Where To Start: Begin with a sturdy bag or backpack that has a sturdy strap and zips shut and that is large enough to hold a complete kit, (again, you needn’t spend a lot of money – you can use what you already have around your house, or get one from a thrift store.) Generally speaking, you should have one bag for each member of your family that is old enough and strong enough to carry it. Portability is of the essence, since it may be necessary to walk some distance in the event of an evacuation. Some state agencies recommend putting all items for your family in a large garbage can with wheels. This is much better than nothing, but depending on your circumstances, it may be hard to put a garbage can in your car if you need to evacuate. Consider your family’s needs first.
Begin today, even if you need to begin by using a pillow case or paper grocery bag for now. Go over the attached lists, tailoring them to your personal circumstances and needs. Gather the items that you already have in one place, and mark down the items that you still need to get. Designate your storage spot, the place in your home where you will keep your emergency kits, and keep your fledgling kit there. Take a list with you to the grocery store the next time you go grocery shopping and pick up a few items each time until your kit is complete. Just start now, and keep working on it!