The College and local services will always do everything possible to protect you during an emergency, but individual preparedness is also extremely important. Taking the time to prepare yourself and those you care about for an emergency can make a big difference, allowing you to be well supplied and in touch when the worst happens. The Emergency Planning Group has put together a preparedness guide for students, where you can find basic information about being prepared at Dartmouth.
Getting a kit, making a plan and being informed will put you in control during an emergency and will help reduce your reliance on others. Three easy steps will help you prepare for anything that might happen: get a kit, make a plan, and be prepared. A summary these steps is provided below, and can visit Ready.gov for more information.
Following an emergency, you may have to live independently for a short time (though unlikely if you live on campus, nothing is impossible). For this reason, it is important that you gather some simple, yet very important items for use in the event of a disaster. It is generally recommended that you keep three days worth of supplies for each person.
Some ideas of what your kit should include are:
This is not an exhaustive list, but a guide to help you think about what items would be important to you in an emergency. Write a list that suits your needs and prepares you to live without support for up to three days.
Dartmouth and the Town of Hanover maintain plans for emergency situations. You are included in those plans, but it is important that you develop a plan that is specific to you - think about how to contact your family, how to get to your home, what medications you take, and other questions specific to you. Remember, your personal plan does not need to be complicated or long. Many good personal plans are only a page or two.
Consider these elements to get you started on thinking about your plan:
This step is ongoing, but simple: seek out information about your risks and what you can do to prepare, and monitor what is happening in your area before, during, and after an emergency. Be familiar with resources accessible to you, including:
Review these resources and find what makes the most sense for you.
By taking these simple steps, in no time at all you will have taken emergency preparedness into your own hands, ensuring that you and your loved ones are ready for the unexpected.
Last Updated: 7/10/13