September 15, 2016 – In a seismically active area as California, it is absolutely essential to carry a bug out bag and bug out supplies in your vehicle whenever and wherever you travel. Or keep one at work if you take city transportation.
If bridges or infrastructure go down due to a quake, you may wind up walking to get home or to your retreat.
I have often said the supplies I have at home or at work, if I am not there, just might help someone else in a emergency, say if something God Forbid, happens to me. Maybe even help another family member or loved one.
One thing you should also do in talking with family/group members about a rendezvous point so you can travel together. If you are scattered during the day of disaster, having a place to meet and travel to your retreat is essential. Groups are harder to accost than individual. Safety in numbers.
Also most important is to have one phone number in another state that everyone can call, when able, (phone service may be out) to be like a operation to get messages to pass on you are okay, or not, and where you are and where, direction you are going.
The first item on your bug out bag list is the bag itself. There are several schools of thought on this topic, of which the two main ones are:
You should choose the best bag for you
You should only choose the bag after you have the items.
Think of the weight. If your walking, how much weight can you carry comfortaly? If your in the city, some item in you can be used right away. long pants, boot, hiking shoes, etc. Dump the clothing you change out of if they are not made for long walking. No need in carrying those high heels, loafers, sandles, pumps, the extra weight is silly. Those things can be replaced.
Your clothes selection would depend on your location, climate and the other factors. You should evaluate your bug out bag every six months. At these times you’ll want to have a seasonal selection of clothes that you can change.
1. Comfortable back pack preferably in earth tone colors.
2. Sleeping bag. It should be rated to 20 degrees. A Gortex bivy sack will keep it dry. Ground Pad.
3. Fire starting materials. Matches in a water-proof container, flint and steel, fire tinder, etc. Or several lighters. Lighters even when used up have a flint that can be used to start a fire.
4. First Aid kit. Make sure to include prescription meds. Emergency Whistle. Signal mirror. Duck tape.
5. Poncho or gortex parka. (or both).
6. Water Filter or purification tablets. Drinking Water (3 Liters)
Protein / Energy Bars (Qty 6)
MREs / Dehydrated Meals (Qty 3)
P-38 Can Opener
Metal Cooking Pot
Stove Fuel (Qty 8 Tablets)
9. Personal hygiene items. Travel size toothbrush/paste, razor, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene, etc.
10. Several pair of good quality warm socks and underwear.
11. work gloves and latex gloves.
12. Boots (especially if your job requires shoes, these can be separate , but should accompany the B.O. bag.
13. Good quality sheath knife and folder.
14. A light source. Glow sticks, hand crank light, or small portable hand crank light with built in radio. LED head lamp. Batteries.
15. Compass and maps of the areas you normally travel in. Major highways will be the LAST PLACE you will want to try to travel in a disaster situation.
16. If your firearm travels with you, what you feel would be a sufficient amount of ammo. Pepper spray.
17. Trash bags(2) and zip lock bags.
18. Good tough pants and shirt. BDU’S are a good example. If you are normally in a city environment, solid color earth tone clothing draws less attention and makes you look less military.
19. Paracord or rope. Duck tape.
20. Fishing line and hooks/sinkers.
21. Cell Phone, Crank Power Charger, small solar charger, Emergency Radio with Hand Crank.