University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Safety and Security.

What You Can Do Now to Prepare for a Pandemic or Other Emergency

  • Keep yourself in good health. This includes getting a seasonal flu shot, eating a healthy diet, exercising, and not smoking.
  • Practice infection control measures now.¬†Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently.¬†Cover your cough and sneeze into a tissue; dispose of the tissue and wash your hands. Avoid close contact with others when you are ill.
  • Develop a communications plan with your family. Create a list of important contacts and discuss alternative ways to communicate if necessary. This might include prearranged meeting places or communication through a third party, such as a relative. If you live on campus, discuss with your family when and how you might leave campus in the event of an emergency.
  • Have an emergency kit ready to leave campus quickly if needed. This should include important documents, some food and water, prescription medications, change of clothes, and a means of getting important information, such as a hand crank radio.
  • If you live at home, begin to collect extra food and water so that you could stay at home for a period of at least two weeks. Make sure you don't run low on prescription medications or other essential personal items.
  • Be prepared to listen and follow the instructions of emergency response personnel during an emergency. Lives can be lost when people don't work together during an emergency.