Weather Preparedness: What Should You Have Ready for an Evacuation?


No matter where you live, it’s always possible that bad weather could be just a few moments away. Sometimes you have a lot of forewarning about a flood or a storm, but other times you just don’t know until the natural disaster is upon you. Maybe you’ve been thinking about having a weather preparedness plan, or even an evacuation bag ready.

So, what should you be prepared to bring with yourself in the event of an evacuation due to bad weather?

How to Store Your Evacuation Bag

First, get yourself a waterproof container, preferable something plastic and lightweight. This is a great place to store all of your weather preparedness items.

Dry Clothes

The first thing you’ll want to have on hand is a fresh set of dry, well-fitting, comfortable clothes. Keep one change of clothes (at least!) for each member of your household. Saving yourself from scrambling to find clean underwear or socks can save you precious minutes in an evacuation scenario.

Portable Radio, Flashlights, Batteries

You’ll also want to have some basics in the container. Batteries to power common electronics are quite valuable in an emergency. Likewise, a flashlight (or several) can be a literal life-saver if you find yourself without power and in the dark. Finally, make sure you pack a portable radio that is battery-powered. This will allow you to keep up with what the authorities are broadcasting, which can be invaluable during an emergency situation.

Preserved Foods

Canned or sealed foods that don’t require cooking or preparation can be a huge help in an evacuation. Stash some canned food in your container in case you get stuck in a scenario without anything to eat. This can be as simple as canned vegetables and granola bars. Something to eat is better than nothing!

Bottled Water

Weather disasters can make getting your hands on clean drinking water tough. This is why you should keep some bottled water with your weather preparedness kit. You never know when you’ll need something clean to drink!

Map of the Area

Finally, you’ll want a way to find your way around the region you live in, in case your phone’s GPS stops working or you run out of phone battery. To that end, make sure you keep a map of the surrounding area in your emergency container, as well as a compass. That way, even without electricity, you stand a better chance of not getting lost. This is especially useful if a weather disaster makes travel by car more difficult.