GO-Bag Prepared. Now wait!
Ever thought of what to do when a disaster strikes? Evacuation is usually the case, especially when the disaster affects everyone surrounding you. That is exactly when a GO-Bag becomes your best friend. A well prepared backpack, suitable for a single person to carry, is what will get you through this crisis, alive and in good health. Have one GO-Bag for each member of your family, with an ID tag for each bag. You should frequently inspect your GO-Bag and ensure that everything is in good standing, easily accessible and prepared for the correct conditions of the season.
Ensure that your GO-Bag has:
- Flashlight - LED would last 10 times longer, with extra batteries (at-least 1)
- Radio – ( battery operated )
- Dust mask ( or even a more sophisticated one depending on your risk assessment )
- Pocket knife
- Emergency cash in small denominations Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, suitable for the weather conditions ( use vacuum plastic bags to keep clothes dry so they consume less space)
- Small regional map
- Bottled water
- ‘Emergency Rations’ meal ready to eat
- Copy of identification cards, insurance card, passport, driving license or other important paperwork, protected in a waterproof container
- Prescription medications and first aid kit
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- List of emergency contact phone numbers
- Permanent marker, paper and tape
- Lighter or matches
Additional useful items:
- Photos of family members for re-identification purposes
- Emergency Blanket
- List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
- Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
- Extra keys to your house and vehicle
- Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities.
- Personal hygiene items
- Credit and debit card
From the RSTO Team on the 19th of May 2012!