Grab and GO: How to prepare for an emergency.
Even if you are not in the path of a hurricane, flood, tornado or wildfire, it’s important to be ready for an emergency.
Pack an emergency Grab and Go bag and be ready to evacuate quickly, including for a personal family emergency that requires immediate travel.
Emergency Grab & Go List
These are the must haves from the NYC Dept. of Emergency Management, to Grab and GO:
Copies of your important documents
- Including insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.
- Keep them in a waterproof and portable container within your Grab and Go bag.
Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Keep at least $50-$100 on hand, especially in small bills, since ATM machines and electronic cash registers may not be working.
Bottled water and non-perishable food
- Such as energy or granola bars and energy supplement drinks
- Traditional flashlight bulbs have limited lifespans, so pack extra batteries.
- 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.
Contact and meeting place information for your household
- Include an old-fashioned paper regional map
Child care supplies or other special care items
- Pack a change of clothing for each member of the family.
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, for any emergency.
Let’s hope you don’t need it. But it always pays to be prepared.
This grab and go advice was published originally on sister website NYC on the Cheap which was hacked, ransomed and destroyed in Feb. 2022.
This article was published originally in 2016 and updated annually, including for 2023. We re-publish it regularly, depending on severe weather events in the news.
ecoXplorer Evelyn Kanter is a journalist with 20+ years of experience as a newspaper and magazine writer, radio & TV news producer & reporter, and author of guidebooks and smartphone apps – all focusing on travel, automotive, the environment and your rights as a consumer.
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