Being prepared as a communications responder involves a wide range of considerations, what radio equipment, tools, power sources, along with clothing, personal gear, and then food and water. Having a go-kit planned and assembled ahead of time will raise your level of preparedness, along with having you ready to go when that call-out happens. There are a number of incidents, be it natural (Earthquake, Wildfire, Storms, and currently in the forefront a Pandemic) or man-made (Attacks, Mass Casualties, Search and Rescue, Aircraft Crash) or finally just a plain scheduled event (Marathon, Parade, Sports Event, or even Field Day).
So you should assemble a go-kit, what is a go-kit? It is a pre-staged collection of equipment and personal gear that you would need to perform your trained duties if called-out to an event or incident. The kit should be tailored to your needs, your typical assignment and be workable for a typical call out timeframe, let’s say 72 hours.
Most kits should be broken into a Basic day pack set of items, a 24 Hour and long term needs (again 72 hours, for this discussion).
Here is a recommended layout:
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