In the event of an emergency you must be
prepared to move quickly with very little
notice. When a major disaster strikes,
services such as running water, electricity,
and gas cease to be. You and your family
must be self sufficient for at least three
Every person in the household will need a
survival bag. The survival bag is filled with
necessary items that you can take with you
in the event of an emergency. These items
are to keep your family self-sufficient when
all services are cut off. If a quick
evacuation is necessary, emergency items
need to be packed and ready to go.
Each bag should contain some clothing,
underwear, socks, jacket, a lightweight
blanket and personal items.
When it is time to evacuate each person
grabs his bag or backpack and gets out.
Store these go bags, in an easily accessible
Wheeled luggage, suit cases, duffel bags,
makes an excellent emergency bag.
Add a backpack that will hold all personal
health items for the family such as toilet
paper, prescriptions, toothbrushes,
toothpaste, matches, flashlight, and a list
of allergies and drug precriptions.
You should be prepared to be away for 72
hours from your home.
In a larger container, place some food and a
minimum of one gallon of water per person.
Any copies of personal documents such as
photo I.D., emergency phone numbers,
social security numbers, and insurance cards
should be sealed in zip-type plastic bags.
Add a flashlight, battery powered radio,
paper and pencil, first aid kit, garbage bags,
duct tape, jack knife, plastic bucket, whistle,
dust masks, local map, candles and matches,
to this box.
This larger family box should fit into the
trunk of the car. Have some sort of weapon
to protect yourself, and family, bear spray,
or hornet spray is a good choice, it will
spray a stinging solution into eyes, up to
thirty feet. Grab your wallets, keys, purses
with at least $50 in cash and coins for
phone calls, and get going.
Be ready, keep your vehicle's gas tank at
least half-full at all times.
Any food should be of the basic
non-perishable food types such as dried
fruit, granola bars, canned tuna, canned
pork, beans, and dried milk. Bottled water
and juice is good, each person requires one
gallon of water per day. Take along paper
towel, disposable cups, spoons and plates.
A bottle of household liquid bleach
(food safe), and an eyedropper, to purify
water with. If you have a pet, provide for
This may sound like a lot and a little
overwhelming to put together, but anything
you can round up now, is better than having
nothing later. Take it one step at a time
and get every member of the family
As in any emergency, use common sense
and try to remain calm.
Rotate stored ready to go food items and
water in the home at least every three
months. Distilled water stores longer and
is great for washing cuts. Teach even the
youngest children which Bag/Backpack is
theirs, why it is necessary
and what to do when the time comes.
When the power goes off every thing electric
in the house and outside stops. Lights, fans,
appliances, air conditioner, and pumps.
If your water is delivered by pump, no
water will come out of the taps, toilets will
not fill. In an emergency the water in the
upper tank of the toilet can be used for
human consumption, the lower bowl water
for pets. Your electric, or gas hot water
tank holds about 40 US gallons of water,
this can also be used in an emergency