Personal Go Kit

Personal Go Kit

Emergencies can occur at any time. Are you ready? Prepare yourself ahead of time by having your personal Go Kit. Emergencies don’t have to be major earthquakes, floods, etc.; it can be being stuck in traffic for a few hours or having an emergency situation in your neighborhood that prevents you from going home.

What is a Go Kit?

A personal Go Kit is an emergency supply kit that is tailored for your specific needs. Having a Go Kit will put the tools you may need during an emergency at your fingertips. When planning your kit and its contents, keep in mind that it should be lightweight, but the contents should help you make it on your own for at least 24 hours.

What type of bag or container should I use?

In an emergency situation you may find yourself away from cover and exposed to the elements. Your Go Kit should be in a container or bag that is water resistant and durable enough to withstand rough terrain yet easy to carry. Since the majority of emergencies cause some degree of area evacuation, consider how easy it would be to have to carry your bag while walking a few miles.

What should I have in my Go Kit?

When planning the different items to be included in your Go Kit, start by identifying the essential items first:

  • Extra batteries
  • Prescription medications
  • Change of clothing
  • Blanket
  • Eating utensils
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • First-aid kit and first-aid items
  • Flashlight
  • Portable NOAA weather/am/fm radio
  • Drinking water
  • Non perishable food/snacks

 

Once the essentials have been added to your Go Kit, other items can be considered. Before you include other items, determine their importance during an emergency and how the added weight might affect your mobility.

  •  Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Telephone contact list (family/business)
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Paper and pencil
  • Whistle
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Toilet paper, towelettes
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Rain gear
  • Hat and gloves (cold weather)

 Okay, I put together my Go Kit. Where should I store it?

Storage of the Go Kit is as important as its contents. Ideally the Go Kit should be stored in an area where you spend the majority of your time. This could be at your workstation, home or in your car if you spend much more time on the go. Since most emergencies are unpredictable in both location and timing, consider maintaining more than one Go Kit. Store one in your workstation, at home and in your vehicle.

 

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