What’s In Your Go-Bag?

Tropical storm Alberto slammed into the Gulf coast two weeks ago, reminding Judah and I that we are beginning another hurricane season. Last year, we rode out our first hurricane—Maria—in our apartment since we do not live in a flood zone. But if another hurricane strikes, we want to make sure that we are ready.

So I thought I would take the month of June to focus on Disaster Preparedness. We should all do this, no matter where we live, because the weather is becoming more and more unpredictable.

For example, last month upstate New York got hit with a series of tornadoes, macrobursts, and microbursts. Five people died because of that severe weather outbreak, and some neighborhoods were without power for more than a week. That area hasn’t experienced a storm like that in over 60 years. The reason why I am telling you this is because it is not just Florida, Texas, and Mississippi that get the hurricanes. And it’s not just California that has earthquakes, Midwest the tornadoes, or Hawaii the volcanoes. Natural disasters can strike anywhere and at any time.

So the question is, are you ready for the next emergency? I thought I would share with you the latest recommendations for go-bags, including what I added to mine which helps me keep calm and controlled when things get really stressful.

1. It is now recommended that you store 7-10 days’ worth of food and water per person. Three days per person is no longer considered enough. But if you are a family of four, how much water do you really need? Since they say you should have a gallon per day per person, that adds up to 28-40 gallons of water! Way too much to carry, but absolutely necessary. So if you have an area in your house, a basement, garage, or closet with some extra space, you may want to store the water there.

2. You also want include the following essentials:

  • High visibility vest, shirt, or jacket
  • Flashlight
  • Radio
  • ​Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Water purification tablets or Lifestraw water bottle
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • A multipurpose tool with pliers and screwdriver
  • Contact information for the family
  • Copies of important documents, such as passports and proof of residency
  • Extra cash
  • Regional map
  • Rain gear
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bags for each person
  • Pet supplies
  • A pot and wooden spoon
  • A camp stove with extra propane
  • Charcoal and matches if you have a portable grill

3. I also added a bottle each of Lavender and Clarity to my bag. These are excellent for emotional support because they calm and relax my nerves. In stressful situations we need to remain calm so we can also think clearly, right? I think I made two very wise choices.

4. I have also added Thieves Household Cleaner. Young Living now has Thieves Household Cleaner in travel packets. These are great in a pinch, especially if you need to wash clothes in a sink or a bucket.

I also learned an excellent tip from a friend: Divide you go-bag into a “his” and a “hers,” that way you always know which one is yours to grab and go.

Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Remember: “Procrastination is like a credit card. It’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.”—Christopher Parker.

Getting prepared for a natural disaster now will lessen your stress then when it strikes. So take some time during the month of June to get your go-bag together. And don’t forget to add some of your favorite essential oils to it for great emotional support so you can stay calm and think clearly—even in an emergency.

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