How can I personally prepare for an emergency?


When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it’s best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. Have a kit with the following items, and remember to store three day’s worth of food and water for every individual in your home:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers

make a plan

  • Identify an out-of-town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
  • Teach family members how to use text messaging. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to building exits and possible escape routes.
  • Students, families, and employees should develop a plan for responding to emergency situations. See for information on developing a plan.


  • Monitor local media during a disaster for the latest information
  • Follow UW-Platteville Police Department on Facebook and Twitter
  • The UW-Platteville Homepage will provide up-to-date information in the event of an emergency
  • Sign-up for Rave Alerts to receive emergency information from UW-Platteville.  (Please note that UW-Platteville's Rave Alert System is an "Opt out" program meaning all students and staff are automatically registered if a cell phone number is provided.)  To check your account or add additional users click here.
  • Sign-up for City of Platteville Nixle Alerts.  Registration can be found here:






Making sure you and your families are prepared for disasters and emergencies is critical to the continuation of essential services. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Police Department stresses the importance of personal preparedness as an important step to the overall readiness of the University.

Being prepared for the next disaster or emergency can be possible in three simple steps: build a kit, make a plan, and get informed.