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 )
  • Whistle
  • 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!