This Sample Bugout list is one that I have put together from many sources including Fema, Red Cross, U.S. Army, several online lists, and many years of working on disaster relief projects and providing personal items to people in shelters after natural disasters have taken their homes. The file is in .doc format. Click on the link to open the page: sample-bug
I’m going to add some of my favorite emergency lists lower down on this page, and explain a little bit about each one. But first, we need to talk about being prepared for any disaster that removes your home or threatens your safety.
In an urban environment, your need for a long-term survival kit may be minimal, unless you get cut off from help like the folks in New Orleans during the Katrina hurricane. After the Moore and El Reno, Oklahoma, tornadoes in 2013, entire residential areas and business centers were cleared from the earth. People lost everything instantly. Overnight, organizations kicked in for relief supplies, the Salvation Army showed up, Red Cross was on hand, and pizza restaurants were giving away hundreds of pizzas to those hardest hit and the first responders looking for them. I know this for truth because I had family that lost their home in that tornado and I was part of the Texas Oklahoma Kiwanis Disaster Relief Team that distributed 700 backpacks full of gear to families affected by those tornadoes. We also raised 80 thousand dollars for both emergency supplies and to donate to the local school district.
Anyway, in an urban environment, you can expect help fairly quickly so your emergency kit should reflect that reality. In a rural area (like homes struck by the El Reno tornadoes), you are on your own. Roads get wiped out and help is slow to arrive. You need at least a 72 hour kit and more if you have a family and pets. Whichever situation you find yourself, EVERY kit should have these important ingredients:
1. A paper copy of your drivers license or the front inside page of your passport. Ditto for all members of your family.
2. A list of your physicians, contact numbers, prescriptions, allergies, and medical conditions.
3. A copy of your insurance papers and contacts for your insurance agents.
4. Cash. 100.00 in ones is good. The ATM machines may not work, electricity may be out, and you may need to make some immediate purchases.
5. Spare eyeglasses. Spare drugs or medications, and a good first aid kit. Do NOT let your spare drugs or meds expire (date-wise). Discard old drugs safely and replace with fresh supplies on a regular basis.
6. A notebook and pen.
Do NOT rely on your cell phone’s address book to store all the information listed above. Your phone may get lost, the battery may die, or local cell towers may be down. Keep a “hard” copy of important information and put it in your emergency kit.
Here is a great website/blog on emergency packs and bug-out-bags. There is a good explanation behind the components that go into a good kit. Worth checking out. http://www.ultimatebugoutbaglist.com/
I’m impressed with Dan Sullivan’s website in that it offers some sage advice about SHTF situations. Of particular interest to this page is Dan’s list of Prepper Mistakes. Check it out at: http://www.survivalsullivan.com/prepping-mistakes-all-of-them-are-here/