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Getting Your Bug Out Bag Contents Ready: A 20-Step Checklist !

If you’ve watched what is in the news this past months, it’s been tough to overlook the quantities of individuals who have had to leave their homes because of disasters, including hurricanes,fires, floods, and storms.
These individuals needed a Bug Out Bag Checklist to help get them started with their Bug Out plan.
Getting your B.O.B bag contents Ready: a 20-step bug out bag checklist, meant to be handled one each week for twenty weeks, to assist you plus your family to be in a position to vacate on limited notice with the fundamental things a person may well require for you to survive in an crisis situation:
Bug Out Bag checklist might start here: Collect Bug Out Bags/storage bins to store your emergency survival kits in. Plan 1 kit per member of the family. You can in addition use storage tubs or perhaps 5 gallon containers. You mite like to break down a person’s items into their individual container, or even have one container per category (clothes, food, supplies, etc.)? How would you haul stuff should you be alone backpack, wagon, stroller?
Bug Out Bag 72 Hours of Non-Perishable Foods For each Individual. Tips: MREs, freeze-dried pouches, canned soups, high energy food bars, meats, veggies, fruit, juice; peanut butter, hard candy, beef jerky. Make a menu and plan each meal & snack foods. Brand your food as “Breakfast Day 1”, “Lunch Day 1”, etc. Place expiration dates on packages & your menu. Survival Food
H2o. Intend on 1 gallon of water per individual per day-two quarts for drinking, two for meal preparation & clean-up.
Bug Out Bag checklist should include: First Aid Kit. 1st aid manual, hand sanitizer  vinyl gloves, alcohol pads, tweezers, needle, small scissors, safety pins, cold pack, thermometer, band aids  gauze, elastic (Ace) bandage, anti-bac ointment, pain reliever.
Flashlights, Portable Radio (and batteries, as needed.) Check out solar image or hand crank solutions  which will even has accessories to charge a mobile phone. Look for a radio which is NOAA equipped. NOAA broadcasts regional emergency weather and evacuation directions (radio is placed for your local zip code).
Bug Out Bag checklist  also should include: Personal Hygiene Kit for every single person. Incorporate items in Ziploc bags or waterproof package: small towel/washcloth, comb/brush, soap, liquid detergent, toothbrush, toothpaste and other dental hygiene needs, deodorant, feminine hygiene items, other personal hygiene items, small wash basin (optional).
Additional Bug Out Bag checklist items: Sanitation and Waste Disposal. Stash the following in a 5-gallon bucket along with lid (and optional toilet lid): toilet tissue or baby wipes (remove cardboard tube to conserve room), plastic bags & ties, for disposal, chlorine bleach or disinfectant, toilet chemicals (optional),wet ones, paper towels, small shovel (optional). Chlorine bleach is a tough one in relation to emergencies. It starts to break down and lose strength after only 6 months, and you also hate to have to use or dispose of bleach and change it out when it’s not something you will generally have in your home. Full strength vinegar as well as peroxide, stashed independently, will do a sufficient job.
Bug Out Bag Clothing. For each individual store: Pants, socks, sweatshirt, t-shirt, Boots or shoes (optional) in Ziploc bags labeled with name and clothing size. For the children, store clothes which are 1-2 sizes bigger. Rotate clothes out when child grows into them. Be sure to note garments sizes on the “Master List” so that you recognize when to rotate clothes.
Bug Out Bag checklist will include: Eating/Cooking Supplies. Have a can opener, stove w/solid fuel or even heat pellets, utensils, cups, aluminum foil, Swiss army knife/utility tool with pliers & sharpening stone. Plastic plates & utensils may be used, yet be sure to have one or more container for boiling hot water.
Keep dry and warm with (hand warmers) for each person in your family.
Bug Out Bag checklist keep warm: Fire Making Supplies. Suggested: flint, fire starter  waterproof matches, fire starter you can create by gently melting a bit of Vaseline. Place 6-10 cotton balls in melted Vaseline and saturate fully. Permit cool & store within anything similar to a film container or simply Ziploc. To make use of, position a couple cotton balls beneath tinder and light using match. Dryer lint is great yet doesn’t burn as long.
Bugging Out: Always be prepared for everything. Rope and/or twine, duct tape (place around a drinking straw to reduce space), extra garbage sacks, extra Ziploc bags, whistle, used CD for signaling, along with small sewing kit (thread, needles, tiny scissors), medical tubing (drinking tube).
Bugging Out: Be Ready to Go with additional house keys along with car keys, area map for finding shelters, evacuation routes, etc., money. (Plenty of funds to support your family outside of your dwelling for 72 hours. Keep most of it in small bills along with some quarters.)
Important Documents for the Bugout Bag. Preserve copies inside a waterproof container : bank account & credit card information, homeowners’ insurance information, emergency plan, important phone numbers, family emergency plan contact numbers, birth certificates &/or passports, immunization records & health records,. *Keep original documents within a watertight, fireproof container at your residence.
Where might you rest your head during a Bug Out?  Think about a tent and lightweight wool blankets or sleeping bags. For people with a large family camping tent, keep it in a location where by it will be readily available during an evacuation.
Your Bug Out Bag checklist special needs, Items. For little: babies, diapers, wipes, bottles, water, ointment, medication,, baby sling or carrier. Pick one which doesn’t take up a lot space for the Bugout Bag like this, or simply put it on your own pack. Disabled/special needs: Analyse what you require. Add to package or place on a list of “other items to bring” and store list with your kit.
Bug Out Bag checklist should include extras like: Other Things to Bring if space along with time permit List. Coats, hats, gloves, boots (winter), cell phones and chargers, camera, tarp, tent, pillows, purse or wallet, diaper bag, extra food and water, special needs items, etc. In case you think of something different crucial incorporate it.
Prior to your Bug Out: Decide on an out of town contact; it could be easier to make long distance calls than local. Arranged gathering destinations, one right outside your home and one outside your neighborhood. Gather contact details for family members this includes work & school. Plan escape routes from home in addition to secure locations in case of flood, hurricane, tornado,, etc. Prepare a list of people, boarding centers, & veterinarians where pets might go. Read More Here
 

Bug Out Bags….

 I wanted to start carrying a get home/bug out bag; here is a list of the products and items I plan to purchase over the next few years to build up this backpack. I’m going to try and include all the links to the products I list. Everything else can be found at your local store/market. Please feel free to add/subtract things from my list. I’m looking forward to reading your constructive ideas and criticism on my ideas and plans. Thank You.

Lets start with medical supplies and accessories. These are the items I think that I will need if I am to be in any sort of emergency, for instance: I plan to pack for a car wreck/hike through an area that is completely unknown to me, friends, and family (and is really, really far away). Here is what I have written down for my Medical supplies list:
  1. #MA41: Rip-Away E.M.T pouch.
  2. Small, medium, and large Gauze.
  3. A surgical tourniquet.
  4. Alcohol wipes.
  5. Antibiotic ointment.
  6. A bar of soap.
  7. Dr. Brooners Castile Soap.
  8. toothbrush, and floss.
  9. Water disinfectant of your choice. Mine is Iodine, I can’t find a good place to get it though.
  10. Salts/Electrolytes.
  11.  Sunblock.
  12. Insect repellant and Insect bite treatment.
  13. Two or three ACE bandages.
  14. A magnifying glass.
  15. Bandanas.
  16. A lighter, and matches. (In a waterproof case of its own.)
  17. medical tape.
  18. band-aids.
  19. A pair of tweezers, toe nail clippers, and scissors. (CUTCO has some god-like knives/scissors)
  20. Super glue.
  21. Four pairs of rubber gloves.
  22. Bactine.
  23. Chapstick.
  24. Celox.
  25. Benadryl.
  26. Aspirin.
  27. Acetaminophen.
  28. Feminine pads.
  29. Lidocaine.
  30. Ascorbic acid.
  31. Surgical sewing kit.
  32. Write in the Rain notepad with a couple of pens.
Alright! Page two shall be my other gear and items.
  1. Maxpedition Condor II.
  2. Magnesium fire starters.
  3. Life Straws.
  4. Solar panel.
  5. AA, AAA, and D-cell lithium ion rechargeable batteries.
  6. A Write in the Rain notepad with pens.
  7. A compass that glows in the dark. And a map of the United States of America.
  8. Match cases that will have waterproof and windproof matches.
  9. A lighter.
  10. P-38 can opener.
  11. Pepperspray.
  12. A sewing kit with various types of needles and threads.
  13. Paracord 550.
  14. A mini folding shovel.
  15. Leather gloves.
  16. A wool blanket.
  17. MX-991/U flashlights. I’m wanting at least three.
  18. Source tactical hydration system. 3L. W/ Helix valve, U.T.A.
  19. Toilet paper and more alcohol wipes.
  20. ENO Doublenest hammock. With Atlas straps, mosquito netting, and a tarp with stakes.
  21. A stainless steel canteen that includes a three-piece set for boiling water and cooking food.
  22. Aluminum foil.
  23. Carabiners rated for climbing.
  24. Cigarettes for trading.
  25. A hat
  26. A pair of wool socks.
  27. A wool shirt.
  28. Pants.
  29. Underwear.
  30. Small jacket, warm enough for winter weather.
  31. Some shoes. Converses maybe? Something bendable and thin…
  32. A poncho.
  33. Water filter pump.
  34. Two way radios capable of receiving weather alerts and broadcasts. I need help with buying this.
  35. Millitary MRE’s and ER/MAYDAY food bars.
  36. Tea and coffee
  37. Salt and pepper
  38. 101 use card. (signal mirror, knife, wrench, ect…)
WEAPONS AND TOOLS!
        These are the tools/weapons I plan to carry… Eventually.
        
  1. Mechanical fishing reels and a small fishing kit.
  2. Snares; big and small. Six E/A.
  3. Collapsible bow. (Folds in on itself.)
  4. Arrows.
  5. Arrowheads
  6. KA-BAR Explorer.
  7. Lockback knives.
  8. A multi-tool.
This concludes my everything pack. I hope that you enjoyed reading this. Please leave a comment regarding what your get home/bug out bag is like and what you plan to bring and use for you.

NSA Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny Anything Without Causing ‘Exceptionally Grave Damage’ To National Security

When you find out your own government is harvesting your phone metadata and internet activity, what do you do? If you’re Jeff Larson at ProPublica, you file a FOIA request in hopes of getting the NSA to cough up some of the info it’s collected on you.

Shortly after the Guardian and Washington Post published their Verizon and PRISM stories, I filed a freedom of information request with the NSA seeking any personal data the agency has about me. I didn’t expect an answer, but yesterday I received a letter signed by Pamela Phillips, the Chief FOIA Officer at the agency (which really freaked out my wife when she picked up our mail).

Yes, Larson received three pages of unredacted excuses and explanations as to why the NSA would not be letting him in on what it had gathered, as well as some circuitous explanations as to why it was unable to confirm the existence of the data he requested.

The letter, a denial, includes what is known as a Glomar response — neither a confirmation nor a denial that the agency has my metadata. It also warns that any response would help “our adversaries”:

Any positive or negative response on a request-by-request basis would allow our adversaries to accumulate information and draw conclusions about the NSA’s technical capabilities, sources, and methods. Our adversaries are likely to evaluate all public responses related to these programs. Were we to provide positive or negative responses to requests such as yours, our adversaries’ compilation of the information provided would reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security.” “Reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security…” That’s a beauty, as is the entire paragraph. Instead of “Yes, we have some stuff but we can’t let you look at it,” or “No, we don’t have your stuff, but thanks for asking,” we get “We can neither confirm nor deny we have your stuff because a simple yes or no would give terrorists the upper hand.” Alternately: “Sorry we can’t be more specific. Can I offer you some fear instead?” Fortunately, as Larson notes, he won’t be charged a fee for this non-answer to his request.

The NSA’s FOIA responder takes a little time to imply that the media possibly has all the facts wrong.

As you may be also be aware, there has been considerable speculation about two NSA intelligence programs in the press /media.

If by “considerable speculation,” she means “actual document leaks,” then we’re on the right track. Yes, there’s been plenty of speculation but there are several exposed documents that give this speculation a solid starting point.
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