You’ll use this if you need to leave quickly due to an emergency. Remember, even if your area doesn’t have hurricanes, floods, or earthquakes you could be affected by a house fire, gas leak, or extended power outage.
By the way—am I the only one who gets anxious thinking about these “all heck breaks loose” situations? The reason I’m focusing on this uncomfortable topic is that if things go sideways, the government/police/fire departments can’t and won’t be able to go everywhere and help everybody. We need to be responsible for ourselves.
That said, here’s what is in my bag. This is designed for evacuation to a shelter, relative’s house, etc. I’m no expert in wilderness survival, so we aren’t going to talk about weaving a hut out of wild grasses, catching rodents for food, or anything like that. (If you want to learn about that, read When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes.)
Papa and I each have a bag with:
- Clothes designed for layering. I’m combing the thriftstores for cargo pants for me, and I also have a button-down flannel shirt, t-shirts, bandana, socks, and undies.
- A mini-first-aid kit with bandages, Tylenol, antacids, and clearly labeled prescriptions
- TP, soap, toothbrush, deodorant. Good hygiene is good for morale.
- Food (energy bars, beef jerky)
- Pocketknife and duct tape
- Hand-crank radio (mine does just about everything except make you dinner: Ambient Weather Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Digital Radio, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger)
- Hand-crank flashlight (Energizer Weatheready 3-LED Carabineer Rechargeable Crank Light)
- Deck of cards
- Papa has an old pair of glasses in his. An old prescription is better than none at all!
Jackjack’s pack has a similar assortment of clothes, a flashlight, whistle, emergency contact info, and snacks.
Little Peanut’s pack is her diaper bag on steroids. It has formula, bottles, diapers, and wipes; Cheerios; baby Tylenol and Hyland’s; clothes and a blankie.
Our camping supplies are stored in a plastic bin that’s easy to toss in the car. The bin has a small cookstove and lantern, biodegradable soap, emergency blankets, matches, and so on. These camping supplies are great to have for an extended power outage, too.
Speaking of your car, you already have a paper map of your area, jumper cables and a few basic tools (screwdrivers, pliers, crescent wrench) in your car, right? Good. I knew you did.
I hope that having this stuff ready will help you feel prepared and not scared. Later this month, we’ll learn about food preparedness from my friend Katie. Stay tuned!
|Little Peanut was quite interested in our colorful backpacks.|
What’s in your bag? Anything missing from ours? Share with us in the comments!
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