Grab and GO: How to prepare for an emergency. Even if you are not in the path of Hurricane Matthew, now barreling towards the Eastern Seaboard, it’s important to be ready for an emergency. Pack an emergency Grab and Go bag and be ready for storms, floods or hurricanes, in case you have to evacuate quickly, or even a personal family emergency that requires immediate travel.
Here’s the list of must haves from the NYC Dept. of Emergency Management, to Grab and GO:
- Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container, including insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Credit and ATM cards and cash, especially in small denominations. We recommend you keep at least $50-$100 on hand.
- Bottled water and non-perishable food such as energy or granola bars
- Flashlight. Traditional flashlight bulbs have limited lifespans. Light Emitting Diode (LED) flashlights, however, are more durable and last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs.
- Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries. It’s also a good idea to have one of those portable power packs to provide emergency power to your mobile phone, and be sure it’s fully charged.
- A list of the medications each member of your household takes, why they take them, and their dosages. Medication information and other essential personal items. If you store extra medication in your Go Bag, be sure to refill it before it expires.
- First-aid kit
- Contact and meeting place information for your household, and a small regional map
- Child care supplies or other special care items
A Go Bag should be packed in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or suitcase on wheels, and it should be easy to find, grab and go if you have to leave your home in a hurry. A Go Bag should be ready to go at all times of the year.
This grab and go advice was published originally on sister website NYC on the Cheap.
Let’s hope you don’t need it. But it always pays to be prepared.