In the event of an emergency, your family's safety will be your first priority.
But what if you were stranded for days without food, water, or electricity before emergency teams could get to you and your family?
The Madison Police Department is working to ensure people are prepared for whatever may come. If you live on the outskirts of town or are further removed from the central hubs of your county, you may be on your own for the first 24 to 48 hours after a disaster.
"April 27th of last year was a grim reminder of that for us," said Lt. John Stringer of the Madison Polcie Department. "We need to make sure individuals are able to sustain themselves, survive, and address any minor issues that may come along."
With the promise that you never know what may come your way, Madison Police along with Leadership Huntsville-Madison County were inspired to create and donate 'go bags.' They include first aid kids, protein bars, water, ropes and tarp, and hand-crank flashlights that double as an alarm.
With the help of local sponsors, the department has put together 100 go bags that they`ll be giving away at four different locations throughout the summer. The bags will just have the basics, meant to be completed to fit each family's needs.
Once you get your 'Go Bag' home, and customize it to your liking, make sure you put it in an easily accessible place, and inform the whole family where it is, what`s inside, and where you`ll meet if separated during a disaster.
Madison Police will be giving away the first 25 'go bags' tomorrow at Old Monrovia Fire Department at 2:00pm. They'll give away the rest throughout the summer, on July 7th and 21st, then for the last time on August 4th. The locations for the last three events have not yet been determined. At each event, they'll be grilling out and giving away emergency check lists after the bags are gone.