What To Take In Evacuation

In the face of an emergency or disaster, evacuating to a safe location may become necessary. Being prepared with a well-stocked evacuation bag or kit can make a significant difference in your ability to cope and survive during an evacuation. Here’s a comprehensive list of items to consider including in your evacuation bag:

  1. Vital Documents:

    • Copies of important documents like IDs, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, and medical records.
    • Cash and credit cards (small bills and a card that works without electricity).
  2. Communication and Devices:

    • Cell phone with a fully charged battery and power bank or solar charger.
    • Portable radio with extra batteries.
    • Whistle to signal for help.
  3. Water and Food:

    • At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food items like granola bars, canned goods, and ready-to-eat meals.
    • At least a 3-day supply of clean, bottled water.
    • Water purification tablets or a filtration system if accessing clean water is uncertain.
  4. Medications and Medical Supplies:

    • Prescription medications with a 7-day supply (more if necessary).
    • Over-the-counter medications for common ailments.
    • First aid kit with bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any essential medical supplies.
  5. Clothing and Footwear:

    • Comfortable and sturdy shoes or boots.
    • Layered clothing suitable for different weather conditions.
    • A rain poncho or waterproof jacket.
    • A warm hat, gloves, and scarf.
  6. Hygiene Items:

    • Toiletries like soap, deodorant, shampoo, and toothpaste.
    • Feminine hygiene products.
    • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
    • Small towels or washcloths.
  7. Important Personal Items:

    • Eyeglasses or contact lenses with a spare pair.
    • Hearing aids or other assistive devices with extra batteries.
    • Important keys (house, car, and emergency keys).
  8. Emergency Tools:

    • Multi-tool or Swiss Army knife with scissors, pliers, and screwdriver.
    • Duct tape, cable ties, and rope.
    • Flashlight with extra batteries or a headlamp.
  9. Other Recommended Items:

    • Small tent or portable shelter (if applicable).
    • Sleeping bag and compact pillow.
    • Food preparation utensils like a can opener and spoon.
    • Fire starter and a small lighter or matches.
    • A notebook with important information like contact numbers and medication dosages.
    • A map of the area and a list of emergency evacuation routes.
    • Pet supplies (if evacuating with pets).
  10. Considerations for Specific Needs:

    • For infants and children, include diapers, formula, toys, comfort items, and any specialized medical supplies.
    • For those with dietary restrictions, pack specialized food options and snacks.

Remember to keep your evacuation bag easily accessible and review its contents periodically to ensure they are up-to-date and functional. Preparing a well-equipped evacuation bag is a crucial step in ensuring the safety and comfort of yourself and your loved ones during emergencies.