This is an excellent post by my friend Kathy Streib on preparing for a disaster. Hopefully, you will never need it but, just in case, she put together an outline for you. Thanks Kathy!
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 your 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.
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.
To 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.
A flashlight, matches, multi-purpose tools, cell phone chargers, knife, can opener. Don’t forget your cash (and not all big bills.) because ATMs may not be working.
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 map...you don’t want to rely on cell service!
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.