On Campus Emergency Preparation Tips

Putting together a supply kit before a storm could prevent problems later.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Sept. 13, 2008— -- Government officials across the United States are urging residents in the path of Hurricane Ike and other big storms to prepare an emergency kit. College students living in dorms or off campus need to be just as prepared as those living in a typical American home.

What you may need in an emergency kit depends on how many people will be using it, how long and your specific living situation.

Here is a checklist tailored to fit a college student:

flashlight with proper batteries

battery-powered radio with proper batteries

duct tape

at least one gallon of water per person per day

non-perishable foods (like canned meats, canned vegetables, and energy bars)

manual can opener

a few days worth of any prescription medication you're taking

supply of any non-prescription medications that you take (e.g., pain relievers and stomach remedies)

a first-aid kit that includes bandages, latex gloves, gauze, ointments and antiseptic wipes

As always, in the case of severe weather or any other emergency, keep your eyes and ears open for your university's alert system warnings. If you don't know what they are, take a moment to cruise around your college's homepage and find out.