Even before the global pandemic of 2020 we were prepared in the event evacuation was needed.
For many years I lead the Emergency Command Center for H-E-B Food/Drugs during various disasters throughout Texas.
This included strategic and tactical mitigation, preparation, and recovery operations for scores of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, nearby hazmat incidents, etc.
In my family, we determined our Bug Out Bags would hold us for 72 hours each. Depending on ‘indicators’ (weather, how far out and hurricane landfall projections, civil unrest, forest fire assumptions…) we would stay in place unless there was potential for immediate danger. Bugging out is just to get to another location.
Bug out bag inventory
1. 2 Oversize garbage bag (Use for shelter or improvise sleeping bag packed with leaves)
2. Ziploc bags all sizes
3. 2 rain ponchos
4. Two packs of handwarmers
5. Collapsible water bottle
6. Water purification tablets
7. Water neutralizing tablets
8. Coffee filters for straining water
9. Notebook and pen
10. Duck tape
11. Combination whistle, compass,
13. Toilet paper
14. Rubber gloves
15. Spare reading glasses and glasses repair kit
16. Too mini bottles of alcohol (medicinal purposes only)
17. Wet wipes
19. Parachute cord
20. Plastic forks and spoons
21. Beef and chicken bouillon cubes, sugar packs, salt and pepper
22. hygiene kit includes: Soap, Germx, toothbrush and toothpaste, toothpicks, expanding towel/washcloth, Dental floss (can also be used as string to put up a shelter,etc)
23. Sewing kit
24. Light/fire starting kit: threeglow sticks, cigarette lighters and waterproof matches, tea light candle, medicine bottle filled with tender, fire starter
25. First aid kit: alcohol wipes, baking soda, Chapstick, superglue, Q-tips, safety pins, syringes, scalpel blades, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, Imodium, baggie with iodine, ammonia, sting relief ampules, various skin/ bug relief wipes, zipper bag filled with Band-Aids of all sizes, disposable gloves
27. Gardening type gloves
28. Pantiliners -can be used for bandaging
30. Fishing kit
(If you’re looking at a week or more, you’re gonna also need more gear. Those are referred to as inch kits (inch being an abbreviation from ‘I’m never coming home).
Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.
As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.
He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.