Go Kits contain essential supplies for yourself, and your family or business, for 36 hours or more, in a portable pack or bag. If you have a fire, or otherwise need to evacuate your house, are stranded off-island, or have volunteer or other responsibilities that take you away from your home, it makes sense to have your most critical information lists, a bit of food and basic survival equipment ready somewhere outside the home, in a protected location.
Go Kits are portable, so differ from your basic home emergency supplies - which should have everything your family needs for at least two to three weeks. For many people, leaving this in the trunk of your car is convenient. To add resiliency, have various disaster supplies next to the bed, in an outdoor shed, in every car and other locations. Even if one location is compromised, others remain available.
The contents of your Go Kit should be personalized based on your situation, but we present some basic ideas to consider below. Remember that your Go Kit is only of use if it is readily available at all times, wherever you are, and all supplies are periodically refreshed.
VashonBePrepared's Go Kit Recommendations
Everyone needs a Go Kit! Take it everywhere you go!
There are many emergency kit inventory lists available to review online, but here are some basics to consider:
- Flare or other signalling device
- Cell phone
- Emergency contact list(s): family, neighbors, financial, etc.
- Copies of personal IDs such as driver's license
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Dry food: granola bars
- Hat, jacket & blanket
- Cash, in small bills
- Ferry Ticket?
- Vashon map
- Paper & pen
- GMRS/FMRS or HAM radios with extra batteries
By the Bed
If a tree through the roof or fire threatens your home at night, be ready with a small kit next to your bed:
- Prescription glasses
- Rugged shoes
- Leather gloves
Ready for the Road
If you have a car or even a recreational vehicle, these make excellent temporary shelters. Imagine that you are in your car when the big earthquake hits and you are stranded somewhere. All islanders should be prepared for the unexpected. Do you have what you and your family and/or passengers might need to survive for 36 hours? If you are like most people, you probably don't. Here are some suggestions and be sure to add your own:
- If a storm is coming, keep your gas tank relatively full
- Warm jackets, hats and mittens for each occupant. A blanket is always good too.
- Water - a gallon/person/day during warm weather
- First Aid kit
- Cell phone, address book, a list of key contacts and a local phone book
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Essential prescription medicines and essential foods
- A small, battery operated pocket size radio in case you run out of gas
- Extra cash. If the power is out, cash machines and credit cards won't work.