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The Bug Out Bag
After this weeks string of natural disasters we felt that this was a good time to emphasize on the bug out bag. Bugging out in a tornado like incident could save your life. When this type of disaster strikes there may be little to no warning. Prepare now for what may come tomorrow.
The bug out bag is a small to medium sized bag that can be carried. This bag is to get you home or somewhere safe should an emergency occur. This is not a motel room in a bag, nor a department store. This should include the bare essentials for a day hike or the distance you will be from safety. Most people would ask why would I need such a bag? In the north east snow storms pop up and can leave people stranded in there cars for hours or days. In the South West heat can easily disable your vehicle leaving you stranded. In the event you were within walking distance to a motel this bag could assist in enhancing your stay, or keep you alive in your car over the night.
-Food, 2000 calories per person per day, at least half should require no heat or preparation. Eg. Potted meat, Beef jerky, trail mix, nuts, protein bars, granola bars.
-Water- at least 2 liters per person, preferably in more than one bottle.
-Water Purification- A means to make water safe to drink.
-Clothes – warm jacket, long sleeved shirt, hat, gloves, extra socks
-Shoes – comfortable boots for walking long distances, possibly in snow
-Lighting – A flashlight and extra batteries, light sticks
-Heat – Can of Sterno or equivalent, hot hands instant heat packs, matches, lighter, space blanket, blanket
-Cook ware – A metal cup or small pot, something to melt snow or cook.
-Tools – fixed blade knife, adjustable wrench, pliers, screw drivers.
-Firearms – Pistol and 2 spare mags, rifle with sling, and spare mags, shotgun with sling, and extra shells.
This is a basic list of suggestions. There could be endless possibilities of options. You should test your bag in good conditions, find what works for you and what doesn’t. Alter your set-up to meet your personal needs. If you can not walk a long distance your kit should be modified for an extended stay in your vehicle and should not rely as much on portability.
Here are a few links to assist you in finding the right products to complete your get home bag.
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