India's west coast bracing for Cyclone Nisarga, while the country's northern regions are repeatedly getting struck by earthquake tremors; many citizens find themselves at risk of a natural hazard in addition to the risks associated with the pandemic. If you must urgently evacuate, a go-to kit with necessary essentials will come handy.

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Here are some of the essential items that you should consider having in case of an emergency evacuation.

  • Cash

If the power goes out, credit cards won't work, neither would ATMs. Keep cash on hand to replenish supplies.

  • Medications

Pharmacies and chemists might be closed, and hospitals could be overwhelmed. It might be difficult to get in touch with your doctor for some time after a disaster has struck. Keep a backup supply (at least several days' worth) of important medications like blood pressure medicines and insulin.

  • Water and food

Pack a gallon of water for every family member and pet. Widespread power outages could make tap water unsafe to drink. Also pack non-perishable food and pet food.

  • Important documents

ID cards, passports, birth certificates, driver's licenses and more could all be lost or destroyed in a flood. Keep copies of these documents in a waterproof container. Include a copy of your insurance policy so that you can quickly file a claim once the danger has passed.

  • A battery-powered radio

If electricity is out and cell towers are down, this is your only way to know what's happening.

  • List of shelters

In this time of social distancing, not all shelters are open. Be sure to make a list of shelters where you can retreat. If you have a pet, make sure they are pet friendly. Not all shelters welcome pets.

  • A change of clothes

If you are away from your home for a few days, you will want to have a change of clothes. Throw in some masks and gloves, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A mask will help avoid dust and airborne germs when you return, and gloves will aid in the clean-up.