Creating an Emergency “Go Bag”

Whether it’s a climate-related emergency, like a hurricane, or a medical emergency that requires you to rush to an emergency room, having a “go bag” on hand is essential.

Here are some items to include in your bag:

  • Copy of identifying documents, like license or passport, and health insurance card
  • List of phone numbers of family members and close friends
  • A few days’ supply of essential medications
  • Extra pair of glasses (or reading glasses), or spare contact lenses
  • Phone charger
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • KN95 face masks
  • Travel toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Cash, preferably small bills
  • Credit card
  • Gum, hard candy, and non-perishable snacks
  • Small pad and pen for taking notes
  • Small bottle of water
  • Over the counter pain medications
  • Extra set of house keys
  • Sweater or small blanket

Be sure to keep you go bag in a location that will be easy to access in an emergency. Do not be tempted to borrow from the contents of the bag – reserve it for emergency use only. Once a year, go through the bag to replace expired medication or snacks, update contact information, etc.

If you have pets, create a pet go bag in the event you need to bring your dog to a kennel of a friend’s home on short notice. Add leashes, portable bowls, some food and copies of veterinary records.

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