No one knows better than a Sonoma County resident that in an unpredictable world, being prepared for emergencies is crucial. Having an emergency go bag, also known as a "bug-out bag" can be a lifesaver in situations where you need to evacuate quickly or face unexpected challenges.
Many locals already have a “Go Bag,” but the recent tragedy in Maui serves as a reminder that it might be time to check our preparedness—together!
What Your Emergency Go Bag Should Contain
Water and Food: Pack non-perishable, energy-dense food items such as energy bars, dried fruits, and canned goods. Include enough water to sustain you for at least three days.
Clothing and Shelter: Pack weather-appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes, and a compact
emergency blanket or sleeping bag to protect against exposure.
First Aid Kit: Include a basic first aid kit with bandages, antiseptics, medications, and any necessary prescription medications for you and your family members.
Communication: Include a portable battery-operated radio to stay updated on emergency broadcasts, along with a fully charged power bank for your phone.
Personal Documents: Keep photocopies of essential documents like IDs, passports, insurance policies, and medical records in a waterproof pouch.
Multi-tool and Flashlight: A versatile tool and a reliable flashlight with spare batteries can prove invaluable in various situations.
Cash: Carry a small amount of cash in small denominations, as ATMs may be inaccessible during emergencies.
Personal Hygiene: Pack hygiene essentials like toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, and personal hygiene products.
Important Contacts: Have a list of emergency contacts, both local and out-of-state, including family, friends, and emergency services.
Entertainment: Include items like playing cards, a book, or a puzzle to keep yourself and your family occupied.
Remember that your emergency go bag should be tailored to your family's specific needs, including any medical conditions or dietary requirements. So, don’t forget pet food or carriers to keep Fido happy and comfortable during the emergency, too. Regularly review and update the contents to ensure that everything is in good condition and up to date.
While we hope never to face emergencies, being prepared with an emergency go bag can offer peace of mind and increase your ability to stay safe and secure in challenging situations.