Building my Bugout Bag
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Although I have recently purchased an enclosed trailer for moving food, weapons, and camping gear...we can move as a ...
December 18th, 2006 12:15 AM
Outside Of A Direct Hit...
I'm planning on staying right here...
Although I have recently purchased an enclosed trailer for moving food, weapons, and camping gear...we can move as a last resort!
If the SHTF for real, and one tries to travel...I believe grid lock will be a big problem. We are here for the duration...we have the supplies to last quite a while.
Food (could eat for months), water, gas & (generator), camping equipment (cooking, and toilet), and ammo...lots of ammo.
We also have drawn up a plan of action with some neighbors...espically the one with a machine gun (he's a cop, and only two doors down)...our neighborhood WILL be secure.
Stay perpared...stay armed...stay safe...have a plan
Proverbs 27:12 says: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
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December 18th, 2006 01:30 AM
We don't plan to travel far if we have to leave the immediate area but have a friend who lives about 40 miles away on the top of a mountain. That's our RV point in an emergency of any form where it is not possible to return to our house.
Another thing we bought was the wind up radios that have a built in flashlight and emergency siren. They'll run for about 20 minutes on 30 seconds of winding. We'd obviously plan to stay in the house if possible. I saw a thread about preparing for the worst and a guy already had the plywood cut and ready to mount using sliding bolts onto his window frames - if you plan to stay put, you should plan on having everything you need to lock down your house before the SHTF - rather than join the sheeple at Home Depot trying to buy plywood and generators!
December 18th, 2006 01:52 AM
Same here Ret. Florida has this little problem of Hurricanes and being surrounded by water on three sides. Main evacuation routes are all North-South and only 3 capable of holding large amounts of traffic: I-95, I-75 and the Turnpike. One accident and you can pretty much shut down one of them for good dropping your flow by one third.
A Hurricane is a wide event as this picture shows:
This is Hurricane Wilma as it was leaving Florida last year. Hurricane-force winds (75 mph+) were centered between Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade and Tropical Storm winds can reach what is called the outer bands and I know all Keys felt it abd I don't know how far north it was felt. As you can see, the darn thing was as big as the whole state. Now imagine getting in your car and being stuck in a highway with that thing passing over you.
Your best bet is to prepare your residence and yourself to survive. And contrary to what was tried to portray on TV, South Florida did pretty well after Wilma, a strong category 2 with microbursts of 120 mph.
Back to the BOB's, IMHO it must be designed under 2 basic considerations: Where you live and your health. Your location determines what kind of threat you might face and what might be available outside to help you or drag you down. I am a city dweller in South Florida, living in a house and I can only think right now that I might be evacduated by the police if there is some sort of chemical leak (including explosive gases or liquids) or if John Neighbor goes postal, takes his family hostage and SWAT need the area clean of civilians. Now, I also have a back that went through surgery so I won't be able to backpack 100 pounds of supplies, ammo and weapons so my choice of BOB is actually a small rollaway suitcase similar to this:
Now, to me is easier leave the area nad walk some distance rolling that thing than using a backpack... so I am lazy at heart, sue me
Fort the Short-Time City BOB, 2 days of the following:
Light clothing, toilettries, water (2 liters), medications, cash, credit & debit cards, local map, some bars, crackers, spare shoes, spare Gun & ammo. IDs & important phone numbers (and scanned copies of everything on a thumb drive and hard copies), a poncho, portable am/fm radio and that pretty much covers it. You can always check into a hotel or crash at a frind's house and buy whatever else you need at a local store if things extend.
I do have to add that my intial BOB is my everyday concealment vest where I carry wallet, some meds, lights, multitool, 2 knives, PDA with info (incluiding a First Aid guide), lighter & checkbook.
You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
Ego will kill you. Leave it at home.
December 18th, 2006 09:01 PM
When you get your bag all packed up and you have a free day or two, I want you to try something. Get up and grab your bag. Head out the door and go some where and spend the day and night with your stuff. I bet you will find that there is something you forgot to add. This would be a great way to test your bag and see what else you need in it.
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December 19th, 2006 02:48 AM
Not a bad idea Falkon. Thanks for the idea.
The research continues....
December 19th, 2006 08:40 AM
Don't forget the TP and baby wipes!
Originally Posted by PT-111
"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking" - George S. Patton.
December 19th, 2006 02:15 PM
depending what kind of problem you are facing and how easy you burn....Sunscreen? If you have to be outside for a few days.
I know its not on the top of the list of importance, but I burn easy, with all the problems you would be facing, a bad sunburn wouldn't help any.
And/Or a really good hat to provide shade.
December 23rd, 2006 10:52 PM
Thanks Pappy. I had not thought of sunscreen. But, my wife is a fair skinned red head and she burns easily.
Sunscreen added to the list.
December 23rd, 2006 11:51 PM
December 24th, 2006 11:29 AM
MNBurl- Do you mind editing in a list of what's in your pack. Some of the stuff is easy to see, but some of it is hard to tell what it is.
December 24th, 2006 09:01 PM
Well, it looks to me like the following:
40 oz water
First aid kit
Toilet Paper in ziplock baggie
trash bags/paper in baggie
Safety whistle with waterproof match storage and compass
screwdriver w/multiple bits
You need to add a sharpie or pencil and maybe some OC spray. Neither of those would add signifigant bulk or weight.
December 24th, 2006 10:24 PM
after 29 years on the job i don't need no bag. all i need is the gun in hand. the bag works well on tv and the movies.
An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
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December 24th, 2006 10:31 PM
Very good list. 100% right for what you can see.
Originally Posted by Jchoo
Couple kitchen and full size bags
5 tea candles
Sun screen lotion
I have added the following:
Small Fishing kit
22LR 50 rounds
9mm 50 rounds
Small Sewing kit
Small black sharpie felt pen
OC is on me all the time!
I also have a winter kit thats an add-on to this in each car/truck.
"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking" - George S. Patton.
December 24th, 2006 10:46 PM
Love those sharpies. I picked up a pack of the key-ring ones, so I never have to worry about being without one. My wife dragged me into one of the big craft stores (payback for taking her through Bed Bath and Beyond to scavenge new cooking toys... so sue me, I love Food Network :chillicool:) and I noticed that they sold the little Sharpies loose in a basket at the register. They had them in all kinds of colors, with both the normal fine felt tip as well as the metal reinforced ultra fine tips.
December 25th, 2006 09:31 PM
i think a hand held HAM/CB radio would be nice.
anyone have any suggestions?
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