Grab and Go Bag
Wisdom has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table (Proverbs 9:2).
Dr. Paul R. Williams, MD, says, “The increase in the frequency and severity of disasters—whether manmade or natural—over the past few years is undeniable. Yet what is most disturbing to me as I travel and speak around the US is that around 90% of people are unprepared for even common disasters.” Dr. Williams told 700 Club viewers to at least prepare for three days in case of natural disaster.
You and I can certainly make up our own plan and gather our own thoughts on what we need. Dr. Williams advises families to create three smaller supply bags–one for home, work, and your car.
WHAT’S IN YOUR “GRAB AND GO BAG?”
- 3 days to 3 weeks supply of food, including any special dietary foods
- One gallon of water per day per person, portable water filtration/water filtration/purification tabs
- Ziplock bags to keep documents and money dry
- Extra pair of practical shoes to protect your feet
- Maps and alternate routes written down to pick up children or elderly family members
- Portable TV, radio (wind-up is preferred over battery power), flashlight, solar recharging units
- First aid kits and manual, duffle bag (larger, soft sided, strong, waterproof), whistle, nylon cord
- Mosquito netting and insect repellant (for U.S. residents), smoke hoods, duct tape
- Portable crowbar (4-5”), moist towelettes (U.S.), hand sanitizer (small bottle), toilet paper
- Waterproof matches, waterproof containers, lighters, small tool kit
- Heavy duty plastic bags (the netting kind that stretches)
- Sleeping bags
- Toiletries (for women, feminine pads, super)
Dr. Williams says, “You have to be the judge if you have to evacuate early. Take into consideration the elderly, physical disabilities, traffic, level of danger, etc. Be realistic in your plan to evacuate. Don’t wait until the last minute.” After you pack your “Grab and Go” bags, you can relax. Forget about it until perhaps six months down the road you want to use up the grocery supplies and replenish with updated foods.
One of my friends and a follower on Lift Jesus Cross blog, Larry, is already one step ahead of the rest of us. I was in awe when I found out that Larry has already blogged about Emergency preparedness. Larry took his preparedness one step further than the Grab and Go Bags. I’ll tell you about Larry next Tuesday! Stay tuned.