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Personal Preparedness

 

With just a little bit of effort a community disaster can be more of a personal inconvenience to you.  Here are a few things you can do to limit the impact of a disaster:

  • Download the UT app at http://www.utk.edu/mobile/ to receive the Guardian app and the emergency response quick reference app.  Register with Guardian app to activate features including anonymous text tip and UT Alert notifications.
  • Know where to shelter and evacuate in places you frequent.
  • Be informed and know where to get emergency information.
  • Know how to protect yourself against potential hazards.Vol Individual Emergency Kit
  • Have a to go bag with at least some water, medications, hygiene items, clothes, cell phone and charger, IDs, flashlight, etc.  View a more complete list here.  The VolShop offers a individual preparedness kit  for your convenience.
  • Have a plan to check in or link-up with friends and family if phones aren’t available. It is recommended to use an out of town relative as the common contact.  Red Cross Safe and Well website offers a way to register during an emergency.  You can also choose to make a more detailed plan.
  • Register with UTPD if you have evacuation or medical needs and carry an evacuation assistance card.

The information you can pick up in a half hour of web surfing will be useful the rest of your life.  That’s some serious return on investment.

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