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The Top 10 Items Your Family Needs for an Emergency Evacuation

January 21, 2015

By Jess Bedsole

While we all love to mentally stay in our “happy place” as often as possible, disasters can strike at any time, and it is important for your family to have a plan ironed out in the event of an emergency.

We reached out to Bill Bedsole, disaster recovery and emergency management expert of over thirty years, to help us clear some things up and get to the bottom of what is most important when planning for emergency and evacuation circumstances.

Bedsole, a relative of one of our team members here at Alliant, says it is important to think about two kinds of emergencies: One where you can stay home and one where you need to evacuate.

To outlast an emergency at home, be sure to have: 

  • A family communication plan
  • Water and food (don’t forget pets!)
  • Self-powered radio
  • Cell phone plus crank charger
  • Space blanket
  • Propane lantern

Nearly all of these items will already be in your home, but most experts say it is important to have enough supplies for at least three days.

Emergencies requiring evacuation are much more serious and difficult to plan for, but it is important to have a plan in place. In addition to the items above, be sure to include the following items in your kit:

  1. Medications
  2. Water filter
  3. Nylon cord
  4. Tools (ax, knife, crowbar)
  5. First aid kit
  6. Duct tape
  7. Cash
  8. Waterproof tarp
  9. Fire starters 
  10. Towelettes (disinfectant wipes)

The easiest way to keep these items together is by using a backpack. Be sure to keep the most used items in accessible pockets and remember to replace perishable items on a regular schedule.

Another tip is to keep a separate emergency kit in your car and at work, as not all emergencies strike when you are home.

Finally, unless your home is unsafe, Bedsole recommends that you opt to shelter-in-place rather than venturing out into the event. In emergency situations, always monitor all possible news sources continually and keep your doors locked. Do not answer your door for strangers in emergencies in the event that they intend to do you and your family harm.

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