The disasters in New Zealand, Haiti, and Japan should remind us that disaster specialists recommend every person have a "Go Bag" ready to go at all times. A "Go Bag" is a suitcase packed with the essentials you might need if you had to leave your home suddenly in an emergency, including clothes, emergency supplies, and any information you may need to survive (i.e. contact numbers, photos of loved ones).
If you haven't taken the time. There is no time like the present.
A component of your disaster kit is your Go-bag. Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy to carry container in case you must evacuate quickly. Prepare one Go-bag for each family member and make sure each has an I.D. tag.
- Radio – battery operated
- Dust mask
- Pocket knife
- Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
- Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
- Local map...