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Personal Safety

The best time to prepare for disasters is before they strike. Emergencies can arise at any time and from various natural or manmade causes. The best way to minimize potential loss and speed up the process of recovery from hurricanes, snow storms, fires, or terrorist acts is to plan ahead.

Emergency preparedness checklist


  • Know the exit routes from your office, floor, and building. Study these in advance. It is easy to get disoriented during an actual emergency.
  • Know the location of fire extinguishers and how to use them. Read the directions before an emergency.
  • Report missing extinguishers immediately.
  • Make sure that emergency numbers are posted on your telephone.
  • Report any unsafe conditions to the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 632-6410 or
  • Stay informed about developing emergency conditions through the SB Alert and SB Advisory.

Keep enough supplies in your home or office to survive for at least three days. Store these materials in an easily accessible container or cupboard, and update them twice a year at daylight-saving times. Suggested items are available online or at your local grocery, drug, or army supply store. 

Suggested Items Include:

  • One gallon of drinking water per person per day 
  • Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and manual can opener 
  • First aid kit 
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio, and extra batteries 
  • Whistle 
  • Phone that does not require electricity 
  • Child care, pet care or other special items 

Every department/dorm should assemble a Go Bag – a collection of items you can use in the event of an evacuation. Each Go Bag should be sturdy, lightweight and portable, such as a backpack. A Go Bag should be easily accessible and ready to go any time. 

Suggested Items Include: 

  • Copies of your important documents in a water-proof and portable container (insurance cards, birth Certificate, deeds, photo identification, etc.) 
  • Extra set of car and house keys 
  • Copies of credit and ATM cards and cash 
  • Bottled water and non-perishable food, like energy or granola bars 
  • Flashlight 
  • Battery operated AM/FM radio, and extra batteries 
  • List of the medications you take and their dosages, or copies of all your prescription slips, with doctor’s names and phone numbers 
  • First aid kit 
  • Lightweight raingear and Mylar blanket 
  • Contact and meeting place information for your house, and small regional map 
  • Child care, pet care, or other special items