Image of a Go Bag

Assemble supplies you might need in an evacuation and store them in an easy to carry container such as a duffle bag or backpack. Store your “Go Bag” in a place where it will not freeze.

It is a good idea to review the content once a year to check on items that may have expiration dates, such as prescription medicines.

What to include in your Go Bag:

  • A supply of water — one gallon per person, per day — sealed in unbreakable containers
  • Non-perishable packaged or canned food and a manual can opener
  • Whistle
  • A change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes
  • Permanent marker, paper, and tape
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Local map
  • A first aid kit and prescription medicines
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlight (or crank-style version), and spare batteries for each
  • Credit cards and $100 cash in small bills and quarters for pay phones. Consider a pre-paid phone card.
  • List of emergency contact phone numbers
  • List of allergies to any drugs (especially antibiotics) or food
  • Copy of health insurance and identification cards
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicles
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
  • Special items for infants or elderly or disabled family members
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Laptop or tablet computer and charger
  • Westchester County's Are You Ready? booklet for those living within ten miles of Indian Point Nuclear plants
  • Pet supplies
  • As a precaution, you can also add a CD or a flash drive to which you have saved some of these important papers and docments, such as
    • Birth certificates
    • Drivers license
    • Prescriptions - list of prescription type, number and doctor's name and phone number
    • Proof of Residency – Mortgage bill / Renters agreement
    • Renters / Home owner's insurance coverage
    • Medical insurance coverage
    • Life insurance coverage