emergency go bag checklist

How an Emergency Go Bag Checklist can Protect You & Your Family

Why have an Emergency Go Bag Checklist you may ask? You may have seen on the Weather Channel reports of natural disasters occurring more often. The effects of Climate Change have become the new normal. Since 1990, natural disasters have affected about 217 million people every year.

Geophysical disasters include earthquakes, volcanoes, dry rockfalls, landslides, and avalanches.

Climate-related disasters include hydrological events such as floods, storm surge, and coastal flooding, while meteorological events include storms, tropical cyclones, local storms, heat/cold waves, drought and wildfires.

The number of geophysical disasters has remained fairly stable since the 1970s, while the number of climate-related (hydro-meteorological) disasters has greatly increased.

What you can do?

While the circumstances may differ, there’s one tip that every person needs to take from all these situations: how to pack a “go bag.”

A go-bag is a packed case that you grab on your way out the door, and that will help keep you safe and comfortable in the coming hours and days. Stopping to hunt for your medications or other important needs can cost you critical seconds in an evacuation.

Basic electronics
Pack an extra phone charger in case you’re fortunate enough to have electricity, and a portable battery pack in case you’re not. Also, stash a long-lasting LED flashlight. Pack a small hand-cranked or battery-operated AM/FM radio (with extra batteries).

Personal needs
While getting ready for a typical day, list every toiletry you use. Pack backup eyeglasses, as well as a first-aid kit, baby wipes and a multipurpose tool with a knife and can opener.

Pack a few days’ worths. Include layers you can add or remove, plus lightweight rain gear and waterproof boots.

Your meds
Pack about three days’ worth of each of your prescriptions, which should last until you can get to a pharmacy that’s open. If you need larger items, such as an oxygen tank, make sure you have a portable version.

The perfect bag
Think small and portable. A backpack is ideal, but a lightweight suitcase with wheels will also do. Just remember, you may literally be running with it.

Fill a zip-top waterproof bag with photocopies of your birth certificate; driver’s license; Social Security and Medicare cards; the power of attorney and will; any marriage, adoption or naturalization certificates; proof of address; insurance, medical and immunization records; and information about your credit and ATM cards.

Food and drink
Make an Emergency Go Bag Checklist which includes the fundamental requirements for your carry. Bottled water is essential. Granola or energy bars are great because they are small and filling, and they come in a variety of flavors. Additionally, you can always keep protein powder if you are into fitness.

In addition to enough money for a few days, include small bills and a roll of quarters. If you need to buy something out of a vending machine, you don’t want to start asking equally desperate strangers for change.

Isn’t there an easier way?

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Yes, there is! Click here to see an example of an Emergency Go Bag Checklist that already includes everything you’ll need during an emergency.

How do I charge my phone?

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Every Go Bag should have a way to charge your phone especially when there’s no electricity. You can charge your phone during an emergency with this Solar Charger!

Be Prepared!

Don’t wait until you are in the middle of an emergency to start your preparations. Be prepared with an Emergency Go Bag Checklist and you will not have to worry about any future emergencies.