Pack the things you would want if you had to leave in a hurry.

  • Use a backpack or something sturdy
  • Copy important documents — insurance cards, birth certificates, deeds, photo IDs, proof of address — and keep them in a waterproof zipper bag
  • Extra set of house and car keys
  • Copies of ATM/credit cards
  • Cash (in small bills!)
  • Bottled water and energy bars.
  • An LED flashlight
  • Battery-operated or hand-cranked AM/FM radio
  • Batteries and chargers
  • List of your medications and dosages (for everyone in your house)
  • First-aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Notepad and pen
  • Contact and meeting place for your household and a regional map
  • Lightweight raingear or cover and a Mylar blanket
  • Items to comfort you in a stressful situation

Everyone should have a Go Bag — and make sure your Go Bag meets your personal needs.

Pets need Go Bags, too!
They should include:

  • A current color photo of you and your pet (in case you’re separated)
  • Copies of medical and vaccination records
  • Proof of registration/ID information, adoption, proof of purchase and microchip information
  • Physical description of your pet, including species, breed, age, sex, color, distinguishing traits, and any other vital information about characteristics and behavior
  • Animal first aid kit, including flea and tick treatment and other items recommended by your veterinarian
  • Food and water for at least three days
  • Food and water dishes
  • Collapsible cage or carrier
  • Muzzle* and sturdy leash
    (*Note: Nylon muzzles should only be used temporarily as they can restrict a dog’s ability to pant)
  • Cotton sheet to place over the carrier to help keep your pet calm
  • Comforting toys or treats
  • Litter, litter pan, and litter scoop
  • Plastic bags for clean-up