How to Build a GO BAG

BY BRIGHAM C. YOUNG, DPC

ARE YOU PREPARED FOR AN EMERGENCY? Have you considered what kind of disasters we might anticipate in Syracuse? Ready.gov provides a complete list – www.ready.gov/be-informed – and an in-depth guide to preparedness that covers all of these potential disasters: www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2021-03/are-you-ready-guide.pdf

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, it is recommended that you prepare a portable kit of supplies for each member of your family for home, work, and cars (more car kit info here www.ready.gov/car). This will allow you to grab what you need and leave in a hurry. What should you include in that 72-hour kit?

Here are recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
• Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
• Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and a way to prepare it)
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
• Flashlight
• First aid kit
• Extra batteries
• Whistle (to signal for help)
• Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
• Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
• Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
• Manual can opener (for food)
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

This list is certainly not all inclusive. A quick search on the internet for “72-hour kits” will give you plenty of other ideas and suggestions. You can find places where you may purchase these items or even buy the entire kit prepacked.

If you have pets, infants, or other special needs, you will want to adjust accordingly. Re-think your needs yearly and update your kits as your family changes.

You should think about what to store all your items in. A water-tight container is ideal for keeping a 72-Hour Kit. Also consider a rolling suitcase, backpack (each child could have their own), rolling tub, rolling garbage can, fishing vest or tactical/military vest. Contemplate the best place to store these containers for easy access.

So, where do you start? Begin with supplies you already have and build up your go bag as quickly as possible. Having your go bag will give you more peace of mind as you anticipate emergencies that will surely come!

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