Week 2: Build Your Own Go-Kit

Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
Pro Tip
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 Keep a pair of old shoes and a flashlight handy in case of a sudden evacuation at night.

 

 

What are some of the items that you should pack (at a minimum)?

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).

  • Flashlight

  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

  • Extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Medications (7-day supply) & medical items

  • Multi-purpose tool

  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items

  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

  • Cell phone with chargers

  • Family and emergency contact information

  • Extra cash

  • Emergency blanket

  • Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)

  • Baby Supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

  • Games and activities for children (and the whole family)

  • Pet supplies (food, leash, collars, ID, carrier, bowl)

  • Two-way radios

  • Extra set of car and house keys

  • Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

  • Whistle

  • N95 or surgical masks

  • Matches

  • Rain gear

  • Towels

  • Work gloves

  • Tools/supplies for securing your home

  • Extra clothing, hat, and sturdy shoes

  • Plastic sheeting

  • Duct tape

  • Scissors

  • Household liquid bleach

  • Entertainment items

  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Interested in having a Red Cross preparedness presentation, our local chapter gives those to neighborhoods, churches, community groups, and more. Visit the Central Oregon Chapter to find out more.

 

Ready to get started planning for your family. Click the photo below to download your own Evacuation Action Guide.