Update 12.30.2022

December 30th, 2022 - Posted in Alerts, Uncategorized

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Published by the Vashon Emergency Operations Center
#67 – Friday, December 30, 2022

Lesson from the Storm: Meet Georgia, the Go-Kit Lady

A Severe Flu Season Continues
Current COVID Risk Level: Elevated
This Week’s Safety Tip: Airlift Northwest

Lecciones de la Tormenta: Conozca a Georgia, la dama del kit que tiene lo necesario
La Gripe o Flu de la Temporada, Continúa
El Riesgo Actual de COVID: Elevado
Consejo Semanal: Ambulancia Aérea del Noroeste

Lesson from the Storm: Meet Georgia, the Go-Kit Lady
Days of freezing weather. An ice storm. Ferry troubles. That would never happen around here, right? Never on Vashon. Uh-huh. Right.

Well, meet Georgia Galus. At VashonBePrepared we call her the Go-Kit Lady. After the ice storm we got in touch to ask why she’s so passionate about go-kits.

“It was 2016. We had a lovely Christmas Eve over town and headed to Fauntleroy. It was cold and a holiday so we just wanted to get home. But it wasn’t to be. When we got to the dock, there was big ferry trouble. There was no ferry coming for hours and it was just freezing,” Georgia says. “It was so cold. John and I spent the night shivering, huddled together for warmth. Of course, cuddling is never an entirely bad thing. But we wanted to get home! So, we swore we would never be caught short again.”

Georgia’s Go Kit for Vehicles: Georgia and John assembled go-kits for each of their vehicles. She says it will help you stay safe, warm, and comfortable if you encounter trouble out on the road.

Here’s their car go-kit list. (John Galus photo)
Change of clothes
Emergency signal (road flares, battery- flasher, reflector, etc.)
Flashlight (and fresh batteries)
Headlamp (and fresh batteries)
First aid kit (and instructions)
Phone charger
Hand sanitizer
Paper and pencil
Local map and compass
Photocopy of personal ID
Toilet tissue
Bottled water
Food (candy bars, trail mix, etc.)
Cash, small bills
Spare glasses
Your medicines (and a list of what to take and when)
Contact lists, including an out-of-state contact
Battery-operated or wind-up radio (and fresh batteries)
Duct tape
Garbage bags
Tools (pliers, adjustable wrench, screwdriver, etc.)
Jumper cables or portable jump starter
Whistle for signaling
Just think how this stuff might have been helpful if you slid into a ditch during the ice storm with temperatures in the teens.

When you assemble your go-kit, be sure to set a schedule for checking expiration dates and recharging batteries.

Keep in mind that there are as many go-kit lists on the Internet as recipes for chili or bouillabaisse. Everybody has their favorite. The main thing is to take action and get a go-kit together. You can add to it over time, make it simple, or get more elaborate. That’s up to you.

There’s lots more to learn about go-kits online and here are two solid starter links: