What do you grab in an emergency when you need to leave immediately? You will need food, first aid, shelter, protection, clothing, gear, etc., etc. Grab-n-Go Bags can store all your necessary equipment and material for a rapid evacuation. The Red Cross and Federal Government suggest a minimum of 72 hours worth of material to be equipped for such emergencies. Survival Expert Aton Edwards and author of Preparedness NOW!, suggests that you and your family need up to 7 to 10 days worth of survival goods. With a large family, an individual will need to adjust accordingly to the needs of their size!
HOWEVER, you can personalize YOUR Grab-n-Go Bags too. Not all pre-planned bags are conducive to what you or your family may need. It’s a great place to start and may be easy to trust pre-planned grab-n-go bags in the general market. Just make sure that you have all the essential items you will need. Use the following list of items:
GRAB-N-GO BAG LIST:
Outdoor Cooking Gear/Portable Stove
First Aid Kit/Medicine/Eyeglasses/Sunglasses
Fire Starter Kit/Candles/Lamps
Radio/Walkie Talkies/Radio Scanner
Multi-Tool like a Leatherman
550lbs. (paracord) test nylon cord/Fishing Line/Wire
Ziploc Storage Bags/Garbage Bags
Sleeping Bag & Mats/Tarp
Tent(s) [Durable not Walmart!]
Gas Masks/HAZMAT Clothing
Durable Change of Clothing plus Boots
Important Documents (I.D., Passports, etc.)
Is there more? Yes! There is always room for more and depending on your EXIT STRATEGY. Sometimes, you may need less gear! In times of emergency, you may have to make decisions to leave certain gear behind in order lesson your gear load. Do you know how to improvise using your surroundings? Do you have skills that can help you procure food, find water, build a shelter, etc.? Do you know how to protect your loved ones? These are all important issues that you need to have addressed so that you are ready in the event of an emergency or disaster!
When you DO have to leave, do you know where to go? Do you need to find the highest point of elevation to escape flood waters? Are your family, friends, and community local or do you need to travel to them? Are you along the coasts? These questions support your research on threat assessments and the proper response to your situation. Another great resource, that I would HIGHLY recommend, would be Joel Skousen’s book, Strategic Relocation! This book is a HUGE resource that I have personally given out to family and friends. It is by far one of the most comprehensive list of places around the world that assesses the ability to survive and thrive.
The most important step is getting your plan TODAY! When given the opportunity to plan for the eventual problem that will come, it’s easy to put off the need to prepare. In our last blog, we mentioned that we are in Hurricane Season now. We focused on the importance of making lists and gave an example of a 72 Hour Emergency List of necessities. Now, it’s time be more specific for you.
If this seems overwhelming, then get support and help! We can help you with ideas and guidance specifically tailored for you. After our time in Survival School in the US Air Force and actual scenarios throughout our lives that we have made it through, let us share that knowledge with YOU! Schedule your appointment with us here and let’s start your preparation process!
With so much happening in our world now, we thought it imperative to focus the last couple of blogs on preparation and gear! We also continue to mention the importance of prayer and a moral compass that will guide you when disaster strikes. Thanks to all that helped with the relief efforts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Hurricane Season is not done, so make sure to prepare accordingly. Please continue to pass on this information to family, friends, and your community. Until next time have a Super Strong rest of your day!