How to Build a Go Kit for Any Emergency
Global pandemics, record breaking wildfires, planned safety power shutoffs (PSPS)—if there’s one lesson to be learned from 2020, it's that emergency situations can arise unexpectedly. When they do, it’s important that you have all the resources you need in the form of an easily accessible emergency preparedness bag, or "Go Kit."
Go Kits offer a portable collection of emergency supplies and information designed to sustain you for the first 72 hours of an emergency situation, and are individualized for each type of emergency. For example, in California, wildfires, PSPS, earthquakes, and flooding are all possible contingencies that a Go Kit should cover. Check the complete list of government recommendations for emergency kits at https://www.ready.gov/kit.
In this blog post, our Northern California wildfire safety experts at Firebrand Safety Systems will go over the basic necessities your Go Kit should contain so you can be prepared for any emergency.
· Three-day supply of water (one gallon per day per person)
· Three-day supply of non-perishable food such as canned goods, nuts, grains, jerky, dried fruits and vegetables, etc.
· Flashlight with backup batteries
· First aid kit (at minimum, your first aid kit should include bandages, gauze, antiseptics, alcohol prep pads, burn-cream ointment, trauma pads, and cotton tips)
· Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
· Dust mask
· Plastic sheeting and duct tape
· Moist towelettes
· Wrench or pliers
· Can opener
· Local maps
· Cell phone with portable chargers and a backup cell battery
· Extra cash
· Copies of important personal and medical documents
· Sanitation and personal hygiene items such as toilet paper, tissue packs, and hand sanitizer
· Blankets and sleeping bags
· Canopy shelter
· Rain ponchos
· Sleeping pads
· Special medical supplies such as an inhaler, glasses, or medication
· Utility knife
· Pet food
· Change of clothing appropriate to the climate. Try to pack moisture-wicking layers such as polypropylene, polyester, and wool.
· Fire extinguisher
· Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
· Paper plates, towels, cups, etc. and plastic utensils
· Paper and pencil
· Books and entertainment
How to Maintain and Store Your Kit
· Keep the canned food in a cool, dry place.
· Store boxed food in air tight containers.
· Regularly check food expiration dates and replace as needed.
· Keep your kit in a designated place where you can easily access it in an emergency.
· In case you’re stranded somewhere, have a backup kit stored in your car.
Purchase Your Firebrand GO KIT!
You can build your own Go Kit using the checklist above, or purchase a customized GO KIT from Firebrand! In an emergency, every second counts. We put together our own safety preparedness bags using the items we believe to be essential and potentially lifesaving in a wildfire or similar emergency situation. Each item in our GO KITs has been carefully selected, with many customized according to our exact specifications honed from years in the field of safety training and operations. When minutes make the difference, our Firebrand GO KITs have the lifesaving essentials you need. Click here to shop your customized Firebrand GO KIT.