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PrepperPennyWho, or I should say, what is BOB? BOB is an emergency Bug Out Bag. It is your critical link to survive in a total crisis, but for only 72 hours. According to Bug Out BagFEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency under The Department of Homeland Security), every person should have a readily available, well stocked BOB. According to their website, the first 72 hours of a crisis is the most critical time in an emergency. During a power outage on the northeast coast of America in 2003, store shelves were empty within only a few hours. And it just can not go without saying. We know the failure of FEMA  in the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans. Seventy-two hours was a joke!  Even if the entire city, county and state had BOBs, it would not have sustained them until help arrived. Please, please, PLEASE don’t go through life taking misplaced comfort in thinking that your government will be there to help you in a disaster! You are risking your family and your own well-being. I just can’t put my faith in them, or anyone other than my family. The government has proven too many times that they are inept and simply can not protect its’ people! That’s one reason I prepare. American’s need to stop relying on their government to do for them what they can and should be doing for themselves. And whether you want to face it or not, we all must wake up to a world that is different from the one we grew up in. There is no more Mayberry and there are no more super heroes. We must all take the care and well-being of our families very serious. You must ask yourself this. If I were to wake up tomorrow and there was no more electricity, no more gas, no more food in the supermarkets, how will I take care of me and my family. Can I take care of us? If not, you better begin to learn what you will need to know, now! If you are even one day late . . .

Empty Store Shelves

Stores Can Be Emptied Within 3 Hours

BOBs in the prepper community are an important part of their every day lives. Serious preppers would never be without their BOB on any given day. My husband and I each keep BOBs in our cars. We also keep an additional, commercially produced and packaged 72 hour kit which contains nothing but enough food for a family of 3.  However, this kit is not portable like BOBs but it is packaged to keep the supplies safe for more than 20 years. It’s a back up to our back up.

But what should be contained in BOBs are as diverse as the people who keep them.  For example, my BOB has different items than my husbands because I usually have our grandson with me so I pack according to  his needs in addition to mine. My husband travels throughout the state on business. He often has to drive over treacherous mountain passes. So if he were to be stranded on a mountain, his needs would be much different.  And this difference is typical for all BOBs. Even with the vastly different items in each of our BOBs, my husband and I started out with basic essentials then customized them from that.

When we finally decided to move toward self-preservation, we learned that a bug-out-bag was an important element to ensure the safety of you and your family.  I watched a lot of You Tube videos and read many blogs to learn how to put a BOB together. I found that everyone’s were different. But I found a few places that actually give you a roadmap to putting one together.

I will post these lists below. But here, I would like to talk about adjustments I have made since I first put our BOBs together. I’m always learning new things and understanding more. While at first, I packed cans of things like tuna and chilli, I began to learn more about recipes for dehydrated and freeze-dried foods and began replacing the heavier canned products with these alternatives. I can (and will post videos and recipes soon) make complete, healthy and flavorful meals using only dry products that need only boiling water to reconstitute. Meals like chilli, cream soups, casseroles, spaghetti and lasagna. I’m even working on a recipe for beef stroganoff complete with sour cream. These meals also work in your food storage supplies and look beautiful assembled in canning jars. And I have to add, make excellent gifts. But again, I digress.

While if a disaster were to hit now, my grandson, CJ would be covered by the BOB I have prepared for me. But I am working on getting him his own BOB with things like crayons, coloring books, flashlight, compass, and things that will make his life a little more pleasant and make him less distressed during an emergency.

And don’t forget about what your pets will need.  Please don’t overlook this important member(s) of your family. Click here to be directed to the Humane Society website to help plan for your pets specific needs.

Axel & CJ Playing

Axel and CJ playing with a big red ball

Finally, I will be posting more about my own BOB soon. I will show what I have chosen for it, and why I have chosen what I used. But for now, I hope this information will help you to get started if you have not done so already.

FEMA

I lifted this directly off of FEMAs website.

  • Food: Maintain enough nonperishable food for each person for at least 72 hours.
  • Water: Store enough so each person has a gallon a day for 72 hours, preferably for one week. Store in airtight containers and replace it every six months. Store disinfectants such as iodine tablets or chlorine bleach, eight drops per gallon, to purify water if necessary.
  • First aid kit: Make sure it is well stocked, especially with bandages and disinfectants.
  • Fire extinguisher: Your fire extinguisher should be suitable for all types of fires. Teach all family members how to use it.
  • Flashlights with extra batteries: Keep flashlights beside your bed and in several other locations. Do not use matches or candles until you are certain there are no gas leaks.
  • Weather Radios: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio, with battery backup, portable radio or portable television with extra batteries: Telephones may be out-of-order or limited to emergency use. The NOAA weather radio, portable radio or portable television may be your best source of information.
  • Miscellaneous items: Extra blankets, clothing, shoes and money. Wear sturdy shoes just in case you need to walk through rubble and debris.
  • Alternative cooking sources: Store a barbecue or camping stove for outdoor camping. Caution: Ensure there are no gas leaks before you use any kind of fire as a cooking source and never use charcoal indoors. Gasoline-powered appliances should be filled away from ignition sources.
  • Special items: Have at least 72 hours of medications and food for infants and those with special needs. Don’t forget diapers.
  • Tools: Have an adjustable or pipe wrench for turning off gas and water, and a shovel or broom for cleaning up.
  • Pets: Assemble an animal emergency supply kit and develop a pet care buddy system with friends or relatives to make sure someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be sure each of your pets has a tag with your name and phone number.  Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to plan for your pets.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Off-the-shelf Red Cross preparedness kit

A bug-out bag[1][2] is a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours[3][4] when evacuating from a disaster. It is also known as a 72-hour kit,[5] a grab bag,[6] a battle box, and other popular names include “Personal Emergency Relocation Kits” (PERKs) GO Bag and GOOD (Get Out Of Dodge)[7] bag. The focus is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival, distinguishing the bug-out bag from a survival kit, a boating or aviation emergency kit, or a fixed-site disaster supplies kit. The kits are also popular in the survivalism subculture.[8]

The term “bug-out bag” is related to, and possibly derived from, the “bail-out bag” emergency kit many military aviators carry. The concept passed into wide usage among other military and law enforcement personnel, though the “bail-out bag” is as likely to include emergency gear for going into an emergency situation as for escaping an emergency.[9]

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