Evacuation Grab List Example

In Episode 124 – Back To Basics – Planning To Evacuate, I cover making an evacuation plan and stress that it’s most important for you decide on what you’re going to take with you before you have to evacuate. This prevents grabbing the worthless and making sure you save that which is irreplaceable. If you wait until you have to evacuate your home immediately, you’re likely to have a “…just grab something!” mentality, thinking that something is better than nothing.

The below is an example of how I structured my evacuation grab list. I broke it up into 3 sections: Grab First, Grab Next, and Grab If There’s Time.

Your list will probably differ than mine, especially on the order of priorities. For example, I have water filters listed under “Grab Next” and radios listed under “Grab if there’s time.” It’s not that these are unimportant, but they aren’t as important as other items. Especially when you consider that I have stuff in my Fast Packs that would cover these items.

GRAB THESE ITEMS FIRST – IN ORDER:

PERSONAL

  • Important files and papers
  • Photos of family and pets for identification
  • Wallet
  • Purse
  • Cell phones and chargers
  • Keys
  • Checkbooks
  • SSN cards
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Organizer (phone list, calendar, etc)

FAST PACKS (Bug Out Bags)

  • Grab these first.  There are 2 “sets” of bags, one for Amy and one for Rob, along with each kids’ bag.

In general, these include: Main pack, extension pack, medical bag, medical resupply kit, food packs, kid’s packs, sundries pack (toiletries, etc.), guns, gun bags, nbc pack.

COMPUTER / ELECTRONICS (these items are harder to replace than things like clothes)

INFANT (if you have an infant, see bottom of list)

ECONOMIC

  • Cash on hand
  • Loose change, including the spare change container
  • Coins, gold and silver
  • Pull money out of ATM on the way out, if convenient

FIRST-AID

  • First-aid kit, main home kit
  • Spare medical items
  • Medical bag
  • Children/baby medical items (drugs, etc.)
  • Prescription medications
  • OTC drugs (allergy, pain, etc.)

CLOTHING / FOOTWEAR

  • Shorts / jeans (3 pair min)
  • Shirts, long sleeve (3 min)
  • Sweaters, wool shirts, sweat jackets (2 min)
  • T-shirts (3 min)
  • Socks (7 pair min)
  • Shoes / boots (all rugged and serviceable pairs)
  • Underwear and bras (7 min)
  • Dirty laundry bag from closet (this contains a lot of our currently wearable clothes, stuff into big bag)
  • Coats from closet (1 light, 1 heavy if possible)

DOG

  • Food
  • Bowls
  • Leashes, including retractable lead and large carabiner

 

GRAB THESE NEXT:

CAMPING STUFF

  • Camping stoves and cookware, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, etc.

FOOD

  • MREs and freeze-dried foods
  • Vitamins

WATER

  • Berkefeld water filter
  • Water jugs (camping) filled w/ water (20 gallons min)

LIGHT

  • Head lamps, flashlights, lanterns, spare lantern fuel, spare batteries.

PROTECTION remainder of gun stuff not grabbed in first round.

VEHICLE

  • Fuel cans
  • Jump starting battery / air pump
  • Oil
  • Fuel additives

FIRE / WARMTH

  • Blankets, wool
  • Blankets, fleece (5 min)
  • Sheets (large, 5 min)
  • Pillow cases (all)
  • Pillows

TOOLS, ETC.

  • Tool roll and socket case
  • Batteries, AA, AAA, C, D, 9V (alkaline)
  • Rechargeable (NiMH) batteries
  • Solar panel, foldable
    • battery packs and controller that goes with solar panel
  • Battery charger, 12VDV (for AA, AAA batteries)

 

GRAB THESE IF THERE IS TIME:

COMMUNICATION

  • AM/FM/Short wave radio
  • FRS radios
  • Ham radios

DOG

  • Toys / Nylabones
  • Collars
  • Rabies Tag (put on collar)
  • Plastic bags, paper towels (waste clean up)
  • Vaccination records
  • Muzzle
  • Kennel, travel

FOOD

  • Canned and dry food from pantry
  • Vegetable oil
  • Long term bulk food

COOKING

  • Pots and pans from kitchen (at least one pot, but try to grab all cast iron and all sauce pans/pots)
  • Can openers
  • Cooking utensils
  • Cooking tripod
  • Tea kettle (stainless steel)
  • Cutlery
  • Plastic/paper dishes, bowls, Tupperware
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic/paper cups and mugs

HYGIENE / SANITATION – stuff from bathrooms not in sundries pack

  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Washclothes
  • Bathroom toiletries
  • Sunscreen

NAVIGATION / SIGNALLING

  • GPS
  • Compasses

SHELTER

  • Tents, all
  • Tarps, all
  • Stake bag
  • Cordage bag
  • Poles (expandable)
  • EZUP shelters

TOOLS / MISC / REPAIRS

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Hand tools
  • Knives
  • Chain saw and fuel
  • Sledge hammer
  • Axe
  • Rope
  • Nails
  • Scissors
  • Roll table
  • Folding chairs
  • Masks, N100 (boxes of)
  • Etc.

 

No longer needed on my list, but if you have an infant, this should be in the Grab First section.

Infant

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Bottles, nipples, rings
  • Formula
  • Blankets
  • Sleepers
  • Clothes (pants, shorts, shirts, socks, shoes, pajamas)
  • Baby powder
  • Diaper rash lotion
  • Food jars
  • Spoons
  • Toys
  • Bathtub, inflatable
  • Playpen
  • Washcloths
  • Burp rags
  • Bibs
  • Juice
  • Hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Infant medications
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