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My house is pretty darn close to a nuclear power plant. It makes me uncomfortable but I can’t just move out to the middle of Wyoming to error on the side of safety. It’s a nice thought but I’ve gotten used to a salary and all the nifty bobbles it allows me to buy. In the mean time I bought some anti radiation pills mentioned in a previous post and I have my fingers crossed.
I know it seams like wishful thinking but the reality of the situation is that you can only do so much to prepare. Thinking about all the things that can go wrong can be crippling. If something happened and several million people started to panic trying to get out of a city would be a horrific experience. I’m preparing as best as I can for the worst and hoping for the best. In the mean time here is a website that can get you started on worrying about your future or if your lucky not at all
I just heard about the Category 4 hurricane Earl coming for the eastern sea board. My initial reaction is to get more information before I react. I looked up the flood zones in NYC and found the evacuation centers for my area. The NYC OEM Hurricane Evacuation Zones and NYC OEM Huricane Preparation Brochures are listed on the New York City Office of Emergency Management.
Getting caught unawares in a high pressure situation will set you up for additional mistakes and possibly a life-threatening situation. Early evacuation is important. Possibly getting stuck while at work or leaving too late will take an unneccesary toll on you. Keep your wits about you and speak to your family and friends about what you are going to do. Stock up on food and water before panic sets in and you will be good to go. Good luck everyone.
A GOOD bag is an acronym for Get Out Of Dodge bag. In case of an emergency you should have the essentials and a few creature comforts to get you through the initial period of an emergency. If you don’t have an emergency kit and plan to wing it when an emergency situation occurs then you will forget someting that might be important to your survival. The local government will have enough to worry about when the proverbial poo hits the fan. The least we can do is to have a plan in place to care of yourself and your family.
Now that I’ve gotten off my soap box here is my list. Everything you see below I have purchased and tested. This list in not all inclusive, everyone’s needs are different and this may not meet your needs so take it with a grain of salt and get your own bag ready.
1 Kelty Redwing 2650 Backpack
1 Suisse Sport Adult Adventurer Mummy Ultra-Compactable Sleeping Bag – Good to 30 degrees Fahreinheit
1 550lb. Type III Paracord (100′, Olive Drab)
1 G.I. Rip-Stop Nylon Poncho – Heavy duty military grade for keeping the rain off your head, tons of uses
1 Katadyn Hiker PRO Water Microfilter
1 Polar Pure Water Disinfectant
1 Platypus Water Tank (4-Liter) – So you don’t have to constantly be looking for water
1 Petzl E89 PD Tactikka XP Headlamp + extra aaa batteries
1 V2 LED Lenser Power Chip Flashlight – Uses same batteries as above to make things simpler
1 Mainstay Emergency Drinking Water (60 Pack) – I bought this and spread it around multiple GOOD / GO Bags – I put 16 4oz pouches in my bag
2 Meal Ready to Eat (MRE)
1 1800 Calorie ER Bar – Emergency Food Ration
1 Genuine Issue Magnesium Survival Fire Starter
1 Smith & Wesson CK5TBS Bullseye Extreme Ops 4.1″ 40% Serrated Black Tanto Blade
1 Leatherman Blast Multitool with Leather Sheath
1 Adventure Medical Kits Comprehensive Kit
1 CELOX Hemostat Blood Coagulent 35 gram (1.25 oz) Packet
2 Pairs of wool socks
2 Pairs of underwear
1 Pair of pants
1 Long sleeve shirt
1 Boonie cap – Sprayed with silicone to keep the water off
1 Pair of hiking boots – on your feet and not in the bag
1 Extra pair of glasses – For those of us who are dependant on them this is a life saver
1 Custom travel kit with shampoo, visine, pain medicine and any additional items that you rely on every day
1 Pair of nail clippers
1 Nail file
1 Tooth brush