Bugout Bags/72 Hour Bags

@stateofready we believe in #timemanagement to make sure we are #beprepared for up to 72 hours with bug out bags. This week’s episode is about having a bag prepared that meets the needs for yourself, significant other, kids of both the 2 legged and 4 legged varieties. We understand that thinking about being prepared is our job as Emergency Managers, and this starts with you and a kit to help you survive. 

The purpose of a bug out bag is to have something available to you when disaster strikes whether earthquake, floods, hurricane, tornado, active shooter, or wildfires. These bags come in many forms including home or work kits, and a get me home bag which should include specialty items like good walking shoes or boots.

Our bug out bags begin with what you have to have: food for everyone that will not spoil including MRE, preserved food in cans and jars, water for drinking, bathing, and cooking, always include medications for everyone in your family. The list is long of other items to include; first aid kit which include tampons (for hygiene and absorbing blood), super glue, something to start fires (including a 9 vt battery), a whistle (take our quiz), garbage bags, money (gold and silver not just paper), toilet paper, maps, emergency procedures guides, clothing especially socks (any hiker knows this including @readynorthwest), and finally a weapon of your choice. This does not need to be a gun, but it should be a hatchet, folding saw, or fishing line all of which have other uses.  A final note toilet paper and alcohol make great bargaining items in dire emergency.

When you store a bag think about storing a few bags in multiple locations. This will allow you to save time, provide redundancy, rally locations for family and friends and is very important for your survival. This includes storage at home, work, and in your vehicle.

If you store one in your home think about an unused area or room which can be secured. Please if you store a gun remember to lock it up and keep out of reach of children (it is the law in California). Think about using a hidden compartment at your house.    If you decide to store it underground make sure it is I a dry location and that bugs or animals will not get to the supply of food. 

If you store a bag at work, your vehicle or both, evaluate who has access and how often you check will check it. Also these locations may require different items at work then home. 

Finally if you store a bag in a vehicle make sure you have at least a half tank of gas. Review when the last time the vehicle was serviced, have spare parts, and keep things operable on your car including a cigarette lighter which you can use to start a fire.

All this information is important but a few things standout in an effort to #beprepared. This includes the history of a bug out bag, what goes in it including food, water, medications. You should have an idea of where you want to store a bag at home or work. Either place needs to be safe, dry, and secure location. When you store your bags don’t put it on #socialmedia I makes you a potential target. 

Look for your next episode at www.stateofready.com/podcasts

Always #beprepared and follow @readynorthwest @21clets and @stateofready for more tips, tools, and information.

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