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Essentials

  • Non-perishable and high-energy food items
  • Water in bottles or other sealed containers
  • Medications (must be properly safeguarded), first aid kit, and sunscreen
  • Warm clothes (like sweaters and coats) and comfortable shoes and socks
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery-operated radio and batteries
  • Cash, about $20
  • Extra charger for your current cell phone
  • Books, pack of cards, etc
  • Also include enough food and water for your pets

Additional Items

  • Prescription glasses and reading glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Copies of important documents, like insurance policies, identification, and bank account records (store in a waterproof container)
  • Emergency reference materials, like a first aid manual
  • Sleeping bags or warm blankets
  • ABC Fire extinguisher
  • Matches (stored in a waterproof container)
  • Personal hygiene items, including feminine supplies
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, and paper towels
  • Paper and pencils
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust masks (N95 rating)
  • Heavy-duty gloves (that could be used for clearing glass or debris)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Wet-wipes, tissues, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench, pliers, and other tools
  • Local maps
  • Extra water

Next steps

Once you've learned the Be Hokie Ready basics, explore these resources to learn more about how to react before, during, and after an emergency incident: