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What To Pack in Earthquake Go Bag

Jun 03, 2023

A "Go Bag" is vital for families who need to make a quick getaway with little or no warning. It's useful for when a home is evacuated due to fire, flood, earthquake, mudslide, or any other natural disaster that strikes.

Here's a checklist you can use, built from a wealth of resources and past reports, to help you prepare your own "Go Bag." In bold are items that are absolutely essential:

In an emergency, being able to move quickly is important. When considering size, remember that larger bags will be tougher to grab in a hurry.

BAY AREA QUAKE CENTRALYou can take steps to plan and prepare for the next big one. Access our Bay Area Quake Tracker, the latest earthquake stories, extensive quake prep checklists, videos and many other disaster preparedness resources all in one place: NBCBAYAREA.COM/QUAKES

Backpack (40 ml - 50 ml per person) Water Medications Toiletries First Aid Food Gear Clothing Pet care products Documents and cash Get a weekly recap of the latest San Francisco Bay Area housing news. Sign up for NBC Bay Area's Housing Deconstructed newsletter. BACKPACK WATER WATER MEDICATIONS MEDICATIONS Pack prescription medications good for a few weeks TOILETRIES TOILETRIES Soap FIRST AID FIRST AID One decent, well-stocked kit Hand sanitizer FOOD FOOD GEAR GEAR Hand crank and/or battery-powered flashlight Battery-powered radio or television Cell phone charger (one or two) Whistle CLOTHING CLOTHING CLOTHING Face coverings and masks One set of clothing (think layers) Underwear Socks PET CARE PRODUCTS PET CARE PRODUCTS PET CARE PRODUCTS DOCUMENTS AND CASH DOCUMENTS AND CASH Photocopies of important documents: License or ID Credit cards Passport Social security