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Bed Bags and Bug-Out Bags

Contents of Bed Bag / Bug Out Bag
We recommend that you have a few emergency survival items stored in a bag* inside a hard hat under your bed or hooked to your bed that you can grab easily and take with you after an earthquake or when you hear the smoke alarm.

Include the following items in a bed bag for each member of your family:
  • Hard hat
  • Sturdy soled shoes, socks
  • Disposable dust mask (earthquakes can cause vast amounts of dust)
  • Complete change of clothing
  • Emergency food (MRE or e
  • Whistle
  • A house key (so you can get back into your house in case you exited through a window)
  • Extra set of car keys for each car/driver (in case you forget where you put them last)
*[Note: The "bag" doesn't need to be any fancier than a couple of plastic grocery store bags tied to your bed frame with a shoelace. A "sports bag" or something that complements the decor of the bedroom works too as long as you don't put off assembling this bed bag while you find something or make something else. Assemble the bed bag now and make it "pretty" later.]
If you wear glasses, watch where you put them at night. A case Velcro'd to the wall, bed frame or night stand will keep them from flying across the room during an earthquake. Or, if you prefer, get into the habit of keeping them inside a drawer with a safety latch. Or better still, put them inside your hard hat under your bed each night.
Also, attach a crow bar to the bed frame with a bungee cord in case your doors jam and you need to pry your way out of the house.
Bug-Out Bag
A Bug-Out Bag contains everything listed above for the Bed Bag as well as several additional items to provide for your comfort and convenience in the event you need to evacuate your home.

In addition to the Bed Bag items listed above, you will need a moderate sized sports type bag for each member of your family and the following items:
  • Rain gear or poncho
  • Beanie and gloves/mittens
  • 1 quart water (minimum)
  • Glasses or contact lenses (and lens care products) and reading glasses if you need them
  • Family Disaster Plan information
  • Emergency Medical information
  • Pocketknife or Leatherman
  • Mess kit
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Deodorant / Anti-perspirant
  • Bar of soap
  • Razor, shaving cream
  • Brush, comb
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Wash cloth
  • Hand towel
  • Lotion
  • Chapstick
  • Book, small games
  • Other items you think you might need or want
[A family evacuation drill that lasts at least 24 hours will help you determine what you didn't bring that you wished you had with you.]
To complete your Bug-Out Bag, include emergency cash for your family ($500 should be more than adequate), duplicate ATM card, a credit card with plenty of available credit, and spare checks or other documents for identification.