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Emergency Preparedness, Phase 2



Phase 2 (Part 1) – Set up GO BAGS for You & Your Family


Assemble a GO BAG for each member of the family. Everyone must have their own GO BAG that is labeled with the family member’s name. All GO BAGS should be stored in one location and used ONLY for emergencies.

Emergency Go Bag

FYI: I use heavy duty canvas shoulder duffle bags; however, any receptacle that you use to put all items in the same place will be better than nothing. Just remember that you need to be able to move ALL items at one time (if you are evacuated or have to get out fast).

Each GO BAG should have personal supplies for each person: teenage girls will need feminine protection such as panty liners or pads or tampons and pain relievers. In a baby’s bag should be empty baby bottles, a supply of diapers, wet wipes, baby powder, diaper rash cream, etc. ALL GO BAGS should have several items that can be used for entertainment: puzzle books, coloring books and crayons, notebooks and pens, etc.

A Kitchen GO BAG should have items such as:

  • Bleach (without lemon or any additives)
  • Can opener, manual
  • Candles, Long life (in non-breakable container)
  • Disinfectant
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Wet wipes
  • Canned and pre-packaged food for 3 days: spam, tuna fish, Vienna sausage, hash, soup, peanut butter, snack bars, cereal, etc.
  • Matches in waterproof containers
  • Mess kits: disposable cups, plates, plastic utensils, matches in waterproof container
  • Permanent marker, paper and tape
  • Pocket knife
  • Quiet games, books, playing cards, tablets, extra pens, pen, pencil, pad in Ziploc bag
  • Trash bags, Ziploc bags (for my waste)
  • Water (3 bottles)
  • Whistle


However, just having a GO BAG will not resolve the situation. If you eat contaminated food, you could die instantly anyway. So, also be sure to focus on:

Each Person’s GO BAG should have items such as:

  • Batteries
  • Candles, Long life (in non-breakable container)
  • Cash ($500+) in 1s and 5s (ATMs may not work)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Clothes (change of) and a warm hat
  • Coins (quarters for phone calls)
  • Contacts, saline, contact container, mirror
  • Digital Camera
  • Disinfectant
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Emergency radio (AM/FM Radio, flashlight, crank operated and batteries)
  • Envelopes w/ stamps (in Ziploc bags) and paper to keep in touch w/ family if you can get to a mailbox
  • Extra eyeglasses
  • Flashlight and batteries (or radio w/hand crank to include flashlight)
  • Keys to your house and vehicle
  • Local maps
  • Matches in waterproof containers
  • Medicine dropper
  • Meds – 2-week supply
  • Mosquito repellent (Use an insect repellent with DEET or Picaridin)
  • Permanent marker, paper and tape
  • Personal hygiene kit [soap, toothpaste/toothbrush, pads, disposable wipes, tissues, toilet seat covers)
  • Pillow and blanket
  • Pocket knife
  • Poncho
  • Proper ID on Go Bag
  • Quiet games, books, playing cards, tablets, extra pens, pen, pencil, pad in Ziploc bag
  • Radio – battery operated
  • Shoes, sturdy
  • Sunglasses
  • Trash bags, Ziploc bags (for my waste)
  • Water (3 bottles)
  • Whistle

First Aid Kit

In any emergency a family member or you yourself may be cut, burned or suffer other injuries. If you have these basic supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt. Remember, many injuries are not life threatening and do not require immediate medical attention. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency.

  • 3×3 Gauze pads
  • 4×4 Gauze pads
  • Adhesive bandage roll
  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antacid (for upset stomach)
  • Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
  • Antiseptic Fluid and wipes
  • Burn ointment
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect
  • Cold pack
  • Cotton balls
  • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes
  • First Aid Manual
  • Gauze dressings
  • Gloves, non-latex gloves (2 pr)
  • Ibuprofen
  • Laxative
  • Masks or hankies to make a mask
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies
  • Prescription medications
  • Safety Pins, assorted sizes
  • Scissors
  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
  • Sunscreen
  • Thermometer
  • Tongue depressor blades
  • Tweezers
  • Two pairs of disposable gloves
  • Tylenol


  • Flashlight with 2 sets of spare alkaline batteries and one spare bulb – or emergency light (or hand wound emergency radio, flashlight, cell phone recharger)
  • Lantern, battery. Never use fuel based lanterns until you’re sure there are no gas leaks
  • Long life candles
  • Matches in waterproof containers
  • First Aid kit should have products replaced annually
  • Store emergency lighting equipment
  • Be sure emergency radio has the appropriate connection to renew cell phone

Be prepared to improvise with what you have on hand to protect your nose, mouth, eyes and skin cuts. Anything that fits snugly over your nose and mouth, including any dense-weave cotton material, can help filter contaminants in an emergency. It is very important that most of the air you breathe comes through the mask or cloth, not around it.

  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.


Phase 2 (Part 2) – Set up GO BAGS for Your Pets

If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what’s best for you is typically what’s best for your animals.

Locate local pet-friendly hotels that you can use if your community is flooded or a tornado destroys your home or a fire burns your home to the ground, etc. Some resources to use to get you started are:

Assemble a GO BAG for each pet, appropriately labeled. Everyone must have their own GO BAG that is labeled with the Pet’s name.  All GO BAGS should be stored in one location and used ONLY for emergencies.

  • Baggies for waste
  • Bowls: food/water
  • Brush and comb
  • Collar (w/ID and rabies)
  • Crate (travel and sleep in)
  • Current photo
  • Packaged food for 5 days (keep in mind that a dog will need less water if you provide moist food)
  • Cat toys
  • Flea & Tick remedy (cider vinegar & brewer’s yeast)
  • Leash, back up, just in case
  • Newspapers, plastic baggies and trash bags for clean-up
  • Pet friendly shelters list
  • Proper ID on Go Bag
  • Toys and chews to keep pet occupied if you must go to a shelter-or evacuate
  • Veterinary records to prove vaccinations are current
  • Water (3 quart bottles)

Pets are an integral part of American society and economy; more than half of households in the United States include pets.  During times of disaster, people will risk their lives and the lives of others to save pets.  For these reasons, it is critical that individuals have the “know how” to properly prepare themselves and their animals for disasters to save both human and animal lives.

Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself. Make sure identification tags are up to date and securely fastened to your pet’s collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home. Make sure you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.

Be prepared: It’s possible that you will not have access to a medical facility or even a drugstore.

Activated charcoal (liquid)

Antibiotic eye ointment

Antibiotic ointment (for wounds)

Anti-diarrhea liquid or tablets

Bandage scissors

Bandage tape

Bowls for food and water

Comfort items such as a toy and blanket

Cotton bandage rolls

Cotton-tipped swabs


Elastic bandage rolls

Eye rinse (sterile)

Cider vinegar & brewer’s yeast: flea/tick tx

Gauze pads and rolls

Ice cream sticks (which may be used as splints)

Isopropyl alcohol/alcohol prep pads

Latex gloves or non-allergenic gloves


Liquid dish detergent (wound & body cleanser)

Medications and preventatives (see note below)

Newspapers (piddle papers)

Photo and physical description

Saline solution (for rinsing wounds)

Small garbage bags

Syringe or eyedropper

Thermometer (digital)

Towel and washcloth


Vaccination records and first aid pet supplies



NOTE:  such as heartworm prevention, minimum 2-week supply, with clearly labeled instructions. Provide veterinary and pharmacy contact information for refills.

Many animal shelters have also begun listing their available pets online at sites like,, and Sites like these allow you to search for pets from shelters across the country.

The attached PDF is what I use for my pet’s Emergency Information Sheet

Pet’s Emergency Contact Info


Free Brochures 


This is the link for Phase 3: Safety Tips for if You Shelter in Place



Updated: June 18, 2018 — 11:53 am

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