Disaster Hack: Prepping Your To-Go Kit for an Earthquake or Fire

Receiving an “If you have to evacuate” email from Senator Skinner made me consider more seriously “What if there is an earthquake or wildfire? After all it’s 2020!” Since I’m not traveling due to COVID, I took my Osprey travel backpack and my eBag carry-on and filled them with necessary items.  Below is a list of what you can consider to put together for an emergency evacuation.

To-Go Kit

  • solar hand held portable radio w/led light
  • emergency sleeping bag (mine came with a whistle)
  • small flash lights
  • headlamp
  • first aid kit
  • fire proof bags & document holders
  • batteries (aa & aaa)
  • germicidal water purification tablets
  • soap bars
  • paper & pen
  • contact list incl phone numbers & email addresses
  • liquid soap
  • ziplock bags
  • trash bags
  • toilet paper
  • sharpie to write your name on belongings
  • travel toothbrush & toothpaste
  • shampoo & conditioner
  • razor
  • gloves
  • jeans
  • long sleeve cotton shirt
  • jacket
  • rain jacket
  • wool socks
  • change of undies
  • yoga pants
  • floppy hat
  • face mask
  • glasses
  • sanitation supplies such as hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, soap and disinfectant wipes
  • feminine supplies
  • sleeping bag
  • travel pillow
  • sleeping mat
  • rope
  • duct tape
  • charging cable for cellphone
  • portable cellphone battery pack
  • cash because credit cards may not work due to lack of electricity
  • water: one gallon a person, per day (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
  • copies of important documents (birth certificates, licenses, insurance policies)
  • back-up of computer files on external hd
  • three days of nonperishable food – high energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail mix
  • all-purpose knife, scissors and non-electric can opener

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