What to Pack in a 'Go Bag' in Case Disaster Strikes

Posted on Sep 13, 2020 by Rob Dempsey

September is National Preparedness Month. . According to a 2015 National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) survey, only 35 percent say they've planned accordingly. NCDP project director Jonathan Sury says life and death can depend on a 'family go bag.'


  • Having yourself and your family be prepared will ease the burden on our response system but also make you more mentally ready for what lies ahead. , Jonathan Sury, via CNN Health.
  • Preparation is the difference between being panicked and being calm, collected, and cool, Jonathan Sury, via CNN Health.

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  • According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), your emergency kit needs these items. A first-aid kit, flashlights, necessary medications and three days of food for each person and pets.
  • FEMA also recommends a daily gallon of water per person and a battery-powered radio.
  • Samantha Montano, an assistant professor of emergency management, says to carry maps and make plans for travel and accommodations.

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  • Have plans on how you would evacuate your home including what type of transportation you would use, how you would afford it, and where you would stay, Massachusetts Maritime Academy's Samantha Montano, via CNN Health.
  • Sury also recommends taking video footage of your home before you evacuate to show any damage to your insurance company.

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