Make a Go-bag and Disaster Supplies Kit

The go-bag should be prepared now, before an emergency, be easily accessible and filled with at least a three day supply of items needed to help you quickly and safely evacuate your home. You may only have enough time to retrieve this bag. Essentials include:

  • Clothing and personal toiletries.
  • Inventory of home contents and photographs/videotape of the house and landscape.
  • Contact your insurance agent for an inventory checklist.
  • Flashlight, portable radio tuned to an emergency radio station and extra batteries.
  • Change batteries annually.
  • Extra set of car and house keys.
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses.
  • Contact information for family, friends and physicians.

If you anticipate an extended evacuation at an emergency shelter or your family is returning to a home without functioning electricity and water, these additional items for a disaster supplies kit will prove helpful:

  • One gallon of water per person, per day stored in unbreakable containers and labeled with the storage date. Replace every six months.
  • Supply of non-perishable packaged or canned foods with a hand-operated can opener.
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel.
  • First aid kit, including a first aid book.
  • At least one blanket or sleeping bag per person.
  • ABC-type fire extinguisher.
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.
  • Large plastic trash bags, tarps and rain ponchos.
  • A large trash can.
  • Bar soap, liquid detergent and household bleach.
  • Rubber gloves and duct tape.

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