Pelican Flyer • June 17, 2020
None of us want to imagine what might happen in the event of an emergency, but — as scary as it is to consider — preparing for a disaster is crucial to ensuring the health and safety of you and your family. Having a well-derived disaster plan can mean the difference between life and death in potentially devastating situations, so it’s well worth your while to conceive. One of the facets of your emergency response plan should be to pack a go bag that you can grab and go should you need to flee.
A go bag is an emergency preparedness bag designed to provide survival essentials for short-term disasters. They could provide life-or-death support in the face of a hurricane, flood, fire or any scenario where evacuation is necessary. This is different from a “bug out bag,” which is generally designed for multi-day survival and typically includes a tent or another protective element for overnight sheltering.
Whereas a bug out bag might be designed for 72 hours of emergency protection, a go bag is usually designed for 12 to 24 hours. The idea is to create a small, potentially life-saving capsule that you can grab in a split second should you need to rush out the door. A bug out bag may require a duffel bag full of supplies per person, whereas a go bag is smaller and more portable, often packed in a backpack. You might keep it in the closet by the front door or in the trunk of your car.
Do you really need one? It’s easy to dismiss emergency preparedness as being paranoid or extremist, but the reality is that making a go bag is easy, inexpensive and potentially life-saving. In fact, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends keeping at least 72 hours worth of emergency supplies on hand at all times.
The bag in which you pack your supplies is almost as important as the supplies themselves. Here’s why: You need a bag that’s protected against weather, damage and impact but that’s also lightweight and comfortable enough to carry should you have to tote it for hours at a time. We recommend creating a go bag using one of our heavy-duty backpacks because they’re water-resistant, comfortable and extremely durable. Create one go bag for each person in your household.
To determine what you need in your go bag, consider a full 24-hour day for you and each member of your family. Every single essential item you use during that period should have a place in your go bag.
At the end of the day, the point of any kind of emergency preparedness kit is to keep your family safe no matter what happens. Luckily, putting one together is relatively simple and affordable, so there’s no reason not to do so. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
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