With tropical storm Hurricane Irma moving its way across the Gulf into the Southeast, taking precautionary measures and having household items close by is always a smart idea.

Listed are twenty items that you should have packed in case of emergency:

*Items are listed in no particular order.

  1. Non-perishable food and snacks
  2. Bottled water
  3. Plastic utensils, disposable plates and cups
  4. Flashlight
  5. Blanket
  6. Extra full set of clothes
  7. Coat (preferably wind/rain resistant)
  8. Whistle
  9. Duct tape
  10. Standard First Aid Kit
  11. Garbage bags
  12. Moist towelettes
  13. Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers
  14. Half-full tank of gas in vehicle
  15. Extra sturdy pair of shoes
  16. Waterproof, portable containers
  17. Extra pack(s) of batteries
  18. Personal hygiene items
  19. Cell phone/handheld radio
  20. Phone charger/laptop charger (Portable/wireless charger battery pack if available)

Students should know their nearest severe weather shelter location and keep up to date of weather alerts and verify that they are subscribed to receive severe weather notifications from AU ALERT. Visit for recent university updates regarding Hurricane Irma.

*Some items listed courtesy of