Is a Bug Out Bag Necessary for a Prepper?

Why should a prepper have a bug out bag? The reason preppers should start off their prepping journeys with a bug out bag verses stocking up on goods at home is because it is often far easier to purchase a bag and condense all of your gear into that bag. This also gives you, as a prepper, a better idea as to what each gear is for and why you should have it. Looking at your gear in this “condensed” way will help you see the bigger picture when you get to the point of preparing your home/locations.

Another reason for starting out with a bug out bag verses prepping your home is because if you’re a new prepper, and you start prepping your home first, and something happens such as a fire or other disaster that forces you to leave everything behind, you will have almost nothing to grab before you leave to take with you (depending on how much time you have).

What’s in an Earthquake Emergency Kit?

Natural disasters have been causing chaos for humanity since the beginning of time. In most cases, a disaster may be preceded by some form of warning, but that is not the case when you are talking about an earthquake. An earthquake can occur in any location, at any magnitude, and it will do so with surprising suddenness. In fact, it is estimated that there are currently millions of earthquakes occurring around the world annually with thousands of them being felt, and hundreds of them being potentially life-threatening. That is why it is so important for you to make sure that you have an earthquake emergency kit available. What’s included in these kits?

In essence, an earthquake emergency kit gives you and your family the opportunity to survive for several days if you are completely cut off from the world around you. Those kits are available for use in the home as well as for use in the car, and it’s a good idea for you to have each of them available at any given time. Having one of the emergency kits at your disposal can often make the difference between life and death for you and your family, so make sure that you take this responsibility very seriously.

Earthquake Kits for Home Use – the type of kit that is used for earthquake survival in the home should be able to support you and your family for several days. It should provide you with all the food that is necessary to eat during that time and also give you clean drinking water. Having the proper nutrition during such a disaster becomes especially important if there is some type of injury that is involved. There are specific types of emergency foods that are available for this type of kit that will last for years in storage.

Your home kit should also contain items that are important for sanitation and first aid. It is likely that there are at least going to be some minor injuries that are associated with a major earthquake, and in an emergency situation, those minor injuries can turn septic. You should also have artificial lighting available as well as an emergency shelter, and a means of communicating with the outside world. Even if you have to stay in your location alone for several days, it’s always a good idea for you to know what is going on in the area around you and to allow others to know that you are in the area.

Earthquake Kits for Cars – Like earthquake kits for use in the home, it’s important for you to have one in your automobile. If you are in the wrong area, you could easily be stranded for days, completely cut off from the world around you. Make sure that you have communication, emergency food, water, shelter and first aid supplies included in that kit for use in the automobile. It should also be packed in a waterproof sealed container that is easy to carry, just in case you need to pack out on foot.

Natural Disaster Emergency Plan – Do You Have One?

There was a listing published recently of the 10 most likely places for natural disasters to hit. Missouri came in at number 10. Topping the list was Texas, followed by California and Oklahoma. I was surprised to see Oklahoma in third place, but Texas topped the list for the third straight year. They are subject to a wider variety of natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes that Oklahoma is lacking.

The reason I bring this up is to give you an idea of the large number of people who are in natural disaster areas. The areas that seem most prone to devastation are the Gulf Coast states, including Texas, California and the Midwest from both floods and tornadoes.

So you wouldn’t think of Colorado as being in a particularly vulnerable part of the country, but yet wildfires in the past year have caused extreme havoc. Last year it was the Waldo Canyon fire that disrupted 36,000 people in Colorado Springs and destroyed over 350 homes.

This year that same city had the Black Forest fire that forced the evacuation of 38,000 people-from about 13,000 homes over a 93,000-acre area-with 478 homes destroyed so far because the fire is only 65% contained as of this writing.

The Black Forest fire got most of the headlines, but another fire in the Royal Gorge area near Canon City destroyed 4000 acres and jeopardized a national landmark-the Royal Gorge Bridge.

There were four other fires burning in Colorado at the same time and it’s just the early part of the fire season which does not bode well for residents of Colorado.

I remember well last year that the residents in the area of the Waldo Canyon fire had 15 minutes to evacuate. That is certainly not a lot of time and no time to start scratching your head wondering what you are going to do. It is absolutely essential for people who live in these parts of the country to have an emergency plan in place.

We have often recommended a “go box” that contains important documents, medications, and emergency supply of food and water, enough to last three days. That way when the time comes you just grab your go box and go.

So, in summary, develop a disaster plan that accounts for your smooth rapid evacuation if and when an emergency situation develops because of a natural disaster. You just never know when you may need it.

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