Text 2 B Ready: Text Messages

Text 2 B Ready: Develop a Plan and Go-kit

Thank you for taking part in the Text 2 B Ready project!

If you need another copy of the plan, please download it here: my emergency plan

If you have a question about a term or definition used in the text messages, please see this page.

Below are the weekly messages sent by text or phone in case you need to look at them again. There are also suggestions listed for where you can buy items for your go-kit. Please keep in mind that you do not need to buy go-kit items from these stores if you do not want to. They are only listed to give you an idea of what should go in your kit.


Plan message: For the first week, put the contact information for you and members of your household, including address, phone numbers, and email addresses into your plan.

Go-kit message: Put 3 bottles of water per person into your go-kit. Standard guidelines recommend 1 gallon of water per person per day.

Possible sources of supplies for your kit:


Plan message: Ask 3 people if they could help you during an emergency if needed.  If they can, add their contact information to your plan.

Go-kit message: For this week, pack non-perishable food for you and your pets. Think of things that you like to eat that are pre-sealed and won’t spoil quickly.

Possible sources of supplies for your kit:

Granola bars:

Dried fruit:


Plan message: Write down medical information for all household members, including diagnoses, chronic health conditions, and any supports needed for each person.

Make a list of medications, who takes, and dosage instructions. Include durable medical equipment, the supplier, and the supplier’s contact info.

Go-kit message: Put a First Aid kit and supplies in your go-bag. Include disposable rubber gloves to wear for when you won’t be able to wash your hands.

Possible sources of supplies for your kit:

First Aid

Disposable Gloves

Kmart: http://bit.ly/1H69bXu


Plan message: Pick three locations where you could go if you need to evacuate and include the contact information and addresses for those locations in your plan. Discuss with your family members the reasons you would choose to go to one location instead of another. Is one of them a location where everyone in your family can meet?

Go-kit message: Personal items need to be added for each person as necessary, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, soap, toilet paper, feminine supplies, diapers, and wipes. If people take specific medicines or vitamins, put a 3-5 day supply in the go-kit now.

Possible sources of supplies for your kit:




Hand sanitizer


Toilet paper


Plan message: List the names and contact information for the doctors and pharmacies that are used by you and members of your family.

Go-kit message: Pack an extra set of clothes for each person including pants, a long sleeved shirt, a t-shirt, underwear, socks, and other weather appropriate gear.


Plan message:  Put copies of important papers like mortgage/rent/utility bills, SS cards, insurance paperwork, driver’s license, and a bank statement with your plan.

Go-kit message: Duct tape and leather gloves come in handy in your go-kit to make repairs and protect your hands from getting scraped up when doing emergency tasks.

Put a working flashlight (or lantern) and the correct size extra batteries in your go-kit.

Possible sources of supplies for your kit:

Duct Tape

Leather Work Gloves



Plan message:  Think through unique individual needs of you and household members, like medications & their storage or diabetic supplies, and make note of them in the plan.

Go-kit message: A battery operated or hand crank weather radio is important to have in a go-kit for weather alerts. Some hand crank radios can charge cell phones. 

Be sure to have items for your specific needs in your kit.

Possible sources of supplies for your kit:


Plan message:   Make a list of TV/radio/internet sources you would use to get information during an emergency and write these in your plan.

Go-kit message: Put a copy of your completed plan in your go-kit so you have your important information ready if you need to go someplace safe.