A further investigation on the Indeed job website turned up current  listings (January 2015) for Emergency Preparedness Specialists for such institutions as the Smithsonian and the Federal Aviation Administration. One begins to wonder if these anticipated purchases and hirings are                                               not just mere coincidences but preparation of a foreboding                                                       event yet to come! With this in mind, don’t you think it is even more urgent now more then ever, to have a bug out bag ready for when that zero hour is at hand? Because we cannot know exactly when a calamity will occur, one needs to be vigilant and ready to run, evade or escape wherever you are when this tragedy occurs. Typically, those that have a fully stocked emergency bag keep it at home safely stowed away . Therefore, I advocate the purchasing and assembling of an assortment of “Bug Out Bags” to be used in specific circumstances and predicaments stored in strategic locations nearby where you most frequent during the day or night. For each of the bag types below, I provide a categorized list of emergency items and supplies.
The survival items on these lists were selected and chosen not by me but from emergency preparedness and  professional survival experts. It thus complements and completes your preparation repertoire.  Ideally, this limited but effective gear will provide you with the necessary aid until you able to access your more complete emergency stash or get                                       to safer surroundings. This gear is secured and stored in and among your every day clothing, pockets, purses, simple backpacks, jacket, key chain, wallets, belt and neck chain or lanyard. It is easy to get confused between a Get Home Bag and 72 hour Bug Out Bag.  In fact, they are often used synonymously. Conceptually a get home bag is meant to be used if an emergency or disaster event takes place during the day or night when you are away from your home or bug out location. Typically the bag or container is kept at work, school or car stored in a safe location (ex.
All of the items contained in the bag should appropriately address all your needs until you arrive to your safe destination (in other words your supplies and gear should last long enough to get you from your evacuation site to your safe designated location). Keeping it lightweight, compact and inconspicuous is key since your walk home in dress shoes or flats could be long and arduous. According to some top emergency preparedness experts, a 72 hour BOB is designed to support you and the people who are with you for seventy two hours to get you from point A to point B safely and comfortably as possible. Therefore, a 72 hour bug out bagwould not be a tactical bag which is mostly used in a battle scenario or for a defensive military response. You can rest assured that this transaction is secured by the same 256 bit encrypted methods that big sites like Amazon, E-bay and the major banks use. There has been a lot of talk over the years about bugging out, bug out bags, and bug out bag lists. The subject of bugging out and bug out bags (some preppers refer to this kit as a bug out backpack) is a popular one and for good reason, disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes , flash floods or other natural disaster, could force survivors to “head for the hills” in search of safer ground.
We are constantly threatened by a series of potential disasters, both natural and man-made. We also face a series of potential  long-term disasters including, ecological collapse, economic collapse, agriculture disaster, war, plague, pandemic, an over oppressive government or any number of disasters that could force the need to seek safer footing or even hide-out in the hills long-term. Keep in mind that we are not talking about bugging out from the city to a pre set-up and well-stocked retreat in the hills, if this is your plan then you might not need a “bug out bag” since you can just load everything into your car and take off.
It would be great if you already have a stockpile of food, medications and gear waiting for you at a mountain retreat, let’s just hope that you can  actually, get past the blocked roads, carjackers, checkpoints and other hazards that will be met along the way get there, unscathed. If you do somehow, manage to make it through, all of the en-route hazards to your well-stocked retreat in the hills, still don’t be surprised when you’re “greeted” at the door by another family or group that has already, moved in.
If at all possible, move to your retreat or relocate to a safer area now – before disaster strikes.
Some survivalist aka “preppers” look at this type of bug out kit as an “escape and evasion” bag. Living completely free of civilization, scrounging for food and shelter in the forest, mountains or desert for any significant length of time can be done, under the right conditions, by some people. The prospect of the hidden cave or dug out stocked with survival supplies should be a considered. I have several cache tubes hidden around my area, and have been working on putting in more. If it’s a natural disaster, where help will be on the way, but you have to leave for you immediate safety (say a hurricane is heading your way) would a friend or family member in a distant town take you in? Okay, since we are talking about bug out bag lists, I’m sure that you’re probably wondering what is in my bug out bag.
Bug out bag tools – Glock shovel, Mora Light my Fire, Gerber Multi Tool, and Ontario Spec Plus Marine Raider Bowie.
Food items should be light weight, provide essential nutrients and be suitable for long-term storage of one year or more. Another advantage for having a .22 Long rifle is the relatively low-report especially when using CB caps and the ability to be effectively silenced with a homemade sound suppressor aka “silencer”. The downside of the .22 Long rifle round is limited range, penetration and stopping power all of which limit the rounds effectiveness when used for self-defense.
My first choice for protection against such large game would be a center-fire rifle chambered for 308 or larger. With that being said, a semi-auto military style rifle should be considered especially if you are trying to get from an urban area to the country, where facing organized gangs or other threats attempting to block your exit could be a possibility. An AR-15 with collapsible buttstock or folding stocked AK-47 (for compactness and conceal ability) could help get you out of a dangerous situation if pressed into one, while taking up little space and not adding significant weight to your overall survival gear.
I hope that you’ve found this article on bug out bags, and bugging out useful and can put the information above to good use – please share this article with your friends and social media contacts. You’re going for a combination of The Grey Man combined with something pretty tough and durable. It might be better to get to know every inch, every nook and cranny of your own city or town so that you have a place of temporary refuge relatively close by, where you know people and know how to obtain what you need. A few weeks ago I audited my 2-week emergency food and water supply, and with the Frankenstorm known as Hurricane Sandy about to wreak havoc on the East Coast, I thought it would be a good to also audit my bug out bag. Though we live in the Midwest and are safe from hurricanes, we have been known to experience ice storms that can knock out electricity for weeks at a time. For the record, I am not one of those weirdos who believes the Mayans predicted the end of the earth in 2012. I knew before my bug out bag audit that I would be lacking the most important items: food and water. Now that we are out of debt, I’m more comfortable spending a little bit of money to buy some peace of mind, and am slowly tying up all loose ends. As you can see, this is actually more of a long-term survival kit than something meant to last 72 hours.
The important thing here is that you have enough to survive, but not so much that you can’t carry it. I realize that some of you will think that preparing for an emergency is crazy because nothing bad has ever happened to you, but all you have to look to is look at Hurricane Katrina to know that the government is probably not going to be able to help you. If more people took emergency preparation seriously, towns would take the time to draw up emergency plans and shelters, and families would take pride in being self sufficient.
Call me crazy, but I’ve worked with politicians for ten years and I’ve yet to meet one who could help me in an emergency.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged bug out bag, emergency bag, go bag, good bag, prepping. While anything can be overdone, preparing for emergencies is definitely not crazy, but sensible!
When we evacuated for Rita (unnecessarily thankfully), we took an hour to gather up a couple of bags, our dog, and packed almost all of our food (including the perishables in a cooler) into the car for the trip. Protein bars, dried food and nuts are easy to carry and will help keep up your energy in an emergency situation.
If you choose to buy a first aid kit, be sure to check the contents thoroughly and be sure the variety of items is useful and the quality is high. Your first aid kit should contain OTC pain-killers, fever-reducers, anti-inflammatory meds, wound-closure strips, burn ointment, antibiotics and suture kit.
There are three main factors you should consider when choosing an emergency shelter: lightweight, materials and ease of setup.
A small pot, a collapsible or silicon cup or bowl will take up little space in your bug-out-bag and feel like a real luxury when you have hot water and food.


When choosing a flashlight, take into account two decisive features: lumens and candlepower. Your bag should contain seasonal clothes so that you are prepared for the emergency at any time. Your bug out bag… a bag you frequently change the contents of due to thoughts such as, “Oh yeah! The truth is, there are always items you can add to your bug out bag, but making it too heavy can be cumbersome. The much larger bug out bag is what I call a Sustainability Kit — a bag that is constructed to get you through a much longer survival situation.
It’s a great idea to have one kit in your vehicle and a separate 72-hour emergency kit in your home.
Note: Some of the items on this list can be shared among family members, so you can save a little money and space by sharing items like a can opener, for example. Your Sustainability Kit  is quite different from the 72-hour emergency kit for the simple fact that it’s not designed for a 3-day survival situation – it’s designed for a 3-week to 3-month survival situation.
In a sustainability kit, you are going to want all materials to be borderline bulletproof, meaning leather, canvas and steel.
Since your sustainability kit is for a much longer term survival situation, really consider and weigh all your options for its contents. Now, because fully stocked sustainability kits can be expensive, I would suggest just having one per family member to keep inside your home. The following infographic pretty much covers all the information you’ll need to have the perfect sustainability kit experience!
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The threat of a disaster happening unexpectedly during the normal part of a school ,work or play day is very real. A 72 hour BOB is kept at home securely with routine monitoring of expiration dates of perishable supplies in your bag. This completes the security of your payment information from A to Z keeping your private information secured and private all the way through the transaction.
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The subject of “bugging out” is bound to come up in any conversation about survival preps and every survival blog has at least one article posted about how to put together a bug out bag. It seems like we are being threatened from all sides, and sometimes, I admit to feeling like just throwing up my hands in despair and just giving up. You should keep in mind if you are forced to leave your home or retreat; you have essentially made yourself a refugee, which is the last thing you want during hard times. You had better have a way to supply your basic needs after exhausting the gear contained in your bug out bag contents.
Where they will use the kit as a grab and go bag that will be used if they’re forced to head out to the forest and mountains to hide from danger – for most this is a flawed idea. But it would not be easy and the constant struggle to stay alive would be more than many could handle and most would not make it very long.
Having a hidden cache of essential survival gear could mean the difference between death and survival if you’re forced to head for the hills. You need to have a “disaster buddy” in another area, but still reachable in a few hours’ drive, with whom you’ve already made plans and have an agreement with, where if a disaster happens in your area that you can go to his place to wait it out and vice versa.
I want to stay out of the FEMA camps.  And who wants to be dependent on the government for their survival anyways? Well that depends on you personally – you’ll have to consider things, like your location and where you’re going, your health, your skills, and time of the year. A .22 caliber rifle can take small game as well as larger game such as deer with proper shot placement. Just remembered that such a device is illegal without proper government approval and will land you behind bars if caught, and is suggested here for a worst case scenario only or after you have went through all of the legal hoops.
For example those bugging-out in grizzly country should definitely consider something more powerful than the aforementioned 9 mm or 38 special. Trust me you are not a coward if you avoid the possibility of being shot or having to shoot someone else.
My kids are extremely good at using one and it’s a skill you can pick up with only a few hours practice.
While no place would be good in the event of a complete collapse, you’re better off in the collapsed shithole you know, than the one you have to hike 500 miles amidst mobs of other desperate refugees, to get to.
Being proactive means you don’t have to stand in line for hours and fight for supplies like the idiots in Manhattan. Basically it is a backpack full of essential items that you keep at the ready, either in your house or in your car, in case you need to quickly leave your home behind. I just believe that our electricity grid is very outdated and vulnerable, and with most towns and cities having only a 3 day supply of food (thanks to our “just in time” food delivery network), any long term emergency situation would quickly devolve into panic and chaos. After I stocked up my house with 2 weeks of food and water for 4 people, I just forgot to get some special order calorie-dense food packs and sealed bags of water for my bug out bag. After I buy the remaining items on my list, I will probably find that I need to have another bag for my wife to carry as well.
Unfortunately these TV shows go out of their way to find the craziest people and are meant to sensationalize the topic.
Instead, most people will rely on their elected officials and law enforcement to take care of their families. I do need to bulk up my non-perishable food supply a bit but we also live within 5 mins of over 10 friends and family members.
I wont be preparing for an end of the world scenario but I will prepare for normal predictable disasters such as hurricanes and long term power outages. We live in an area where those huge, 9+ mega-thrust earthquakes happen every few hundred years. This is certainly a timely post for those up in the Northeast, but my lack of fear causes complacency. This is the surest method of purifying water of bacteria and microbes but only in case boiling lasts not less than 10 minutes.
There are three most common options for emergency food storage, which include canned foods, dehydrated foods and freeze-dried foods.
Freeze-dried foods can be re-hydrated with hot water and are a good food source for the short term. The other option is to make your own first aid kit and in this case you are more likely to avoid a lot of stuff you won’t need and include everything you will need a lot of.
Include personal items like medication and phone numbers of your doctor, hospital or other contacts. The shelter should be light in weight so that it takes little space and you can carry it over a considerable distance.
It’s better to have several different lighters such as windproof lighter, waterproof lighter and a couple of usual gas station lighters.
A rain poncho, a tarp and a pull over for you backpack are essential for keeping you and your goods dry. A small backpacking stove is a must-have if you want to cook, heat the meal or just make tea. One that runs on batteries is good if you won’t be in a survival situation long or if you have access to a stock of batteries. Survival situations will be made safer and easier if you pack your gear in advance and know exactly what is in your bag.
At the same time, you feel like if you remove an item to lighten the load, it could prove to be a mistake later.
But first, I want to answer the most common question about 2 different types of bug out bags. It is purposed exactly the way it was named: it should be constructed to get you through a 72-hour survival situation.


Naturally, this bag will be packed a little differently and will be larger than the 72-hour kit. Stay away from extremely lightweight fabrics and plastics, as these just won’t have the same level of durability that a sustainability pack requires, especially in the bitter cold. I will provide a list for you to use as a guide but, again, you can adjust the list to fit your specific needs – prescription medications, any personal items, etc. We will take a logical and no nonsense approach to survival without bias in hopes of dispelling the myth that anyone who prepares themselves is crazy or paranoid.
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Hopefully, the photos will help you or someone who you know put together your own bug out bag. You are not expendable – neither are the lives of your family or those in your bug out group. A knowledge of edible wild plants and their seasons is crucial if you happen to get lost- forget societal collapse- in whichever region you happen to live.
And keep the leatherman toy and give me two pair of small channel locks, a straight blade screwdriver and a philips. But don’t think your cozy, well-stocked refuge is going to be waiting for you when you do- prepare for the worst, which is a life of homeless hunting and gathering. In my opinion, if you are leaving your house and setting out on foot, it means that something really bad has happened.
For that reason, if you take the time to prepare, I’d suggest not telling anyone about it, except those you love.
A simple and cheap method of purifying water is by dropping water purification tablets or drops.
Dehydrated food, also known as MREs (meals ready to eat), is compact, fully-cooked and can be stored for many years.
Your shelter has to be simple to erect because in case of emergency you will need to go to a safer place as quickly as possible.
You can also rub two sticks together, use small magnifying lens or chemical fire starters to make a fire. Waterproof rainwear can also protect you from getting wet, but it’s completely non-breathable, which means the sweat can’t get out.
Bug-out-bag knives are designed for various purposes such as cooking, setting traps, and cutting plants. But a flashlight is placed very highly on the list of your bug-out-bag items, thus, it would be very unwisely to save on it. The reason why many survivalists pick the 3-day window is because in most cases, you will be rescued and back in civilization by the third day. I know it may sound like a little much to have two kits ready to go for each person, but when disaster strikes, you and each of your family members need to already have that safety net in place.
Others have said it has too many duplicate or unnecessary items that would add up to too much weight. But then I’m one of those “wrong-headed” Americans who would rather trust their own wits and skills than the government to take care of them after a disaster (or anytime)… They just hate that. But by looking at bug out bag lists that have been put together by a number of different people, we can get ideas to work with and expand our bug out bags for our personal location and needs. Those with the macho kill ‘em all attitudes will not last very long after the poop hit’s the fan.
My preference is to stay in my home as long as possible and pitch a tent indoors where it is warm. Regular posts about debt freedom, intentional living, and personal finance, with some travel mixed in. We only got the tail end of the storm and it hit us much harder than expected because of the age of the city and the abundance of 100+ year old trees.
Every person will choose different things to pack in their bag, but there are 10 items that any survivalist should put in their pack. You should have enough water in your pack to last 72 hours and it’s a big problem since big supplies of water always mean big weight. Let the water stand for 20 minutes before consuming and use powdered mixes to enhance the taste. I check the kit regularly in order to know expiration dates and I regularly replace any used or out-of-dates items and check the batteries of the flashlight. Opt for shelters made of waterproof, breathable and solid materials and dark colors such as green, brown or in camouflage design. Choose stormproof matches over regular matches since they can sustain many critical situations. Everyone’s bag is differently packed, but these 10 items are essential to your survival.
Whether you’re in your vehicle or in your home, your emergency kits will be there — and what a relief it will be to each of you to have those much needed emergency supplies.
This will limit your mobility and speed, and it will make you more tired by the end of a day of trekking. You should not rely solely on information contained in this email to evaluate the product or service being endorsed. Even with some suggestions of what the pack should get rid of or add, it still has more than 130 likes in less than 24 hours. The only reason I’d leave with my family is if we ran out of food and water and there was no chance of help coming. Over a week without power is hard in today’s age but we managed with camping supplies and a land line. If none of these methods is available, but there is a water source nearby, you can use the Earth to filter water. Be sure to count the calories: they should sum up to at least 2,000 calories per day, per person. Choosing a bug-out-bag shelter might be a challenging task since you should take into account things like climate, temperature ranges and level of urban development. If you prefer natural fabrics, choose wool mixed with fleece in order to avoid allergy and itching. Do not forget to include peanut butter to your kit since it’s a high-calorie product and it doesn’t require refrigeration after opening. When you live in a rural area your needs considerably differ than if you live in a mountain or urban region. I carry a small, two-man tent in my bug-out-bag as it is quite light in weight and provides a lot of space so that I can keep my things inside.
Softshell jackets and windbreakers are only two examples of water resistant rain gear category.
You should consider the following factors while choosing a stove: fuel type used, weight, speed of cooking, ease of use and fuel efficiency. However, a brighter light is usually much bigger, heavier and you will have to change batteries more frequently.
Moreover, with a bright flashlight it becomes very difficult to keep your location concealed if needed. Pepper agent irritates mucous membranes, cause temporal blindness, tearing and disorientation. It is a highly versatile piece of clothing and it can be used for many different things including patching clothes, protecting your neck from cold, wind and sun and even making an arm sling or tourniquet. The effect, however, won’t last long, but it will give you enough time to retreat or to take more definite measures.



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