Monday, February 4, 2013

72 Hour GO Bag

A lot of this info in this post comes from the website, which provides information about San Fransisco, California. Being that SF is a major metropolitan area, the info transfers over quite well  to any major city.
*This is just a 3-Day bag, I'll be doing a write up about a more long term Bug Out Bag in the near future. Some people only build a 72 hour bag, in a lot of situations I believe that would be a mistake. Most situations will probably require more than 3 days without supplies, and you could also help out others who are injured or displaced.*
 The recommended minimum for your 'Go Bag'.
  • Water (1 Liter per day per person is the bare minimum. So your 3 day Bag should have at least 3 liters of water.)
  • Food (freeze-dried foods and high calorie food bars are easiest. You can make our own if you like.)
  • Portable radio and extra batteries (I like a wind-up radio, myself)
  • First aid kit with handbook
  • 5-day supply of any medications you take regularly and a copy of your prescriptions
  • Whistle (to alert rescuers to your location)
  • Personal hygiene supplies (including toilet paper and feminine supplies)
  • Emergency lighting (e.g. glow sticks, flashlight, headlamp) and extra batteries
  • Change of clothing and a hat
  • Sturdy shoes, in case an evacuation requires walking long distances
  • Dust mask
  • Pen, paper and tape
  • Cash, in small denominations
  • Copy of health insurance card and driver license or identification card
  • Photos of family members for reunification purposes
  • List of emergency contact phone numbers
  • In children’s Go-bags, include medical consent forms, a family photo for reunification purposes and a favorite toy, cards or book.
  • Remember to make a Go-bag for your pet

These are minimums and may not be enough for your particular situation. Just remember that you can always add more, but if go too heavy it won't be comfortable. And this is more of a "Grab and Go" bag for an
earthquake, tornado, hurricane or even a terrorist attack; a situation where you will likely return home in a few days.

If you have any critiques, comments or suggestions, please let me know.

~The One™

1 comment:

  1. signal mirror, at least to ways to start a fire magnesium stick and a bic lighter are both fairly cheap I find zipties to be usefull for handcuffing or securing things not to many though as they will eventually get in the way it dosent hurt to carry a small knife with you if you are buging out longer than expected I personally carry a foldable pellet gun for small animals like rabbits or squirrels ........................I do know this is a 72 hour bag but these things could be added ...I don't like to think 72 hours because the situation may be longer I like to think make it home to where your wife and kids are..if you think theres anything I shouldn't have let me know im open to learning new things