Developing your own new generation GO-Bag is important for personal and family safety. This article can help you develop one multipurpose emergency kit to meet your evacuation, shelter-in-place, and vehicle-based needs. To develop this article, we sought counsel from a number of experts who have extensive on-the-ground experiences, ranging from natural disasters to civil war. This article includes a list of contents for the new generation of GO-Bag needed for our changing world.
Water purification methods for disasters and emergency situations are addressed in detail, in our previous article on this subject. In that post, portable water purification gear for GO-Bags and evacuation kits was addressed, along with our recommendation of the Sawyer Mini water purification filter. After receiving many questions and suggestions on this topic, we evaluated additional products […]
Before you shop for Mylar products, this article will help you review the basics and answer the five key questions that will jump-start your Mylar bag food and gear packing project. As you answer these questions, you will be better able to select the best Mylar products for you and your situation. This summary, which also includes Mylar product pros and cons, can equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to make better decisions on the best Mylar packing method for you, as well as the Mylar products which suit you best.
Are you ready? If circumstances require it, are you prepared to be self-sufficient for two weeks? Will you be able to get home from wherever you are, and survive for 14-days without shopping, without electricity, Internet and telephones, and without any outside help or government assistance? If not, you are in a precarious position. These 20 questions will help you evaluate your state of readiness, and what you need to do to get ready for a tomorrow that may not look like today.
For those who live in the United States, the U.S. Government maintains a nationwide network of 1,000 emergency radio stations (NWR). These continuously broadcast region-specific weather information, and now other emergency information, too. Therefore, all emergency kits assembled for use in the U.S. should include a radio which is capable of receiving these “All-Hazards” radio broadcasts. […]
Pepper spray is not legal in all areas, but if it is in your locale, we recommend keeping a canister in your GO-Bag, pocket, purse, home and other areas where you might need it. We regard it as the best non-lethal weapon for self-defense. This article is included to help you understand aspects of pepper […]
There are many opinions as to what gun is best for inclusion in a survival kit, and there is certainly no consensus, even among the experts. But if you are not planning for a specific type of emergency, and self-defense is NOT your primary concern, then a .22 caliber rifle is generally considered to be […]
Disasters can become an even greater disaster if you are coping with the pain of a broken tooth, particularly if it is severe pain such as is caused by a broken tooth with an exposed root. Since a trip to the dentist may not be feasible in an emergency situation, it’s a good idea to […]
In a disaster or emergency situation your source of drinking water may become contaminated, so it is important to know how to purify it before drinking, brushing your teeth, and before rehydrating or cooking food with water. After an earthquake, major storm or flood, even if you still have running tap water it may have […]
What is a GO Bag? It’s a pre-packed provisions and gear knapsack, and it is a core element for disaster and emergency preparations. Whether you are forced to evacuated from your home due to a storm, or you have made the choice to flee due to civil unrest or some other cause, you need a pre-packed GO-Bag […]
Hurricane Sandy left 4.5 million people without power. How would you survive the cold for a protracted power outage? What would you do if you were stranded for days in your home or office, and it started to get cold? Even houses equipped with generators rarely have sufficient fuel to maintain a household for more […]
Having the power needed to produce light and prepare food, maintain refrigeration, and to provide for heating/cooling of your home may not be essential for life, but it is nevertheless important in any emergency situation. Though the loss of grid electrical power is not part of every emergency, many incidents do include at least a […]
First aid and CPR training offered by the Red Cross and hospitals, is a good place to start. But “first aid” is only the first level of care. In a major disaster or extended emergency situation, you will need more. Much more. Standard first-aid kits, and conventional first-aid training programs, assume that you can quickly […]
Are you new to food storage? Or, are you experienced but want to evaluate your stockpile of stored food? Learn from the mistakes of others by reviewing this list of common food storage mistakes. 1. Having buckets full of grains, beans or wheat, but have never cooked them before is a problem waiting to happen. […]
The internet is full of advice on food for emergencies and long-term food storage, but what is really the best? This primer on food selection is designed to help you select the best types of food for your emergency food supply. This article will help you understand the pros and cons of each category of […]
Developed by the U.S. military after extensive nutritional and long-term storage research, the modern MRE has replaced the MCI (Meals, Combat, Individual – 1980s), the lighter LRP (Long Range Patrol) rations used in Vietnam, and the C-Ration (canned) . Though far from gourmet fare, the current-issue MRE meals are a quick and tasty meal when […]
There is a great deal of debate on this subject, and the reality is that no single weapon is the best choice for all emergency situations. Circumstances and conditions vary, as does the use of firearms for self-defense vs. hunting. There is no universal solution. Yet, an understanding of the options available to you is […]
If you’ve been in the military, chances are you have seen the Scepter fuel can. In our experience, these are the best and safest fuel containers available in the general-use market. They are far superior to both the ordinary red-plastic and red-metal gas cans widely in use, as well as the off-road-sports and maritime fuel containers. In […]
A headlamp is a good choice for walking at night, and when you want to be doing something else with your hands, other than holding a flashlight. They are also a good light for things around camp, and reading at night. These headlamps don’t take the place of a flashlight for searching in the distance, […]
Large knives which can also be used as a pry bar, are often included in a Go Bag (aka/ GOOD Bag, or Bug-Out Knapsack). However, the downside is the weight of the tool, and the fact that these large blades are illegal in some parts of the country. Notwithstanding, since we often receive questions on […]
What are Scanners Anyway? A scanner is a radio receiver (it cannot transmit) which allows you to scan multiple frequencies at one time for two-way radio activity. These devices are commonly known as “police scanners” in that most people use the devices to listen to police radio communications although fire department monitoring is almost of […]