General Preparedness

Individual preparedness is the foundation in helping to protect you and your loved ones. The San Jac community pushes to promote a safe and resilient campus for all students, faculty, and staff.

  • Stay informed with SJC Alert Me: Update your contact information through the SOS Portal.
  • Update and practice plans on a regular basis.
  • Check and replenish supplies at least once a year.
  • For specific incident response information, visit Emergency Response Procedures.


Make a Plan

Begin individual preparedness by creating a plan for you and your family. These plans should include special considerations specific to your family – elder, children and pets.

Questions to ask yourself when creating a plan are:

  1. Am I registered for Emergency Alerts and Warnings?
  2. What are the designated evacuation routes and/or zones?
  3. Do I have a shelter plan?
  4. Do I have a family communication plan?
  5. Do these plans meet the specific needs of my family?


Build a Kit

Your kit should be kept in an accessible locations and items should be replaced, as needed. Include special considerations specific to your family – elder, children and pets. Kits should sustain you for at least three days and include the following items:

  • Water
  • Nonperishable food
  • Hand-Crank Radio and extra batteries
  • Eating utensils, non-electric can opener
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Filter mask or cotton t-shirt
  • Mobile device charger
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Prescription Medications
  • Sleeping bag or warm blankets
  • Important documents
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Cash and some change
  • Clothes and comfortable shoes
  • Local Maps
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties

Additional Resources


Pet Preparedness

Have a plan that includes your pets. They are a part of your family too!

  • Microchip your pets and make sure the contact information is accurate.
  • Have an updated photo of your pet available so if they are lost, flyers with current photos can be passed out.  
  • Some hotels/shelters will not accept pets, so it is your responsibility to figure out what assistance is available.


Build a Pet Kit

  • Water
  • Food
  • Medicine
  • Collar with ID information
  • Grooming items
  • Important documents
  • First aid kit
  • Crate, carrier, or travel bag
  • Sanitation needs – litter boxes, paper towels, poop bags, etc.
  • Toys and treats
  • Instruction manual for pet care if your pet is being cared by another individual or facility


After a disaster, your pet’s behavior may change – especially if normal scent markers have been affected. Consult your vet if any behavior problems arise.

  • Watch your animals closely and keep them under your direct control as fences and gates may be damaged.
  • Be aware of hazards that can cause harm to your pet at nose and paw level.


Additional Pet Resources