Prepare for emergencies with kit

Making sure you have the right supplies on hand will help you be more prepared in the event of an emergency. The Emergency Preparedness pocket guide recently published by the Office of Emergency Preparedness includes a section on making an emergency kit with at least three days of supplies. Among those supplies are an AM/FM/NOAA radio and extra batteries for keeping up with emergency notifications, a flashlight and extra batteries in case of power loss, a first aid kit, water and non-perishable food, and more.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Robin Richards explained that the emergency kit can be customized for individual employees or a work team, for home, or even for a person’s car. “Space is the only limitation. You can put in anything that would be useful.”

Many of us commute to campus from the surrounding areas, and it’s possible that a natural disaster may strand us on campus for a few hours. As such, an employee may wish to have his or her prescribed medications in the office as well as at home. Additionally, a workgroup could collaborate to assemble an emergency kit for the office. In that case, consider keeping a spare laptop or important documents on hand for mission-critical functions that help keep the campus operating.

In addition to using the pocket guide, Richards recommended that individual employees and workgroups download Personal Workplace Emergency Preparedness Kit information from the Red Cross for more ideas. She suggested that anyone assembling an emergency kit approach the task with the perspective of “We may have to hang out here for a while.”

If you or your team have questions about emergency kits or any other aspect of emergency preparedness, the Office of Emergency Preparedness would be glad to help. Contact Richards at robin.richards@austin.utexas.edu or 512-471-2627.

Emergency Kit Graphic
Sept. 13, 2019