There’s no shortage of websites and other resources with suggestions on how to gather the resources you’ll need in a disaster situation. One or more “go bags” are essential components to your emergency strategy. You may not have time to grab anything else before evacuating a dangerous building in case of quake, fire or flood, so assemble them carefully.
The key things to remember:
- Where will you keep the bag? The trunk of your car is often a good option. Other locations to consider include under your bed or in a closet near an outside door.
- How many people (and pets) will need to survive on the contents of the bag? You may get stranded on the road with 3 or more people in your car, for example.
- How long will the bag likely need to last? Three days is an absolute minimum.
- What other resources are you likely to have nearby?
Here are some websites worth looking at for ideas. Some of them offer emergency items for sale, including the bag (usually a back pack style). For example, the Red Cross offers a 3-day kit, including back pack, for under $100.
Bug-out bag (Wikipedia)
Pack a “Go Bag” (ReadyShelby.org)