Go Bag

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ShoesIf you need to leave from your home, it will be important that you are ready to go as quickly as possible. Having a “Go Bag” in an accessible place ensures that you and your family are prepared for whatever situation arises.

Go Bag Guidelines:

  • Each member of your household should have his or her own Go Bag 
  • Go Bags should be easy to carry and sturdy 
  • Go Bags should be stored in an easily accessible location 
  • Ideally, you should keep a Go Bag at your home, in your car, and at work 
  • Go Bags should be prepared for any time of year 
  • Go Bags should be updated every six months

Go Bag List:

  • Bottled water 
  • Non-perishable food and a manual can opener 
  • Flashlight 
  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio 
  • Extra batteries (check the necessary types) 
  • Pocketknife 
  • Whistle 
  • Prescription medication for a week, along with copies of your prescriptions 
  • Small first aid kit 
  • Extra house and car keys 
  • A blanket 
  • Raingear 
  • A hat 
  • Comfortable, sturdy shoes 
  • Warm clothes 
  • Extra pair of glasses and/or hearing aids 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Plastic garbage bags 
  • Soap 
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
  • Feminine hygiene products 
  • A copy of your communications plan card 
  • A regional map 
  • Special needs items for members of your family, especially children, seniors or people with disabilities, and pets
  • Paper, pens, and tape - in case you need to leave a message somewhere 
  • Dust mask 
  • Cash - preferably in small denominations 
  • Coins for pay phones 
  • Credit and debit cards 
  • Copies of important documents in a waterproof container (i.e. IDs, insurance information, proof of address, passports, etc.) 
  • A recent family photo for identification purposes - make sure everyone's face can be seen clearly

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