Hurricane Season is here are you ready?
In An Emergency, Itís Ready, Set, Go
thereís one lesson we can learn from each disaster we live through
or watch on television, itís this: Make sure youíre always prepared
to grab and go with very little notice. And, donít assume youíll
get days or even hours notice. Get ready now.
household needs a Go Bag. This is a collection of items you may
need if all services are cut off or you need to evacuate. It should
be packed in an easy-to-carry container like a suitcase on wheels.
Each family member also needs a Go Bag that contains enough basic
supplies to last for 72 hours. Backpacks are great for individual
backpack should contain a change of clothing and a jacket or sweater;
some food and an emergency lightweight blanket; copies of personal
documents that are sealed in zip-type plastic bags such as photo
I.D., emergency phone numbers, social security numbers, insurance
cards and so on. When itís time to evacuate, each person grabs his
or her backpack and a gallon of water and gets out. The family Go
Bag should be compact enough to carry easily and fit in the trunk
of the car, whose gas tank is never less than half full.
reader sent this precise list of basics for the family Go Bag: Ax,
shovel, bucket, utility knife, can opener, at least $50 in small
bills and coins, extra pairs of eyeglasses, prepaid calling cards
and medications. You will need basic non-perishable food items in
the family box: Dried fruit or trail mix, soda and graham crackers,
juice boxes, granola bars, beef jerky, cans of tuna, cans of pork
and beans; dried milk and hot chocolate mix.
need a battery-powered AM radio, battery-powered light and fresh
batteries. Make sure you have packed a basic first aid kit, paper
and pencil and, if possible, a camp stove with fuel. Youíll want
bug repellant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, disinfectant, garbage
bags, matches in sealed and waterproof bags, and candles.
before you get discouraged because the task seems overwhelming,
let me assure you there is no perfect kit. Anything you can put
together now is better than having nothing. Take it one step at
a time, thinking of it as a process to get prepared for an emergency.
you have in your head is the most important survival/first aid equipment
of all. Use your common sense. Rotate medications that have a shelf
life, making sure the freshest are always in your Go Bag. Rotate
food items and water at least once quarterly.
your Go Bags and water containers respectable homes on hooks or
shelves close to an outside door. Make this a family project. Teach
even your youngest children which backpack is theirs, why it is
special and what to do when the time comes to grab it and go.
more you can do now the more confident youíll be when the time comes
to put your emergency preparedness into action.