Are you prepared for an emergency? A to-go emergency bag makes all the difference

Posted by Monique on 10/11/2019
Are you prepared for an emergency? A to-go emergency bag makes all the difference

Are you prepared for an emergency? According to the Ad Council, "half of Americans have not discussed or developed a family emergency plan." Emergencies can happen anywhere at any time, and being prepared is essential. You can't stop a disaster from happening, but you can prepare for one.

Many natural disasters have occurred recently, including hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and evacuations. Having a to-go bag, or a "bug bag" packed and read to grab on your way out the door can help you survive for hours or days. Preparing a bug bag for everyone in the household is indispensable. It's important to be prepared in case of an emergency, because stopping for certain materials that are needed during an emergency can waste valuable time, which is why an already packed bag is so efficient.

What if you and your family aren't together when an emergency happens? Discussing an emergency plan can help tremendously. Being prepared for a meeting spot, or route to take in case an emergency strikes, as well as a way to contact each other is must when dealing with mother nature's surprises. You'll be glad that you took the time to ensure you and your family's safety.

Essential products should include:
  • a long-lasting flashlight
  • emergency blanket
  • self-defense tools
  • backup batteries
  • tape
  • first aid kit
  • multi-purpose tool
  • wipes
  • boots
  • bottled water
  • nonperishable foods
  • energy bars
  • walkie talkie
  • cash
  • jackets
  • map w/ resources marked

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