What to Have in Your Hand: Go Bag - JuniperCivic.com
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Originally published in the December 2004 Juniper Berry Magazine

What to Have in Your Hand: Go Bag

Every household should consider assembling a Go Bag ‒ a collection of items you may need in the event of an evacuation. Each household member's Go Bag should be packed in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or suitcase on wheels. A Go Bag should be easily accessible if you have to leave your home in a hurry. Make sure it is ready to go at all times of the year.

• Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, birth certificates, deeds, photo IDs, etc.)

• Extra set of car 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, battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries. You can also buy wind-up radios that do not require batteries at retail stores.

• Medication for at least one week and other essential personal items. Be sure to change medications before they expire. Keep a list of the medications each member of your household takes and their dosages, or copies of all your prescription slips.

• First-aid kit

• Sturdy, comfortable shoes, lightweight rain gear and a

mylar blanket

• Contact and meeting place information for your house

hold, and a small regional map

• Child care supplies or other special care items