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What to Include in an Emergency Go-Bag

Recently, dry lightning struck the Bay Area and fires started everywhere. COVID-19 has already made people anxious and the fires made things even worse. We are expected to stay indoors to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but the widespread fires required people to leave their homes. Many counties were given evacuation warnings and orders to leave their homes in case the fire affects them. In the event that you are put in a dangerous situation due to a natural disaster, you should always have an emergency go-bag in your house.

Here is a list of the most important things to include in your disaster/survival kit:

  • One gallon of water per person
  • Non-perishable food
  • A flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medication or any Medical items
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, and insurance policies)
  • Cell phones and chargers
  • Family and Emergency contact information
  • Cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • A map of your area

Extra things to include if they apply to your family’s needs and the disaster:

  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Gloves
  • Baby supplies
  • Hearing aid
  • Pet supplies
  • Games/activities for children
  • Sleeping bags
  • Emergency whistle
  • Solar chargers
  • Spare clothing

No one can ever be fully prepared for natural disasters and dangerous situations. But if you ever are put into that situation, you will thank yourself for having been prepared.

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