Eddy County Emergency Management

MAKE A GO BAG/EMERGENCY KIT

HOW DO I MAKE ONE?

Every family member needs their own Go Bag, and don't forget infants and pets.  You can use a backpack, duffle bag or a suitcase; whatever you can carry easily and will hold all that you need:  Each bag needs to contain:

  • Water: at least one gallon/person/day
  • Food: 3 days worth of canned and or non-perishable and a manual can opener
  • First Aid Kit
  • Prescription medications and other vital personal items, e.g. extra eye glasses, hearing aids, blood glucose monitors, etc.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • A hand-crank radio and NOAA Weather Radio (and extra batteries for each)
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Extra cash (small bills and change for pay phones) or traveler's checks and change
  • Dust mask (or other type of tight fitting  mask), plastic sheeting and duct tape.  Consider pre-cutting and labeling the sheeting to fit doors and windows.  It will save precious time in case of emergency.
  • Card or sheet with your emergency contact numbers and a card listing drug or food allergies, or special medical considerations, e.g. diabetes, etc.
  • Copy of health insurance and ID cards
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicles
  • Local map

Here are some other items you may want to include:

  • Cell Phone (keep it charged and bring the charger)
  • A change of clothing, extra shoes (sturdy and low heeled are best) and a warm hat (be sure to include a long sleeved shirt and long pants)
  • Personal hygiene items, e.g. feminine supplies, toothbrush and toothpaste, moist towelettes.
  • Sleeping bag or a warm blanket for each person
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents in a waterproof, portable container, e.g. copies of insurance policies, bank account information, identification documents.
  • Recent photos of all family members and pets
  • Regular, liquid, chlorine bleach with a medicine dropper:  Nine parts water to one part bleach can be used as a disinfectant and you can treat water by using 16 drops of liquid, bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or any bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Permanent marker, pencil, paper and tape
  • Small games/toys, CD or mp3 player (with extra batteries and CDs), books, puzzles or other activities for children (and adults).
  • Paper or plastic plates and cups, plastic utensils, paper towels, or a "mess kit"
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Extra emergency reference material, e.g. first aid book, survival book/material, printed pages from this or other websites

There may be more items you can think of that would be nice to have in case of an emergency.  In order to carry it all, break the extra items up between family members or consider that adults and older children can carry an extra bag.  Make sure that no one is burdened with too much of a load.

You may also want to have a separate Emergency Supply Kit that contains everything you would need to shelter in place.  This could contain all the items you weren't able to get in your Go Bag, but would be good to have in an emergency, such as, extra tools, extra blankets and pillows, extra food and items for extreme weather such as, rock salt to melt ice, and aluminum foil to cover windows in extreme heat.