Preparing a Go-Bag for Emergencies

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” February 2018 reminds of the importance of being prepared for an emergency.

“In the case of Emergency evacuations due to fire (or any other reason), time is of the essence.  There is not always the opportunity to pack what you need, especially when your safety is threatened by a critical incident.  I talked about this in preparing for winter weather, but I would like to reiterate the benefits of preparing a “go-bag” to keep handy in the case that you must leave your house at a moment’s notice.

Please consider the inclusion of the following items to ensure that you have what you need when you evacuate (information from Ready.gov):

  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Keeping a kit with the items listed ready to go, will make it easier for you to successfully evacuate your residence, and afford you the opportunity to ensure your family’s well being for a short period of time, until you can reach an established shelter or family members house, where more long-term plans can be implemented.”

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