Preparing your Emergency Go Box

June 1 is the start of Hurricane Season.

Being a Coast Guard family, usually means that one of the family is running towards the danger, rather than away. In case of Hurricane evacuations, the families are evacuated while the actives are beginning to take place for Coast Guard. Depending on the units, they could be sent to their local area to assist with the public, or the unit has been underway.

Either way, we need to know what to grab quickly in case of an emergency. So we have created a list for a “Go Box”. This Go box is all the necessities that you will need in order to survive for 72 hours (3 days).

Items needed in your Go Box:

  • Water (1 gallon per person/day)

  • Non-Perishable Food (buy canned, high calorie)

  • Flashlights (1 large for each adult, 1 small for each child)

  • Manual Can opener

  • Toiletry Items

  • First Aid Kit

  • Matches/ Lighter

  • Candles

  • Tool kit (including hammer, screwdriver, knife, pliers)

  • Whistles

  • Face Mask/Respirator

  • Medication

  • Clothing (1 complete outfit for each person including hat, gloves and shoes).

  • Blankets

  • Duct Tape

  • Garbage Bags

  • Crank or Battery Operated Radio

  • Cell Phone charger

  • Pet Food, Water, Supplies

  • Medications (including acetaminophen)

  • Sunscreen

  • Emergency Binder (more information here)

  • Refresh Cards (below)

  • Fun items

When you gather your tote together, put refresh cards with expiration dates, so you know when you change out the food. I put a reminder on my calendar to check the items every 6 months (or longer).

Out of time or energy? You can purchase a pre-made kit at the American Red Cross, Here.

Pack some items to help pass the time…. Did we say that TVs may not work??... yeah.. we need some games...

  • Deck of Cards

  • Crayons

  • Coloring Books (make sure to include the adult ones too)

  • Stuffed animals

  • Puzzles

  • Board Games

We have seen these boxes in bags, buckets, totes, paper boxes… you name it. Doesn’t matter the vessel, as long as you can have the items in 1 or 2 easy to carry containers. We prefer two waterproof (we do live by the water) totes. We keep the items in a cool dry closet right outside of my garage. Our favorite is a waterproof tote – and with a larger family we can grab and drop in our trunk!

Hopefully this helps you stay and feel prepared in case of any emergency!

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