Go Kits

Consider what you would need if your home is not safe and you must evacuate to a shelter, motel, or another place.

Pack GO KITS for everyone in the family 

In a rolling suitcase or backpack stored in an easily accessible place, such as under your bed, add:

  • a pair of sturdy shoes/boots and socks
  • bicycle helmet or hard hat
  • leather work gloves
  • flashlight and whistle stuffed in shoes
  • bottle of water

In personal GO KITS, add:

  • toothbrush & paste, soap & small towel
  • facial tissue & toilet paper
  • complete change of warm clothing plus rain gear
  • sleeping bag or blanket
  • water: 1 gallon/day x 3 days (or put in the family bag) 
  • medications & wellness items 
  • spare pair of glasses or contact lens items
  • out of area contact information
  • photo of the whole family
  • cash in small bills
  • a comfort item (stuffed toy, book . . . )

In the FAMILY GO KIT add:

  •  three days’ supply of high-protein, high-energy food that won't spoil (see STAY KIT for suggestions)
  • can opener, utensils, plastic/paper dishes, and cups
  • battery/crank radio, flashlight, extra batteries
  • first aid kit including prescriptions and a manual
  • sewing kit with scissors
  • extra set house and car keys
  • more cash in small bills and credit card
  • important family papers in a waterproof container (include copies of insurance and medical information and phone numbers; prescriptions; driver’s licenses/other ID)
  • photo of whole family and pets
  • paper and pens or pencils with a hand sharpener
  • sanitation supplies (see STAY KIT for examples)
  • toilet paper
  • entertainment items: cards, book
  • special items for infants, the elderly, and disabled people.

Pets need food, water, and shelter during an emergency too. For your PET GO KIT include:

  • food and water for at least three and up to seven days; and possibly up to two weeks
  • litter and disposable litter trays
  • extra medications
  • pet first aid kit
  • feeding dishes
  • extra harness and leash
  • portable pet carrier or kennel
  • blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
  • toys
  • shampoo and other pet toiletries
  • remember that pets, except service animals, are generally not allowed in human shelters. Some shelters might have facilities for pets nearby, but most don’t. Make alternative plans for kennels, pet-friendly motels, neighbors, friends, or family. Make sure your pet is microchipped, and be sure rabies vaccinations are up to date (may be required for shelter admission).
Emergency Management Quick Links
General Information
Phone Numbers
Fax: 503-366-4904
Emergencies: Dial 911
230 Strand St.
Columbia County Courthouse Annex
St. Helens,

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