The Important Things to Take with You during an Emergency Evacuation

By Megan Morrow
Published September 13, 2018


No one ever wants to think about or plan for an emergency evacuation. However, erratic weather, uncertain world events, and other emergency situations mean that preparation is paramount for safety if you are ever faced with a crisis. In the moment, it can be difficult to think clearly, which is why it is so important to prepare ahead of time.

No matter where you live, the following items can be critical in the event of an emergency evacuation or situation:

  1. Everyday items: cash, keys and your ID. If you happen to store all of these items in your wallet or purse, then you are ahead one step. While all of these items might seem obvious, you might forget proof-of-address or keys to your second car in the heat of the moment. You will also want to add a phone and laptop charger to your emergency preparedness kit.
  2. Prescription medicine. If you have inhalers, prescription glasses as well as over-the-counter medicines or baby items that you rely on, these should also be with you at all times. In the event of an emergency, getting a new prescription might not be as simple as you expect it to be.
  3. Water. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon a day per person as well as non-perishable food items. Ensure that you have ample water to meet your family’s needs.
  4. Legal and financial documents. Your emergency preparedness kit should also include copies of birth certificates, Social Security cards, wills and health care directives, power of attorney, and other important legal and financial documents. Create an easily accessible file of these documents in a fireproof/waterproof container.
  5. Sensible clothes. Do not spend time gathering up your favorite shoes or a sentimental scarf, no matter how tempting. In the case of a serious emergency, you will need extra socks and underwear, comfortable shoes, long pants and other weather-appropriate items. Again, the more you organize ahead of time, the easier it will be for you to evacuate if an emergency situation arises.

Other important items for your emergency kit include flashlights and extra batteries, matches and candles, a multi-purpose tool, contact information for family members and friends, local maps, and a whistle you can use to signal for help.

Finally, if you have pets, ensure that they are accounted for in your emergency planning; this includes food, medication, leashes, carrying cases and more to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort.

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The material presented here is for information purposes only and is not to be considered an offer to buy or sell any security. This report was prepared from sources believed to be reliable but it is not guaranteed as to accuracy and it is not a complete summary of statement of all available data. Information and opinions are current up to the date of publication and are subject to change without notice. The purchase and sale of securities should be conducted on an individual basis considering the risk tolerance and investment objective of each investor and with the advice and counsel of a professional advisor.

The opinions expressed by Ms. Morrow are strictly her own and do not necessarily reflect those of Herbert J. Sims & Co., Inc. or their affiliates. This is not a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell any particular investment. All investment involves risk and may result in a loss of principal. Investors should carefully consider their own circumstances before making any investment decision.

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