Emergency Preparedness

Bug Out Bags It is strongly suggested that you create some family emergency procedures and plan ahead. Many people prepare by assembling the materials needed to sustain life for 72 hours. This is commonly referred to as a bug out bag, Go Bag, or “72 hour kit.” I would need to be easily grabbed at a moment’s notice if the need to evacuate should arise.

Here are some things to remember before leaving home in an evacuation situation:

Know where the water and gas shutoffs are in your home and if time permits, shut them off prior to evacuating. Grab your go bag and see that neighbors are OK. Contents of your Go Bag might include:

  • Food - MREs have a good shelf life. You may want spork, knife, cup, camp stove, etc.
  • Water - minimum 1 Liter per person per day. Include a refillable water bottle
  • Clothing - Should have a couple of complete changes of clothes including underwear and socks. Work gloves are a helpful addition as is a hat. A poncho can keep you dry and alive.
  • First Aid Kit
  • NOAA Radio
  • Diapers & wipes for the kids
  • Lighting - flashlight with batteries, candles, etc.
  • Heat source - matches
  • Phone Charger with power bank - power banks can be purchased for under $20 and can keep your cell phone charged for minimal use over a few days.
  • Cash in smaller bills
  • Area map & compass
  • Paper and pencil
  • Copies of important documents - insurance policies, birth certificates, etc.
  • Prescription Medication

Home Fire Drills

Every family should conduct home fire drills at least annually. October 15th is National Home Fire Drill day and a good choice for a date because the weather tends to not be too cold and is shortly before the winter heating season begins.