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Build a Kit


This is an area where so many people can have a significant impact on their own level of preparedness, without a lot of money or resources. The fact is, the efforts of first responders during an emergency or disaster in the first 72-hours will be on those directly impacted by the hazard. That doesn’t mean you or your family don’t have needs during that time. A well-stocked preparedness kit can go a long way to make a potential disaster much easier to bounce back from.

Where do I need a kit?

We should all have a 72-hour preparedness kit at home, to support ourselves and our families. In addition, it’s a great idea to have a smaller, grab-and-go kit in your office, and weather-appropriate kit in your vehicle. Students should also consider having kits in there dorms, backpacks, or apartments.

Where can I get my kits?

Kits can be purchased commercially from the Red Cross and many retailers, or can be built and customized using a simple checklist READYColorado or Ready.Gov.

Basic Supplies - A good kit should, at minimum, include the following basic supplies:

·        Water—one gallon per person, per day

·        Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items

·        Flashlight

·        Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

·        Extra batteries

·        First aid kit

·        Medications (7-day supply) and medical items

·        Multi-purpose tool

·        Sanitation and personal hygiene items

·        Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

·        Cell phone with chargers

·        Family and emergency contact information

·        Extra cash

·        Emergency blanket

·        Map(s) of the area

After that – customize your kit to fit your needs and the needs of your family.

Emergency Management Division• Phone: 303-724-4999 • Email: EMER@ucdenver.edu​

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