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Emergency planning: How to make a "grab and go" bag

What is a "grab and go" bag?

A grab-and-go bag is a pre-packed bag that contains essential items that you might need in case of an emergency or disaster. The contents of the bag may vary depending on your needs and the situation.

If a community or medical evacuation is announced, please remember to bring:

  • medical cards for each member of the family
  • status cards
  • medications for 1 week
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3 tips for preparing the "grab and go" bag

Did you know?

  1. The “grab and go” bag should be put together seasonally and according to each individual’s needs.
  2. It is recommended that you never allow the amount of medication you have on hand to fall below a 10-day supply.
  3. Remember to bring your cell phone with charger and battery.

What to put in your "grab and go" bag

The following items should be in your “grab and go” bag:

  • Water (1 liter per person)
  • Food for 12-hour period (non-perishable ready-to-eat foods, high energy bars, meal replacement drinks, etc.)
  • Cell phone, cell phone charger and battery
  • Crank or battery-operated flashlight, with extra batteries
  • Photocopies of important documents (medical and vaccination records, health card, status card, birth certificate, prescriptions, insurance policies, bank account information, phone numbers of family members) 
  • Seasonal change of clothes (2-3 sets for each person in the family)
  • House keys
  • Cash (coins & bills)
  • Basic first aid kit (one per family)
  • Medication
  • Personal items (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products deodorant, etc.)
  • Paper and pen for writing
  • If you have a pet – have food and a leash/carrier for your pet
  • Special needs items – wheelchairs, insulin testers and kits, glasses, hearing aids and extra batteries etc. (NOTE: while these items would not be in a “grab and go” bag because they are used daily, keep them easily accessible and take them if you have to evacuate) 


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