Home Grab-and-Go Kit

If you were forced to evacuate your home and you only had three minutes, what would you grab?

Make it easier on yourself by creating a Grab-and-Go kit! This is a kit packed with all the most important possessions and vital items for you and your family.

To create your Grab-and-Go kit, read through the items listed below first and think about where they’re currently located. Then, print this out, gather the items and place them in a bag (backpack, duffle, suitcase) or container (plastic tub, banker’s box, safe, etc.). Make sure the container or bag you choose is sturdy and possibly water-proof in case of flooding or other water damage (i.e. water from fire hoses).


NOTE: Many of these items are similar to those found in our home preparedness kit (PDF)

  1. Cash (at least $100 – ATMs might not work in an emergency), credit cards, checks, IDs
  2. Cell phone and extra charger
  3. Clothing for each family member for a week (grab extra items for winter)
  4. Extra set of house and car keys
  5. Family heirlooms, jewelry, art, anything else that has sentimental value and is “irreplaceable”
  6. Home videos and photos, digital camera memory cards
  7. Important papers (i.e. birth certificates, insurance policies, marriage certificates, house deeds, passports, address book – click here for a complete list)
  8. Medications and other special needs (enough for a week or two)
  9. Store this kit in an accessible place (like the closet by your front door, under your bed, in the pantry). Tell your family members about the location and importance of this kit, and when to grab it!

  10. Remember to update your kit or check on its location at least once a month. You don’t want to look for the kit when you’re in a hurry!

    Reviewed 5/2009