Office of Emergency Management

URI Department of Public Safety

44 Lower College Rd, Kingston, RI 02881

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Make a Kit

Make a Kit

Having a plan is the first part of any successful preparedness effort.  As an individual you should plan for any emergency by taking an all-hazards approach.  You should be ready to be self sufficient for at least 72 hours, know your evacuation routes, and have a method to send and receive communications.  FEMA has developed information to help build a kit using a checklist approach. View that material here.  We strongly encourage all of our community members to read through this information and contact us with any questions. 

While we hope to never be in a situation where 72 hours might pass without assistance being available, being prepared to be in that situation can be life or death. Building a supply kit, especially one that is mobile, is a great first step to be prepared for the worst.

Some of the basic items suggested in a disaster kit include:
  • Water, 1 gallon per person per day for at least 3 days
  • Food, a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery powered radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Dust mask to filter contaminated air
  • First aid kit & whistle
  • Wrench & pliers
  • Manual can food opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone & computer chargers (solar chargers highly encouraged)
  • Moist towelettes, toilet paper, and garbage bags for personal sanitation
  • 3-5 extra pair of clean underwear & socks (wool or cotton encouraged)
  • 3 day supply of medication, as applies
  • Rain coat or poncho 

Car Safety Kit

There is no real predicting if you’ll get stuck in your vehicle during a disaster or inclement weather. Being prepared to be stuck in your vehicle for hours or days can help keep you & those with you safe.

The Office of Emergency Management suggests the following for a car safety kit:

  • Jumper Cables
  • Tool kit
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Reflective Triangles & vest
  • First Aid Kit
  • Drinking water, 1 gallon per person
  • Nonperishable foods
  • Car charger for your cell phone
  • Empty gasoline can
  • Rain poncho or jacket
  • Sand for tire traction
  • Snow brush and shovel
  • Blankets


Emergency Numbers
On campus: 2121
Off campus: 874-2121
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For More Information

How to find out what to do in the event of an emergency:
  • Sign up on e-Campus for the URI EmergencyAlert system
  • URI's Home page, Facebook page and Twitter feed
  • Call 874-SNOW (7669) or 874-1000 for recorded messages
  • Or listen to a local radio/TV station for announcements.

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