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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 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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