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National Preparedness Month: Day 3 – What’s in your Go Bag? Gather needed supplies for your family’s Emergency Supply Kit. September 17, 2011

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September 17, 2011, National Preparedness Month: Day 3 – What’s in your Go Bag?  Gather needed supplies for your family’s Emergency Supply Kit.

Keep enough supplies readily available to survive on your own, or shelter in place, for at least three days. Keep these materials in an easily accessible, special container. Make sure everyone knows that these supplies are for emergencies only.

  • Below is a list of commonly needed items.  Add and subtract per your family’s specific needs, taking special consideration for those with special needs, the elderly, infants and family pets.
    • One gallon of drinking water per person per day
    • Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and manual can opener
    • First aid kit
    • Flashlight
    • Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries (you can also buy wind-up radios that do not require batteries)
    • Whistle
    • Iodine tablets or one quart of unscented bleach (for disinfecting water ONLY if directed to do so by health officials) and eyedropper (for adding bleach to water)
    • Personal hygiene items: soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc.
    • Phone that does not rely on electricity
    • Child care supplies or other special care items

Every household should also pack a Go Bag – a collection of items you may need in the event of an evacuation.  A 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.

  • Below is a list of commonly needed items.  Add and subtract per your family’s specific needs, taking special consideration for those with special needs, the elderly, infants and family pets.
    • Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.)
    • Extra set of car and house keys
    • Credit and ATM cards and cash.  It is recommend you keep at least $100 (small bills) on hand.
    • Bottled water and non-perishable food such as energy or granola bars
    • Flashlight
    • Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries
    • Keep 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 (or GPS)
    • Child care supplies or other special care items
    • Car cell phone charger

Check expiration dates of food and update your kits when you change your clock during daylight-saving times

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One Response to “National Preparedness Month: Day 3 – What’s in your Go Bag? Gather needed supplies for your family’s Emergency Supply Kit.”

  1. TC Director Says:

    Respected Clardy,

    Very well. A very good effort to cover the whole campaign. I will visit again to read others posts as I have liked this. It was to-the-point and more importantly synchronized.

    Regards,
    Faisal Javed Mir


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