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3 Preparedness Tips for Your College Student

September 16th, 2013 by
"Phone's about to die. Gotta go, Mom." "Didn't you get the new cellphone battery I sent? It's got a year-long warranty and-–" "Gotta go, Mom. Bye!"

“Phone’s about to die. Gotta go, Mom.” “Didn’t you get the new cellphone battery I sent? It’s got a year-long warranty and-–” “Gotta go, Mom. Bye!”

Your baby’s off to college. You’ve prepared, the classes are picked, and you can practically hear Pomp and Circumstance – but what if? Two terrible words that, as a parent, you know too well.

You’re ready for her to go to college. Is she? Especially for an emergency? Time for Preparedness 101. We have three preparedness steps in case your baby accidentally enrolls in the school of hard knocks.

1. Be Informed

Colleges are getting better at developing emergency plans. They’ve often already determined where students should go in case of a severe weather event and which communication channels to use for various emergencies. Make sure you and your child read up on those plans.

2. Establish a communication plan.

Who should your college student call first when there’s an emergency? You, of course. But which number? What if she can’t reach you immediately? Should she call a neighbor or close relative?

Develop your plan together, type it up and make sure she has a printed copy in her emergency kit. Better yet, print it on business-card stationery from the office-supply store and have her keep it in her wallet. Prepare for the conversation with this list of family emergency communication tips.

3. Create an emergency kit.

You can’t cram for emergencies like weather disasters and fires – except when it comes to an emergency kit. Make sure your student has the following essentials in one easy-to-find place:

  • Bottled water
  • Nonperishable food
  • Manual can opener
  • Cooking tools and fuel
  • Paper plates and plastic utensils
  • Toiletries and hygiene items
  • First-aid kit and prescribed medicine
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Battery-operated weather radio
  • Flashlights
  • Backup batteries
  • Tools
  • Important documents in a safe, secure location
  • Tarps, plastic sheeting and bags
  • Extra cellphone battery
Find batteries, flashlights and more for your emergency kit at Interstate All Battery Center.

Find batteries, flashlights and more for your emergency kit at Interstate All Battery Center.

Bonus tip 1: The Red Cross suggests keeping many of these items in an easy-to-carry bag that your college student can take with her in case she needs to evacuate the dorms. Read more about the Go Kit or Survival Kit.

Bonus tip 2: When assembling the first-aid portion of the kit, remember things like flu medications and thermometers. We like this packing list from About.com. It even includes instructions so your student knows when to go it alone and when to visit the campus health center. Nothing like too much advice, right?

Bonus Tip 3: Stock up on batteries, flashlights and other power-out kit supplies at Interstate All Battery Center. We can help you start a kit that will give you peace of mind.

Here’s your starter course on emergency preparedness for your college student. What would you add? Tell us in the comments below.

By James Pecht (177 Posts)

James Pecht writes about franchising, battery technology, tips, racing and company culture for Interstate Batteries.


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20 comments
Interstate Batteries
Interstate Batteries

Jennifer, I can't figure those numbers out without context. Are those on the label or stamped into the lid? What's the brand on the battery?

Interstate Batteries
Interstate Batteries

Jennifer, I can't figure those numbers out without context. Are those on the label or stamped into the lid? What's the brand on the battery?

Len Archuleta
Len Archuleta

Plus an expensive interstate battery will fail after 14 months only so you can pay yet another 120.00!! After paying nearly $300.00 for the first one that the dealer stated was junk from the get go.... Nice job interstate!

Len Archuleta
Len Archuleta

Plus an expensive interstate battery will fail after 14 months only so you can pay yet another 120.00!! After paying nearly $300.00 for the first one that the dealer stated was junk from the get go.... Nice job interstate!

Michael Barnes
Michael Barnes

I have had Many years of Research and LifePo4 Lithium are fast to charge up and weigh a lot less then heavy lead acid and are safe to use and will outlast lead acid. The price is more but well worth it in the long run. Lets get out of the Stone Age!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael Barnes
Michael Barnes

I have had Many years of Research and LifePo4 Lithium are fast to charge up and weigh a lot less then heavy lead acid and are safe to use and will outlast lead acid. The price is more but well worth it in the long run. Lets get out of the Stone Age!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Len Archuleta
Len Archuleta

THE NUMBER IS CRAP! Nice fail, yet again Hi, Len. Thank you for your message. We are truly sorry about your experience, and the problems with our battery. We will be more than happy to resolve your battery concerns. Please give us a call at 888-772-3600 and refer to Case # 19755. You may also send your contact information by private message and we will we call you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Len Archuleta
Len Archuleta

THE NUMBER IS CRAP! Nice fail, yet again Hi, Len. Thank you for your message. We are truly sorry about your experience, and the problems with our battery. We will be more than happy to resolve your battery concerns. Please give us a call at 888-772-3600 and refer to Case # 19755. You may also send your contact information by private message and we will we call you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Interstate Batteries
Interstate Batteries

Len, please see my reply to your earlier post. We want to help. Please call.

Interstate Batteries
Interstate Batteries

Len, please see my reply to your earlier post. We want to help. Please call.

Michael Barnes
Michael Barnes

Hey what kind of Battery in her cell phone? DUH! Interstate Get Rid of your Dinnosar Lead Acid Car Batterys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael Barnes
Michael Barnes

Hey what kind of Battery in her cell phone? DUH! Interstate Get Rid of your Dinnosar Lead Acid Car Batterys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Len Archuleta
Len Archuleta

Hope the experience is better than ours with a 14 month old battery! SHAME ON YOU INTERSTATE BATTERY!!!

Len Archuleta
Len Archuleta

Hope the experience is better than ours with a 14 month old battery! SHAME ON YOU INTERSTATE BATTERY!!!

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