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What's In Your Go Bag?

The New York City Office of Emergency Management recommends that every household consider assembling a Go Bag - a collection of items you may need in the event of an evacuation. Each household member's Go Bag should be packed in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or suitcase on wheels. A Go Bag should be easily accessible if you have to leave your home in a hurry. Make sure it is ready to go at all times of the year. Your Go Bag should contain:
  • Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.)
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Credit and ATM cards and cash (especially in small denominations). The New York City Office of Emergency Management recommends you keep at least $50-$100 on hand.
  • Bottled water and non-perishable food such as energy or granola bars
  • Flashlight, battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries. You can also buy wind-up radios that do not require batteries at retail stores.
  • Medication and other essential personal items. Be sure to refill medications before they expire. Keep a list of the medications each member of your household takes, why they take them, and their dosages.
  • First Aid kit
  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes, lightweight raingear, and a mylar blanket
  • Contact and meeting place information for your household, and a small regional map
  • Child care supplies or other special care items
For additional information on the Go-Bag, please visit the New York City's Office of Emergency Management.