This kit is easy to assemble because it contains just the essentials — if you need to evacuate, you can just “grab it and go.” Place these items in an easy-to-carry bag (like a duffle bag or backpack, or even a carrier with wheels). Keep your Grab and Go preparedness kit near your front door or in a spot where it’s easy to reach on your way out of the house. Here’s what the Red Cross recommends you have at a minimum in your Grab and Go kit:
• Water– One gallon per person, per day. (3-day supply for evacuation).
• Food–non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation).
• First aid kit
• Medications (7-day supply) and medical items such as syringes.
• Pet supplies, including food and water.
Create a complete preparedness kit by assembling items that enable you to provide comfort for a wide range of events, from everyday scrapes to life-threatening emergencies.
• Water– One gallon per person, per day (2-week supply for home); make sure to provide for pets
• Food— Non-perishable, easy-to-open and prepare food items (A three-day supply is recommended for evacuation. A two-week supply is recommended if you stay in your home.)
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible
• Extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Medications and medical items (Seven-day supply)
• Multi-purpose tool
• Manual can opener
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items
• Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
• Cell phone with chargers
• Family and emergency contact information
• Extra cash
• Emergency blanket
• Map(s) of the area
Remember to check your kit twice a year to ensure that goods have not expired and that food is still safe to eat. (Tip: a good way to remember to check your kit every 6 months is to check it in spring and fall when you change your clocks between standard and daylight time).