Student Checklist and Emergency Kit

Natural and man-made disasters can occur without warning. Knowing how to prepare for and respond appropriately during emergencies can save your life as well as other students, friends, and family. The Emergency Supply Kit items were selected to fit in a student’s backpack for ease in packing and taking with you quickly in the event of an emergency.

The Student Preparedness checklist and Emergency Supply Kit list provides a quick reference that a student can use to better prepare for dealing with personal safety and preparedness issues while at the University of Georgia.

One of the most common emergency threats on campus is severe weather. Natural and man-made disasters can occur without warning. Knowing how to prepare for and respond appropriately during emergencies can save your life. One way you can be prepared is by putting together an emergency supply kit. Check out the items listed below and add them to a small backpack to have in your car, residence hall, or apartment in case of an emergency.

The Essentials

  • First aid kit – It should contain ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, adhesive bandages, antibiotic / burn ointment, sterile gauze pads, first aid handbook, etc.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Radio (battery-powered or crank type)
  • Have extra cash and change, stored in a secure place, for emergencies
  • Some form of personal identification & out-of-state contact person’s phone number, pad and pencil
  • Personal Supplies (antibacterial hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush, etc., prescription medicines, extra pair of glasses or contacts)
  • Whistle with lanyard
  • Several safety light sticks (bend, snap, shake type light sticks)
  • Small blanket or Mylar emergency type blanket
  • Emergency poncho
  • Small supply of plastic utensils and paper cups, paper plates and napkins
  • Small pliers and small screwdriver
  • Cell phone charger
  • Bottled water (watch for leaks)
  • Ready-to-eat energy bars or non-perishable food (canned fruit or meat) and manual can opener


  • Check your emergency supplies kit every six months to ensure that none of your items have expired

Download a kit checklist for quick access.

Student Preparedness Checklist
  • Information in UGAAlert is accurate and represents how I want to be notified in case of an emergency ( I have programmed (706) 542-0111 into my phone as the phone number for UGAAlert. I am also familiar with other campus emergency notification methods.
  • I have download the file UGAAlert Desktop software to my computer. Free download at
  • My roommates and/or close friends know how to contact my parents or other emergency contacts. Also, my parents know how to contact my roommates and/or close friends in case of emergencies.
  • I have entered my emergency contact information and emergency medical information in my cell phone. For iPhone users this is done in the Health app and for Samsung phones it is done in the contacts app.
  • I know more than one way to get out of every building where I have classes. If one exit is blocked, I can get out of the building using a different exit.
  • I know where to shelter at home and at school in case of severe weather, such as a  tornado. For a severe weather shelter area, I should avoid: windows and areas where there might be flying glass; rooms with exterior walls or high ceilings, such as auditoriums. I should try to get to the lowest level in the building.
  • I have an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, a radio (and fresh batteries), non-perishable food, a first aid kit, and other items. A listing of essential kit items is available on the other side of this document.
  • I know the housing staff for my residence hall in case there is an emergency or other problem.
  • I know how to get to the UGA Health Center if I get sick. I am planning to get a flu shot during the fall semester. To decrease my chances of getting the flu, I wash my hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • I will consider taking a CPR/First Aid class and/or participating in the UGA Campus Emergency Response Team (UGA CERT) program.
  • When I go out at night, I have a plan on how I will get home. I have friends that I can call to pick me up if I get stuck at a party or location where I feel uncomfortable. My roommates / friends know where I am going and the people I am with.

Emergency Preparedness is Everyone’s Responsibility