Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Floods, Fires...Everyone Needs a “Bug Out” Bag

Reblogger Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

Every part of the country has their own kind of "natural disasters" a good Scout and "Be Prepared" !

Original content by Kathy Streib

Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Floods, Fires...Everyone Needs a “Bug Out” Bag

It sounds a bit like Jack Bauer or Leroy Gibbs, but you really should consider some kind of bug out or emergency “to go” bag for you and each member of emergency kityour family, including your 4 legged ones.


What is an Emergency “To go” bag?

It’s going to differ for every person and family but basically, it’s what you would need to survive and function outside of your home if you suddenly had to leave. And, you would also want to consider a situation in which you would not be able to return to your home for a considerable length of time, or ever.


Where to begin…

Make a list of what you absolutely would need if you had to be out of your house for several days.

Take each family member into consideration.


Gather what you would need...

A list won’t do you much good if you are running around trying to gather everything at the last minute. That said, there are some items that you use on a daily basis that need to be included, such as your medications.

For medications, jewelry, and items that are needed daily that you would want to take, the key is to KNOW where they are located. Having them in one place makes it easier.


Place them in a bag that you can grab.

For some, it may be a backpack or a duffle. You’ll want something that is easy to carry and will hold what you need.


first aid kitTo help you, here are some suggestions that are broken down into categories…


Every person needs these 4 things to survive...Air, Shelter, Water, and Food. Have water and non-perishable food.  For a small bag, this can include protein bars, canned tuna, and peanut butter.



Consider a windbreaker, socks and extra change of clothing.


Needed Extras

A flashlight, matches, multi-purpose tools, cell phone chargers, knife, can opener. Don’t forget your cash (and not all big bills.) because ATMs flashlightmay not be working.   


Important Papers

This includes phone numbers (who remembers any numbers these days?), account information, medical information. Think about what you would need to function.  A thumb-drive with important information. Don’t forget a real don’t want to rely on cell service!


First Aid

Have a small first aid kit. Don’t forget your prescription medicine. Don’t forget your contact lenses or glasses as well!


Remember, every person’s needs are different as is every situation. The important thing is to make a decision to be ready, then get ready.

 Kathy Streib 

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

this is a great post to share with people in any part of the country! Thanks! 

Jun 11, 2019 05:53 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Sally. So glad to be in the sky in downtown Chicago with no need for a "bug out" bag. In Florida, had one prepared all year long! Enjoy your day!

Jun 11, 2019 06:07 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sally. I think Kathy has nailed this and it does really matter.

Jun 11, 2019 07:13 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this timely reblog selection. 

Jun 11, 2019 08:25 AM #4
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally and David I have a bug out bag and my generator ready if there is loss of power.

Jun 11, 2019 02:04 PM #5
Christine OShea
Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker - Naples, FL

Thanks for the share!  

Jun 11, 2019 06:48 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sally.

I've been living in this area for well over 3 decades, so far so good.  However, we do have a bag just in case we need to leave the area.  Getting our fur baby in it is another issue

Jun 12, 2019 01:53 AM #7
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