What’s in your bug-out bag? | Letter

Oct 30, 2013

Editor, The Beacon:

In a recent Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) meeting, we had a demo for the “go bag” or “bug-out bag.” A bug-out bag is a kit that contains items one would need to survive for 72 hours when evacuating from a disaster.

Our meeting covered CERT activation, or what we would do/need if we were called up to support a disaster.  One of our members went through what he thought he would need in his bug-out bag, should he need to leave his home.

He also had a book, “Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit,” by Creek Stewart.

It is full of interesting ideas for preparing your bag, what you need to spend you money on and what you can just get by with. I found it on Amazon.com for $9.22 used but good, new was around $13.

I think this is a good investment. Our presenter picked his up at Cabela's for $17.  I suggest you check out the book or maybe see if the Mukilteo Library has a copy.  I am making changes to my bag now, and a making a list of things I need to survive.

Cool stuff.

If you do not need to leave your home, probably all of us have what we need.  But, as the book points out, what if you have to leave your home? What are you going to carry with you?

In our meeting, we were asked how many of you have a sleeping bag in your go bag, or clothes, wool socks, water, food, or whatever you need to survive? I do not think many of us were prepared. My bag was hurting for the items that I would need.

So re-think and re-supply for each member of your family.  Everyone in the family needs a bag for survival.

The book explains what you need, who should carry it, what the little ones need in their bags that they can carry.

Weight could be crucial, should you need to walk. You may start out in your car, but roads and bridges might be blocked and you have to get out and walk. You might not have paved walkways for a roller suitcase, so prepare for carrying what you need.

If you can stay in your home or close to it, you probably have enough to survive a week, unless you do not have a water supply/water filter. But if you have to leave, just what are you taking with you?

Think about it.

Dennis Hutton,


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