Personal Preparedness

Consider These Things Before a Disaster:

  • Find out where the nearest two or three shelters are likely to be located. (At Malibu: TCC Dining Hall & Firestone Fieldhouse; at other locations, check Red Cross, County, etc.)
  • Become familiar with your community and street names. Download maps of your city for offline access on your mobile or smart device so you can use the navigation service when cell service is down.
  • Discuss your planning with friends/roommates/local family members. 
  • Identify alternate meeting places in case of separation.
  • Establish a contact person from outside the Southern California area.
  • Make sure all family members carry the telephone number of the contact and understand the importance of checking with that person if the family is separated during a disaster.
  • Alert family members outside the area of your plans.
  • Make arrangements for special needs.
  • Store sufficient personal survival supplies (see suggested list below).
  • Store supplies to sustain you during relocation (see suggested list below).

Suggested Personal Survival Supplies for your Vehicle:

  • Food and water for up to three days.
  • Blankets
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • A change of clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • The Insurance & Risk Office has 3-day personal emergency kits available for $25. Please call (310) 506-4410 for additional information.
  • Car charger for cell phones
  • Nonperishable, high-energy foods, such as unsalted nuts, dried fruits, hard candy, and drinking water

Suggested Items for Relocation:

  • Bedding
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Games, books
  • Medications
  • Special dietary foods
  • Valuable papers
  • Treasured photographs
  • Telephone lists
  • Photo ID with home address/University ID
  • Pens and paper
  • Personal hygiene supplies (e.g., toothbrush, soap, contact lens solution, sunscreen)
  • Change of clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes

Do NOT Bring to Relocation Shelter:

  • Candles
  • Heating devices
  • Beds or furniture

After a Disaster:

  • Locate any missing friend/roommate/family member.
  • Advise out-of-area contact of your status.
  • Use safety glasses, leather gloves, etc., when working.
  • Exercise extreme caution when entering damaged buildings.
  • Exercise extreme care with fire.
  • Do not ignite matches or candles if gas leak may be possible.
  • Avoid electrical appliances where there is water.
  • Stay away from power lines.
  • Check water and food before consumption.
  • Monitor and obey directives from government and campus officials.
  • If you have telephone service, use it only for emergencies.
  • For residential students: contact the University if you are not at a campus-operated shelter.