That's an easy one: an emergency cell phone charger and a can of soup are both packed in your little black go-bag. Right now, however, it's the furthest thing from your mind as you juggle a job, the kids' schedules, meal preparation, and other errands. But knowing that it's tucked away at the bottom of your pantry makes you feel secure that it's there, just in case.
Your expecting sister-in-law, Bev, is the one who brings it to your attention when she is visiting and goes into the pantry for a snack. She reaches for the jar of peanuts, her latest craving, and asks you what that odd black bag is doing in your pantry. It takes you a second to realize what she is talking about, but you figure out it must be your go-bag for emergencies. It's easy to explain to Bev what it is, but more difficult to convince her that it's necessary. After all, she says, why bother if emergencies rarely happen around here?
Smiling, you've just thought of the perfect analogy and ask her if she's prepared a hospital bag for her impending due date. Of course, she says, it would be awful to be unprepared! Nodding your head, you say,” Exactly.” No matter what happens, whether it is natural disaster or a family emergency, you have one thing you need to grab on your way out the door: your go-bag. After all, it really would be awful to be unprepared!
Finally in agreement, Bev asks you what you've included in your go-bag. “It's easy,” you say, and tell her to include:
- Clean water or purification tablets and non-perishable food such as peanut butter, trail mix and canned soup (with can opener)
- Important documents in a waterproof bag (copies are adequate), including ID and insurance cards
- First aid supplies (a small kit from the store is fine)
- Spare car and house keys
- An emergency cell phone charger in case you don’t have access to outlets
- Electronic device chargers (for laptops, tablets, etc.)
Bev leaves your house, more peanuts in hand, and is determined to create a go-bag of her own, complete with everything from important documents to an emergency cell phone charger. Satisfied with your ability to convince her of the importance of a go-bag, you carry on with your busy day and let your go-bag drift again to the back of your mind as it sits at the ready in the back of your pantry for that “just in case” moment.