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The New Year is Time to Assess or Create Your Emergency Go-Bag

With the last natural disaster to flash across your television screen perhaps you seized the moment and reviewed your emergency supplies. Luckily in Southern California we’re mostly exempt from harsh winter weather, tornados, and hurricanes. But earthquakes, floods, and fires can certainly become a part of our lives and we need to be prepared.
One element of planning for a disaster is having a “go-bag” with a few basic items you might need soon after the immediate crisis has subsided. According to Steve Storbakken, director of emergency preparedness at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, “The backbone to any emergency preparedness is individual preparedness. Every disaster victim I’ve interviewed thought it would never happen to them – until it was too late.”
The American Red Cross recommends a “go-bag” should include the following:

  • Flashlight (a hand-cranked one will insure you will always have “power” within just a few cranks)
  • Radio (again, a hand-cranked one may be preferable)
  • Extra batteries
  • Personal first aid kit
  • 7-day supply of medications

Copies of personal and financial documents (i.e. your will, advance directive, mortgage or deed to property, a list of where your bank and savings accounts are held, etc. Do not include account numbers with your bank or savings information!)

  • Emergency contact information (consider both someone fairly close to you and someone out-of-state)
  • Extra cash (this is very necessary if power is interrupted as ATMs may not be operational even if you could get to one!)
  • Extra house and car keys
Keep the “go-bag” somewhere in your home that is accessible but out of everyday sight. Good locations might be in the hall closet, the bottom drawer of your night stand or dresser, or near your back door in a cupboard or closet.
Each person and their situation are unique so assess your needs, your home, and the appropriate people to be your emergency contacts and communicate this information with them. Taking the time now to prepare a “go-bag” might prevent a personal emergency down the road.
And also, establish a regular time twice a year to refresh your full emergency preparedness plan and supplies including checking your fire alarms. Take note of canned goods past their expiration date, water bottles that have begun to evaporate and even whether the clothes and shoes in your disaster supplies still fit. Many people use the Sundays in the spring and fall when we either “spring forward” or “fall back” to assess and review their emergency supplies and then throw out, repurchase and repack the kit.
Mr. Storbakken at PVHMC says it best, “The questions we need to answer is if we will be prepared – or not? Do you want to control your outcome, maximize the aftermath? Ultimately, everyone will deal with a significant disaster or knows someone who has. Disaster preparedness can potentially make an enormous difference in your life.”
Kathy Roche
Manager, Public Relations
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