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A Go Bag is your GRAB IT and RUN bag of everything you need in an emergency.
A Go Bag is your GRAB IT and RUN bag of everything you need in an emergency.

Make a PLAN &
What’s in a GO BAG?

Jul 17, 2019
by Vesta Copestakes


Make a PLAN 

Do live alone? Do you have pets? Do you have children?

What if you or your family are not home when disaster strikes?

So many of these plans assume you are all home together. Your family, the neighbors, cats, dogs, pets in cages. 

Emergencies don’t respect plans. They happen!

Make a WHAT IF plan.

Parents are at work…kids are at school…Grandmom is in a nursing home…best friend is across town. How do you get connected and stay connected? 

In the center of an emergency you could care less about your home, all you want is the people you love with you...right now. How are going to accomplish that? How realistic is that? Who among you can be counted on to hold it together and who will fall apart? Who is dependent and who is capable of taking care of him/herself and others as well?

So many questions. So easy to put it off for another day.

Emergencies don’t respect procrastination. 

Sorry. Just the way it is. Prioritize this NOW while you can...please. 

What’s in a GO BAG?

This is your GRAB IT and RUN bag of everything you need in an emergency...including your passport, insurance documents, birth certificates, titles to your cars, trust/will, insurance documents, bank account numbers, etc..  Put these in waterproof envelopes & box. Stuff some cash and/or traveler’s checks in here as well, and a credit card you don’t use that has a high limit.

Yes, you can keep these all in a box that’s EASY to find and grab. Go ahead, throw in your most precious family photos, just keep it LIGHT so it’s EASY to carry with you!

Now on to the other stuff:

 Prescription Medications

 Glasses for reading/driving

 First Aid information

 Paper, pencil, pens for writing

 Entertainment like books, etc.

 Cell phone and charger

 Internet devices/tablets, etc.

 Sleeping bags/blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, a mylar blanket

 Variety of clothing for each individual in your home. Diapers if you have babies.

 Household bleach for disinfecting water, etc. 16 drops per gallon of water will do it, but it MUST be PLAIN bleach..not scented. etc.

 Fire extinguisher, You should have one in your kitchen and car, but put at least a small one in this kit. Check it now and them to make sure it’s still functional.

 Matches in a waterproof container

 Personal hygiene products

 Cups, plates, utensils for eating

 Pet food and water for 3 days

 Power bars, the kind that have real food value (grains, nuts, fruit). 

 WATER - one gallon per person for at least 3 days

 Battery or crank-powered radio

 Flashlights with extra batteries

 Whistle to signal for help

 Dust mask for each person and animal

 Tent or plastic sheeting for shelter

 Basic tools, wrench, pliers, screw driver, hammer, small garden saw


 Keep a large kit stashed where you can easily find it and consider keeping a smaller kit in each car...just in case. The more portable you are the better!

 Think FUEL...if you have a gas can you keep for the lawn mower, it could come in handy!!

Remember…fire, earthquakes, floods can happen at any time.



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