In light of recent events from around the world, particularly around the Caribean, Florida, Texas and Mexico, this blog post focuses on what to pack in an evacuation.
With most disasters, you really don’t have that much warning, so you’ll need to be prepared and to have something that’s lightweight and easy to grab in a hurry. It needs to be small enough to shove in the boot (or Trunk if you’re american) of a car, or to take onto public transport and light enough to carry around. My suggestion would be to pack a large backpack per person.
So, what should you pack?
I would suggest the following:
- Water – In some disasters, water supplies might become contaminated. This could save you! I’d say you need at least 2 litres.
- Cash – You won’t need that much but if there’s a black out card machines may not work. You could also use cash on public telephones should you lose battery on your phone.
- Food- I would recommend getting some energy bars . They are small enough to pack a few and they are high in calories. They would fuel your body for a longer period of time and are more salvageable than say, a chocolate/candy bar. If you have infants, remember to bring formula milk.
- Pet food (if you’re a pet owner)
- Mobile Phone & Charger (and a portable charger if you have one)
- First Aid Kit which should include pain killers, antibacterial cream, plasters (bandaids), a bandage, any regular medication/prescriptions and sanitary products.
- Anti Bacterial Hand Gel – The water could get contaminated.
- Spare Underwear and Socks
- A change of clothes including warm clothes (a jumper or coat) and shorts in case it’s hot.
- A hat
- A spare pair of shoes.
- Torch (flashlight) and spare batteries – In case the power goes out. Glow sticks might also be handy.
- A whistle – To call for help should you need it.
- A notepad and pen – make sure that you write down all your bank details, insurance details and health details.
- A copy of important documents such as house deed and birth certificates
- Mini Toiletries – Toothbrush and Toothpaste, Deodorant, 2 in 1 shampoo/conditioner
- Dust/Face mask
- House and Car keys
- An emergency blanket
If you are evacuating by car, make sure you fill up a spare Jerry Can with fuel/gas.
I hope this helps and if you have any recommendations to add to my list, please let me know.
Thanks for reading,