Escape Bag

Create Your Escape Bag

If you need to leave your situation quickly you may not be thinking about what important identification documents to pack, understandably focused on leaving and getting safe. Preparing a bag with essential items you and your children will need will help you get to safety more quickly and reduce stress.

Keep the bag / box / suitcase in a safe place away from the home (e.g. at work or with a trusted friend or neighbor) where you can access it in an emergency. If your escape bag is found, you can say it’s an emergency bag in case of flood, winter storm, earthquake, or whatever natural disasters strike your area. This will help to eliminate suspicion.

If you have children consider letting each child pack a small toy or special possession for comfort and familiarity.

Escape Bag Essentials

  • Spare Keys
  • Medications
  • Glasses
  • Birthcertificates
  • Social Security Cards
  • Immunization Records
  • Drivers License
  • Legal Documents
  • Insurance Information
  • Protective Order
  • Keepsakes/Pictures

Although these items are important, remember that what is most important is your immediate safety. If you need to leave necessary items behind our advocates and case managers will work hard to provide any immediate needs or provide other community resources.