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Tip Tuesday – Emergency Grab-and-Go Bag Checklist
Nearly ONE in THREE Americans live in a county that was hit by a weather disaster in June, July, or August 2021. (32% according to the Washington Post.) Please do not let fire, flood, hurricanes, tornados, or social unrest catch YOU off guard! NOW is the time to collect your vital documents and put them in a sturdy water- and fire-proof “Grab-and-Go Bag”!
Include original documents or copies, whatever you are most comfortable with, but the KEY is to have ALL of this crucial information in ONE place. Too often these papers are scattered, filed throughout the home, or entirely impossible to find. During an emergency situation, you will not be thinking clearly, so doing this in advance is essential! Let all your family members know where your Emergency Bag will always be stored. I suggest putting it some place easy to get reach in a crisis!
A comprehensive list of what you should include can be found HERE but some primary items are:
- birth certificates or adoption records
- social security card and passport (check the passport’s expiration date, make a note to renew it)
- marriage or divorce papers
- identification like a valid driver’s license or Real ID card (which you will need by May 3, 2023)
You should also collect cash, financial, medical, and contact info to complete your grab-and-go bag. I also have a list of other important and sentimental items to refer to IF I have more time to collect other things before evacuation. In addition, I suggest scanning a copy of everything to store in a secure cloud, or at least on a flash drive that you can give to someone you trust.
See MY full checklist HERE and make it your MISSION to complete this task in the month of September, which is National Preparedness Month. Let us know if you have a grab-and-go bag in place in my Facebook community, and if you think that your family and friends would benefit from this list as well, please share this link!
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