The evolution of the classic "Go Kit"

What should you have in a "go-kit"? Well that really depends because there really is no one right answer to this question. The goal is to be self sufficient no matter what the situation. What we will try to do here is give you some examples of what you may want to include in "your kit".

EOCs

If you are deployed to an EOC or other fixed site that has permanently installed radios you only need to be concerned with providing the following. Many ARES members who are badged at the various permanent EOCs and already know the capabilities and limitations of those facilities and can adjust their kits accordingly

For a short term assignment (24 hours or less)

For a medium term assignment (24 - 72 hours). In addition to all of the above you will need to consider bring the following most of which may be able to be left in your vehicle until needed.

General deployment

If you are deployed to a shelter, hospital or other facility that does not have installed amateur radios you will need:

For a short term assignment (24 hours or less)

For a medium term assignment (24 - 72 hours). In addition to all of the above you will need to consider bring the following most of which may be able to be left in your vehicle until needed.

Outdoors "in the open"

If your deployment is going to have you outside "in the open" you will need to consider adding the following to your deployment kit. Weather will also dictate what you do and do not need.

Personal items for a short term assignment (24 hours or less)

For a medium term assignment (24 - 72 hours). In addition to all of the above you will need to consider bring the following most of which may be able to be left in your vehicle until needed.

More hostile enviroments / situations may require you to consider adding

Extras

Additional carry along items provided you have the space and feel the need.

Admin / office items

Tools are very important to have along with you. A small toolbox with the following is easy to carry along

In addition an assortment of spare parts such as;

Some other miscellanious items

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