Kimberly A. Evans | 5/17/2011 1:24:42 AM
Packing a box you can grab and go in case you need to evacuate could save you from financial disasters and hardships, no matter what the possible need for leaving your home might be.
You may not be able to prevent hurricanes and storms that interrupt your routine or destroy your home, but you can make plans to keep them from disrupting everything. An evacuation box that’s ready to grab and go is one item every household should have to prevent financial disasters and other hardships.
This grab and go box may be a plastic tub, a file box, a backpack or any other durable container you would like – although a fireproof and waterproof box or a waterproof backpack are recommended.
The contents really are the important part. Just put it all in something that’s easy to store and easy to take with you, and make sure it’s something that will hold up and help to protect the valuable items you have inside.
The contents should include copies of important papers, emergency cash or traveler’s checks, lists of emergency phone numbers, safe deposit box keys and backups of computer records. It should always be packed and ready to “grab and go” in case you need to leave your home.
After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many people had a renewed sense of why it’s important for every family and every individual to have evacuation plans in place. Although everyone’s emergency plans may be a little different, there are a lot of common elements – and some sort of evacuation ‘to go’ box should be one of those elements.
Keep the box somewhere in your home where you can get to it easily. Then if you must evacuate, keep the box with you at all times.
Among the items you’ll probably want to include are:
It’s a good idea to place papers in sealed, waterproof plastic bags.
Some planning and a few relatively simple preparations can prevent the unexpected from becoming even more disastrous.
For additional information about family financial matters or preparing for storms and hurricanes, contact Kim Evans, Extension Agent with the LaSalle Parish LSU AgCenter Extension Office. This office is located in Room 1 of the LaSalle Parish Courthouse and the telephone number is 318-992-2205.