What to Pack in a 'Go Bag'

In the past year alone, Americans have face natural disasters, threats from North Korea, and even a mobile alert telling Hawaiians to seek shelter immediately. But would your family be prepared in case of an emergency? Retired Army Lt. Col. Michael Waltz breaks down what you need in a ‘go bag.’

WATER
-At least 1 bottle per person, but try for more
-Water filter and purifying tablet

FOOD
-You’ll need food that lasts long periods of time, such as MRES, freeze-dried foods, and power bars
- You should ideally have enough for 3 days, but can make it last longer if needed
-Mess kit with utensils

LIGHT
-Flashlights (ideally solar, can also do LED)
-Extra batteries

SHELTER/WARMTH
-At least 1 warm blankets and/or sleeping bag
-Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
-Change of warm and comfy clothing and sturdy shoes (sneakers, not heels or flip flops)
-Rain jacket or poncho
-Matches in a waterproof container

COMMUNICATION/NAVIGATION
-Cell phone chargers or spare battery
-Solar-powered or hand crank radio for if there are no cell phones
-Local maps be marked with family meet up location
-Paper and pencil If you need to leave a note, or mark your map, this can be used!
-Whistle

FIRST AID
-First aid kit
-Prescription medications (make sure they haven’t expired)
-Prescription glasses
-Non-prescription medication such as pain relievers, stomach pain relievers, antacids, etc.

ADDITIONAL ESSENTIAL ITEMS
-Cash, especially small bills
-Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, bank record accounts, pet docs, etc.
-In addition to hard copies, you should also save e-copies thumb drive and place in a waterproof container
-Copy of house keys and car keys

PROTECTION
-A multi-tool, such as a Swiss Army knife