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#BeRebelSafe: Building an Emergency Supply Kit

Assembling all the essentials in a grab-and-go bag will make sure you're ready for a fast evacuation.

Campus News  |  Sep 11, 2018  |  By Ariana Renick
items from an emergency kit: batteries, flashlight, first aid kit

We’ve taken a look at the first two #BeRebelSAFE steps involved in planning and preparing for natural and manmade disasters: Be Informed and Develop an Emergency Plan. So you’ve probably signed up to receive emergency notifications with RebelSAFE Alert and begun developing a communications plan with your roommates and family.  Next on the #BeRebelSAFE list is building your emergency supply kit.  You’ll grab this kit — stocked with basic and inexpensive items — from your car, home, dorm or office in case evacuation is essential.  

How do you build an emergency supply kit?

Your kit should contain basic survival supplies to last for at least 72 hours. Start with the basics and then customize it, taking into account the unique needs you and your family may have, such as supplies for pets or specific medical equipment.

Place your items in airtight plastic bags and store your kit in an easy-to-carry container or bag. Once you’ve assembled your kit remember to maintain it so it’s always ready when needed; that means replacing expired items and re-thinking your needs every year. Designate a place in your home or dorm to store the kit and ensure all family members or roommates know the location. Keep a kit of “grab and go” necessities at your office, store one in the trunk of your vehicle. It is never too early to prepare.

Your kit’s basics could include:

  • Water — one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food — a supply of nonperishable items
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Battery-powered cell phone charger
  • Moist towelettes
  • Garbage bags
  • Local maps
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Consider adding the following items based on your individual needs:

  • Prescription medications
  • Contact solution and glasses
  • Pet food and vaccination records
  • Books, games, and puzzles
  • Family documents, records, and identification

Preparedness begins at home, take the steps today toward building your emergency supply kit and #BeRebelSAFE.

For more suggested supply kit items and additional information visit the UNLV safety website or contact the Office of Emergency Management at 702-895-5766.