If you were forced to evacuate your home and you only had 3 minutes, what would you grab?
The Grab-and-Go kit came about after readers sent us what they wished they’d had after they had to evacuate. Here are 10 things you should have ready to go at any moment.
- Cash (at least $100 – ATMs might not work in an emergency), credit cards, checks, IDs
- Cell phone and extra charger
- Clothing for each family member for a week (grab extra items for winter)
- Extra set of house and car keys
- Family heirlooms, jewelry, art, anything else that has sentimental value and is “irreplaceable”
- Home videos and photos, digital camera memory cards
- Important papers (i.e. birth certificates, insurance policies, marriage certificates, house deeds, passports, address book
- Medications and other special needs (enough for a week or two)
- Put these items in a backpack, duffle, plastic container, etc.
- Make sure it is sturdy and possibly water-proof in case of flooding or other water damage (i.e. water from fire hoses).
- Tell your family members about the location and importance of this kit and when to grab it!
Remember to update your kit or check on its location at least once a month.