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Emergency Preparedness

The following are various measures of preparedness that will assist you and your loved ones in cases of emergency.


In the event of a disaster, prepare to be self-sufficient.  During the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services may not be available.  Minimally, you should have a 72-hour emergency kit at home, at work, and even a few items in your car

  • Identify the most severe threats likely to affect you (e.g., earthquake, tornado, flood) and prepare accordingly.
  • Make a disaster plan with your family.  Have a fire escape procedure and practice it.
  • Establish a designated meeting place and/or a phone number to call for family members to reunite after a disaster.  Assign duties of each family member.  Provide instructions for first aid and the turning off of gas, water, and electricity.
  • Specifically, each member of the family should have a personal survival kit.  This can be accomplished by preparing a backpack for every member.
  • Inspect your home for damage to electrical, water and gas lines.  Use your telephone only in case of emergency.
  • Use your Neighborhood Watch program network to check on and help each other.


Your 72-hour Kit

Your 72-hour family preparedness kit may include:

  • 3 gallons of water per person
  • Ready-to-eat food for three days, including high-energy foods such as peanut butter, trail mix, etc.  
  • A manual (non-electric) can opener.
  • Special medicine needs for members of your family.
  • A First Aid Kit.
  • A battery- or solar-operated radio along with extra batteries.
  • A fire extinguisher, ABC type.
  • Matches in a waterproof container.
  • Paper and pencil.
  • A shut-off wrench to turn off utilities.
  • Sanitation items:  toilet paper, soap, personal hygiene items, plastic bags, a plastic bucket with a tight lid, disinfectant, liquid chlorine bleach.
  • A tent, camping type, for the family.

Items for a family preparedness kit can be placed possibly in a 30-gallon garbage container with wheels for easy evacuation, if necessary.  Medicine, some food, and personal items may be placed in each individual backpack.  Rotate your food supply on a regular basis. 

Items that can help for stress management may include soft small toys for children, board games for youth, and books or a musical instrument for anyone including adults.  Be sure to pack food items that are favorites of members of the family.

Your vehicle should have survival items such as:  a comfortable set of clothes, a set of sturdy walking shoes, an emergency blanket, warm clothing, a flashlight, batteries and water.

Additional Emergency Kit Information: http://www.ready.gov/make_a_kit.html




A personís behavior, NOT his/her appearance, makes them a suspect of criminal or terrorist activities.  Be aware of suspicious or unusual behavior.  Suspicious criminal or terrorist activity should be reported to the proper authorities.  Do not take the law into your own hands.  If you see or hear suspicious activity on campus, please call the UCSD Police Department at (858) 534-4357.  Additionally, you may also provide information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (866) 483-5137, or visit their website: www.ifccfbi.gov.


Precautions you can take:

  • When traveling, do not accept items from strangers or leave luggage unattended.
  • When in congested public areas, learn where emergency exits and staircases are located.
  • Avoid forming or joining large crowds during stressful times.  Large events in important cities or locations are likely targets of terrorist attacks.
  • At work, review emergency evacuation procedures.  Know where fire exits are located.
  • Understand the Homeland Security Advisory System. (Information can be found at: http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/hsas.html


In any disaster situation, listen for news and emergency information on the radio. Remember to remain calm to be able to think clearly during a difficult time.  Your composure will help guide you and your loved ones through any difficult situation.


Additional Information:

For Additional Information about preparedness, we suggest you visit the following sites:


To report a non-emergency situation, call (858) 534-4357 (available 24 hours).  To report an emergency, call 9-1-1.


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