I was flipping through articles on Flipboard on my way to work a little while back when I came across this great article from The Art of Manliness. It talks about how to make a survival kit to get you through the first few days of any emergency, like say the zombie apocalypse.
“The Art of Manliness’ Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor.
The term ‘Bugging Out’ refers to the decision to abandon your home due to an unexpected emergency situation–whether a natural disaster or one caused by man. A ‘Bug Out Bag’ is a pre-prepared survival kit designed to sustain you through the journey to your destination once you’ve decided to ‘Bug Out’ in the event of an emergency evacuation. Typically, the Bug Out Bag (BOB) is a self-contained kit designed to get you through at least 72 hours. This kit is also referred to as a 72-Hour Bag, a Get Out Of Dodge Bag (GOOD Bag), an EVAC Bag, and a Battle Box.
The thought of having to evacuate your home due to a sudden and imminent threat is not at all unrealistic. The reality is that sudden and uncontrollable events of nature and man do happen. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, storms, earthquakes, floods and volcanic explosions can strike fast and hard–wreaking havoc on homes, vehicles, roads, medical facilities and resource supply chains such as food, water, fuel, and electricity.”
(Back to Mike)
I‘d thought about making one of these bags for quite a while or at least something like it. Back in March 2011 I was living in Fukushima when the earthquake hit and it suddenly became really apparent that we needed something like this. I was lucky enough to have my camping gear and some food set aside and also lucky enough to have some of my wife’s relatives we could stay with. Unfortunately they were up in Sendai so we had to drive a few hours to get there and barely made it because of the gas situation. We got lucky getting through that whole thing but since then I’ve felt a lot more seriously about how a bag like this could help. It’s not just in case the zombies rise up and take over the world because let’s face it, that’s not going to happen. But earthquakes, emergencies, power outages like the one in New York or things like hurricane Katrina do happen all the time.