As the second installment describing how I'm personally "prepping" for disasters and emergencies, I bring you the ubiquitous "Bug Out Bag":
This is my BOB, although it's not really a BOB as much as it is a mobile fallback measure. It's not really intended primarily to be a "pick it up and go" from the house type of pack - although it would work in that regard as well. It sits quietly and unnoticed in the backseat of my truck, waiting until the time comes when I might need all or part of it.
It's basically a German rucksack, with a 5.11 molle tactial medic pouch and surplus canteen w/cover attached to it. Along with this grouping, I also have this arrangement in the back of the truck:
This is a two person army surplus shelter (two shelter halves w/poles & stakes), a swiss army surplus folding shovel, gerber machete, and a poly groundcloth/tarp wrapped around a couple of wool surplus blankets. There are definitely lighter arrangements for shelter - but it's not too bad to tote with the sling strap and I favor heavy duty to light & flimsy.
I'll touch on individual items pictured above in future posts, but I want to talk about the first aid kit in this one. Here's a look inside:
When I first decided to do this, I looked at commercially prepared first aid kits like you find at walmart and sporting good stores. They didn't do much for me. Seemed like a lot of money for basically some antibiotic ointment and a couple of bandaids. So, I decided to make my own. This isn't my primary first aid kit, its just my mobile one that travels around with me when I'm away from home. My home first aid kit, which we'll look at later, is LOTS more involved.
Here's a list of what currently rests within:
Pepcid (heartburn/stomach acid)
Prescription generic vicodin*
"hot hands" hand warmers
Thermacare heat wrap
eyeglass repair kit
small lock blade knife
small multitool with pliers, wire cutter, screwdrivers
roll gauze bandages
Small gooseneck magnetic light
The kit is small, but I could (and probably will) cram a little more in it. Like I said, it's not supposed to fill all medical needs. It's just supposed to help us out in the short term, should the need arise.
A couple of notes:
*The prescription generic vicodin are left overs from previous medical issues. I tend not to take hardcore pain killers unless I really need them.... but I'll fill the prescription every time the Dr. is willing to write one. I stash them for use in an emergency, just in case medical care isn't available. If I have a broken bone or other serious trauma - I don't want to be stuck with OTC tylenol. The tablets are kept IN A PRESCRIPTION BOTTLE THAT HAS MY NAME ON IT. I can't stress that enough. Possession of a prescription pain killer like vicodin that looks squirrely to the cops can cause you some grief.
**Quik Clot is some amazing stuff. I hope like hell I never need it, but having it could easily mean the difference between having a bad injury, and completely bleeding out. Its a dry compound that is applied to serious trauma like a severed artery. It causes rapid clotting, so that the subject doesn't bleed out and die before help can get there. Stabbings, gunshot wounds, vehicle crashes are all instances where severe arterial trauma could result in fast bleed out. It used to come in a dry loose granular form, but now is available in "sponges" that are individually wrapped. That's what I have in all our first aid kits. I wouldn't go anywhere on the motorcycle without some in the saddlebags.
I'm embedding a video below, in case you aren't familiar with Quik Clot. It's EXTREMELY GRAPHIC, so if you're disturbed by such things DON'T WATCH IT. I personally think everyone on the planet should watch it, and then buy some of the stuff to have around. If you're serious about living through disasters and taking responsibility for your own safety and survival, I think you should be willing to see what you're up against. - But, it's up to you.
The video is of test trials where they sever the femoral artery of a hog, and then apply the Quik Clot. They use the loose dry granules, but the sponges are even easier to apply. Just shove them in there and apply pressure with gauze rolls, t-shirt, or whatever else you got handy.