Dear Preppers and Survivalists,
U.S. Army Photo Album 1941 - 1945
Last week, I wrote about some of the items; you and your family will need in an emergency evacuation kit; shelter, water, food, medical supplies, protection, and ...
Before we begin, you need to pull out your family's threat analysis and look at the events your family faces during tough times.
'Cause you need to know how long you're going to be gone.
Let us say, you need to get out of the office, real quick, for some reason or another (fire, earthquake, or ...).
First, what do you need to get out of the building. Some of y'all work in a secure building with electronic locks that require a key card to open.
So, ... Key Card. Check, but do you carry your key card with you all the time, or does it sit in your purse, by your desk, as you walk around the building? The same goes for folks that have a set of keys to get in and out of the building.
Ooooh, do the doors lock open or closed when the power goes out? How do you open them? That's important, too.
Next, what's the weather like, outside. Do you need a coat, gloves, hat, scarf, and ... How about a rain jacket and pants because it's raining? Is there a place to hangout to stay warm and dry until the 'All Clear' signal, such as a coffee shop, restaurant, shopping mall, or other public place?
Ooooh, will your so-called retreat be open and safe during a larger event, like an earthquake?
Third, do you take any medications, during the work day? You'll need them, too.
Lastly, what happens "If" you can't go back into the building?
As you can see, leaving your work place for a few hours can be a headache with lots of potential hazards.
One way to organize you emergency evacuation kit is to put everything in a warm coat, with lots of pockets. In the pockets go a stocking cap (watch cap or wool beanie), a pair of gloves, a few 50-gallon size plastic bags (for improvised rain gear); a few bills for a few hot drinks and a meal or two (Trust me, you're probably going to end up buying a cute guy, your co-worker, or other person a drink), fare for a bus, cab, or other public transportation ride home; a pill bottle with appropriate labels for your daily medications (if any), and anything else you think you need.
Of course, the coat is placed over your office chair or other easily reached place, so you can 'grab and go' with it.
During the various World Trade Center terrorists attacks (Bombing in 1993 and Crashes in 2001) some folks needed dust masks and a flashlight to get out of the Twin Towers, so you might want to add those to your kit.
A Few Days
For most families, you're getting prepared for longer events that may require you and your family to leave the house for a few days.
So, ... You need to ...
Prepare a Bag
This isn't going to be a big bag, say about the size of a high school or college student's book bag or, as preppers call it, a three-day pack.
A College Student’s Book Bag
orA Prepper’s Three-Day Pack
The three-day pack can be elaborate or simple, your choice. I just know the more bells and whistles, the more expensive the bag.
The one in the above picture is a charity store purchase. It has several small pockets, on the outside, to carry water bottles, pencils and paper, one or two larger pockets for a thin rain jacket, and a divided main pocket for books and notebook binders.
|Lots and Lots of Pockets|
Of course, these pockets will help you organize the bags contents.
There are better bags out there, but they run anywhere from $30 (L.A. Police Gear) to hundreds of dollars (Back Packs)
I don't know about you, but I don't have $500+ to buy everyone in my family a three-day pack from a name brand tactical equipment manufacturer, much less $100 for three-day packs from L.A. Police Gear. Plus, so-called tactical packs, look tactical. Something you and your family may not want during an event.
Lastly, a three-day day can be improvised from a pillow case and some cordage. Of course for handy people, a pack can be hand-made from canvas and denim.
You can search the internet for various packing lists to tell you all the equipment you and your family should carry in your three-day packs.
According to these lists, you will need three ways to make a fire, three ways to construct a shelter, three ways to have water, three ways to have food, three way to patch yourself up after an accident, three ways to protect yourselves, and ... ad nauseum.
In other words, you and your family are going to have to think about what you're going to carry in your bag because ...
Every Family is Different, with Different Needs
Let me explain.
A young family with two small children is going to need equipment to easily move the babies, like a stroller. The stroller will be able to be used to carry everything the family will need to make sure the children survive an emergency evacuation. Add two three-day packs for Mommy and Daddy and this family is ready to evacuate.
A family with several teenagers will need packs for everyone, plus contents to suit the needs of each family member, while; a lone person will only need one pack and supplies.
By now, you are asking ... What Do I Pack?
I have to go to work, so ... come back tomorrow
Ha, Ha, Ha
Lastly, with our affluent society, you and your family can probably improvise or gather all of your family's gear from ... the hardware store. (The last link)
YouTube: ITS Tactical - Gear Tasting 53: New LBT Packs, Footwear and One Year Anniversary Giveaway!
WikiHow - How to Make a Drawstring Backpack
YouTube: Sailrite - How to Make a Drawstring Backpack
YouTube: Crafty Amy - DIY RuckSack Tutorial: Back to School (with jeans and canvas)
YouTube: Mr. Midshipman - Russian Military backpack and Winter Assault Uniform
YouTube: Black Scout Survival - How to Build a Survival Kit
YouTube: Arizona Bushman - Web Gear Setup and quite a few other things.
YouTube: Hyouka - Watch Dirty Rotten Survival S01E01 Get Hardware