When an unexpected disaster strikes, everyone should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. You should have a plan, knowing what to do and where to go in case of an emergency. You should also have emergency supplies ready to take with you. A “Bug Out” bag as they are known, includes basic supplies you can take with you, helping you survive during and after an emergency situation. Natural disasters in recent years are prime examples of why having a collection of supplies gathered together in a bag, is so important. Fires, floods, tornados, and earthquakes are just a few examples of natural disasters that could cause you to evacuate and rely on emergency supplies for a short period.
The federal government has put together a recommended list of supplies you should take with you during an emergency. Basic necessities to sustain you for 72 hours including water, food, and other supplies are a few of the items that you will find on the recommended list at ready.gov/kit. Other reputable organizations have similar lists and with these recommendations in mind, you should prepare for an emergency and have your evacuation bag ready to go.
Emergencies can cause a disruption in electrical, natural gas, and even water services. The recommended list is well thought out and should include items to help you get through these outages. There could be a possibility you will be required to evacuate from your home and get to a safe place. Your community has an emergency warning system which includes sirens, radio, and television which will alert you to a potential risk. Be sure you have a plan and are prepared to leave at a moment's notice. Being prepared includes having an evacuation bag ready to go.
The difficult part of packing a kit is to find all of the miscellaneous survival supplies and pack all of them to fit into one bag. The good news is there is an entire industry that has designed these survival grab bags to be portable and reasonably priced. Items like water and food bars are packaged to last for years and designed to be carried in these compact survival kits like our Marine & Survival Kit. Take a look at the list of supplies found in this survival kit as an example you can follow as you gather your supplies and make your kit.
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