Preparing a 12-hour "Go Kit"

The key to successfully surviving a disaster is "Preparedness." That's why it is a good idea to assemble a 12-Hour "Go Kit" that will provide for basic necessities in the event you need to shelter-in-place or evacuate the area. The bag should be stored in a cool, dry, tamper-free storage area of your residence, such as the top shelf of a closet. Be sure to tag the kit with your name and the date created. Items with expiration dates, such as food and medications should be rotated quarterly. Personal information should also be reviewed and updated quarterly.

The kit should contain the following:

  • Copy of driver's license, health insurance card and vaccination record
  • Emergency contact names and telephone numbers
  • List of medical conditions and 10-day supply of prescription medications
  • Extra doses of over-the-counter medications
  • Change of clothing
  • Leather work gloves
  • Extra pair of comfortable, sturdy shoes and extra socks
  • Jacket or coat, and hat
  • Extra glasses or contacts, protective eye goggles and sunglasses
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Small towel and washcloth (or paper towels and disposable wipes)
  • Adequate water supply and tote water bottle.
  • Several non perishable, ready-to-eat food items

You should also include a basic first aid kit:

  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Adhesive tape and sterile gauze pads
  • Antiseptic wipes and antibiotic ointment
  • Anti-diarrheal and antacid medications
  • Pain reliever
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Liquid hand sanitizer