Pack a Go Bag

Go Bags should be easily accessible and contain enough items to get you through at least a few days, if you need to evacuate your home unexpectedly. Every member of your household should have their own Go Bag. Check your Go Bags every so often — say, every 6 months or so — to make sure that items are up-to-date and not expired.

Download a printable copy of the checklist here.

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TIP: Flashlights, special emergency radios, first aid kits, etc. are available on the web, but can be pricey. Visit your local discount store for inexpensive backpacks, flashlights, radios, batteries, and more. If gathering them all at once is too much, commit to purchasing one or two items per week.


In some situations you may be mandated to evacuate your home. This may happen if a storm is approaching and your home lies in a vulnerable area, or something makes your building unsafe to stay in, for instance. Plan for evacuations ahead of time. Ask yourself:

  • Who can I stay with for a few days if I need to evacuate?
  • How will I get there?
  • How long will it take me to get there?
  • What’s the nearest Hurricane Evacuation Shelter?
  • Is it handicap accessible?

To see if your home lies in an evacuation zone, and for a complete list of hurricane evacuation shelters in the City, visit