They have many names, but they all fall under the category of survival kits. Something you can stow in a car or grab in a hurry in case you need to evacuate during an emergency. Do you need one? Yes. Why do you need one? We will answer that question here.
Today, emergencies can be weather-related, natural disaster-related, or terrorist-related. If you have any sense at all, you know it is no longer wise, and is very unrealistic, to assume that emergency response personnel will be able to handle the needs of everyone in an emergency. Emergency personnel always do an outstanding job, however their reach is limited. The US government realizes this. Which is why the Department of Homeland Security recommends that everyone have at a minimum 72 hours of food and water stored in their home. They also advocate the idea of personal survival kits. Which is what this article is about.
Think back to the major storms of recent years. Tornados, hurricanes, severe storms, wildfires, power outages. All these things cause people to panic. When people panic, they will often ransack the grocery stores, gas stations and banks. It is somewhat understandable. Our determination to survive turns us into extremely selfish people. And desperate people will stop at nothing to get what they want, no matter who gets hurt. If you have something that they think will enable them to survive, they will take it from you with little or no regard for you or your family’s safety. I wish it were different, but that’s not the way it is.
Your house should be stocked and prepared, but it’s also good to have something prepared in case you need to leave your home in a hurry. You may need to travel to an area that has food, water, shelter and power.
In disaster areas, there are also risks of looters and home invasion. Remember, areas without power have no way to contact the police. Plus the police and National Guard will likely be overwhelmed. That’s why you must depend on yourself. You need a bug-out-bag or survival kit.
There are certain categories of items that should be in everyone’s kit:
When creating your pack, you need to be realistic about the situation. You have to be honest with yourself. If you aren’t, you may suffer.
Here are potential items to have from each category. Remember, you don’t have to have all of these. This list is to get you thinking.
Here, everything must be concealable. There is no reason to alarm everyone since this is probably not the end of the world. Plus, you don’t want to draw unnecessary attation to yourself:
- Concealable firearm
- Concealable edged weapon (some type of knife – a butter knife is not a good choice)
- Concealable small impact weapons
- Heavy Duty door stop (This is very important. You need to make sure a door stays shut)
- Computer and back up hard drives with solar recharger
- Cellular antenna
- Radio or Radio App on phone
- Solar charger for phone
- Tooth Brush/toiletries
- First Aide Kit
Power bars/ granola bars
No need to go crazy here since we can get out of the affected area relatively quickly.
- Freeze Dried Food
- Emergency Rations
- Power Bars/Granola Bars
- Credit Cards
- Cash (small bills- some people might not be able to make change)
- Jewelry (if you don’t have a safe deposit box, better take the stuff someone may want to take)
Remember, if you are forced to leave your home, you want to leave little for the looters. All hard drives and valuables should go with you.
With the recent passable of the NDAA, everyone is a potential terrorist. Knowing, please don’t dress in clothing that will draw attention to yourself. I’m talking about camouflage clothing. It used to be cool to wear camos around town. Now, it could get you stopped by the police.
When you dress like a commando, people will either think you’re nuts or won’t take you seriously. You want to dress comfortably and tactically in clothes that enable you to conceal, move and blend-in. Try to dress a little younger, but in nondescript clothes. Khaki pants will enable you to move, sweat and conceal. Combat boots are OK, but running shoes are better. You will be able to move and stay on your feet a long time but not draw attention to yourself. If you must have boots, wear hiking boots. No one gives a second look to them.
Sweatshirt hoodies are also great because they provide concealment. Darker colors are better.
Ideally, you should own a gassed-up and packed four wheel drive vehicle. You should have it in good running order and perhaps have a few extra gallons of gas. Besides basic staples like milk, bread, water, eggs and batteries, gas is the number one item to run out. Give yourself a every advantage by getting topped-off and having a little extra just in case.
A little effort and planning goes a long way and will give you an extra dose of sanity in a situation that may be chaotic.
In this article, we have mainly been talking about items to put in your bug-out-bag. If you just want a basic survival kit or 72-hour kit, there are several featured on this website. Just click on Featured Products in the menu above. Or click on one of the survival kits showcased in the rotating slider above.
Remember, any preparation is better than none at all. Don’t sit back and expect to be taken care of. You won’t. Not in this day and age.