Everyone should have a Go-Bag
By Suzanne Cassell, Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee
Here in Sonoma Valley, we not only live under the threat of earthquakes, but also of wildfires, which may start in the surrounding hills and in Annadel State Park.
Wildfires have occurred with greater frequency and intensity in recent years. The recent Valley Fire in Lake County is a stark reminder that we should all prepare for major emergencies.
In the event of a major disaster, we could be on our own for 72 hours or more. We might have to evacuate our homes and be stranded in our cars or have to stay in an evacuation center for an extended period of time. A Go-Bag will make your disaster survival a little bit easier.
In addition to your home emergency disaster supply kit, every member of your household, including your pets, should have a Go-Bag or even two (one for the car and one for home), a mini version of your home kit, something you can grab and go and not have to stop and decide what to take in a hurry. The Go-Bag can be a duffle bag, backpack, or other easy-to-carry container, and it should have an I.D. tag. A good place to keep a Go-Bag is in the trunk of your car and/or next to your bed. A pet carrier (crate) should be easily accessible too.
Some basic items you should keep in your car include water, granola bars and dry food, a flashlight, blanket, warm jacket, change of clothes, pair of shoes, walking stick, and umbrella.
Other recommended items for a Go-Bag: First aid kit, moist towelettes, toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, whistle to signal for help, prescription medications (that don’t need refrigeration) or at least a list of them, eyeglasses, copies of important documents like your driver’s license, a list of insurance policy numbers, contact list for doctors, family members and friends (preferably from out of state or out of the area). Visit the Ready.gov website for additional tips and suggestions.