Preparing a Go Bag

  • 1 simple, well-used backpack
  • 1 durable, full water bottle
  • 1 roll of Gorilla tape
  • 1 multi-tool
  • 1 knife
  • 1 flashlight
  • spare batteries
  • USGS paper maps of the area
  • Phone & accessories
  • Spare shoes & wool socks
  • Money
  • First-aid kit
  • Fire-starting items
  • Food
  • 1 hat
  • base layers
  • 1 rain coat

“Once you’ve got all this together, consider actually trying out at least your top 2 routes out of town as a rehearsal. As you’re rehearsing, try to visualize the likely conditions in an emergency – and that getting out on foot might be necessary. Make changes to your go-bag and plan based on what you come up with. It’s important to keep in mind that your exit, and preparing for it, are all focused on survival. Make sure what you’re doing at every stage helps achieve that goal.”

Chris P. (CP) and Brady M., “Why is this interesting? – The Go Bag Edition.” Why is this interesting? March 3, 2020.

See also: “Doomsday Planning for Less Crazy Folk” .

The P Word: Pandemic

“We want – and need – to hear advice like this: 

* Try to get a few extra months’ worth of prescription meds, if possible. 

* Think through now how we will take care of sick family members while trying not to get infected. 

* Cross-train key staff at work so one person’s absence won’t derail our organization’s ability to function.

* Practice touching our faces less. So how about a face-counter app like the step-counters so many of us use? 

* Replace handshakes with elbow-bumps (the “Ebola handshake”). 

* Start building harm-reduction habits like pushing elevator buttons with a knuckle instead of a fingertip. 

There is so much for people to do, and to practice doing in advance.”

-Jody Lanard and Peter M. Sandman, “Past Time to Tell the Public: ‘It Will Probably Go Pandemic, and We Should All Prepare Now’.” Virology Down Under. February 23, 2020.