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Home Grab-and-Go Kit

If you were forced to evacuate your home and you only had three minutes, what would you grab?

Disasters and fires can occur quickly and without warning. When an emergency strikes, you may need to evacuate your neighborhood or be confined you to your home.

Make it easier on yourself by creating a Grab-and-Go kit packed with all the most important possessions and vital items for you and your family.

An emergency or evacuation can last a lot longer than just a few hours or overnight. When packing, think of what you would take on a two-week camping trip. Remember to pack for each family member.

WHN Tip: Use our home preparedness kit (PDF) as a guideline.

What To Do

1. Get a suitable container for your kit — backpack, duffle, suitcase, plastic tub, banker's box, safe, etc.

WHN Tip: Choose one that's water-proof, easy to carry and able to close securely.

2. Using the list below, add items (or duplicates) to your kit.

3. Print the kit's supply list and keep it inside the kit. Write down the dates you put in food, water, medications and batteries so that you know when to replace them.

4. Store this kit in an accessible place (like the closet by your front door, under your bed, in the pantry).

5. Make sure everyone knows where the kit is and who is in charge of grabbing it. You don't want to look for the kit when you're in a hurry!

What To Stock

  • Cash (at least $100 – ATMs might not work in an emergency), credit cards, checks, IDs
  • Cell phone and extra charger
  • Clothing for each family member for a week (grab extra items for winter)
  • Extra set of house and car keys
  • Family heirlooms, jewelry, art, anything else that has sentimental value and is "irreplaceable"
  • Home videos and photos, digital camera memory cards
  • Important papers (i.e. birth certificates, insurance policies, marriage certificates, house deeds, passports, address book – click here for a complete list)
  • Medications and other special needs (enough for a week or two)

WHN Tip: Remember to update your kit at least every quarter, checking for items to add / replace. Rethink items and family needs, especially if new meds are needed or if the kids have grown (boots, socks, jeans, tops - they may be too small now!)

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