“Being prepared with a GoBag, supplies, and a plan was the only positive part of the recent disaster we were part of. We had what we needed to be away from our home for days without purchasing anything.”

Why You Need To Be Prepared

Disaster Destroys Access

We are used to unlimited water, abundant food, and reliable shelter. But when disaster strikes, your resources narrow. Your home’s amenities may be destroyed or inaccessible, and it can take days for help to reach you.

Things Will Happen Fast

Being well prepared relieves pressure when disaster strikes and events are moving fast. It is imperative to have your emergency supplies gathered in a single, easy to remember location, which you can access from without burning mental energy or time.

Something’s Better Than Nothing

Some folks put off getting prepared because of the financial commitment. But the reality is, it’s better to buy the supplies you can afford than nothing at all. Having even a bare minimum of supplies can mean the difference between life and death.

HomeBags, CarBags, PetBags and Add-on Items

  • Select the bags (kits) that best meet the needs of your family.
  • Customize and add items.
  • Don’t forget to consider the needs of babies, kids, and pets!
  • Prepare your CarBag(s); every vehicle should have one.

HomeBags

Be prepared for an emergency that strikes at home! All of our HomeBags (GoBags for Home) provide the 72 hours of minimum supplies recommended by FEMA. Choose a Premium Home Emergency Bag or Bucket, add additional person packs to customize for the number of people in your household, and consider the Ultimate Kit for longer term survivial supplies.

Complete Your GoBag

    Add a 72-hour supply of all items your baby or toddler will need.
    Having a small item for each of your family members packed in your GoBag can provide much needed comfort and distraction during an emergency.

Create Your Home Supply

    Keep these key items in a second bag in your home. Store at least one week of extra food, water, medication, and other essential items. If time permits, these items can be retrieved and taken with you during an evacuation.
    Keep these key items in a second bag in your home. Store at least one week of extra food, water, medication, and other essential items. If time permits, these items can be retrieved and taken with you during an evacuation.
    Pack additional comfort items to store at home so you can keep your family members — especially children — more comfortable and entertained.
    Store all the personal items you will need to last at least one week at home without being able to leave.
    Keep these items in your car, in addition to your CarBag.
    Store at least one gallon of water per person per day, for seven days.
    Weapons are a personal decision. Each user should decide if they are comfortable storing and using weapons.

Your HomeBag

  • Keep in mind this is the first bag you will take with you in an emergency. It should have all essential survival supplies, and anything else you consider critical — such as medications or personal documentation.
  • If your family is large and you need two bags, make two. Ensure that one person can grab and exit with both bags if needed.
  • If possible, store additional food, water, and supplies at home in addition to your HomeBag. Extras help if you’re stranded at home, need to help stranded neighbors, or are hosting guests when a disaster strikes.

Your Car GoBag

  • Keep at least 72 hours of basic survival supplies in your car at all times.
  • Be sure to add any required medication.
  • Consider your climate and what you may need to pack if you’re stranded in your car.
  • Consider adding a password protected USB or other media storage device with all of your important documents (as specified in your plan) to your CarBag.

HomeBag Storage Tips

1: For homes in earthquake and fire prone areas, the ideal location for your HomeBag is in a locked, waterproof, fire retardant container outside your house — so that it can be accessed even if your home is damaged or inaccessible. At a minimum, make sure your HomeBag is stored outdoors, in a waterproof container, and that it cannot be broken open by animals.

2: For tornado, flood, and hurricane prone locations your HomeBag location should be easily accessible, and indoors near your chosen shelter location.

3: In flood prone locations, store in a dry, cool, dark place, preferably on the upper level or highest point of your house.

4: For hurricane prone locations, store your HomeBag in an easily accessible spot where it can be quickly loaded to your car.

Storage of Additional Supplies Gathered At Home

  • If possible store the recommended 7 days of food and water, additional supplies, and other items you may want with your HomeBag.
  • If you cannot store your other supplies with your HomeBag then locate another cool and dry location in your home that is likely to be accessible after a disaster.

CarBag Storage Tips

1: Store bag out of the sunlight if possible: such as under a seat, in a trunk, or in another darkened compartment.

2: Assure any personal data that is in your bag is secured in a way that you are comfortable with in the event your car is broken into, lost, or stolen.

Check your GoBags and other supplies each year and replace them as needed. Put a recurring yearly date on your calendar. ARE YOU READY? will also send you a yearly email reminder.

Pay attention to:

  • Expired food and water that needs to be replaced.
  • The size of clothing and shoes, particularly for children.
  • The condition of the bag and the container you store it in. Make sure they are not torn or damaged.
  • Your battery levels. Replace as needed.
  • Your radio battery levels or crank operator.
  • Your flashlight. Test it to see if it works.
  • Any other items with moving parts or electronics. Make sure they work.
  • Medications that may be expired. Add replacements or substitutes if possible. Also, add any new medications.
  • Personal entertainment items. Update for children as they grow.

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