With deadly hurricanes in the headlines, it’s important to be ready for an emergency, in case you and your family must evacuate quickly. Wherever you live, in the path of a hurricane or not, pack an emergency Go Bag now so you are ready for stormy weather, fire, or even a personal family emergency that requires immediate travel.
This list of must have items is from the NYC Dept. of Emergency Management, and it applies to anywhere you live that might be in the path of a hurricane, flash flood or tornado, so you can be ready in moment to grab and go.
- Copies of your important documents in a waterproof container (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 foods such as energy or granola bars
- Flashlight. Traditional flashlight bulbs have limited lifespans, and batteries can be heavy. 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
- A list of the medications each member of your household takes, why they take them, and their dosages. 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.
Let’s hope you don’t need it. But it always pays to be prepared.