrangements for special needs.
  • Store sufficient personal survival supplies (see suggested list below).
  • Store supplies to sustain you during relocation (see suggested list below).
 
Suggested Personal Survival Supplies for your Vehicle:
  • Food and water for up to three days.
  • Blankets
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • A change of clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes
 
Suggested Items for Relocation:
  • Bedding
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Games, books
  • Medications
  • Special dietary foods
  • Valuable papers
  • Treasured photographs
  • Telephone lists
  • Photo ID with home address
  • Pens and paper
  • Personal hygiene supplies (e.g., toothbrush, soap, contact lens solution, sunscreen)
  • Change of clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes
 
Do NOT Bring to Relocation Shelter
  • Candles
  • Heating devices
  • Beds or furniture
 
After a Disaster:
  • Locate any missing friend/roommate/family member.
  • Advise out-of-area contact of your status.
  • Use safety glasses, leather gloves, etc., when working.
  • Exercise extreme caution when entering damaged buildings.
  • Exercise extreme care with fire.
  • Do not ignite matches or candles if gas leak may be possible.
  • Avoid electrical appliances where there is water.
  • Stay away from power lines.
  • Check water and food before consumption.
  • Monitor and obey directives from government and campus officials.
  • If you have telephone service, use it only for emergencies.