WESTCHESTER COUNTY ARES/RACES
A Jump Bag Checklist
A jump bag is a bag or box of stuff you need to bring with you
on an emergency response. It is a good idea to plan what should go in
your jump bag well in advance, and to make notes each drill or response of
what items were missing or were not necessary.
Types of Jump Bags
A main concern of a jump bag is convenience. You don't want a bag that is
so heavy that it is impossible to lug with you. You might want
to consider dividing your jump bag into several bags:
- Items to carry on your person at all times.
- Items to carry in vehicles other than your own.
- Items to carry in the trunk of your car.
A useful technique when developing your own jump bag inventory is
to make column headings such as:
This way, you have a convenient inventory of all the items for your
jump bag and can move them from one list to the other simply by
changing the checkmarks. Items you tend to think
about at the same time are grouped together, even though they may belong
in different bags.
|HT lighter adapter||X|
|100' extension cord||X|
Don't just put radio gadgets in your jump bag either; You need to
account for your personal health and safety as well.
Types of Assignments
Typical assignments for ARES/RACES operators include:
Thinking about how and where you may have to operate should help you develop
your jump bag list. One important thing to remember is that you are likely
to change assignments. Don't plan yourself into a corner,
for example, by assuming since you are assigned to the EOC, you don't
need to bring your radio and batteries.
- Shadow for an official -- on foot and/or in the official's vehicle.
- Portable base station -- inside a building or tent.
- Fixed base station -- such as the EOC.
- Mobile in your own vehicle.
- Home station.
Following is a list of suggested jump bag items developed through
our group's collective experience and reference materials published
by the Westchester County Office of Disaster and Emergency Services,
the ARRL (ARRL Field Forum, Operating Manual), FEMA (Self-Study Courses:
Emergency Preparedness USA, Radiological Emergency Response, etc.),
the American Red Cross (Community First Aid and Safety Course, disaster
prepardness brochures, etc.) and the National Weather Service.
See also the American Red Cross publication, "Expect the Unexpected",
and January 1996 ARRL Field Forum: "Emergency Preparedness for
- 2 meter handheld radio
- 2 meter mobile radio
- Radios for other bands: 440, 220, 10 & 80 meters
- Radio manuals
- Mag mount antenna
- Gain antenna (better than stock rubber duck)
- Role-up TV twin-lead J-pole
- Portable 2 meter beam
- Speaker mic
- Headphones (ear covering type)
- Boom mic headset
- NiCD battery packs
- Gell cells
- Alkaline battery pack & batteries
- Battery charger
- Cigarette lighter adapter
- Alligator clip to cigarette lighter socket cable
- Cigarette lighter splitter
- AC power supply
- Spare fuses
- jumper cables
- DC-AC power inverter
- RF adapters (UHF/BNC)
- Coax cables: 10, 20, 50 feet
- ARES/RACES ID: ARES, Westchester County, & NYS DPC
- neck chain for ID
- FCC license
- portable packet TNC & computer
- good maps such as Hagstrom Westchester County Atlas
- small toolkit including wire & rope
- pocket knife
- electrical tape
- duct tape
- medical kit
- bottled drinking water (2 gal/day)
- non-perishable food
- writing materials
- clothing: appropriate for the weather. Reflective.
- broadcast/weather band radio.
- reading material to pass the time
- travel alarm clock
- ziploc bags
- personal phone list
- repeater directory
- ARES/RACES Roster
- WECA Roster
- fanny pack
- orange hat
- RACES reflective vest
- first aid kit
- NTS message forms
- NTS pink card
- ARRL Public Service Communications Manual
- ARRL Handbook for Radio Amateurs
- fire extinguisher
- portable torch/soldering iron
- Your jump bag checklist!
last updated March 12, 1997.
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