Our hearts are all breaking for the wonderful people of Maui. I love visiting Hawaii and it’s so emotional to see such devastation and heartbreak. This disaster certainly brought the idea of emergency preparedness front and center. We live in an area that is prone to wildfire and other natural disasters. Being as prepared as possible should be top of mind for all of us!
An emergency go bag, also known as a bug-out bag or 72-hour kit, is a collection of supplies that you can use to survive in the event of an emergency. This could be a natural disaster, such as a wildfire, flood, or earthquake.
Here are some of the things you should put in your emergency go bag:
Food and water: Non-perishable food that will last for several days, such as granola bars, canned food, and bottled water.
First aid kit: This should include bandages, antibiotic ointment, pain relievers, and other basic first aid supplies. Don’t forget prescription medications!
Flashlight and batteries: A flashlight is essential for finding your way around in the dark.
Multi-tool: This can be used for a variety of tasks, such as cutting, prying, and opening cans.
Sanitation supplies: This includes toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and feminine hygiene products.
Personal documents: Copies of your ID, insurance policies, and other important documents.
Cash: This is in case you need to pay for gas, food, or other necessities.
Extra clothes: This includes a change of clothes for each person, as well warm clothes.
The specific items you need in your emergency go bag will vary depending on your individual needs and circumstances. However, the items listed above are a good starting point. Be sure to include items for your pets. If you have pets, make sure to include food, water, and other supplies for them as well.
An emergency go-bag isn't just a collection of items; it's an investment in your safety and preparedness. Regularly review and update your go-bag to ensure its contents remain relevant and functional. Remember, in moments of crisis, the actions you take today can make all the difference tomorrow.