Grab and Go Bag

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Personal or Home Emergency Survival Kits

Being prepared for an disaster begins with a personal emergency survival kit. They can vary from a pouch that you carry all the time to a home survival kit with 5 gallon water jugs and food for 7 days.

The following four kits are examples of what you can put together yourself. In an emergency, one of these kits can make the difference between safety and severe injury or death.

At the bottom of this web page are links to other similar resources.

Personal Kits


  1. multi-tool
  2. flashlight
  3. first aid kit
  4. NPR-95 face mask
  5. lighter


  1. multi-tool (Leatherman)
  2. Flashlight(small, waterproof)
  3. mini-pry bar
  4. carrying pouch (various sizes)
  5. whistle
  6. small first aid pouch
  7. smoke mask or smoke escape hood
  8. EMT shears (utility shears)
  9. waterproof lighter, or matches

Home and Car Kits

This is a car backpack kit stored at home in an accessible location near a door to grab and go. Keep your car fluids up and a gas tank as full as possible.

  1. water (min. 5 gallons)
  2. photovoltaic battery charger
  3. non-perishable food
  4. blankets
  5. tri-fold shovel
  6. road flares
  7. reading material
  8. cards
  9. hand-crank radio
  10. cat litter and bed pan
  11. road maps
  12. extra pair of shoes and change of clothes
  13. self-defense equipment
  14. towing chain
  15. small fire extinguisher
  16. spare tire and jack
  17. soap and toiletries
  18. first aid kit
  19. good backpack

Home large kit in duffel bag

  1. water containers (enough for ½ gallon per day per person)
  2. portable water filter
  3. emergency food (no heat required)
  4. cooking kit
  5. prescription meds
  6. extra eyeglasses
  7. lighters and waterproof matches
  8. candle lantern
  9. Nightstar or Sherpa flashlights (battery free)
  10. hand-crank radio
  11. crowbar
  12. duct tape
  13. ¼ inch nylon cord-50’
  14. insect repellent or head net
  15. small clothing detergent
  16. essential toiletries
  17. mylar blankets
  18. sleeping pad-inflatable
  19. garbage bags and ziploc bags
  20. disinfectant
  21. rain poncho
  22. tarp or tent
  23. goggles
  24. sewing kit
  25. belt knife
  26. sharpening tool
  27. extra set of home and car keys
  28. First Aid Kit
  29. Extra items for pets, children and seniors.
  30. Work gloves
  31. tri-fold shovel
  32. SS wire for repairs
  33. 2 signal mirrors
  34. heavy belt
  35. portable stove and fuel
  36. fish hooks-sinkers-line
  37. extra cotton underwear
  38. 3 pairs of socks
  39. extra pair of sturdy boots
  40. two pairs of loose work pants
  41. toiletries
  42. sunglasses
  43. powdered drink wix and tea or coffee
  44. mini folding chair
  45. safety helmet
  46. FRS/GMRS walkie-talkies
  47. roll of clear plastic to cover broken windows.

Add anything not on the list but needed for your personal circumstances. The time and money you spend to assemble a kit will be paid back many times if you are involved in a disaster.

Other Resources

Google search for ...

  1. ' "Grab and Go Bag" '
  2. ' "Personal Emergency Kits" '
  3. ' "Home Emergency Kits" '

Key websites that describe the contents of a G&G Bag.

  1. JeffCoEOC
  2. Orange buckets
  3. Mike's development GD - Emergency Kits - Google Docs