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When preparing your BOB’s, GHB’s, 72 hour kits or stocking your bug out location do not overlook prepping for your pets.  Make sure that you are prepared to care for your pets by having the proper food, gear and medical supplies to keep them safe, warm and happy.

Prepping to leave your home in the event of an emergency is both needed and an excellent idea.  Also take a look at preparing for emergencies at your home when you are away.  For instance if you are gone from home and your dogs and cats are home who may rescue them in the event of a house or wildfire?

I have been a firefighter, captain, training officer and EMT for 22 years and can assure you that the majority of us love animals.  We would take informed and calculated risks to save the life of a pet if we could do so with minimal risk to our lives.   The problem is that we can only make risk versus benefit decisions if we know that there are pets in a home.  If we do not hear barking or see your dogs or cats we may assume there are none in the home.

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Our pets look up to and are supported by us and love us unconditionally.  Show the same love by making sure that they are prepared for bugging out or staying in.  Put together a pet Bail Out Bag (BOB) or 72 hour kit for each dog or cat under your care.  I will discuss the specific contents for a pet survival kit or BOB in my next post.

One thing that you can do to ensure your pets are safe is to place save our pet stickers on the outside of your external doors of your home.  The save our pet stickers will alert firefighters to the fact that you have pets in your home.

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One of the crucial tools needed in an EDC, BOB, GHB or 72 Hour Kit is a good flashlight.  I recently purchased a FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight.  I purchased the flashlight through amazon for $4.20 and received free shipping as part of my total purchase.

So far I am amazed at the quality and operability of this little light.  It is bright and has what they call an adjustable focus zoom which allows you to adjust from a flood to more narrow beam.  The flashlight only requires one AA battery and operates via a tail/thumb push button.  With one full push of the button the light turns on to full brightness.  A second slight push dims the brightness and a third light push produces a strobe effect.  The order may vary depending on which cycle you are currently on when you fully depress the button to to power off.  Another nice feature is that this flashlight includes an installed belt clip.

From the Manufacturer

Features: Super mini size, bright, blinding effect. Skid-proof design & waterproof design. Output bright can come to 300 lumens (MAX). Adjustable focus range for different usage, stretching to adjust its focus. Clip for convenience carry. Working voltage is wide and can utilize the batteries in the largest extent. Suitable for hunting, cycling, climbing, camping and outdoor activity etc. Specifications: Colour: Black Lumens: 300LM Reflector: Convex Lens Material: Aluminum alloy Model of LED: CREE Q5 LED Switch: Tail-cap press ON/OFF Battery: 1 * AA / 1 * 14500 3.6v Battery (not included)

  • 7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp
  • Super mini size, bright, blinding effect
  • Skid-proof design & waterproof design.
  • Output bright can come to 300 lumens (MAX). This mini flashlight can use AA size Alkaline, NiMH, and lithium 14500 batteries.

I am impressed with the quality and features of this flashlight especially for the low available purchase price.  If you are like me with your budget for gear being extremely low or virtually non existent I recommend this flashlight for your preparedness needs.

You can purchase one now through amazon just click the link below.


FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp

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Here in part 3 of my 72 Hour Kits and Survival Bags post I discuss tips and information which may  help you to choose and build or purchase a kit/bag of your choosing.  My personal belief is that there is no wrong kit or bag nor one all encompassing mega survival ensemble.  Sure, some individuals may pack so much gear that there bag is too heavy for them to pack around; however it doesn’t mean it is wrong.  I will say if your bag is on the heavy side it would be advisable to hike/walk with it regularly to become acclimated and fit with it.  A survival kit or bag should be balanced with the suggested minimal amount of gear and tools to accomplish any survival task you may find a need to accomplish.

Again a belief of mine in regards to tools and equipment/gear is that the key items such as the following should be comprised of quality brand/researched items.

  • Knife(s) (survival/bushcraft, hunting etc.)
  • Multi-tool
  • Compass
  • Bottle
  • Paracord
  • Flashlight
  • Radio (transmitter and or receiver)
  • Fire Steel or Magnesium Bar

Other items may be comprised of lessor quality or more inexpensive items again my personal belief.  The reason behind this is that the key items are items which you may really need to depend on and use repeatedly.  You do not want any of those items to fail.

What kind of survival bag should I build or buy?  This really depends on what you intend for the kit/bag.  Do you want a bag that has the tools and equipment you need on a daily basis?  Then you may want to consider an EDC bag which would have the tools and equipment you may need daily such as a multi-tool, flashlight, pens and pencils, cell phone, camera and so on.  Is preparedness for disasters, disturbances, emergencies or road side mishaps your focus?  For these types of situations you may want to consider a 72 hour survival kit/bag for longer lasting more survival oriented scenarios.  Or do you desire a bag that will get you home (get home bag) from work on foot if necessary provided you live within walking/hiking distance of your work place.  Maximum walking distance per individual is variable dependent on fitness level, shoes and other factors such as whether you are carrying a pack but may be 6-20 miles in a day.  See the following article for more information and please conduct your own research on this topic.

http://walking.about.com/b/2007/03/19/how-far-can-a-healthy-person-walk.htm

My current survival bag is a morph between a 72 hour bag and get home bag however it also has items minus the cell phone and camera that could be used daily if needed.  Some individuals may consider a bag like mine heavy at 25-30 pounds which to be honest probably is.  I personally would rather have the items I need when I need them as opposed to needing the items I should of had.  One way to reduce the weight of your pack/bag is to pack it with items that have multiple uses such as a pencil sharpener which may sharpen a stick for a spear and provide shavings for fire tinder.  A good survival knife can skin an animal, baton down a tree and split kindling for a fire eliminating the need for an axe, and hunting knife.

If all of this information seems overwhelming to you I suggest you start small literally.  Begin with putting together your own Altoids survival tin which is an affordable way to have basic items you would need for survival that can be kept in your pocket or purse.  You can fit 15-30 or more items in the tin and many of them you can find around your home.  In my next post I will share my Altoids survival tin and suggest items to fill yours with.  Thank you for reading my posts.

 

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I caught hold of the prepping bug and began to put a BOB together three years ago.  At first the bag was just a black back pack I found in our closet which I slowly stocked with the gear I believed that I needed.  I started purchasing items a little at a time from places like Walmart as I did not have funds to buy the name brand high end gear I desired.  You can actually obtain some fairly good items/gear from the mega marts fairly inexpensively however.  The Maglite, Energizer WeatherReady crank LED flashlight and Buck 110 folding knife are the best name brand buys I scored from Walmart.  Another excellent way to get great deals on your gear is to make purchases through Amazon.  If you pay attention and place only the items that offer free shipping at Amazon in your cart you can have an entire order ship for free.  I had an order for gear that totaled over a hundred dollars which shipped for free.  

The BOB pictured above is my current configuration of gear and bags.  I say current because as I mentioned in part 1 of this post BOB’s tend to evolve over time or carry on as a work in progress.  Some individuals even change up there BOB’s gear with the change of seasons.  I chose a Maxpedition Sabercat VersiPack in olive drab as my BOB and later added the Condor H2O bottle pouch in order to carry all of my gear.  The H2O pouch carries my two pots, water bottle, Leatherman Wave multi-tool, emergency blanket, some paracord and a magnesium bar.  For day hikes I split off and carry my H2O pouch with gear inside and have the basic survival equipment needed in an emergency.  The picture below shows all of my gear with the exception of my tarp and sleeping gear.

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My BOB contains the following items:

  • Maxpedition Sabercat Versipack bag
  • Condor H2O water bottle pouch
  • Nalgene water bottle
  • Two cook pots/drinking cups and forks/spoons
  • Folding cook stove and  2 Sterno fuel cans
  • Food for 3 meals per day with a snack
  • Fire starting kit with fire steel, tin foil, water proof matches, Vaseline soaked cotton and a pencil sharpener
  • Fleece beanie cap, pair of work gloves, mosquito head net/fishing net and 2 bandanas
  • 1 crank LED flashlight and 3 other flashlights
  • Ham radio and FRS/GMRS radio
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Toilet paper, tooth brush, tooth paste, bar of soap, compressed towels and bug repellent 
  • Compass, emergency whistle/thermometer, knife sharpener and lip balm
  • Sunscreen, duct tape, pain relievers, tent stakes, thread and needles
  • Signal mirror, lighter and birthday candle
  • First aid kit, poncho and emergency blanket
  • Gallon size plastic bag, coffee filters, local map and navigation instructions
  • Shovel and hand saw
  • Survival knife
  • Hunting knife
  • Multi-tool
  • Paracord
  • Notepad, pens, pencil, and sharpies

My BOB is kept in the vehicle I drive and there is also another different one in the vehicle my wife drives.  Our two daughters that are still at home with us each have a 72 hour kit that I am continuing to build on as well.  If you are new to prepping or are just getting started with a BOB, or 72 hour kit hang in there and build on it a little at a time.  Before long you will have a fully functional BOB with the gear you need.

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No matter where you live you are faced with some kind of potential natural or human caused occurrence or disaster.  Most of us have been informed through print, video or word of mouth that we should be prepared for potential disasters.  One way to be prepared is to have the water, food, tools and supplies that will sustain you and help you remain safe during potential emergency situations.  FEMA suggests having 72 hour kits and emergency preparedness plans for instance.  Do some research on 72 hour kits and you will find a plethora of videos, blogs, reviews, sales and the associated opinions on which one is the best.  The other thing you may find is that there are other bags or kits known by other names as well such as BOB’s, GOOD Bags, EDC kits or bags.  This is a 3 part blog which includes the following.  Part 1 is an introduction to the various types of emergency kits, and survival bags.  Part 2 will explore an in-depth review of my own personal survival bag.  Part 3 will include information to help you determine which survival bag or kit would be the best fit for your needs as well as cover the recommended equipment to include.

Lets begin with 72 hour kits which are typically recommended for use after a human caused or natural disaster or weather related emergency.  The purpose of which is to sustain an individual or group of individuals for 72 hours as the name suggests.  A basic 72 hour emergency kit may include the following FEMA recommended items for one individual:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least 72 hours (3 days)
  • Food, a three-day supply at minimum of non perishable food
  • A NOAA Weather Radio that is battery-powered or hand crank operated with extra batteries
  • A battery-powered or hand crank flashlight or both and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask in order to help filter contaminated air, plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation purposes
  • Wrench or pliers in order to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.

The 72 hour kits may be either stored at a fixed location such as where you would shelter in place or portable such as in your automobile.  With the included 3 gallons of water for one person it does take a larger bag or container in order to store all of the items.  You have the option to build your own basic 72 hour kit or buy a ready-made one.  Should you choose to purchase one there are many kits and many company’s which sell them so do your research and make sure they include the minimum recommended items.   Once you have assembled or purchased your basic kit you may choose to expand/enhance your kit with additional items such as:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers (if needed)
  • Pet food and extra water for them
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Important family document such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.  Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold weather climate
  • Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.  Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant.  Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water.  Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Get Home Bag, BOB’s, GOOD bags, EDC or Survival Bags

A Get Home Bag is designed to help you get home from your work place or from somewhere within hiking distance of your home.  It is filled with the tools and equipment you would need to get you home safely.  A light weight backpack is best suited for this type of bag for comfort and duration of use.  The Get Home Bag is not meant for you to have to live off of the contents unless it is going to take you a day or more to walk/hike home.

BOB’s are either a Bail Out Bag or Bug Out Bag.  Bail Out Bag originated from the bags that military pilots kept survival gear within in the event they needed to bail out of the aircraft and survive on the ground.  Bug Out Bag is a more modern term for essentially the same thing.  GOOD (Get Out Of Dodge) bags are yet another name for them.  Regardless of which one you call it they are typically designed to get you out of an emergency situation and allow you to be self-reliant and survive for at least three days.  Inside the bag are the tools and equipment that help you survive.

EDC (Every Day Carry) bags carry the items you most likely need every day.  They typically have some of the same items as the bags described above but may also include things like pencils, pens, note pads, cell phones, chargers, cameras, laptops or tablets as well as currency.  Also note that there are personal EDC’s which are items you carry on you in your pockets or purse.  My swiss army knife is a tool I carry in my pocket every day hence it is an EDC item.  If you have a personal EDC your EDC bag will supply you with and supplement all of the items that you cannot carry in your pockets.
You may have noticed that there is some similarities between all of the kits and bags.  For instance the BOB or GOOD is similar to the 72 hour kits in that they typically will contain 72 hours worth of food.  The EDC may have some of the same tools and equipment as the others however typically does not have the 72 hour supply of food.  Through my research and my own experience I have learned that these kits/bags tend to evolve and remain as a work in progress.  In part 2 we will explore my BOB as an example and I will address the changes I have made to arrive at its current state.