Preparing for a disaster: Building an escape bag or survival bag

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Are you ready if disaster strikes? In our previous column “How to financially prepare yourself for a natural disaster” we discussed how to get your affairs in order and get your finances in order to withstand any kind of natural or man-made disaster.

It's disheartening that this is the kind of world we live in now, but it's best to prepare for a worst case situation and be ready for anything.

For more on how to prepare yourself and specifically on how to build a “bug out bag” of emergency supplies, watch the above video and read exerpts below from Elevation Group CEO Brian Fouts:

…some people call it a survivalist bag, but what essentially is made to do is help you or your family take care of yourself and survive for three to five days as you're moving away from some event or trying to escape a situation or whatever it is.

Now, you might be asking yourself, well, what kind of situation? Well it can be a natural disaster like, you know, tornadoes or hurricane, floods or something like that. It could be something even that, you know, that we haven't experienced before, maybe an invasion or something that happens where you have to leave your home or location very quickly and you might be concerned about having supplies, food, water, those kinds of things as you're progressing away from that event.

So this bag right here is a it's a it's a backpack, essentially, but it has a compartment, a top main compartment, and it has some items as well. Now, I like this one because it has lots of straps you can put on like jackets and tie them to it as well. Now this one, you can buy these pre done as well. You can buy the product go bags or bug out bags. But what I do is I typically buy a one that has a lot of the components and then I'll add to it because there's lots of things that they don't include that I want include as well. So I'll go through that.

So first off, we're going to start with what's in the side compartments. So and by the way, I haven't looked at this bag in about a year and I didn't look at the inventory list either, because I want to kind of go through it and just remember what's in it. But I'm going to have some surprises for myself as I go through this so… typical water bottle. We have that in one of the compartments. I don't have any water in it because it can go bad and it can can kind of get kind of stale. But I do have things that actually you can use to filter water if you need to fill it up. So that's inside that second part right there. Let's see what else is in here. OK, so these are actually water purification tablets. So what I can do is if you're on the run, if you're traveling, you can actually get some water from a source, but you can then purify with these. So maybe it's a lake or river stream and things like that. And you can purify with these as well.

OK, so that's probably all it's inside that side compartment. So the other side compartment has inside of it kind of like a treasure hunt. OK, so this one has an emergency water bag as well, so I have more than one. So this is emergency water bag.

OK, so this is just typical soap, so you need to clean yourself, you have soap there. This is a waterproof pouch for like a phone. So if you have an iPhone or an Android, a phone like that cell phone, you can put inside this this pouch here to keep it safe. Rubber bands as a bag of rubber bands. You never know when you need those. What else is inside here? OK, a pair of gloves. So obviously a pair of gloves to protect your hands. And let's see what this is. This is actually OK. This is a utility knife and it has like a spoon for a can opener and a knife on it. So that's really genuine. And typically we have so like I have one here for this bag and then my kids, their bags have these as well. They have a lot of the same stuff inside.

So inside here, I got a map. What else we got inside here? OK, so this is if this is something I printed out. So this is called a field guide to Edible Wild Plants. And so I, I saw this online somewhere and I said, that's kind of cool. I want to have that. So I printed this out and put it inside here in case we need to find food somewhere right out in the wilderness. You can actually look at this as a guide to things you can actually eat or consume. So this is just a bunch of plastic bags. You never know when you might need these.


There's plenty more good info from Brian in the video above. So be sure to watch the video above to see all of the contents of his survival bag.

Some basics that you'll definitely want in your survival bag:

  • Water bottle
  • Water purification tablets
  • Soap
  • Waterproof pouch
  • Rubber bands
  • Work gloves
  • Utility knife
  • Can opener
  • Plastic bags

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