When a disaster strikes your home, you may be forced to evacuate within seconds or minutes. You have very little time to grab anything as you’re running for the door. Evacuation is even worse when you’re sleeping and have nothing but your sleep clothes to escape with.
Keeping a Home Escape Bag near your bed will allow you to grab it in the event of fire or other disaster where you need to evacuate quickly. It will provide for some basic things you will need immediately after, especially if your house burns down. Everyone should have one of these under their bed, including the kids!
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Some things to consider keeping in your Home Escape Bag include:
- Shoes or sandals (an old pair is fine)
- Flashlight and chemlights
- Copies of important documents (update as needed):
- Insurance (health, auto, home, etc.)
- Copies of your SSN cards
- Copy of your bank account, credit card, and debit card statements
- Marriage license
- Birth and death certificates
- Court papers
- Copies of recent pay stubs
- Copies of cell and utility bills (you’ll need to either pay these or stop service)
- Titles and leases
- Vehicle registrations
- School records
- Medical records, including shot records
- Family pictures
- Digital copies of the above on either a flash drive kept in the bag, or on a cloud service (like Dropbox)
- Money (may need to spend night in hotel)
- Spare keys (house, car, storage lockers, office, fire safes, etc.)
- List of contacts (paper copy)
- Medications needed
- Toiletry bag (don’t need everything, just the essentials)
- Spare checkbook
- Spare eyeglasses
- Anything else you would be hard-pressed to be without
If you don’t have duplicates already in your bag, you should also get in the habit of leaving your wallet, cellphone, and car keys on your nightstand, so you can quickly grab them.
And, if you have a baby in the home, make sure you plan an escape bag for the little one, too. You’ll need to update it every 3 months to rotate food and update sizes on clothes and diapers.
Rob Hanus is the author of “The Preparedness Capability Checklist: A Planning and Evaluation Tool for Becoming More Self-Reliant,” an easy-to-read book that offers the absolute best method for intelligent and deliberate prepping. Rob is also host of the Preparedness Podcast.
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Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of The Grow Network, which is a community of people focused on modern self-sufficient living. She has been featured by National Geographic as an expert in off-grid living, she hosted the Mother Earth News Online Homesteading Summit, and she is listed in Who’s Who in America for having inspired hundreds of thousands of backyard gardens. Marjory was the focus of an article that won Reuter’s Food Sustainability Media Award, and she recently authored The Grow System: The Essential Guide to Modern Self-Sufficient Living—From Growing Food to Making Medicine.