Disaster can strike at any time, and no area is immune. No matter where you live, having a ‘go bag’ can make a huge difference in an emergency where every second counts. Pack a small bag for each member of your household, keep them all in the same location, and make sure everyone knows the plan in case of an evacuation.
The Bag Itself
Keep it small and portable; you may literally be running with it. A backpack is ideal, but a lightweight suitcase may also work.
Pack about three days worth of each of your prescriptions. If you need larger items, such as an oxygen tank, make sure you have a portable version.
Pack enough for a few days. Include layers you can add or remove, lightweight rain gear, and waterproof boots.
Water and Food
Bottled water is essential. Granola or energy bars are also great picks because they are small, filling, and come in a wide range of flavors.
List every toiletry you use on a daily basis, then buy a travel version of each. Also pack backup eyeglasses, a first-aid kit, babywipes and a multipurpose tool with a knife and can opener.
In addition to enough money to last a few days, pack small bills and a roll of quarters. If you need something from a vending machine, you won’t want to have to ask equally desperate strangers for change.
In a waterproof zip-lock bag, put photocopies of your birth certificate, driver’s license, Social Security and Medical cards, power of attorney and will, marriage/adoption/naturalization certificates, proof of address, and insurance/medical/immunization records.
Bring an extra phone charger in case you have electricity and a portable battery pack in case you don’t. Also pack a long-lasting flashlight, and a small AM/FM radio (with batteries if it needs them).
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