PREP Checklists - GO Kit

In gathering what you need to make it through a disaster, put together both a GO KIT, in case you need to evacuate, and a STAY KIT of gear and supplies you’ll need to ride it out at home. Even after a major earthquake, your house might still be safe to stay in, and with enough preparation you can stay at home even if utility and transport services are out. Studies show people fare best at home if it’s safe. Here are PREP’s suggestions – based on Red Cross, and other sources – as a starting point for customizing your kits for your family’s needs.  


Consider what you’d need if your house is not safe and you need to evacuate to a shelter, motel, or home of family or friend. Pack up the GO BAGS (consider rolling suitcases or backpacks) and store them in an easily accessible place.

Under everyone’s bed

  • a pair of sturdy shoes/boots & socks
  • bicycle helmet or hard hat
  • leather work gloves
  • flashlight & whistle stuffed in shoes
  • bottle of water

In personal GO BAGS

  • toothbrush & paste, soap & small towel
  • facial tissue & toilet paper
  • complete change of warm clothing plus rain gear
  • sleeping bag or blanket
  • water: 1 gallon/day x 3 days (or put in family bag)
  • medications & wellness items
  • spare pair of glasses or contact lens items
  • out of area contact information
  • photo of the whole family
  • cash in small bills
  • a comfort item (stuffed toy, book . . . )

In the family GO BAG

  • 3 days’ supply of high-protein, high-energy food that won't spoil (see STAY KIT for suggestions)
  • can opener, utensils, plastic/paper dishes & cups
  • battery/crank radio, flashlight, extra batteries
  • first aid kit including prescriptions & a manual
  • sewing kit with scissors
  • extra set house & car keys
  • more cash in small bills & credit card
  • important family papers in a waterproof container (include copies of insurance & medical information & phone nos.; prescriptions; driver’s licenses/other ID)
  • photo of whole family and pets
  • paper and pens or pencils with hand sharpener
  • sanitation supplies (see STAY KIT for examples)
  • toilet paper
  • entertainment items: cards, books
  • special items for infants & the elderly/disabled

For Fido or Fluffy
Pets, except service animals, are not generally allowed in human shelters. Some shelters might have facilities for pets nearby, but most don’t. So it’s important to make alternative plans such as kennels, pet-friendly motels, neighbors, friends or family. See the Family Pet Emergency Plan handout for information and supplies for your pet’s emergency kit. Also,

  • consider microchipping your pet companion
  • be sure rabies vaccinations are up to date (required for shelter admission)
  • keep your pets securely leashed or confined while transporting; keep papers & emergency kit with them
  • arrange with a trusted neighbor to care for each other’s pets if you’re not home when disaster strikes; make sure neighbor knows location of emergency kit