Things you might forget about until they’re not available:
Paper cups, plates, utensils
Feminine hygiene products
First aid manual (you may not be able to access the Internet)
Chocolate bars (store them in the freezer until needed!)
Extra items for your friends and family (in a time of severe emergency, you will probably want to help as many people as possible)
In some cases, preparedness means that you are ready to evacuate your home (due to flooding, weather, chemical spills, danger, or a number of other things) at a moment’s notice. Therefore, your emergency preparedness should include grab-and-go bags (also called 72 hour bags) for each member of your family (including your pets).
Grab-and-go bags are usually backpacks (or other easy-to-carry bags) filled with items you find necessary to live away from home for a few days in a shelter or another home. At a minimum, pack for 72 hours of needs.
Make sure each grab-and-go bag includes:
One change of clothing
Multiple pairs of socks and underwear (including long underwear)
Photos of family members and pets
Easy to carry snacks and food like granola bars, chocolate bars, packs of dried fruit and nuts, protein bars, etc.
Manual can opener
Sterno can and matches
Rolled sleeping bag and/or blanket
Plastic baggies (to keep items dry)
Small pad of paper, pens and permanent marker
Single packs of moist towelettes
Feminine hygiene products (if needed)
Copy of identification and important documents and phone numbers