Thoughts on a 72 hour bag and thoughts if you go past 72 hours.
Resent emergency in different areas of the world have shown us
that a 72 hr bag needs to last longer.....
What are you packing and what are your thoughts as needs and
what to pack in them.....
Briefly ... First, one needs to carefully assess their own situation. What would cause you to have to leave your home and where would you go?
Staying put in your own home where you have your supplies, presumably some level of security, and a familiar community at your disposal is likely to be your best bet in most scenarios.
However, flooding and other major natural disasters MAY require that you abandon your home. So what is most important is to have reliable transportation (auto, fuel, bicycle??) ready and a reachable destination in mind that is secure and safe for you and perhaps other friends and family.
That established, then you should be aware of how long, worst-case, it would take you to arrive at that location on foot. And how dangerous is such a journey likely to be?
Answer those questions, then you can put together a list of critical items that you could carry on your back for that hike (one bag per adult). (You can of course have an additional bag or two ready to go if your primary transportation plan will bear it.)
Food (such as lifeboat food bars or freeze-dried pouches), a water filter, purification tabs, and water bottle(s), shelter (such as poncho for each individual), change of clothing, and a self-defense weapon with ammo. A first aid kit and any necessary prescription meds would also be a necessity. A radio and portable CB or other 2-way radio (and/or cell phone), GPS and local map would be in my bag.
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