How to prepare your emergency bag

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – September is National Preparedness Month, which is promoted for awareness of natural disaster preparedness.

Monica Barnes, care coordinator at the Central Alabama Aging Consortium, says staying prepared for natural disasters like tornadoes, floods, fires and winter storms makes the recovery process much easier.

“These are things we have to be prepared for,” Barnes said. “We have to be proactive with this so that we don’t react.”

Barnes mentioned that a Lee County woman was able to recover faster from the March 2019 tornado because she had the necessary items she needed to identify herself to the Red Cross.

Barnes added that every household should have an emergency bag stored in a safe place at home and one inside every car with the following items:

  • A copy of driver’s licenses and identity cards, birth certificates and marriage certificates
  • A copy of the title deeds, bank account numbers
  • A list of prescriptions and healthcare providers
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Change of clothes
  • Blankets
  • Flash light
  • Battery
  • Emergency cover
  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Coloring books or children’s toys

Barnes said it was essential that older people and people with disabilities take particular care to prepare for disasters if they live alone, saying “they are the most vulnerable”.

“Often they are the last to go, if that person is not driving and they are still paying someone, who are you going to pay to pick you up in the event of a natural disaster? ” she says.

The care coordinator said carers should also have a plan in case of a natural disaster so they can take care of themselves and the people they care for.

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