Bug Out Bags

With all the nasty weather hitting all over the country it's got me thinking about what our family would do in an emergency situation. If we got trapped in our basement after a tornado or were stuck without power for a few days, would we be prepared?

Honestly, I don't think so. So I started researching bug-out bags . Basically it's a back pack or bag that could keep you alive for a few days in an emergency. The term "bug-out" comes from the idea that you'd use it if you suddenly had to leave your home behind in search of safety. Their different then simple emergency kits in that way. They need to be portable and you have to assume you wouldn't have things around your house with you to rely on. I like bug-out bags vs. emergency kits because I could grab them and through them in the car if we were taking a long road trip or something. Multi-functional ;)

There is a great website (linked below) that has everything you'd ever need to know about building a bug-out bag. You have to personalize it to include what your family would need (medications, baby gear, pet supplies, etc.). The basic categories to think about are: Water/Hydration, Food/Preparation, Clothing, Shelter/Bedding, Heat source, First Aid/Hygiene, Tools, Lighting, Communication, Travel Aids, and Self Defense.

It's a little overwhelming, but I think I'm gonna start building our bags a little bit at a time. I want to know I can take care of Avery even if we're in a survival situation.

What do you do to keep your family safe in case of emergency?

    8Theresa Gould
    We use to have something ready but we haven't put anything together again in a few years. I haven't thought much about it either in a while.
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    I'm the proud mama of my daughter Avery, born on June 6, 2013. I'm 26 years old, I work from home as a graphic designer, I will be testing for my 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2015. My husband, Derek, and I have been happily married for 3 years.