An emergency grab n go bag is something that the federal government recommends we all have. Doomsday preppers may call it a "bug out bag," but it can be useful in more situations than a zombie apocalypse, alien invasion, or end of times situation. It can practically be used for escaping natural disasters. or other emergencies. For example, there has been two times in my life already where people in the Northland have needed to evacuate: the Benzene train spill back in the early 1990's, and just last year when the refinery caught fire.

FEMA actually has a guide online that gives you helpful suggestions.

  • Enough Food, Water, and Medication for 72 hours
  • Battery Powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Dust Mask
  • Plastic Sheeting to make temporary shelter
  • Moist Towlettes and garbage bags
  • Wrench & Pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Maps (GPS ON YOUR PHONE MAY NOT WORK)
  • Cell phone and back up battery packs

There's more to the list than that, but it's a good start. Also if you have anyone in your family that has special needs, be sure to plan for that as well.

Odds are you'll never need to use it, but it's a good thing to have nearby. They recommend putting it in a safe, dry place. Use a duffel bag or unused trash can to store the items. You want it to be easily accessible and able to be carried.