Day Pack:

  •    Amateur Radio, Handheld (Dual Band Recommended)
  •    Speaker Microphone 
  •    Spare Battery for Radio
  •    Charger and Cord - Radio and Phone, Charger Block
  •    Charger Block (1200 mAH minimum)
  •    Antenna Adapter - SMA to N, SMA to SO-239
  •    Flashlight and Spare Batteries
  •    Pen, Paper, Sharpie, Gaffers Tape
  •    Multi-Tool (eg. Leatherman) or Pocket Knife
  •    Whistle
  •    ANSI Type II Reflective Vest
  •    1L of Water
  •    Small Bag of Snacks
  •    Pre-packaged First Aid Kit
  •    Light Sticks

Clothing & PPE:

  •    Ear Plugs, 2 Sets Disposable
  •    Leather Gloves or Equivalent (Construction Quality)
  •    Safety Glasses (With Prescription if Required)
  •    Hat
  •    Mask
  •    Long Sleeve Shirt
  •    Jacket or Windbreaker 

Personal Items:

  •    Government Identification Group Credentials / ID
  •    Group or Organization Credentials / ID
  •    Uniform or Logo Gear (eg. RACES, ARES, CERT, Red Cross)  
  •    Personal Medication(s)
  •    Cash $40 in Small Bills 
  •    Hand Sanitizer
  •    Sunscreen (SPF-35 or Greater)

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:

24 Hour Additions:

  •    Blanket
  •    Cup/Canteen & Silverware
  •    Towel and Washcloth
  •    Rain Gear
  •    2 Large (33gal) Trash Bags
  •    Assorted Ziplock Bags
  •    12 - 18 Cable Ties (Assorted Sizes)
  •    2 Lengths of 3MM Utility Cord (50 Feet Each) 
  •    Toilet Paper
  •    Additional 1L of Water

72 Hour Additions:

  •    Additional Medication(s)
  •    3 Extra Shirts (Polo or Button Down)
  •    3 Extra T-Shirts
  •    3 pairs of Underwear
  •    3 Pairs of Socks
  •    Extra Pair of Pants
  •    Shower Sandals
  •    Soap & Shampoo
  •    Shaving Kit
  •    Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Mouthwash
  •    Q-Tips
  •    Comb
  •    Sewing kit
  •    Spare batteries for flashlight