What is on My Bug Out Bag List?
Natural disasters seem to be getting worse with each passing year. People face personal disasters every day from losing a job to the death of a loved one. Disasters affect people differently – some are paralyzed with fear just thinking about the possibility of facing one while others are motivated to start preparing for the worst case scenario.
After Hurricane Katrina, people began to realize that even with the government’s best efforts, it is likely that those affected by a major calamity will be unreached for more than 72 hours. This is the reason why the US Department of Homeland Security launched its Ready Campaign which aims to help people prepare for disastrous events. The campaign calls for three basic things, prepare an emergency kit or a BOB, make an evacuation plan for your family, and be informed about emergency situations that may occur in your area.
Your basic kit, aka Bug Out Bag (BOB), is a backpack or duffel bag that contains different supplies that are necessities to survive the first seventy-two hours after a disaster or breakdown strikes. What distinguishes this gear from other preparedness kits is its objective – it is meant to facilitate or assist an individual in safely evacuating the scene of a disaster. The name “bug out bag” probably came from a military directive that soldiers had to follow during the Korean War when they had to “bug out” and take another defensive position to avoid being overrun. Their emergency bag was actually called a “bail-out bag” during that time.
Modern day bug out bags contain supplies that are essential for immediate survival when an emergency strikes. The idea is to assemble all the critical items together and store them in one place where it can be easily accessed and carried out. The supplies should allow a person to survive for at least seventy-two hours. This time frame came from disaster relief and emergency management teams that advised that it might take up to seventy-two hours for assistance to arrive following a disaster. The contents differ from one region to another since a person who lives in an area prone to hurricanes require different BOB supplies from an individual that lives in a place that may be hit by blizzards.
BOBs are also very useful for everyday ‘minor emergencies.’ For example, I carry bug repellant in the BOB I store in my car. One evening we went to the lake with some friends. As the sun began to set the mosquitoes started coming out. We weren’t ready to leave so I want to the car and returned with the bug spray. Problem solved! This sort of thing has happened many times over the past few years.
The Bug Out Bag List – What Should Be In My BOB?
The challenge with packing a BOB is to try to keep to the basics. It’s easy to pack everything just to make sure that every possible scenario is covered but you may end up with a pack that you can hardly lift, much less carry. I store my bag in the trunk of my car and will be the first to admit that it has items I may never need.However, in the event of an emergency, if I need to abandon my car I can decide to leave things behind. I would rather have a few extra items with me than have to kick myself for not having what I need.
You need to remain mobile when disaster strikes and your immediate goal is to keep moving until you reach safer ground. This means that your pack should be lighter than you and should contain only the essentials. The basic contents of a BOB can be divided in several categories.
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