How to pack an Emergency Grab bag

A GRAB BAG should be Sturdy/*Fireproof/*Waterproof yet lightweight and be a backpack or rucksack to leave your hands free

It should include:

Face Mask           Sturdy Gloves                    Rain Coat                                      Lighter                    

Whistle                Emergency Blanket           Coins (for pay phone)

Sturdy Shoes – Should be steel toed and waterproof if possible. Keep extra socks in case they get wet

Portable Toilet Bags - During evacuation there is no time to go and find a restroom. There might not even be restroom available at an evacuation center, or perhaps you find yourself in the middle of nowhere. In those cases a portable toilet bag will prove invaluable.

Garbage & Plastic Bags - Plastic bags are multi-purpose. Carrying things, tidy disposal and garbage/plastic bags can provide waterproof enclosures if needed. If your backpack is not waterproof you can place it in a garbage bag and tie/seal tightly. Ziplock Bags for protecting small electronics.

Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hand sanitiser, sanitary wipes, sanitary napkins.

Towel – Travel or full sized. Can also be used as a tourniquet or blanket.

Multi-Tool - A small foldable knife/multi-tool can be used to cut food or rope, even better would be a Swiss army knife with multiple tool blades like scissors, screwdriver and a can opener.

AM/FM Radio / Flashlight combo – Hand crank or windup powered is recommended

Rechargeable Powerbank & Charging Cable – Charge portable devices including phones. Solar rechargeable is useful if available.

Cell Phone – For Navigation. Notices. GPS. Communications.

First Aid Kit - It should contain disinfectant, absorbent cotton, gauze and typical or needed medication (eg, pain, allergy).

Food & Beverage - dried foods, biscuits or canned food. Foods with a high sugar content like dried raisins or sweets for extra energy. Bottled water for 3 days (best without minerals for a longer shelf life).

Copies of Important Documents - In case you lose the originals. Keep a copy of documents like your Resident Card, passport, driver’s license, insurance card. Also make a list of all the important emergency numbers and important contacts. Keep a copy of these at your desk at school as well.

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After packing your emergency bag, think of where you will store it. Place it somewhere easily accessible like near the entrance of your home but above ground. Check expiration dates on foods and batteries and change them accordingly.


You can also visit the following links for more info and emergency preparations and procedures from the Tokyo Intercultural Portal Site.

Earthquake emergencies:

Typhoon emergencies:

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