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Title: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Hobbes_STi on March 13, 2010, 02:05:48 PM
Here is the thread on prepping for the college student, apartment dweller, or other budget and space limited people.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: CxuViPretas on March 24, 2010, 10:54:04 PM
Hey Hobbes_STI, thanks a lot for posting this thread. How college students can become more prepared is definitely something that's been on my mind lately, and I'm glad to have a place to discuss this now. I'm a senior at a very small liberal arts college in the South, and as I've become more interested in prepping lately I've realized how difficult it is to find people who are interested in the topic at my school. I won't make generalizations about college students other than to say that they are frequently very busy doing and thinking about things other than preparedness, and in a terrible job market we're all more than a little concerned about finding a job that can at least be self-sufficient enough to pay our bills and have something reasonably fulfilling to do after school. That being said, the best way to inform people about the benefits of a lifestyle of preparedness is to emphasize how prepping can, as we hear every day, "help you live a better life if times get tough, or even if they don't."

As college students, most importantly we need to be level-headed. As much as I support using college as a period to learn more about yourself while considering and expressing opinions that you may never have had before, college students who truly bring about change and help improve the lives of those around them usually are the ones who can think and speak intelligently while considering the points of view of others with whom they may disagree. This is especially true with regard to prepping, as some of the preparations you may with to make are simply impossible in the context of a college campus. So, let's start thinking of some reasonable preps that everyone can do, even on campus.

As we know, we can prepare in many ways and for many things. Things I've thought of so far that won't call too much attention to yourself, but that you could casually bring up in conversation if asked that don't make you look crazy:
1.) Try to keep at least half a tank of gas in your car (if you have one), or try to find another reliable non-public means of transportation. This is useful not only in stereotypical disasters, but in day-to-day crises, too. If you do have a car, also please remember to be mindful of what you keep in it... Academic institutions have very strict rules about what can be brought on campus, and no one wants to get in trouble or make others feel unsafe due to something that is kept in a BOB/vehicle preparedness kit. I think a personal automobile is a great place to store your preps if you have a way to secure them, and, as I'll mention later, your car can really serve as a great base of operations if you need it to.
2.) Keep at least a few rolls of quarters and $100 in small change hidden in your room that your roommates won't find. Yet again, another prep with multiple uses: good for making calls from a pay phone, for getting a taxi, using if the power goes out... Cash is always good to have on hand.
3.) Of course, extra flashlights and batteries around your dorm or apartment
4.) Food storage in a dorm is surprisingly easy... Tupperware (R) container under the bed with enough to get you by if severe weather hits and the dining hall shuts down, and as a college student, the junk you eat anyway probably stores well.
5.) Maybe you can get involved with a campus gardening or outdoors group. My college just started a gardening club on campus that helps provide fresh vegetables to our dining hall and student union, and our outdoors organization is very well funded.  Many colleges have outdoors groups that lead backpacking, climbing, kayaking, etc. trips at very reasonable prices. If you don't have much outdoors experience, an outdoors or gardening club is a great way to learn new skills and maybe even find other people who are interested in preparedness. If you listen and just let other people talk while you're on trips, the topic might even come up without you starting it.
6.) If you have a volunteer fire department in your town (or, if you're in a larger city, a Civilian Emergency Response Team - CERT), maybe you could volunteer there as a firefighter and/or EMT. I'm in my third year with my local fire department, and I know that the skills I've learned as a volunteer firefighter/EMT there will serve me well in the future.
7.) I recently became an amateur/ham radio operator. The technician-level (and general-level, I hear) test is very easy, and after that you can acquire a handheld or mobile/car ham radio to use in emergencies, or just for fun. With a full tank of fuel in your car, a 12v D/C to 110v A/C converter, some food/water/extra clothes, and multiple ways to communicate (ham/CB/cell phone), you can have a place to quite literally live and function. Such a base can be useful if the "crisis" is localized to the point of just getting kicked out of your apartment for some reason (can't pay the rent, water damage from a busted sprinkler head, etc.), or even if the crisis is of greater magnitude (and, if you have a strong mobile ham radio/antenna, you could be very useful in helping coordinate emergency efforts in the event of a true emergency).

Now, I would really like to hear from other college students, or from anyone else who has some experiential input. All I ask of any college student who is interested in preparedness is to please respect the rules of your institution. No matter your opinion on other things, everyone wants a safe place to live and study, and the best way we can be good stewards to our fellow students and friends is by making sure that our actions never endanger others, especially in the name of "preparedness." Please be mindful of your words and actions, especially if you are representing our community of preparedness.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Orionblade on March 26, 2010, 01:17:08 AM
I commuted, but have plenty of friends that stayed on or near campus.

Advice: find a buddy that has an off-campus house where you can store some preps. A friend of mine rented a house with two of his best buds, and he let me toss a 5 gallon can of gas in the back of his garden shed, and he was a prepper so I could always count on a couple of MRE's if we had to shoot and scoot. We had another friend that caught on and did the same, but his was only 2.5 gallons since he had an old jap bike of some description. Might have been an old CBR IIRC, but there was NO body work - kind of looked like an old school cafe racer.

I digress.

in a SHTF scenario, your first priority should be to get OFF campus if the situation is on or near campus. Bikes are great since they're lightweight, fast enough, quiet, and man-portable when you reach a fence, wall, overpass, water, etc.

As far as space limited food storage, stick to a 72 hour bag, or even a 48 hour bag with another stash of food and clothes somewhere nearby, but off campus. Make friends with maintenance folks. I can't tell you all the neat stuff I have access to just because I know the name of the one guy with ALL the keys. If you make a friend like that, you can rely on him to relocate a stashed bag if it gets in the way of a maintenance worker, or claim it as his if need be - but be careful not to put anything in the bag that raises eyebrows. Stick to a pocket knife, food, bottles of water, and a change of clothes, so at the very least he can say to the repair guy "aww hell, i've been looking for that for three days! where the hell did you find that?!"

Might not be a bad idea to toss two 20 dollar bills in there specifically for said friend if and when he needs to spread the wealth to avoid a problem, or simply as a "thank you". Another good idea is a prepaid tracfone - the cheapest I've seen is 10 bucks at office depot. An emergency charger would be cool too, so if, again, the bag is discovered, said friend can immediately open the bag, snag the phone, and call your sorry butt to come get the damn thing.

Another option is to put a cheapo wallet in there, with a few cards, a few coins, but make it look well worn and make it look gone-through - i.e. pack it on top of the bag all haphazard like, and ruffle up the clothes inside, and rip open an MRE packet and stuff it in there. If any prying eyes open it up, it'll look like someone snagged it, took the cash, opened the MRE to see what it looked like, and voila, it must have been snatched from wherever you left it...

If you are able to stash it in a garden shed sort of place, then the phone is just for you, just in case, and none of the above "outs" are needed. Pack the bag neatly and you can stuff more things into it.

There's a variety of ways to store firearms off-site that are acceptably secure and hidden, but I never reccomend storing complete firearms anywhere but on your own property. The campus is NOT your own property, and firearms are generally not allowed on campus via the course catalog - in VA there's no state law restricting on-campus carry, but if you're a student, you technically signed your rights away, so don't be dumb.

The interesting thing, however, is at least at my college, there's nothing saying you can't store a firearm secured in your vehicle. If you park your car on campus, however, you're risking it being stolen and having to deal with all that crap, so unless you install a fake muffler or weld a box into the bumper, you're better off finding a secure off-site storage location. Some gun shops let you store your guns/ammo/etc., so this might not be a bad idea. Also you might consider a storage unit or safe deposit box, or get a 24-hour gym membership and store it in a locker there, inside its own lock box. This might be a good technique if you strip your firearm and store the lower in the lock box, and the upper with your go-bag (semiautomatic pistol or AR-15, for example. Revolvers are pretty much all-or-nothing)

that's pretty much how I rolled. I had plenty of junk in my car to sustain me, and when I got my dog, he started riding with me and going to every class except labs since he's a "service dog in training". Doesn't matter what kind of service, and nobody can ask you what you need a service dog for... Americans' with Disabilities Act precludes anyone from asking the nature of your disability as a condition for entering or allowing your dog on premises, since it's protected private medical information. Ha! Further, there's no law in VA regarding service animals insofar as the owner having a disability, so long as I'm the one paying for the dog and the training, it's my business how I train him - the laws are mostly concerned with behavior, testing, and proper vaccinations, then the dog can go anywhere it's not deemed a safety risk (like an organic chemistry lab filled with bottles of cyclohexane...).

Oddly enough, he's been in the anatomy and physiology lab quite a bit, and my advisor loves him to death.

Again, I digress... the point is to look for even the wildest and craziest options, and to make friendly-like with everyone that holds a choke point to the unrestricted access to your environment. Open doors is open doors, and beer in advance is cheaper than a trespassing charge afterwards.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Hobbes_STi on March 28, 2010, 06:35:58 PM
Wow some great posts you two. I'm putting my list together here in the near future for what i think is possible. (haven't gotten to it as of yet, had a vamily emergency) But it should be done soon.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Steaker on March 29, 2010, 10:56:15 PM
My wife and I are talking about making up 2 "BOBS" for our son and his girl friend at San Francisco State.  My wife worries about a earthquake or other major problem with them 400 miles away.  We will put in some maps incase they have to be on foot.  Guns are illegal in S.F.  But maybe some other self defense like pepper spray.  My wife and I have never been sure why they went to that school, they cant even park on campus.  And they pay more for rent than for school.  They have only 1 more year.  The great thing is, after 3 years, they both now cant wait to leave S.F.  That flower faded quick.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: The Coyote Kid on March 30, 2010, 02:56:01 PM
I've only ever attended a community college and not a four year school, so I'm not as familiar with college life and dorm life as others may be. But I'll offer up some advice that I think is good for general prepping and even better for campus.

Most of the four year schools I've visited are large and the complaint is always about how long it takes to walk from one class to another. Become familiar with your campus. If you're going to be living there for four years (or more) then it's a good idea to take the time not only to study a map but to walk around. Where are the entrances and exits? Where are the phones? Is there more than one way to get off the 2nd and 3rd floor of a building? Where is the security office and how can I contact them in an emergency? An extended version of this, if you're attending school in another town that you're not familiar with, is to learn the layout of the town. Buy some maps of the local area and keep them with you at all times so you can find your way around town if you need to. What stores does your town have? Do they carry the things you need? Where are the local police/fire/EMS and how long would it take for them to get to you in an emergency?

Outside of emergency prep, stock supplies you'll need for class and projects. My mom had a cabinet when we were going to school that she kept full of notebook paper, folders, pens/pencils and things like that. We lived out in the country so if we needed something for school it was a simple matter of taking it out of the supplies instead of driving into town. Same principle applies here. Don't shop at the campus bookstore because they always overcharge for everything. Find better deals in town for those types of items and keep some extras in case you're running late and need something quick.

One thing I've done for work is make efforts to convert my backpack into both a regular bag for carrying school books (I work and go to school) and also as an EDC bag that has some urban touches to it. I have one of those bags you use to carry personal items like soap and shampoo while traveling and I've converted it into a combination hygiene kit/first aid kit. It's a work in progress but I keep things like aspirin, Tums, ibuprofen, bandages and band-aids in there. But I also have it stocked with a small folding toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, nail clippers, a razor and small can of shaving cream, deodorant and even cologne. You're on campus, you're always meeting people and you never know when you might come across that special someone or have an opportunity to network with people. A kit like this allows you to keep in top form and also be ready for small injuries and illnesses. My bag also has an aluminum water bottle in the side pocket. I keep pens and paper stored, along with a flashlight, multitool and calculator. The general guidelines for preparing a BOB apply here (weight, bulkiness, maneuverability). The bag isn't meant to be a cure-all, just something to make your life a lot easier and something that a lot of students probably don't take into consideration. Just make sure to leave room for books.

Hope this helps. If I think of anything else I'll add more.

EDITED TO ADD: It wouldn't be a bad idea to take a CPR and/or first-aid class either. Going back to response times for EMS, those skills can really help in an emergency and since college campuses are basically small communities in their own right, you'd make yourself a more valuable addition to that group.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: RodPowley on March 31, 2010, 11:46:54 AM
Im starting university in September and have been thinking about this alot myself so I am glad to see a thread on the subject. Im hoping their will be a gardening project at the uni as I will miss growing my own fruit and veg as I have at home for the last few years.
Im getting a solar charger for my laptop and solar radio/torch to take as well as my leatherman style multi-tool, small compass and toologic knife.
I have also printed off maps of the university and surrounding area to take with me.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: nimzy88 on March 31, 2010, 07:40:47 PM
I am about ready to graduate from UNLV here in Nevada and have a few thoughts about the subject.
First before I came to Nevada I went to a state school in farmlands of Wisconsin and came to Las Vegas so I could get a taste if the two extremes of lifestyles. I have to say that even if you can't go to school in a different area atleast try to take the time to take a weekend or springbreak roadtrip to a region different from your own. I think traveling around has definitely opened my eyes at things and how people view it which help me grow up a bit.
 
Something that has helped me get through school also was having a job, I find if you can get specialized jobs on campus the school will help pay for training and pay you more. My first job was lifeguarding that I did as a summer job in high school. Campus employment is really good about working around school, a note about campus jobs though is that they all pay different based on where you are and what you do. I got a bi-weekly check where others I know had the money just deducted from their tuition bill and others such as Resident Advisors or Rds or whatever the given campus calls them recieve a small check but "free" room and board and a meal plan.
I now only lifeguard at my current school on call as a second job but the school does provide all the training and certification needed. Due to the training it also pays one of the higher wages for starting off. Compared to the typical minimum wage.
Now my second job and the one I work the most at is student security which is actually a branch of the police department. I had to go through the full police backgroundcheck but it was worth it. It is the best starting pay job on my campus for student workers and it mostly consists of opening locked office doors and classrooms and giving lost patrons directions. Now understand that Las Vegas is a city even on campus things happen. Today we had a kid come in saying he was just robbed at gun point on campus. So with the better pay comes a higher risk. For me, it made sense I want to be in federal le. Although some of the guys I work with are going to school to be gym teachers and computer programmers.
Probably the biggest benefit for me is the relationship I have with the officers and dispatchers. If anything happens on campus they can trust me to know, also after awhile some of the officers offered to take me shooting with them and even store a firearm for me at either the station or their home.

As far as food storage goes this is one of the easiest times in your life to store 100 packages of easy mac multiple cases of ramen, and as many poptarts as you can get a hold of and not have people look at you weird. I moved out of the dorms and into a house but now when people ask why I have the food I can just say I picked up the taste while in school and always keep some around.

I'm going to have to skip around I bit as I am writing on my itouch and I can't scroll up or down. The next topic I would bring up is location of school. I have read posts somewhere stating you should not go to a school anymore than a couple hundred miles away and with more than a few thousand people. I think that could be good advice but only in limited circumstances. If you can stay in state I would recommend it as it will be cheaper but I think if you are choosing a school based on it's survival ability in a post SHTF senario you are seriously missing out on a chance to grow and experince life. The main thing is the individual going to school must decided how independant they feel they really are. Many parents may not want their kid to travel outside a comfort zone but if you feel comfortable with your self being across the country, make sure you factor that into your decision. Also note that if you do want to go out of state see if they accept credits from in state schools. Most schools only require you attend for two years to graduate so if you can knock out some prerequisite classes in state you can save some cash.

Now if a SHTF scenario did occur I would be hurting, although you can do things that make it easier on yourself. I am fortunate to have a truck but I also do have a bike and a hiking backpack, I also have found friends in college or from high school that are currently living in the western US that I can bugout to or meet up with on the long return trek home. I have thought about this possibilty and decieded that I am independent enough that I will not collapse at the thought of this task and breakdown and just become a sheep. Secondly a little situational awareness and common sense go far in college whether it be at a bar or party, or a natural disaster make sure you look for the signs and keep up with the news so that you are not taken by surprise when a major event occurs that should have been noticable.

These are just the first few thoughts I had. If I think of anymore sepecific things I have done to better prepare myself I'll be sure to post it.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: nimzy88 on March 31, 2010, 08:14:00 PM
Another recommendation is to finish as quickly as possible. Make sure to only drop classes as a last resort and take atleast what is considered a full load 15 or 16 credits. I know a lot of people who are taking minimum amounts and remaining full time students. This is not advisable as the amount you can make once out of school is more than what you can make while in school, also there is a much smaller difference in cost of tuition going from 12 to 15 credits then 9 to 12 as becoming a full time student adds many additional fees. Finally take summer classes if you can. I find they are easier with profs. being more helpful and a lot cheaper. Paying out of state I saved 6k by taking a full load of summer classes as opposed to taking the same classes in a fall or spring semester.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: sdcharger on April 16, 2010, 03:24:54 AM
When I was a poor college student I had like minded roomates, inexpensive long lasting food stuff, backpacking gear (I used to hike for up to 10+ days at a time), a 12 gauge, and a variety of ammo for the 12 gauge.

I had a variety of places to go to if my place became dangerous or inhospitable.

I had several part time jobs and saved some of my money.

Most importantly, I had a good supply of beer on hand!
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Tommy Jefferson on April 16, 2010, 05:53:08 AM
My daughter is currently 250 miles away at the University of Texas in Austin.  She lives in an apartment about 1/2 mile from where Joseph Stack crashed his airplane into that IRS building.  I worry most about her being able to get home in case of emergency. 

My temporary solution was to make arrangements for her to stay with a friend of mine a few miles north of the city until I can retrieve her.  I still don't have a good plan.  During hurricanes Ike and Rita, travel was extremely difficult due to gasoline shortages and the police contra-flowing major interstate highways.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: The Coyote Kid on April 16, 2010, 06:10:52 AM
Tommy, if you check the board for Region 5 we've got a thread going with ideas to prep for hurricane season. You might check there for some ideas to help your daughter. As for getting home, a good start would be for her to get a map of the area and try to find as many routes out of town as possible and mark them in case she has to get out.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Tommy Jefferson on April 16, 2010, 07:18:16 AM
Duh.  That marked map should already exist, and should already be in my daughter's BOB.  It does not, but it will soon. Thank you CK.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: "Top" W. Kone on April 17, 2010, 07:03:35 PM
On campus. A lot should be seen as the same things that apply to small apartment planning. But many dorms have silly restrictions like no hot plates, microwaves, .50 cal rifles, etc.

I had to live in a similar thing for a while, and found that a small two draw file cabinet to be very handy. The top draw kept all my papers, reports, notes, bills, etc and the file holders covered up the .380 ACP and ammo. Since the room was small, it was right next to my bed and desk at the same time. In the lower draw I kept a hot plate and toaster oven.

My room had a sink, small stand up fridge and a microwave which is what most of the rooms at my current college have i'm told.

Next was places to put extra food. Rolling flat rubbermaid "under the bed" bins were good, I had to put little blocks of wood under the bed legs to get them to fit. Water I put in 1 gallon Hawaiian punch jugs, put them in the closet on the floor and then dropped a 1 by 8 board on top of the lids and put my boots/shoes on that. No floor space loss. I also had a small steno stove tucked behind my books on the book shelf in the room.

We were subject to random inspections of our quarters, I don't think they do that at most colleges these days.

The main trick was to make sure you had what you needed, hidden, but not hidden in a place that stood out.

Today I would take the effort to get to know the Emergency Manager of the College. Their whole job is to plan for emergencies on campus. Talk about how you're interested in the planning side of emergencies, ask about the hazards/vulnerabilities they feel the college is most likely to face and what things they expect the students to do when they happen.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: FreelanceCrusader on May 09, 2010, 06:28:49 PM
This thread is great!  Thanks for everyone's input. This is just what I needed for idea's/motivation.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: templar223 on May 17, 2010, 02:39:47 PM
I'm not a college student today, but I was one some years ago.  Spent all four years in the dorms (don't pity me, I had a single room - one of about 4 dozen at UI - for 2.5 years).

If i were doing it again today, I'd research a bit on what the likely threats are, how the neighborhoods next to the college are (mixed residential?  slums? commercial?) and assess those for risks.

If you've got your car on campus, you've got your escape pod.  It's your lifeline in an emergency, both as transportation and if you can't drive away for whatever reason, the trunk should be chock full of supplies.

Off the top of my head, those should include, regardless of your sex (or lack thereof):

* Leather work gloves & sturdy boots.
* Polypro top & bottoms x2, and wool socks and quality (goretex) gloves.
* Goretex outerwear (being in the rain wearing cotton when it's 35 degrees can be fatal before you realize it).
* Several packs of hand and body warmers.
* Couple of quality, modern LED flashlights.
* Extra AA and D-cell batteries.
* A decent quality sleeping bag, pillow & wool blanket.
* Some canned food (two or three beef stews, heavy soups, etc.)
* Three to six Mountain House-type backpacking meals (4-person preferred... they are light on calories)
* At least a half-case if not a full case of MREs.
* Half-case of water, minimum (in a cooler or container to control for minor leakage as they freeze)
* Some sort of camping stove (Jetboil rocks, Esbit at bare minimum with lots of spare fuel bars)
* Backpack with a "light" 72-hour kit
* An LED lantern or two (Ray-o-Vac's Sportsman Extreme D-cell kicks butt)
* Either a ham or other HT (FRS minimum).  AA-battery powered.
* Medications you might need.
* Water filtration (First Need, Katadyn Pocket, Sweetwater Guardian or similar).
* Couple hundred $ in emergency cash and maybe a credit card.
* Basic hand tools & jumper cables.
* Basic first aid kit.
* FULL tank of gas.  Keep it full!

* Firearms as permissible.  (When I was in school, they were supposed to be registered with the campus police.  When they closed the on-campus range, I quit registering them and just left them in my trunk).  I kept mine all four years in the trunk and didn't tell a soul they were there.  Never needed them, but it was reassuring to know they were a short distance away.

The biggest threat you're probably going to face on a campus in the northern states is a bad winter storm and loss of power/heat.  We had one of those my senior year in college.  Fortunately for me, the UI had all of its power lines underground (and did their generation on campus at the UI power station) and I was unaffected.  Everyone off campus went a minimum of 3-4 days without power, and some as long as a week or more in town and MORE in the country.  My fellow students complained of very COLD nights, lots of messes from their refrigerator (clean it out before stuff starts to melt/rot!), nothing to eat and no hot water.  Lots of downed trees limited travel too in the day or two after the ice storm hit.

Lastly, I'd try to make some off-campus friends if I was going to college in a town other than where I grew up.  Become active in a local range or gun rights organization.  Make friends.  This will open doors to you in event of an emergency that you can't get away from.

John
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Whind Soull on June 01, 2010, 11:17:02 PM
When I started college, I was firmly committed to NOT live in a dorm on campus, and NOT go without a vehicle.  That eliminated college that require you to live on campus.

I got an apartment off campus, and brought my truck with me.

After a year, I have:

Three months worth of canned goods
A reloading station in my bedroom (where I reload ammo like crazy)
2,000 rounds of SHTF ammo, stored in .50 cal ammo cans
50 gallons of water
A well-stocked bug out bag
An APR with P100 filters in case of a chemical warfare event
20 gallons of stabilized gasoline, and I keep my truck's gas tank 3/4 full at all times.

Also, my roommate is like-minded, and has similar preps.  We've actually started cross-buying fiearms to have commonality of ammo and parts.

Regards,
Whind Soull
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: KatieH on June 14, 2010, 12:36:05 AM
I'm currently at University, studying Defence Studies and Geography so I can eventually become a Natural Hazards advisor. I've been interested in prepping for awhile but have only just started doing something about it. I live in a house with 4 other university students who are in no way preppers, so I'm doing the prepping for us. I control the finances and do the shopping for the flat so it means I just chuck in a couple more of each item when we buy it depending on how much money is left after the main shop. We have a very limited budget but  right now, I'd say we have about a week of food storage at the moment since I only started very recently but I'm slowing building. I've also swapped some of my fresh ingredients for canned ingredients so I can rotate easier.

Personally, I have a good emergency vehicle kit since I travel long distance over roads that potentially could snow me in. I also snowboard so could easily be stranded on or around the mountain so the kit has a good supply of food, warm clothing, water etc. I'm also working on building a BOB that is designed to get me out of the area and to a safe haven (to 1 of a number of potential friends that would let me stay for awhile) if something was to happen locally or regionally. If something were to happen while I was at campus, it is only 8 minutes drive away so I can easily walk home. But that's if nothing happens to the bridge that spans the massive Manawatu River. If for some reason I'm not able to cross the river that way, I'd face a long walk home which cause me to be out in the open at night time so i keep a little kit in my bag that has a emergency blanket, poncho, some food and water and a mini first aid kit. I'm usually wearing a warm jacket (especially at this time of year when its freezing) and decent shoes that should get me home hopefully.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Grizzly_Adams on July 06, 2010, 04:15:26 PM
Without having read any of this thread, I'm gonna go ahead and say it's awesome and make sure I'm notified of future replies.

I have been dedicating a lot of thought and effort to a similar endeavor. I graduated from college in December of 2009, and my college experience is rather fresh in my mind. Since then, I've lived for a number of months with my new in-laws and have just moved into an apartment in a more developed, coastal community in Florida. I can already tell this thread will be helpful in my own work in blogging about adapting prepping for individuals in alternative housing situations.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Hobbes_STi on August 20, 2010, 12:35:07 PM
Well I was thinking this when I suggested this idea. Being in the controlled campus environment has some hurdles to overcome. Most colleges are anti-firearm (at least the ones i have gone to) and you have real space constraints. So the things I figure that one can do to prep are limited, unless you go to school where family lives or you chose to live off campus and commute. So here is the list of things I think are prudent.
1) Learn where you are and how to egress
2) stockpile the food and water that you reasonably can
3) Get maps of the area and study them
4) if you have a car keep it as full of fuel as you can
5) take courses that give you real world skills (first aid, EMT, or even paramedic, martial arts, what ever is available and prudent)
6) Plan, Plan, Plan
7) keep in good physical shape...
I will add to this as i can
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: nimzy88 on September 27, 2010, 07:25:03 AM
If you are looking for free real world skills, look at the college jobs available on campus, I was a lifeguard and got all of my recertifications every year paid for by the campus, it saved me a few hundred bucks over the years.

Also I posted this on a different board, but if you have a recycling center near by and are looking for a bit of extra cash, a favorite past time of my buddies and I was to go to parties and enjoy it whether we drank or not and then the next morning would offer to help clean up (except for the bathrooms) and then take all the empty cans at the party to get some cash, in wisconsin it was by the pound but I remember my cousin driving down from Michigan U.P. on weekends and filling his jeep up so he could get 5cents a can which definitely covered the next weeks festivities.
Enjoy it, it goes fast I know, just got an email saying my diploma arrives in the mail next week. :)
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: ReadyMom on October 26, 2010, 05:37:35 PM
Here is some information that I have distributed at public presentations for pandemic & emergency preparedness for college students. I hope you find it helpful.

This list was developed by a ReadyMoms Alliance member, who is also a teacher:

College Students 'Grab & Go' Bag
http://mindspinner.net/docs/collegegobag.pdf (http://mindspinner.net/docs/collegegobag.pdf)

Note: “Go Bag” needs will vary according to evacuation plans and environments to be encountered. Plan bag contents accordingly but do not discount the fact that the best-laid travel plans may fall apart, requiring a student to be resourceful and well prepared for a variety of scenarios. Having a Plan A (for getting home) and a Plan B (for harboring in a safe place that’s easier to reach) is advisable.

Bag Choices:
Rolling bag, large duffle bag, backpacking pack -
consider possible routes and circumstances in
choosing bag type

Don’t forget:
• Wallet with ID, credit/debit cards
• Vital papers
• Cell phone
• Seasonal outerwear

Keep in the bag:
• Go Plans A, B, and C with Essential Contacts
(Develop fill-in-the-blank form.)
• Maps needed for Plans A, B, & C. Put these inthe gallon sized Ziploc bag, too. Handheld GPS helpful, but requires batteries, so maps are backup.
• Emergency cash (in small bills)
• Pad of large post-its or a small notepad, pencil and/or Sharpie (for notes and paper trail re whereabouts, left at points along the journey)
• Survival Guide (Suggestion: bookmark essential information in advance.)
• Surviving A Disaster, Evacuation Strategies and Emergency Kits For Staying Alive, by Tony Nester (64 pages, succinct guideto essentials, with a focus on bugging out)
• Survival: A Manual That Could Save Your Life by Chris Janowsky. (208 pages, covers essentials effectively, especially for colder climates)
• How to Survive Anything, Anywhere: A Handbook of Survival Skills for Every Scenerio and Environment, by Chris
McNab (320 pages, covers all environments, best illustrations)
• When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes, by Cody Lundin (450 pages, detailed, matter of fact, entertaining)
Note: Keep all documents in a 1-gallon Ziploc bag so that they will stay dry.
• Cell phone crank charger with correct adapter for current cell phone
• Small emergency crank radio
• Flashlight or lantern (crank-style or pack extra batteries)
• Folding knife or multi-tool
• Sunglasses
• Folding binoculars
• Whistle
• Compass (Look for whistle/compass combinations.)
• Mirror (compact)
• Watch
• Fishing line, hooks, weight and bobber, lures suited to the area, and one small can of whole kernel corn if in crappy/bluegill country
• Camp saw or hacksaw and/or hatchet
• Work gloves
• Change of clothes (think layers) and walking shoes
• Extra socks and underwear (4 pairs)
• Strong, thin rope, such as nylon paracord and/ nylon twine
• Two lawn-sized garbage bags or barrel liners (for rainwear or keeping sleeping bag dry)
• Tarp or backpacking tent if student may have to bike or walk some manageable distance.
• Clear plastic sheet and aquarium tubing (for solar still, include directions)
• Two drawstring tall kitchen garbage bags
• Blanket or backpacking sleeping bag
• Space blanket(s)
• Water disinfection tablets or a small bottle of iodine (with instructions)
• Sturdy water bottle or canteen with wide mouth for easier cleaning (2 recommended)
• Box of gallon-sized Ziploc freezer bags for water collection and other uses
• Duct tape - travel-sized roll or partly used roll is best, to save space and weight.
• Nonperishable high energy foods - Crackers, peanut butter, single-serving jellies, dried fruits, trail mix, candy (M&Ms, jelly beans, hard candy), muesli or granola, instant oatmeal, instant rice, dry soup mixes, cocoa mix, tea bags, coffee, powdered milk, Tang. MREs or Mountain House meals offer another alternative.
• Matches (in Ziploc bag), lighter, Blastmatch, or other firestarter (not to be used in dorm)
• Heat Cell or EcoFuel (not to be used in dorm, but safe to use indoors, 1-2 cans), plus fold down cook stand.
• Also consider - minimum fuel camp stove plus fuel
• Mess kit (Cooking pot with lid, camp plate, cup, utensils)
• Small travel bottle of dishsoap or dish wipes
• Small pack of hand wipes or baby wipes
• 2 camp towels (one for body, one to dry dishes),
• 2-4 prewashed bandanas (multiple uses - washcloth, folded for potholder or water filter, headband)
• Travel-size soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush
• Roll of toilet paper
• Tampons and sanitary pads (women)
• Insect repellant
• Sunscreen
• Travel sewing kit, safety pins
• Basic first aid kit, including wrap and adhesive bandages, padded dressings, antiseptic, butterfly bandages, medical tape, tweezers and scissors.
• Medications (OTC and prescription)
• Latex or nitrile gloves (5 pairs)
• N95 masks and fit instructions (5+)
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: ReadyMom on October 26, 2010, 05:39:34 PM
College Student's Two Week Food Box

This box was prepared for our finicky DD. If you decide to do this, you can alter the box to the taste of your own student. I have to say that this box came home complete. Nothing was taken out during the year.

The reasons for the box are multiple:
*Your Student may need to be quarantined in their room in the event of an large-scale outbreak (like the pandemic flu, last fall) or other attack.
*Your Student may not be able to get home in a large-scale emergency.
*Your Student may be able to get to stay with a family in the area, if they have two weeks of food to offer.
*You Student may leave the box behind for a friend, if they can get home, but the friend cannot.

The Two-Week Food Box is a tub that is labeled and duct taped. Her bed is raised about 3 ft. off the floor. She has drawers under the bed, and the tub/tote fits behind the drawers where it's really hard to get at.

I had to be creative with the food box, so that it contained foods that she would eat. I told her that she can open it up and eat it all at the end of the year. It includes:

(the dinners are fully cooked, 90 second heat up in mircrowave - there's one in her room. If she has to eat them cold ... then she eats them cold)
(3) Hormel 'Completes Dinners' (Chicken breast/potato/gravy)
(3) Hormel 'Completes Dinners' (Turkey/Stuffing/gravy)
(3) Hormel 'Completes Dinners' (Roast Beef/Potato/gravy)
(3) Hormel 'Completes Dinners' (Beef Tips/Potato/gravy
(6) Canned Corn (Individual serving pop top cans)
(6) Canned Green Beans (Individual serving pop top cans)
(6) Success Rice boil-in-a-bag *
(3) pkg. of chicken noodle soup*
(6) Ramen Noodles (Chicken)
(6) Soup-Campbells Chicken & Stars w/ pop top
(3) Dry Gravy Pkts-Chicken
(3) Dry Gravy Pkts-Beef
(2) Sm. Peanut Butter
(5) Pkg. of Graham Crackers-4sheets/pkg*
(10) Chewy Granola Bars*
(12) Apple Sauce (Cinnamon,snack size)
(6) Cheerios-Single serve*
(6) Rice Krispies-SIngle Serve*
(3) Gold Fish Crackers-Single Serve*
( 8 ) Teddy Graham Crackers-Single Serve*
( 8 ) Vanilla Frosting-to dip Teddy Grahams-Single serve*
(2) 6pk Snickers Bars
(1) Bag Reese Peanut Butter M&M's
(2) 6pk Reese Peanut Butter Cups
(1) 12 pk. of shelf stable milk
(15) Hot Chocolate Envelopes
(60) Tea Bags - 3 20/pk packages*
(6) Gatorade-32 oz bottles (had to pack in a sm. duffle bag, it made the tote too heavy. Tote was already heavy!)

Items with * were all vacuum sealed for freshness. I made miniature labels for each package and vacuumed it into the pack for easy identification. I also printed small cooking directions for each package.

I also included 14 each: paper plates, paper bowls, plastic knife,fork,spoon.

She has a stock of cases of water in her room and her car is with her, where she keeps more cases.

I know that I will have  done all that I can to keep her safe. She is only 2 hours away. I'm thinking w/ current situation, we can get her home. If not, in her room she's got a good flu kit, a decent two-week food box, a basic first aid kit,and an additional FULL first aid duffel bag in her car!)
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: ReadyMom on October 26, 2010, 05:40:45 PM
College Student's Flu Kit
http://www.scribd.com/doc/19867560/Handout-RMA-College-Student-FluKit (http://www.scribd.com/doc/19867560/Handout-RMA-College-Student-FluKit)

This kit was prepared specifically for the pandemic flu. Since, there is concern that a 2nd wave will circulate, this fall, I'll be sending it with our DD, again. The other nice thing is that if she gets sick with an every day cold or other 'flu-like' illness, she'll have what she needs when the nurse is not on site (which is after 4pm on weekdays and all weekend!)

Her FLU KIT included:
-N95 Masks (several styles) (with instructions on use)
-Latex free gloves (with instructions on proper removal)
-shower cap
-Hand sanitizer
-Disposable Thermometers
-Tissues
-Pain Relief (Tylenol)
-Anti Nausea
-Anti-Diarrhea
-Tamiflu
-Relenza
-CDC Guidance on Home Care for Flu
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: ReadyMom on October 26, 2010, 05:42:39 PM
College Student's MEDICAL Kit

In addition to the 'Flu Kit' that is posted,above, I have a general dorm-room 'Medical Kit' for our daughter. She's used it several time and friends have come knocking at her door, knowing she had something they needed.  :D

When our DD leaves, each fall, I update her medical/flu supplies. I used a great 'tool' bag I found pretty inexpensively @ KMart (Tool Dept.) for her medical kit. It looks like a doctor's bag, when it opens.

(http://www.dealbeeper.com/uploads/images/Craftsman_13in_bag.jpg)

Her Dorm-room 'Medical Kit' is in ADDITION to her 'Flu Kit', because it is basic First Aid stuff. Below is a combined list of the 'Flu' and 'Medical'. I( designated 'Flu' with an 'F'):  *Don't forget to keep a list in the bag, so you can inventory the bag each year!

FLU Kit-F   MEDICAL (Medical Bag)
   Alcohol Swabs
   Antibiotic cream
(F)   Anti-Diarrhea
   Anti-Itch (Hydrotortisone) Cream
(F)   Anti-Nausea
   Band Aids-2x4"
   Bandaids
   claritin
   Cotton Balls
   Cough & Cold-Day
   Cough & Cold-Night
   Cough Drops
   Cranberry Gel Caps
(F)   Flu-Home Care Guide
   Gatorade, PowerAde, or Pedialyte beverage
   Gauze pads-2x2"
(F)   Gloves-Instructions
(F)   Gloves-Latex Free Surgical Style
(F)   Hand Sanitizer
   Instant Cold Packs
(F)   Lysol wipe/Disinfectant wipes
(F)   Masks-Instructions for wearing
(F)   Masks-N95 Style
   Medicine
   Needles
(F)   Pain Relief-Acetaminophen/Tylenol
   Pain Relief-Ibuprofen/Motrin
   Q-tips
   Shower Cap
(F)   Sip Cup 2/Straws
(F)   Soup-Instant Chicken
   Tape-1" Roll
   Thermometer
   Thermometer-Covers
(F)   Thermometers-Disposable
(F)   Tissues
   Tums
   Tweezers
   Wash Cloth
   Water-1 bottle
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: ReadyMom on October 26, 2010, 05:47:13 PM
Another good source of prepping info for college students, can be found at GetPandemicReady.org (http://www.getpandemicready.org/) (See: Special Concerns --> College Students.  There is a page for college students w/some ideas. Here's the PDF version:  http://www.getpandemicready.org/ (http://www.getpandemicready.org/)
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: PAGUY on October 26, 2010, 06:04:27 PM
Holy smokes readymom you are burning up the board tonight.......go get'em.  Anyway I like the listing of items in the kits that you have put together for her.  I especially like how you broke it down into various categories. 
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: dodgetruckmom on October 26, 2010, 06:08:09 PM
+1 for an excellent post. I have a kid in college and did some of this for her, but I will definitely take it up a notch! Thanks!
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: JGreene on December 09, 2010, 04:03:59 PM
My son received a packed Alice pack last year for Christmas.  This year is new bride is getting hers (not an Alice pack, but I've learned a bit since then).

Also... GET RENTER'S INSURANCE!!!    My son pays about $90 a year for around $13,000 of coverage. 
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: boboroshi on December 19, 2010, 02:02:59 PM
When I was in college, the beds we had were bunked, but they were metal frames attached to H supports on either end. We flipped the frames in the vertical supports and went from 9" under the bed to about 2 feet. This gave us a lot more storage space.

If you have a student worried about OPSEC in regards to having all that gear in their room, say "It's for camping" and make it *look* as such. Packed pack, tent, sleeping bag, etc.

The big thing with sharing a room (Freshman year, especially) is that you never know who you're going to get. My first roommate was a football guy who spilled beer all over my music equipment. We traded up and I was much happier with my second roommate.

You can always get a 5x5 storage unit off campus, which could hold a lot of supplies, including firearms (since most college campuses prohibit them) and other storables. Many of these are now climate controlled as well.

The big thing is mindset, getting from school to a secure location in severe situations (regional, national, global) and then also dealing with smaller day in/day out issues or threats. Work up a threat matrix with them and see what's going on.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: nimzy88 on February 04, 2011, 01:32:34 AM
College is a great place to practice store what you eat and eat what you store. I wish I had a meal box like that Readymom +1. Though after a couple nights on the town I can see that two weeks become one weekend regardless of what is in it ha.

Also you may want to check what the campus health center if offering. I often got free flu shots and I know where my brother went to school the doctors gave out prescriptions like they were candy and a lot of it was covered under tuiton (I guess thats what private school gets you) he brought most of it back and my mom would store it for emergencies.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: kenser321 on February 04, 2011, 04:27:18 AM
Im a security officer for a college. If you are anything like our students you want to store alcohol, condoms, various drugs, porn, women, and video games. I'm not advocating any of this I just thought you might get a laugh. On a serious note its hard not to get stuff stolen. Anything you can fit in your vehicle and or locked footlocker would be ideal. Also blankets, canned food, candles, backpacker stove with pellets, lighter. You could always go to the campus laundrymat and get lint for tinder. I have a half case of water left in my car right now. I normally rotate it out for my lunches at work and when I go to the gym and just replace it when I'm half out.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: darksky on February 12, 2011, 02:34:54 AM
If you have classes on upper floors keep a 50-100 ft length para-cord with you so you can get out a window quickly & safely. I carried a broken down zip gun that used shot gun shells. They are easy to make, cheap, work well, no one knows what it is until its together and fits well into a large marker/highlighter. A off campus storage is a must & you can rent a small one cheap, $20-40 per month.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: IvanK on March 04, 2011, 07:18:27 PM
Here's what I've discovered about BOB's on a college campus: A backpack sitting in a car screams "Textbooks and expensive calculators potentially inside!". After a rash of car break-ins at various campuses in my area, I've switched to a cheap, old duffel bag to keep in my SUV. A thief looks at it through the window and thinks "There are probably gym clothes in there. Not worth the risk." and I'm less likely to get ripped off. I still have a backpack BOB, which I keep i my commuter car (in the trunk).

I guess that's one of the disadvantages with SUV's, hatchbacks, and wagons: a lot less privacy.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Bubafat on March 27, 2011, 11:06:00 AM

I guess that's one of the disadvantages with SUV's, hatchbacks, and wagons: a lot less privacy.


Hey Ivan, if you haven't already seen it, check out Goatdog's BOV thread:
http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=7415.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=7415.0)

Although it looks like a bit of work, he built a really impressive false floor for his SUV.  It looks really great and I think it would fool pretty much any criminal passing by. 
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: vagabond1101 on May 31, 2011, 02:48:44 PM
I don't know if it's been stated here before or not, but if you are like me you also wear glasses and or contacts.  In eithier case in your bug out bag I would keep a spare pair of current prescription glasses regular and sunglasses as well as at least 1 year of your current prescription contacts as well as at least 3 -4 eyeglass repair kits and the saline solutions necessary for your contacts
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: joules on June 02, 2011, 08:23:28 PM
As far as making room for storage in a college dorm, my uncle created a platform for my bed that was collapsible and could be transported using something as small as a station wagon. He used 4x4's as the 6 posts, split the platform into two 3' or so sections to accommodated the size of the long twin bed, and secured everything with bolts to make it easier to take down and put up. This allowed for the bed to be raised much higher and giving about an extra 50 cu.ft. of storage.

After having it for over 10 years, it is still in use as a general work station/table.

Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Alan Georges on June 14, 2011, 07:51:22 PM
This isn't a BOB, this is a tiny life-support bag for my daughter to get her through the few hours (days?) until I can get in and extract her from New Orleans.  It's only a little over an hour under normal circumstances, so how bad can it get?  (famous last words)  The point is that it is small – except for the Camelbak and a Berky bottle, it's small enough to all fit in a fanny pack, so it's not in her way, and innocuous enough that it has stayed 'out of sight, out of mind' to roommates and friends so far.  I'll write how this has worked out over the past two years momentarily.  Anyway, here's somewhat flippant note enclosed with the pack. (Flippant is how we communicate; it defuses things. )

----begin note, minor personal things omitted----

So, I guess you’re reading this ahead of time, maybe even showing it all off to your friends: “lookie here what my paranoid papa packed for me!”  Whatever.  Or maybe something’s gone Badly Wrong and you’ve never looked into this goodie bag before.  I’ll assume this is the case.

First, before you read the rest of this, go fill your Camelbak.  You did clean and dry it after Jazzfest, right?

Remember the rule of threes: you can live three minutes without air, three hours without shelter (or clothes... or mosquito repellent!), three days without water, or three weeks without food.  So screw the food, you’ve got air and clothes – go fill your Camelbak.

Good, now you’ve got water and you’re back.  Let’s go over the rest of this gear:

“Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.”
                        – Major T.J. “King” Kong


OK, got all that?  I’m probably already on the way.  Maybe we managed a phone call and are meeting up, maybe you’re driving out with friends, or maybe we’re down to Plan D (having exhausted A thru C) and just sorta winging it.  If you’ve filled the damn Camelbak already, you’re good for at least three days and can stretch to a week or so with what you have on hand, so congratulations, you’re in the top 90% of the local population already.  Good luck, and I’ll see you soon.

----end of note----

It's worked out pretty well over the past two years.  The bag has stayed hidden and un-raided, which is frankly a lot better than I expected.  Added a lighter and a Berky bottle this past winter.  OK, the bottle doesn't fit in the pack, but it winds into the belt OK.  Need to update the note, and add some more specific instructions on meet-up and extraction.  (She's responding to specifics better these days.  When I first wrote this, a specific instruction to do something was effectively a specific order to do something else completely different at random.)  Beyond these refinements though, it's working out so far.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: nimzy88 on June 15, 2011, 03:26:16 AM
Quote
First, before you read the rest of this, go fill your Camelbak.  You did clean and dry it after Jazzfest, right?

Ha I'm pretty sure mine still has an after taste of PBR and Vodka Redbull. College was a pretty good time. ha still not sure how I graduated or survived for that matter ha.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: kenser321 on February 01, 2012, 12:04:28 AM
I put some serious thought into this after I jokingly commented a few months ago. I hope it's not in bad taste to post a link from my blog, but here it is. http://oeoutdoors.com/uncategorized/survival-prepping-for-college-students/
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Morning Sunshine on February 01, 2012, 12:48:13 AM
I put some serious thought into this after I jokingly commented a few months ago. I hope it's not in bad taste to post a link from my blog, but here it is. http://oeoutdoors.com/uncategorized/survival-prepping-for-college-students/

great ideas there.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: allofthemonkeys on May 15, 2012, 07:27:27 PM
For those of you who want a gun on campus, find a campus that will support it.  Like Jack has said, move with your feet.  I know that my campus in Utah supports it.  I keep a mini GHB in my backpack, things like duct tape, a water bottle, some hard candy, enough quarters to make a phone call and enough cash for a bus ride, multi tool, when I can afford a pistol I will keep an extra mag of ammo.  For a semester I had a 7 mile walk from campus everyday, I used it to listen to the Survival Podcast.  Many campuses (especially community colleges) have classes on things like auto repair, advanced first aid, wood working, recreation, etc that can be useful for a self sufficient life.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Orionblade on May 17, 2012, 02:29:10 PM
For those of you who want a gun on campus, find a campus that will support it.  Like Jack has said, move with your feet.  I know that my campus in Utah supports it.  I keep a mini GHB in my backpack, things like duct tape, a water bottle, some hard candy, enough quarters to make a phone call and enough cash for a bus ride, multi tool, when I can afford a pistol I will keep an extra mag of ammo.  For a semester I had a 7 mile walk from campus everyday, I used it to listen to the Survival Podcast.  Many campuses (especially community colleges) have classes on things like auto repair, advanced first aid, wood working, recreation, etc that can be useful for a self sufficient life.

Bingo on the last bit.

That's how I learned how to turn a lump of metal into a precision-machined, threaded, heat-treated whatever-kind-of-tool-you-need with anything from a pocket knife to an engine lathe and back again.

I also met a blacksmith via the instructor at the community college, and wound up hooking up with the art department at my University, and the local blacksmith's guild. We actually have a minor in Jewelry - kid you not. Thinking I should have taken that instead of biochemistry... I could have built a watch for my thesis, rather than writing a 25 page paper and giving a 30 minute lecture on Deep Vein Thrombosis and Coagulation as a Shifting-Equilibrium Reaction.

Don't forget the other classees that help with social encounters - Ballroom Dance did wonders for both meeting women in the class, and making approaches to anyone at all in virtually any situation - if you can walk across a dance floor and ask a drop-dead-gorgeous girl to Tango, then you can walk across the street and approach the most heavily armed ass-kicker on the planet and ask for help with a jump start.

Might need to change your pants afterward, but social functioning is as important as firearms functioning. In most circumstances, it's more important.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: mal_556 on October 07, 2012, 06:18:52 AM
adding my two cents based off of the comment that getting out and traveling and seeing different regions really open one's eyes... i would add that traveling in and of its self is survivalism in mirco-form. I spend two years as a missionary where every six months give or take i would have to rotate to a different congregation, a different place to live and all that. Now add five years in the Military with the last two years almost i have been part of the Marine Security Guard program where we are assigned to a different embassy to guard for a year at at time. Talk about eye opening and making sure you keep all your stuff, traveling and shipping things internationally into a 3rd world country is an experience that is filled with lessons about storing, packing and accounting for everything of yours. lol. I have found that foot lockers are man's best friend when you can't have an actual dog. They are water proof, lockable (huge, even when you are using diplomatic channels to ship stuff) and still man portable do a fair degree.
Cash is king, I'm currently living in a part of the world where the US has finical sanctions against, let alone the power goes out anywhere from two to TEN times a day for any length of time as well, so forget about using credit or debit cards.
With all the traveling and the fact that the US is one of the few, if not the ONLY people on earth that use 110 instead of 220 i have found that the using my labtop as the mainstay of my charging needs has been one of the smartest things i did by accident. My labtop is good up to 240, so buying the right plug adapter and then though the three or four USB slots i plug in all of my other devices to charge. It nice to only have to buy the one plug adapter and then a regular and mini USB cable and I'm pretty much set for anything i need.
Steel/metal framed pens... serves two functions, the original, writing and the other, it is a ok alternative for defensive weapon. Not talking Jason Bourne type defense (as bad ass as that movie scene is, not "common man" type skill set) but more like kubaton type defense. Funny story, my little sister used a plastic Bic pen and preformed a kubaton move on a guy that wasn't getting the hint that he was being annoying one day in class while she was at high school.... needless to say the guy got the hint after he picked himself off the ground and massaged his thumb back into feeling. i can only think with a sadistic smile about how much better the lesson would have been with a metal framed pen instead of a plastic Bic. LOL
I guess this post is more in line with the bugging out or transit life of college but i hope it promoted some thoughts and a different outlooks on matter.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Lone Yankee on October 20, 2012, 05:31:53 AM
My humble two cents:

From my college experience, if I had had a plan (but I did not because I was  young and stupid) it would have been having multiple ways to get out of dodge to where I did want to be.  Trying to prep in my collage would have been an exercise in futility and would have made the RAs day.   My prep would have been a cheap (so nobody wants to steal it) but solid bicycle, back pack, clothing for all seasons and a plan.  Oh yeah and another plan because the first one never works.

That's view from over here anyway:   -LY
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: amtank on November 10, 2012, 06:15:36 PM
I used large tubs that I could stash under my bed. The big stuff, tent, sleeping bags, other camping stuff I just shoved into the corner and told the roommate to leave it alone.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: osubuckeye4 on November 16, 2012, 12:36:48 PM
I attended the Ohio State University from 2000-2004.


My biggest tip would be to get off campus and get an apartment or rent a house with people that you trust as soon as is possible.


Most schools only force incoming freshman to live in the dorms for one year. If you have to do that, then by all means do it. Don't not go to college and get a degree which could lead to a job you love because you freaked out about SHTF during 9 months where you had to live in a dorm.

I was woefully underprepped when I lived in the dorms, but I knew it was temporary. I had a blast for my one year in the dorms, but when it was time to re-up and move back in I laughed at them and got an apartment with my friends.

So my biggest advice is to not live on campus.

If you have no other choice than I would say first and foremost NOT break the rules. Don't smuggle in firearms or generators and canisters of gasoline or hot plates or any of the other things that make complete sense to have, but which 99% of college dorms don't allow due to liability reasons. The last thing you want is to get expelled from school.

That being said there are a lot of things that most schools will allow students to keep. So, keep the bare essentials in your dorm room (3-4 day supply of food, water, blankets, flashlight, batteries, a map of the area, and general medical supplies like a first aid kit).

After your year in the dorms is up, hopefully you made some friends that you trust to live with. Gather them up, rent a house and get off campus.



Essentially, I agree with Lone Yankee... trying to live on campus in a dorm style stetting and prep is an excerise in futility. Too many rules preventing you from possessing essential things and not enough space to provie for the massive rush of people who will storm your room if things get bad.

Basically, if SHTF then you are going to have multiple floors worth of people who didn't plan harassing you for supplies. It's going to be impossible to store enough.. so just store the basics and don't flaunt the fact that you are doing so. If things get bad, you have enough to survive for a few days and hopefully there is a window that opens up during those days when you can get off campus.


I hope this helps someone... and honestly, if you're going to be an incoming freshman in college, have fun! Don't freak out about prepping because most likely it's just you that you need to take care of. Keep the basics on hand and keep in mind that it's temporary.

The most important tip though, is to have a good head on your shoulders and to be mentally prepared for reasonable emergency situations as they arise. If you can do that, you're ahead of 99% of the other kids on campus.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: sams on January 26, 2013, 11:35:54 PM
On the subject of student campus prepping in particular, under my experience as an undergraduate I would advice to store at least 2 weeks of cheap food (Pasta/Rice and Tomato sauce) and have a cash reserve for a month worth of expenses (food + transportation).

I have seen so many people, and have myself been in, so many "dry month" running out you just run out of money and have to wait a week or two before getting help from your folks and that kind of stuff. Also if there is any kind of emergency the money would buy you a ticket to anywhere if you need to evacuate in a hurry.

That would be a good start for prepping.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: DesertCoyote on April 16, 2013, 06:05:00 PM
For those of you who want a gun on campus, find a campus that will support it.  Like Jack has said, move with your feet.  I know that my campus in Utah supports it.  I keep a mini GHB in my backpack, things like duct tape, a water bottle, some hard candy, enough quarters to make a phone call and enough cash for a bus ride, multi tool, when I can afford a pistol I will keep an extra mag of ammo.  For a semester I had a 7 mile walk from campus everyday, I used it to listen to the Survival Podcast.  Many campuses (especially community colleges) have classes on things like auto repair, advanced first aid, wood working, recreation, etc that can be useful for a self sufficient life.

If I'm not mistaken Utah is one of the few, if not the only state, that allows those with concealed weapons permits to carry on college campuses, unless the college itself specifies otherwise. I know Southern Utah University, where I attend school, allows it. It's one of the few benefits to attending a university in Utah.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: SlimJim on May 24, 2013, 11:09:16 AM
AVOID STUDENT LOANS!!!!

The number one prep, not exciting, and it won't fit in a bugout bag.

Think it over. It's unlikely you will experience a collapse or SHTF situation in college, but more likely within the 15 years after college. BUT, your ability to be resilient/prepared in later life will depend a whole LOT on your financial health... and if your financial health sucks because you took a load of college debt, you will struggle to be prepared.

So the number one thing you can do to "Be Prepared" while in college, is to avoid student loans, so you can be prepared later.

(it's almost like I'm speaking from experience, huh?)
SJ
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: osubuckeye4 on June 24, 2013, 01:47:26 PM
AVOID STUDENT LOANS!!!!

The number one prep, not exciting, and it won't fit in a bugout bag.

Think it over. It's unlikely you will experience a collapse or SHTF situation in college, but more likely within the 15 years after college. BUT, your ability to be resilient/prepared in later life will depend a whole LOT on your financial health... and if your financial health sucks because you took a load of college debt, you will struggle to be prepared.

So the number one thing you can do to "Be Prepared" while in college, is to avoid student loans, so you can be prepared later.

(it's almost like I'm speaking from experience, huh?)
SJ

While no one should take out more loans than they are capable of paying back, student loans are still being given out a very reasonable rates and should be used to bridge the gap if a student needs to use them for a worthwhile purpose (getting a good degree in a field that is hiring).


The problems I see (I work in education, specifically student finance as an auditor for a group of universities), are the following:

1) Students pursuing degrees in fields that are not hiring. I see some kids taking out $60,000 in loans to get a theater degree. It doesn't make any sense. That's not to bash peple with theater degrees, but how many companies are hiring people with bachelors degrees in theaer?

If you have the resources to pay for a theater degree yourself and you're passionate about theater, go for it. Don't sandbag yourself with debt getting a degree that yields fields that aren't going to pay enough back to pay off that debt though.

2) Students paying top dollar for GEC's (general elective courses) and financing them through loans.

Go to community college to get your history, basic match, foreign language and culture credits. Don't shell out $300+ per credit hour at a high priced university. The basic math class at your community college rivals the basic math class at Harvard University. It is the exact same material. Algebra is algebra wherever you go. Ditto with U.S. and European history. Shell out the big money for courses in your major (and pick a smart major).

3) Students attending universities that they can't afford.

Just because you got accepted to Harvard doesn't mean you have to go there, especailly not for your first 2 yeras (where you are taking mostly elective courses and introductory courses). Go to a community college for those first 2 years and you're cutting your overall loan debt signifficantly. If you work during those two yeras, you're reducing it even more.

4) Students not using available grants/aid.

I had a student who had a full ride to any university in the state of Texas through the VA department. He decided to go to one of our schools instead and pay out of pocket. I actually went out of my way to try to talk him out of attending the school I work for, but he refused to listen to common sense.  I see this a lot with students who are working for employers that offer tuiton reimbursement, and never bother to ask/look into it. Saved a lot of students a lot of money by looking at their application, seeing they worked for a company I know offers reimbursement, and telling them to fill out the paperwork to get it.

5) Students loading up on stipends

I see so many kids who take out $20,000 to go to school... and then another $20,000 in stipends becuase the government makes it available to them. They use this money for partying, paying rent, paying cable/cell phone bills... everything outside of what it is intended for, which is school. Most people who are completely over their head in student loan debt took out a ton of stipend money on top of their tuition eligiblity. Schools are not allowed to decline stipend money as long as it does not exceed the coast of attendance.



Loans are not bad, as long as poeple are responsible. Most students who I have seen get into trouble fall into one of the 5 categories above. (that's not to say someone could follow everything above and fail, they could... but, a jet could crash into my house and kill me tonight. It could happen, it's just unlikely)

First line deleted due to unnecessarily confrontational commentary. -Nicodemus
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: hardpoint9 on July 03, 2013, 12:17:39 PM
As a college student, this thread has been incredibly helpful.  You all who've posted have made a confusing topic that doesn't get a lot of attention easier to grasp for a young person.  Thanks
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: ThePrepperPodcast.com on August 13, 2013, 05:52:42 PM
#1. I admit that I didn't read the replies above.
#2. I would work on some basic food storage, money saving, and exit strategy and bugout scenarios.
#3. I hope I am not overstepping my boundaries if I post a link to a post that I wrote: http://cleversurvivalist.com/2013/04/10/apartment-prepper-survival-how-to-survive-food-stores-etc/
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: notsofast on October 05, 2013, 12:06:13 AM
i'm too old for beer and partying. i used my student loans to buy guns. lmao. but seriously, having a way out is always the better option. let's face it if something bad goes down, it's cool to have two, three, four weeks worth of food, but what good is that if you're stuck in your dorm room and other students are freaking out and rioting or looting, right? because eventually they'll hit your room. personally, i live close (35 minutes) from my school and can make that treck in no time taking the back roads and cutting through the  woods, etc. so it's a little different for me. but, i also have a friend whose business is about five blocks from the school and he lives about four miles from me, so if something were to go down and couldn't get to my car i'm still pretty set on transport home. i know (because i've lived here my whole life) at least a dozen ways to get from here to there. anyway, i'm rambling...

basically i guess what i'm saying is money for bus fare, train ticket, cab.. those things are what i'd concentrate on to begin with. oh, and improvised weapons... always.

ETA: did NOT realize this thread was three years old... oh well.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Nicodemus on October 05, 2013, 08:03:13 AM
ETA: did NOT realize this thread was three years old... oh well.

The thread is ongoing. It's not a problem.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: notsofast on October 07, 2013, 04:46:37 PM
The thread is ongoing. It's not a problem.

oh, i know. lol.

i was thinking this morning living in a dorm can present more difficulties, obviously, than home or even apartment prepping specifically; space. i'd advise against trying to store lots of "food." Rather i'd consider the datrex/ration bars over cans or MREs (or at least completely MRE). i'd split it about 60-40 (give or take) datrex and MRE (or even more to the ration bar side) respectively. keep in mind this also depends on the size of the bars you get. i've seen some of those bars that are about the size of a big mac (bulky but lots of nutrition) and others closer to a protein or candy bar. i say this because of space issues, if you can find a good supply of the smaller bars AND have the knowledge/ability to trap, the bars and MREs can be saved and rationed out only when necessary. i say to keep MREs as well because they contain at least some water, much like cans over dehydrated and at least taste half ok.

besides a bug out plan, cash and food, obviously a need for defense is there.

for instance, my school just went to a COMPLETELY weapon free campus. we're not even allowed to carry a pocket knife. what they don't know... right? i carry my knife, my chain wallet (loaded with all kinds of heavy stuff that's good for swinging), my keys on a carabiner which also happens to hold and old falstaff can opener (nice for gauging) and small led light, an aluminum pen light (which i can use as a kubaton style weapon for striking, pressure point/pain compliance techniques or joint manipulation), and i carry OC spray. in my car i carry a machete, a hatchet, "broken ax handle" and head that way if i ever get a random search i don't have any weapons in my car, they're all tools. lots of defense i know, but i still have to make it home no matter what happens; riots, emp, zombies, aliens... whatever.

but, as far as defense in a "defenseless" area i think the best thing to have is a knowledge of improvised weapons, remember it's a mindset not a thing, don't think for a second i won't stab a shooter in the throat with a pen or try to crush his esophagus with a textbook and situational awareness, just keep an eye on the news and weather, keep an eye out for people following or eyeballing you, ESPECIALLY if they don't look like they're students.

but maybe that's a little over the top since things like that ever happen, right? i mean, people don't REALLY get killed, kidnapped raped or beaten on college campuses, right?

about two weeks ago we broke for lunch from a night class, a group of four or so were ahead of me and one girl (cute, about 5', 100 lbs) was about forty yards behind me. out of habit i checked the scene looking all around and noticed a car with two guys who "didn't quite look like college material" (take that how you will) they slowed WAY down and were watching her and talking back and forth. i immediately slowed down myself to let her catch up as i turned to check on the car they turned left (after that the only way to go was back in our direction). about 20 yards later they  passed us, just as we hit the cross street, and slowed down again. this time i let her pass in front of me and stepped between her and the car and stopped, that's when i noticed what looked like a third guy laying down in the back seat ( i could be wrong). my eyes met the driver's and i turned broadside to the car in a very aggressive stance.  he stepped on the gas and i stood and watched as they left campus. i haven't seen the car since.

just saying.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: allofthemonkeys on October 10, 2013, 05:09:03 PM
Another thought, and goes with Jack's philosophy, learn to cook.  It will make your life better now and will help if you need in in a crisis, personal or otherwise.  Plus, it might get you a special someone in your life. 
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: mech7.62 on January 04, 2014, 02:36:29 PM
My EDC GOOD bag has to go through multiple security checks so I've found that carrying minimal works best for me and I can always have it with me. Snacks, fluid, para cord, and a marine radio because I work on the coast. Any second form of communication will work.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: wwilkers on January 08, 2014, 09:13:47 PM
Any suggestions for a travel halfway across the country bag/trunk of a car? I go to a college that severely limits what I can and can't have in my room. It is not an ideal situation but I want to make it work. So far I have some things but I really want to improve it.
3 day assault pack
-5 cliff bars
-30oz bottle for water
-folding knife
-whet stone
-bic lighter
-8ft 550 para cord
-extra phone battery
-compass
-basic first aid kit
-$100 cash in 1s and 5s
-$30 quarters
-flashlight
-sunglasses
-hat
-hiking boots
-light jacket
-100-300 rounds 45acp ammo(not until summer)
-extra mags (not until summer)
-springfield xds 45(not until summer)
-small gun cleaning kit(not until summer)
Car
-jumper cables
-~15 bottles of water
-2 change of clothes
-400-500 rounds 45acp(not until summer)
-possible second pistol?(not until summer)
-$150 cash
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: sbarber on January 24, 2014, 02:30:58 PM
I would say fill up a few washed out 2 liter pop bottles with some slightly chlorinated water for emergency purposes and keep them in the trunk of your car. These are great because they are cheap, light weight, can hold alot of water, and are really durable.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: RitaRose1945 on February 01, 2014, 08:46:36 AM
Glad to see some activity on this thread.  I don't attend college as a student, but I do work there as staff now.

Honestly, I would say that situational awareness goes a LONG way toward preventing bad things in the first place.  And when they can't be prevented, you would do well to spend off times exploring your campus, learning all of the "out of the way" spots and making friends with the people who have the keys to all of the heavy locked doors and rooms no one knows even exist.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: soupbone on February 01, 2014, 11:41:13 AM
I would seriously reconsider keeping firearms or other obvious weapons in a dorm room. The BEST bad thing that can happen is that someone sees it and reports you - how would "expelled for weapons" look on your transcript? The worst is that that drunken roommate of yours finds it and... (add whatever stupid, tragic event you want here).

This is where you seriously weigh the probabilities of needing a 'weapon'. As I see it, that probability is statistically insignificant. Most college campuses are safe places, and the inadvertent discovery of an illicit or illegal device is not worth the risk.

In event of a major incident, the school will probably be shut down, so your preps should include "get-out-of-Dodge" money and a way of calling home. Friends who live off campus, or profs you know well, are also an asset. It also helps to be on friendly terms with the Campus Cops - "Hey, can I wait here......?" Likewise, having a favorite off-campus restaurant, drug store, tobacco shop, etc. that you frequent and are known at will be to your benefit. "Hey, can I wait here......?" You should strive to be more than a nameless, faceless 'student' and build ties within the local community.

If the school is shut down, you will have a limited time to clear out - it will be grab-and-run at the dorms, so having such things as climate suitable clothing, comfortable footwear and toiletries ready to go will be to your advantage. Expect traffic tie-ups, both on-campus or in the vicinity of the school. If you are going to have someone come and get you, it is best to meet at a well-known location at least a mile from school. If you are on foot, you may be stopped and interviewed by the cops or have to pass through checkpoints. This is where it is good to know your local LEs, and not have any obvious weapons. Cooperate with them - things are jumpy enough as it is, don't add to it. Keep your mouth shut, your opinions to yourself and strive to be as gray as possible.

Now I admit that my experience in on-campus disasters is limited; I was only involved in one - Kent State, May 4, 1970 - but I find it hard to envision a more difficult situation.

soupbone
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: RitaRose1945 on February 01, 2014, 12:01:42 PM
I would seriously reconsider keeping firearms or other obvious weapons in a dorm room. The BEST bad thing that can happen is that someone sees it and reports you - how would "expelled for weapons" look on your transcript? The worst is that that drunken roommate of yours finds it and... (add whatever stupid, tragic event you want here).

This is where you seriously weigh the probabilities of needing a 'weapon'. As I see it, that probability is statistically insignificant. Most college campuses are safe places, and the inadvertent discovery of an illicit or illegal device is not worth the risk.

In event of a major incident, the school will probably be shut down, so your preps should include "get-out-of-Dodge" money and a way of calling home. Friends who live off campus, or profs you know well, are also an asset. It also helps to be on friendly terms with the Campus Cops - "Hey, can I wait here......?" Likewise, having a favorite off-campus restaurant, drug store, tobacco shop, etc. that you frequent and are known at will be to your benefit. "Hey, can I wait here......?" You should strive to be more than a nameless, faceless 'student' and build ties within the local community.

If the school is shut down, you will have a limited time to clear out - it will be grab-and-run at the dorms, so having such things as climate suitable clothing, comfortable footwear and toiletries ready to go will be to your advantage. Expect traffic tie-ups, both on-campus or in the vicinity of the school. If you are going to have someone come and get you, it is best to meet at a well-known location at least a mile from school. If you are on foot, you may be stopped and interviewed by the cops or have to pass through checkpoints. This is where it is good to know your local LEs, and not have any obvious weapons. Cooperate with them - things are jumpy enough as it is, don't add to it. Keep your mouth shut, your opinions to yourself and strive to be as gray as possible.

Now I admit that my experience in on-campus disasters is limited; I was only involved in one - Kent State, May 4, 1970 - but I find it hard to envision a more difficult situation.

soupbone

Yes, this.

Not only do you (at best) jeopardize your ability to stay on campus and further your education, you (at worst) run a very serious risk of someone getting ahold of any weapons and using them to hurt either themselves or others.  It's just not worth it.  The impact on your future is very little benefit at a very large risk.

My campus doesn't allow weapons of any kind for anyone other than police.  Being me, I asked the Powers That Be if pepper spray was considered a weapon (in front of a bunch of people, in case it came up) and was told "It depends on how you use it", as either a weapon or self defense.  So there ya go.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: sbarber on February 11, 2014, 08:08:33 AM
I think that a system of cache's would be a great asset. They could also be made cheaply and well. I would start of with a five gallon bucket and fill it with several types of food that will keep for a long time and other survival items maybe some water bottles. I would probably store mountain house backpacking meals, which can be found on sale from time to time or another cheaper off brand version. Those caches would be the closest to my location so that I could grab the light weight food quickly and not have to worry about cooking a complicated meal or soaking beans or anything. I would also store a two liter pop bottle full of potato flakes and  an 02 absorber. This is good because it is inexpensive, has a lot of carbs for energy, keeps well for a few years and is stupidly easy to prepare. they can even be eaten cold but they don't taste great that way. I would take the bucket seal it up with duct tape. Then I would wrap it up in some trash bags and bury it close to the surface of a location I have picked. The caches that I would put nearest large populations would contain no metal at all thus making them hard to stumble across when metal detecting. The ones farther out might contain some metal. I think that if you planned out several escape routes to get home and buried caches at intervals that would be a few days apart as far as walking distance. I think it would be better to over estimate the amount of food you should store for your trip home. Because you can always leave food behind if you cant carry it or eat it but it is alot harder to make food appear when you need it.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: Wild Colonial Boy on March 09, 2015, 09:00:37 AM
Having looked over the previous posts I sense the SHTF scenario's being prepared for are on the more extreme end with a low probability (i.e. Guns on Campus).

What I haven't seen anyone mention were two key SHTF issues which were common place with young people living away from home for the first time and highly probable:

1/ Practicing Safe Sex.....A ready supply of condoms (regardless of whether your a guy or girl). These can often be sources from a Campus / Student Free Health Clinic.

2/ Surviving Hangovers.....Berocca or another similar hangover cure. 

If you have the above two issues covered, many minor and at times embarrassing crises can be averted.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: soupbone on January 18, 2016, 08:00:34 PM
Good points, WCB. I'd add: "NO! means NO!" and "DON'T DO DUMB S#!T!". The former is self-explanatory in today's campus environment; the latter includes not putting yourself in a position where you cannot differentiate between dumb s#!t and not so dumb s#!t - as you allude to in your #2.

It's nice to see some of these threads resurrected on occasion - shows that the world did not end or society collapse since the earlier posts. Gives you a little more faith in the human condition.

soup
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: allofthemonkeys on June 25, 2016, 03:27:48 PM
For those in the dorms, if you are concerned about personal safety you can keep a can of pepper spray and a baseball bat in your room.  You can even find an old mitt at a garage sale or thrift store to sell a rouse that you like baseball.  Very few places that I know of will punish you for pepper spray, especially women. 
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: osubuckeye4 on July 18, 2016, 12:32:35 PM
For those in the dorms, if you are concerned about personal safety you can keep a can of pepper spray and a baseball bat in your room.  You can even find an old mitt at a garage sale or thrift store to sell a rouse that you like baseball.  Very few places that I know of will punish you for pepper spray, especially women.

Not saying you're necessarily wrong, but you should probably check with your RA or Hall Director before bringing the baseball bat into the room.

That's something that I don't think has really been mentioned. If you have to live in the dorms, get to know your hall director. You don't need to have dinner with him/her once a week or anything, but do introduce yourself and put a face with a name EARLY.


Even approaching him/her and saying, "hi my name is ___, I play on a baseball team every weekend. Is it okay if I store my bat/glove in my room, or are those off limits?" will go a long way. The last thing you need is someone getting busted for a knife, and them turning around and telling the hall director that you have a bat in your room, and ending up getting in trouble for it.


All I'm saying is, if disputes arise (and they oftentimes do in the dorms), you want the RA/directors to know that you're a good person and not have them immediately take an offensive stance with you.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: RitaRose1945 on July 18, 2016, 06:19:56 PM
Not saying you're necessarily wrong, but you should probably check with your RA or Hall Director before bringing the baseball bat into the room.

That's something that I don't think has really been mentioned. If you have to live in the dorms, get to know your hall director. You don't need to have dinner with him/her once a week or anything, but do introduce yourself and put a face with a name EARLY.


Even approaching him/her and saying, "hi my name is ___, I play on a baseball team every weekend. Is it okay if I store my bat/glove in my room, or are those off limits?" will go a long way. The last thing you need is someone getting busted for a knife, and them turning around and telling the hall director that you have a bat in your room, and ending up getting in trouble for it.


All I'm saying is, if disputes arise (and they oftentimes do in the dorms), you want the RA/directors to know that you're a good person and not have them immediately take an offensive stance with you.


As someone who works with college students, I 100% agree.
Title: Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
Post by: TheLastBoyscout on September 25, 2017, 05:08:44 AM
I live near a decent sized campus and was involved in a conversation about this recently with a few students.  This campus has many foreign students so there was a variety of views.