QUESTION: If a major disaster were to hit where you live, right now, and you were given only 5 minutes to evacuate your home, not knowing if you would ever return, what would you take with you? Seriously, think about it for a minute. Given only 5 minutes, what would you grab from your home to take with you not knowing if you would ever return? Even if you were allowed to return, let’s assume you would find your home destroyed and all personal possessions lost.
This is why every man, woman, and child in every family should always have a BOBP packed and ready at for when disaster strikes. The idea is to have a bag ready at all times and to grab it at a moment’s notice. This bag should be something that can be worn on your back in the event that you are forced to walk.
Types of BOBP’s: Depending on how much you want to carry, your BOBP can range in size from a small day pack to a full size backpack. Your BOBP should be heavy duty, light weight, strong, water proof, have a built in canteen, and be in an earth tone color. I would recommend a full size outdoor backpack to carry everything you need to survive a post-disaster situation.
Recommended items for your BOBP: Along with the 10 Essentials that I strongly recommend, there are several other items that are recommended and depend on the personal needs of the individuals.
The 10 Essentials:
- A pocket knife (with locking blade), a sheath/skinning knife, and a multi-tool.
- A well stocked emergency disaster first aid/medical kit.
- Extra clothing, footwear, and a broad brimmed hat (seasonal) in zip lock bags.
- Rain gear.
- One gallon of water.
- A weatherproof LED flashlight with extra batteries.
- Emergency food rations for 30 days (Survival Tabs).
- Weatherproof matches and fire starter.
- Sunglasses with UV protection and SPF 30+ sunscreen.
- A Lensatic-type compass and a topographical map of the area you will be traveling.
Toilet paper, Insect repellent, Contact information of family and friends, Important documents and papers in zip-lock bags, Small pad of weather paper and pencil, Large towel, Rope or 550 cord – 100’ minimum, Gun & ammo (as much as you can carry), Gun cleaning kit, Silver coins for barter, Pocket P38 or P58 can opener, Prescription medicines, Prescription glasses (no contacts), Pocket thermometer, Ear plugs, Pocket chainsaw, Folding hand shovel, Hand hatchet, Emergency/Space blanket, Fishing kit, Sewing kit, Knife Fork & Spoon, Insect/Mosquito net, Light weight cooking pot, Cup/Mug, Duct tape, Diapers, Infant formula, Backpacking stove, Knife sharpening stone, etc.
It is also important to consider the following because if one of your BOBP’s is lost or stolen, you won’t lose everything.
- Each person carries all the 10 Essentials.
- Each person needs to carry toilet paper.
- Each person needs to carry silver/barter items.
- Each person needs to carry camping equipment.
- Each person needs to carry ammo.
- Each person needs to carry at least one gun.
When the time comes to bug-out in a moment’s notice (5 minutes), you just have to grab your BOBP and go. Having a BOBP packed and ready at all time in your home and vehicle can save your life and the lives of your family members.