Be Ready to Roll
Have a kit or small bag packed ready to grab
it and go.
Keep in mind - the area that you are going to assist in will
probably be without power/heat, water and telephone services.
Also, most business in the area will not be open due to the
so keep this stuff packed and ready to roll.
Kit One - Radio Bag
You can download a printable
version at the
- Your GCARES ID - and be sure to have your Drivers license
with you as well.
- 1 or more HTís, at least 1 Dual Band is recommended.
- The dry cell battery pack and 2 extra sets of batteries. (It
is easier to find a store selling alkaline batteries enroute
place to plug in your charger for 6 hours in a disaster.
Remember, - no power. The batteries can be rotated out of
the kit semi-annually
- BNC,SMA,PL-250, SO-239 adapters for your set-up to connect
to a mag mount antenna
- The car charger cord for your HT's.
- A copy of your radio manual or a cheat sheet. (make this up ahead of
- A headset w/ mike - can keep both hands free - consider a
noise canceling mike.
- A notebook / logbook and clipboard.
- Several pens and pencil's, (they always seem to disappear.)
- Your "favorite" pain relievers - aspirin / Tylenol
/ Advil / sinus / Rolaids / Chap stick / hand cream / throat
lozenges / Imodium / sun block / mosquito repellant / etc*.
- Any prescribed medications.- (Most non-refrigerated
medications have a shelf life of up to 12 to 18 months. You
can safely keep a 2-3 day supply in a small bottle in your kit
and rotate them thru about every 6 months. Keep your kit in
a cool dry location**
your Doctor or Pharmacist about your particular prescriptions.) Ed
Determine the number of hours / days your jump-kit is set-up
for and plan for how many of each type of OTC and RX
medications you will need.
- A multi-tool like Gerber or Leatherman or a Swiss Army
knife. Get a good one. Lesser brands are not reliable.
- Any special size tools your radio uses like tiny
- A GOOD flashlight! AND Extra batteries! (I recommend
keeping the batteries in the flashlight, or placing a piece
of wax paper over one of the batteries. Flashlights have a
habit of turning themselves on in the bag and burning out
the first set of batteries.)
- A "Top Spot" "Head light" that mounts on your head or clips
on a hat.
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- A couple of Snacks / Chewing Gum etc.
- 1 or 2 bottles or water or Juice
- $$CASH$$! If the phone lines are out, ATM Machines
and online charge / bank card terminals may
not work either
These Items won't fit in a small bag, but can be kept in a
box- marked- and Ready to Roll.
The perishable items can be replenished a
couple of times a year to prevent batteries or medications from
becoming stale. Prescription and OTC drugs usually have a shelf
life up to 18 to 24 months.
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Brand's listed here are simply used as examples.
** This information comes from the author's 18 years experience
working in the Pharmacy industry.
As always, talk with your Doctor or Pharmacist about your particular