Being prepared with your go bag

The guys in JSOC operations have what is called a “bug out” bag or simply a “GoBag”.

It is a bag that has clothes, identification, tools of their particular trade, cash, a weapon, communications and other essential items they need when the shit hits the fan. Whether it’s intelligence operations or deep cover black bag shit, this is the lifeline they will grab with them when they bug out of wherever they are.

As civilians, we aren’t really involved in clandestine operations in third world theaters BUT we are just as vulnerable to sudden SHTF events here on American soil. Terror attacks, earthquakes, tornadoes, wild fires, floods and whatever atmospheric event is going to happen will drive home the fact we are a coddled people who think the government will protect us or help will come to us.

Let us just burst your bubble right there. No one will help you better than you help yourself.

In fact, if you really think, after all that has gone down in recent years that the government 1)cares for your safety 2)they will help you when you are in need, you are sadly mistaken. Stop reading this and go back to your infotainment lives. This is not for you.

The reality, as far as government is concerned, is this. They only care about control of ‘national security’ assets AND control of the people who are under the ‘state’.

You will be one of the unfortunates who didn’t have a chance.

Unless you give yourself a chance.

Regardless of religious affiliation or conspiracy assumptions, we are now living in a time of monumental change, The planet is entering a new phase and the collective conscience of the world is seemingly losing it’s grasp on reality. Financial chaos is being held back barely by mass media manipulation and nationalism is rearing its head in Europe, home of the last 2 world wars.

Things are just..well…different now. Say what you will about what you think it is, all you should know is that you need to give yourself a fighting chance.

A Go-Bag. Something in your home AND your car so that if need be, you can get to safety OR your life wont be demolished because you weren’t prepared.

I spoke with the assistant Fire Chief of Los Angeles a couple years ago after he had come by a film set to check on permits. Ironically, we had a small tremblor that day that unnerved even the hardest Teamsters on set. When I asked the asst. fire chief what he thought would be an approximate amount of food and water, he said “Two weeks, possibly three.”

With 37 million people living in southern California, chiefly in the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego and Anaheim, a major earthquake could kill between 2,000 and 50,000 people and cause billions of dollars in damage.

Twenty one days of possible no help. No electric, no gas, no lights, no medicine, no gasoline, no cash, no tv.

The point he made to me is that in the event of a quake. it will most likely be a huge seismic event, on par with the dozens of 9.0 quakes around the Pacific Rim in the last two years. Emergency services will be swamped and only the most important would be attended to.

A 9.0 in a densely populated  area of California will shut down this state.

We saw what happened with Haiti, Katrina, Sandy and even the tornadoes in the Mid West.

You need a GoBag. You can build one. You can order one online. You should have two. You will need to be prepared so that you can give yourself the best possible chance of survival.

You will need to eat, drink and clothe yourself, You will need to entertain yourself. You will need to be armed and know how to use a weapon. You may need shelter and a way of making a fire. You will need to be able to prove your identity and claim ownership of property. You may need small denominations of cash when stores do eventually become open. Most likely patches of the grid will be out a longer time than one imagines. You will need medicine if you already take it.

Make a list of what you would need. Start buying what you can each week to complete it. Start wrapping your head around events that may seem like they are out of movies. Understand fear and how to contain it. Understand panic and how to defeat it.

For those of us living in metropolitan areas, we are at a disadvantage because we live in a JUST-IN-TIME market. Everything is shipped in. Those living in rural areas have an advantage because many still understand the importance of self sufficiency.

A New Century Man always has a GoBag.

P.S. I like what these two books pointed out. I recommend you read them.

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Prepare disaster supplies kits.

Personal disaster supplies kits

Everyone should have personal disaster supplies kits. Keep them where you spend most of your time, so they can be reached even if your building is badly damaged. The kits will be useful for many emergencies, and especially if you need to evacuate out of a tsunami hazard zone.

Keep one kit in your home, another in your car, and a third kit at work. Backpacks or other small bags are best for your disaster supplies kits so you can take them with you if you evacuate.
Include at least the following items:

  • Medications, prescription list, copies of medical cards, doctor’s name and contact information
  • Medical consent forms for dependents
  • First aid kit and handbook
  • Examination gloves (non-latex)
  • Dust mask
  • Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses and cleaning solution
  • Bottled water
  • Whistle (to alert rescuers to your location)
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Emergency cash (ATMs might not work)
    Small bills and coins are the best.
  • Copies of personal identification (driver’s license, work ID card, etc.)
  • Road maps
  • List of emergency out-of-area contact phone numbers
  • Snack foods, high in water and calories
  • Working flashlight with extra batteries and light bulbs, or light sticks
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Comfort items such as games, crayons, writing materials, teddy bears
  • Toiletries and special provisions you need for yourself and others in your family including elderly, disabled, small children, and animals
  • If you have difficulty communicating, keep a note-book, pencils, etc. in several locations

Household disaster supplies kit

Electrical, water, transportation, and other vital systems can be disrupted for several days or much longer in some places after a large earthquake. Emergency response agencies and hospitals could be overwhelmed and unable to provide you with immediate assistance. Providing first aid and having supplies will save lives, will make life more comfortable, and will help you cope after the next earthquake.

In addition to your personal disaster supplies kits, store a household disaster supplies kit in an easily accessible location (in a large watertight container that can be easily moved), with a supply of the following items to last at least 3 days and ideally for 2 weeks:

  • Water (minimum one gallon a day for each person and pet, for drinking, cooking, and sanitation)
  • Wrenches to turn off gas and water supplies
  • Work gloves and protective goggles
  • Heavy duty plastic bags for waste, and to serve as tarps, rain ponchos, and other uses
  • Portable radio with extra batteries (or hand crank for charging)
  • Additional flashlights or light sticks
  • Non-powered corded phone (if only cordless phones are normally used)
  • Canned and packaged foods
  • Charcoal or gas grill for outdoor cooking and matches if needed
  • Cooking utensils, including a manual can opener
  • Pet food and pet restraints. Include supplies for seeing eye, hearing, or companion dogs.
  • Comfortable, warm clothing including extra socks
  • Blankets or sleeping bags, and perhaps even a tent
  • Copies of vital documents such as insurance policies

Use and replace perishable items like water, food, medications and batteries on a yearly basis. Keep special medical or mobility equipment (ventilators, oxygen tanks, extra cane, etc.) where they can be easily reached.

A special note about children

If earthquakes scare us because we feel out of control, think how much more true this must be for children, who already must depend on adults for so much of their lives. It is important to spend time with children in your care before the next earthquake to explain why earthquakes occur. Involve them in developing your disaster plan, prepare disaster supplies kits, and practice “drop, cover, and hold on.” Consider simulating post-earthquake conditions by going without electricity or tap water.

After the earthquake, remember that children will be under great stress. They may be frightened, their routine will probably be disrupted, and the aftershocks won’t let them forget the experience. Adults may need to leave their children in order to deal with the many demands of the emergency, but this can be devastating to children. Extra contact and support from parents in the early days will pay off later. Whenever possible, include them in the recovery process.

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