Author: SuperUser Account/Sunday, September 27, 2015/Categories: Evacuations
BUG OUT BAGS
This article was written by James “Kelly” Anderson. He is currently the Assistant Director for Veterans’ Services. He is a retired Deputy Sheriff from San Diego County and was in infantry and a combat instructor in the United States Marine Corps.
Bug Out Bags? What are they and who can benefit from them? A Bug Out Bag, or more commonly known as a BOB, is simply an emergency bag which carries in it several items you may need in case of an extreme emergency, usually a natural disaster. I would strongly encourage all county employees to maintain one in their vehicle in the case that a natural disaster occurs and they are either on their way to work, at work or going home.
A Bug Out Bag will generally contain several items to include:
Water and hydration.
Food and food preparation.
Shelter and bedding.
Food and food prep.
BUG OUT BAG.
I will try to cover only the basics that will apply to a BOB for work purposes, either to, coming or while at work. A BOB for family/home purposes will most likely contain additional items and should compliment your emergency home preparedness kit.
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Sir/Ma’am – With regard to hydration, I recommend purchasing a large plastic bottle of water. In addition, you should have some type of filtration device which allows you access to clean/filter any water that is available. Many filtration kits will actually allow you to use the water left in the tank of a toilet, pool, gutter or any other source which allows for survival. Keep in mind to have at least a gallon of water per day per person.
Just in case you are caught on the freeway between work and home I recommend an emergency blanket and a small blanket or 20 degree sleeping bag.
Heat source – It is always a good idea to keep a lighter and a magnesium fire starter. Both are relatively cheap and the magnesium fire starter can be used if the lighter fails.
Food and food prep – MRE’s or meals ready to eat are essentially dehydrated military food which can be rehydrated with a little water and they come with a heating element inside. Perfect for lightweight storage in your BOB.
First Aid – A first aid kit with the basics should suffice. Keep it small; however, shop for one that has plenty of the essentials. Also, if you have required medications keep at least a three day supply handy.
Tools – In keeping with KISS, it is recommended that you keep a multi-purpose tool. Spend a little money on this tool because the cheaper variants are more difficult to use and can be dangerous. Also, a flare can be used for starting a fire or as an emergency signal.
Additional clothing – A jacket and change of undergarments.
Hygiene kit – I recommend simply a tooth brush and tooth paste.
Lighting – A small LED headband flashlight will be sufficient with additional batteries. They also make small lanterns with hand cranks that do not require batteries.
Communications – A properly charged cell phone and a small emergency radio with hand crank. .
Self Defense – It’s always best to avoid dangerous situations. Some people may choose to keep a weapon. If you choose not to carry a weapon then I would strongly encourage you to become proficient in some form of self-defense.
BOB – Bug Out Bag – make sure to choose one that will fit all of your emergency gear.
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