With hurricanes Jose and Maria hurtling north in the Atlantic towards NYC, and winter snowstorms on the weather horizon, it’s important to be ready for an emergency, in case you and your family must evacuate quickly. You should have an emergency Grab and Go Bag and be ready for storms, floods, fires, or even a personal family emergency that requires immediate travel.
Besides the Grab and Go Bag, charge all your electronic devices, most of all your phone, in case the power goes out, and even charge an external rechargeable power pack. And fill up the tank, so you are not running on empty.
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Here’s the list of must haves from the NYC Dept. of Emergency Management, to grab and go.
- Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.)
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Credit and ATM cards and cash, especially in small denominations. We recommend you keep at least $50-$100 on hand.
- Bottled water and non-perishable food such as energy or granola bars
- Flashlight. Traditional flashlight bulbs have limited lifespans. Light Emitting Diode (LED) flashlights, however, are more durable and last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs.
- Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries
- A list of the medications each member of your household takes, why they take them, and their dosages. Medication information and other essential personal items. If you store extra medication in your Go Bag, be sure to refill it before it expires.
- First-aid kit
- Contact and meeting place information for your household, and a small regional map
- Child care supplies or other special care items
A Go Bag should be packed in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or suitcase on wheels, and it should be easy to find, grab and go if you have to leave your home in a hurry. A Go Bag should be ready to go at all times of the year.
We published this first in preparation for Superstorm Sandy, which devastated so much of New York City and the Northeast. With the 2017 hurricane season now in full force, it’s worth publishing again as a reminder as of the importance of being prepared.
Let’s hope you don’t need it. But it always pays to be prepared.