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 for I‘m Never Coming Home).