Well, if he's out of the city I say he should stay put if at all possible. In a man made situation, most of the worst of any damage/panic will probably occur in the city if it is bad enough to keep you from driving there. I would arrange a location you will meet him in the town where his school is in case of localized natural disaster. You should set up a out of state person you can both call to leave messages with as the local calls might not be getting through.
I would include in his kit-
A bicycle or Razor scooter so he can cover more ground faster than walking, also useful on campus. Of course helmet and pads. Or a moped if he is allowed motorized transportation.
A large duffle bag or better yet a hiking backpack with:
Mini maglight flashlight, 2 sets extra batteries and a spare bulb.
2 space blankets
Multi-tool, preferably leatherman
1/2- 1 Roll of plastic sheeting ( depending on space)
These items together make a solar still to get water.
If not enough space, survival straw type water filter
Staple gun and staples- with the plastic sheeting this can create a shelter.
Roll of duct tape.
small Folding shovel- military surplus so it won't bend.
Several lighters and a few books of matches in a ziploc bag
Tuna can and several votive size candles
2 Large sports bottles with flip top full of water - rubbermaid makes a great brand I have that I have never had leak.
6 power bars or similar protein bars. You can put a few chocolate bars in too.
Small First aid kit- Put it in a plastic tupperware style storage box so it's waterproof.
small sewing kit
several safety pins, rubber bands.
Ziploc baggies in various sizes
Hygine kit- hotel sized soap in a ziploc, toothbrush, toothpase, shampoo, comb, deoderant etc. You can use travel sized ones if you need to. Put these inside a gallon Ziploc storage bag so they don't leak on anything else.
2 Large garbage bags ( poncho) or other uses
A sturdy pair of already broken in hiking boots, 2 pair socks- 1 wool
2 pair clean underwear, 2 shirts, long underware, polar fleece pants, and a wool sweater. Roll these up so they take less space.
Wool Hat, mittens, scarf ( make sure he goes to college with a heavy duty winter coat
suitable for extreme temps)
$100 cash so he can buy his way home if he needs to, or buy gas. Put this in the kit in a non obvious location like a film cannister. $10 in quarters for phones, vending machines.
Phone card in case the phones still work.
Any of Tom Brown's Books-
Instructions on what to do.- I would go into more detail, but I'll have to get back to you later Nicholas woke up.
He should have about 1 week worth of food in cans and a can opener, and water, put it in a box under his bed so it's out of the way.
Hope this helps.
[This message has been edited by Becca Anne (edited October 12, 2002).]