Build a Kit

Emergency kit

As a part of an individual emergency operation plan, Environmental Health & Safety recommends that each

office and/or individual maintain an emergency kit in the event of a prolonged emergency that disrupts the lifesafety infrastructure of the university. Below are the items that Environmental Health & Safety recommends to be included in your emergency kit. 

For pre-made, ready for purchase emergency go-kits, HEMS recommend visiting the Red Cross Store. For additional assistance, please contact Environmental Health & Safety at 202-994-4936.

Have at least three days of supplies to sustain yourself. Recommended items*:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Radio and extra batteries
  • Medications and items for unique needs
  • Cash and some change
  • Clothes and comfortable shoes
  • Important documents
  • Filter mask or cotton t-shirt
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone charger

*Adapted from

In addition, consider the needs of others in your family including children, the elderly and pets.