We had our Preppers meeting (Northern NJ Preparationg group) yesterday. Jason Charles gave an excellent Bug-Out-Bag discussion. He brought in plenty of different types of bug out bags to show us, including the huge one he carried in on his back (the tan one in the right foreground of the above picture) and I believe he said it weighed in at 80 pounds! I was impressed by that one as it was a big pack and had everything you could possibly think of needing, raft included. He passed out a 10 page handout that included a listing of the essentials of a Bug Out Bag. I was very impressed on how well Jason is prepared for different situations. He pointed out that each member of the family should have their own Bug Out Bag including your children.
Jason also showed alternate ways to make a Bug Out Bag and gave out advice on how to make it easier to carry them on your back. He feels that a 5 or 7 day Bug Out Bag is a much better way to be prepared rather than the tradition 72-hour Bug-Out-Bag that most push for. Like he pointed out, Hurricane Katrina was a good example of how 72 hours wouldn’t have been enough and showed us all how important it is to be prepared.
Its also important to keep those Bug Out Bags close at hand, like next to the front door and don’t forget to have one in the car and don’t forget a good first aid kit. And he pointed out the importance of keeping your own bag, don’t share with someone else… what would you do if you became separated?
It was a good meeting yesterday, lots of useful information, and Jason was fielded a lot of questions form the meetup group. I am going to try to put up a copy of the video that I filmed of Jason’s presentation yesterday. As soon as I end this post, I’m going to see what’s missing from our Bug Out Bags.