Some great ideas on preparing a budget Bug Out Bag
The term ‘Bugging Out’ refers to the decision to abandon your home due to an unexpected emergency situation–whether it be a natural disaster or man caused. A ‘Bug Out Bag’ is a pre-prepared survival kit designed to sustain you through the journey to your destination once you’ve decided to ‘Bug Out’ in the event of an emergency evacuation. Typically, the Bug Out Bag (BOB) is a self-contained kit designed to get you through at least 72 hours (or more). The kit is also referred to as a 72-Hour Bag, a Get Out Of Dodge Bag (GOOD Bag), an EVAC Bag.
The thought of having to evacuate your home due to a sudden and imminent threat is not at all unrealistic. The reality is that sudden and uncontrollable events of nature and man do happen. It is best to be prepared for that. Natural disasters such as severe storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and volcanic explosions can strike suddenly and unexpectedly –damaging homes, vehicles, roads and medical facilities . Food and other resources may be disrupted for an unknown period of time. Utilities such as water, gas, and electricity may also be disrupted.
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Southern US Coast just a few years ago, tens of thousands of people had to evacuate their homes with little warning. Many were unprepared and without an emergency plan, and were left completely dependent on scavenging and hand-outs while living in make-shift shelters having to fend for themselves in a time of complete chaos and disorder.
A 72-Hour Emergency Kit packed with survival essentials would have been invaluable at a time like that. In our current unstable and unpredictable world economy, we would be foolish to think there is also no chance of a terrorist or military attack from forces domestic or foreign that could possibly force us to evacuate our own home. An act of war is not the only threat from man. Power plants go down, dams burst, pipelines explode, oil spills occur, and other man-made structures and facilities can fail.
We cannot control when, where, or how disasters may strike. But we can control how prepared we are to deal with a disaster.