Bug-Out Bags, G.O.O.D. Bags, Grab & Go bags...Huh?

Can you evacuate your home in less than 15 minutes? Gig Harbor's "Simply Prepared Challenge" is focused on preparing homes and families for emergencies. One step at a time.

My first attempt at finding a Home Evacuation Checklist brought differing opinions and definitions of what it truly means to “get out of dodge.”

I looked at the mess of wasted paper flying out of my printer and felt frustrated over how any novice is to make sense of all the conflicting emergency preparation advice.  I became an insomniac while worrying about the pending earthquake, nuclear reactor accidents, and major ice storms. And you know what? Three months later I still hadn’t done anything! My good intentions had turned into debilitating confusion. 

And I’m not alone! Isn’t it baffling that less than 20% of us have emergency supplies to help us through the first 72 hours of a major disaster when local officials may not be available?

In February we introduced a 2013 challenge, offering you simple monthly assignments for preparing your home and family for unexpected emergencies. It could be as sudden as an earthquake that quickly makes your house uninhabitable. Or as shocking as a windstorm that brings a tree crashing into your bedroom. Or as fast as a fire racing through your home.  All of these mean one thing: you need to get out of your house. Right now.

Imagine for a moment that one of these disasters happens tonight.

Does your family have an evacuation plan? Will your kids follow it? Will you have shoes on? A blanket? A coat? A phone? Bandages for wounds? What if your neighbor’s house is damaged too? Are you in a secluded area? Where are your car keys? Can you walk barefoot down the road when it is 20 degrees?

Feel the emotion of seeing a loved one injured and cold, imagine your dismay at your lack of provision, and consider the challenge of getting through the first 72 hours. Are you wishing you had Simply Prepared?

Your 2013 Simply Prepared Challenge is to TAKE ACTION for the sake of your household members.

March’s STEP 2 Assignment: Prepare to leave your home in under 15 minutes by keeping a “Grab & Go” Bag underneath every bed.

Visit www.SimplyPreparedHome.com to:

A. Use our online store to purchase Grab & Go Bags.

B. Complete our free 15-Minute Evacuation Plan & Summary of Insurance/Financial Records.

C. Download our free DIY Checklist if you want to create your own Grab & Go bag.

If you’d like help with this month’s assignment, call us to discuss how we can offer you personal shopping & consultation in your own home.

Once you’re done with this step, comment on this article to share with others just how GREAT it feels to Be Simply Prepared! Neighborhoods are more resilient...more stable....and safer when everyone has what they need in the midst of an unexpected emergency. Join us today!


Gig Harbor Home Management provides Home Watch & other related Home Management Services for the Gig Harbor area. Sarah Friesen is a local, experienced Home Manager; her Clients regularly testify that she is a trustworthy advocate on their behalf.

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K February 28, 2013 at 12:26 AM
We have a grab and go bag for each person in our family plus one for our dogs. They are all kept on a closet shelf. We also have enough food stores & water for a week to stay home if need be. We do need to get financial/insurance records and put non perishable food in the bags to be more thoroughly prepared.
Gig Harbor Home Management February 28, 2013 at 01:07 AM
That's GREAT! Good for you for planning ahead. Doesn't it feel good to know you've got it done?! If you go to www.simplypreparedhome.com and click on the "Forms" box, you can access a free worksheet for your financial and insurance records. It looks a bit long, but just fill in those parts that apply to you. Congrats on being prepared - especially for your dogs - and thanks for sharing. We need to inspire others to do the same!


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