With our ever changing climate, everyone must be prepared for emergencies. You will never know when the next disaster will happen. Disaster knows no boundaries as it can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone. Flooding, earthquake, fires, volcanic eruption, typhoon etc. are just some of the disasters that may require you and your family to evacuate.
If a disaster happens and you only have 5 minutes to evacuate and grab the most important things you need in your house what would they be? Will you be able to grab all of them in those 5 crucial minutes? In those stressful moments will you still be able to think straight on what important things to bring?
I don’t think so.
Thus, every household and family member should prepare a “Go Bag”. Others may call it a Bug out Bag, emergency bag, Survival kit etc. It simply means it is a bag that contains all your essentials that are crucial for your survival for the next few days until help arrives. So what should be inside your Go bag?
Below are some of the necessary items you need inside your bag.
Pack at least 1.5 L of drinking water per person per day. If you will be using mineral water, check the expiration date and change them whenever they expire. Other opts to use water purification tablets to purify water from any source, others use filtration bottles which have filtration cartridges that can filter water from any source.
Pack ready to eat food that is high in calorie and have long shelf life. You may also pack protein bars or trail mix food.
When a disaster causes a massive amount of dust and debris, it is important that you have a mask that has a good filtration efficiency such as FFP3 or N99, FFP2 or N95.
Look for an emergency light that uses LED as these will last longer. Some suggest purchasing different kinds of emergency light such as a head torch and hand held torch. Pack some lithium batteries as well as they can be stored for 10 years.
Pack a portable AM/FM radio receiver, as information is crucial during any disaster. Remember that during disaster electric power may shut down and so is the internet connection on your location.
Choose light and easy to store clothing. Pack some travel ponchos as well to keep you dry and warm.
First Aid Kit
Your first aid kit should contain the basics such as wound cleansing and dressing supplies, burn treatment, bandages, basic medications and do not forget to pack your maintenance medicines. If you have any allergies, pack some anti histamine as well.
Secure copies of your important documents such as your ID’s, passport, insurance policy, etc. in a waterproof bag. Pack also some cash that is enough for your one-week expenses. Remember when disaster strikes banks may not be open and ATM may be disabled for a while.
Select a bag that can hold all your essentials. Some opt for waterproof and floating bags just in case of severe flooding. Others opt for a medium size back pack that is easy to carry around
Other essential things:
- Pocket knife
- Lighter or matches
- Local and regional maps
- Permanent marker and tape
- Photos of family members (for identification purposes)
- List of emergency contact numbers
- Extra pair of prescription glasses
- Hygiene Kit