The Tropical Depression Henri is the latest storm that’s expected to have heavy rainfall, flooding up to 3 inches in the Northeast.is upon us and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an above-average year. You can expect seven to 10 hurricanes and three to five of them at a Category 3 or higher.
Hurricane season comes with power outages, storm surges and emergency evacuations. Having a go bag, or bugout bag, handy is one of the most important safety measures to take ahead of an emergency or natural disaster. Emergency services in affected areas recommend having a go bag ready at all times.
The idea behind the go bag is simple. If an emergency happens, you grab your go bag and… go. It has everything you need to help keep you safe and healthy until you can go back home. Oftentimes, it includes your phone, medications,and other necessities. Here’s also a few ways you can .
Reasons you should pack a go bag now
If you’re lucky enough to have some kind of weather warning, you may have more time to evacuate. But many disasters are so damaging because they’re sudden. At a moment’s notice, you may need to flee your home to find new shelter because of:
- Tornadoes or hurricanes
- Flash floods
- Ice storms
- Zombie apocalypse (just kidding… )
Don’t take three days of water with you
Though many experts recommend having a three-day supply of water at home in case of an emergency, evacuating with that amount of water can be impractical — especially if you don’t have a car. The alternative is keeping a device in your go bag that can turn water from ditches, streams, ponds and other water sources into clean drinking water.
Some options are the($38) or the ($125). Both can be clipped to the outside of a go bag so they don’t take up precious room in the pockets.
Be warned, though. Many emergency filtration devices like these need to be prepped with drinking water before they can be used as a filter for yucky water. Be sure to read the directions and prep your bottle before clipping it to your go bag.
Keep an LED flashlight handy
Batteries may be in short supply in an emergency. That’s why it’s a good idea to put a lighting system in your go bag that can be powered…