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Challenge activities week 5

As we wrap up the Prepare Kansas online challenge, the challenge activities for the week are to:

  • finish adding items to your grab-and-go bags, and
  • fill out the post-Prepare Kansas survey to report your activities this month.

You have the entire week to complete the Challenge. The link for the survey will come to you via email on October 4. Responding to the survey is voluntary and we certainly appreciate hearing about your experiences with the 2015 Prepare Kansas online challenge.

Grab-and-go bags

One of the Prepare Kansas week 3 challenge tasks is to begin assembling grab-and-go bags for family members, including household pets. You may be wondering how these are different from the emergency supply kits you assembled in weeks 1 and 2.

NPM Digital Toolkit 2015 Flood_3
Image source: NPM Digital Toolkit 2015


The short answer is that they may contain some similar items. In our minds, there are differences though. A basic household or vehicle emergency  kit will be used whenever there is an emergency. A grab-and-go bag will likely only be used when you and members of your household need to evacuate quickly. Sometimes it might be hard to decide what the outcome of the emergency will be and you will want to grab both.

Items to include in grab-and-go bags for individual family members include those that are listed as additional items to consider on FEMA’s emergency supply list as well as the supplies for unique needs listed at

Individual and family needs vary and so will needs over time. Be sure to include items that will meet your current needs and update your grab-and-go bags at least once a year.

We get questions….

One of our 2014 Prepare Kansas online challenge participants, asked the following:

I am still working on putting our kit together but as I’ve been gathering items I realize that the original fireproof box I was planning to use is not big enough. The next size larger is too heavy to really carry.

What are people using for a “bag” that is fireproof, waterproof, and lightweight?

I would appreciate any suggestions.

Please share your suggestions in the comments!

P.S. Thanks to those who shared pictures of their grab-and-go kits! These are some of the images they shared.