No one knows when an emergency will happen or what kind of emergency it will be… weather-related emergencies including storms, flooding or power outages, disease outbreaks or even man-made disasters.

Each of us needs to “Be Prepared” in the event of an emergency. Putnam County Government can help. This webpage provides a wide range of information and tools to help you and your family prepare for emergencies.

Make a “GO-BAG”

Assemble supplies you might need in an evacuation and store them in an easy to carry container such as a duffle bag or backpack.

Store your “Go Bag” in a place where it will not freeze.

It is a good idea to review the content once a year to check on items that may have expiration dates, such as prescription medicines.


What to include in your Go Bag:

  • A supply of water — one gallon per person, per day — sealed in unbreakable containers
  • Non-perishable packaged or canned food and a manual can opener
  • Whistle
  • A change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes
  • Permanent marker, paper, and tape
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Local map
  • A first aid kit and prescription medicines
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlight (or crank-style version), and spare batteries for each
  • Credit cards and $100 cash in small bills and quarters for pay phones. Consider a pre-paid phone card.
  • List of emergency contact phone numbers
  • List of allergies to any drugs (especially antibiotics) or food
  • Copy of health insurance and identification cards
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicles
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
  • Special items for infants or elderly or disabled family members
  • As a precaution, you can also add a CD or a flash drive to which you have saved some of these important papers and documents, such as:
    Birth certificates
    Drivers license
    Prescriptions – list of prescription type, number and doctor’s name and phone number
    Proof of Residency – Mortgage bill / Renters agreement
    Renters / Home owner’s insurance coverage
    Medical insurance coverage
    Life insurance coverage

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