Bugout bag – Combat Arms Blog http://combatarmsblog.com/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 06:19:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://combatarmsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon.png Bugout bag – Combat Arms Blog http://combatarmsblog.com/ 32 32 Outdoor emergency gear for every adventure https://combatarmsblog.com/outdoor-emergency-gear-for-every-adventure/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 17:04:54 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/outdoor-emergency-gear-for-every-adventure/ Surviving in the great outdoors is a task that should not be taken lightly. Whether you are doing night hikes or survival hikes, there will always be gear to never forget. The right outdoor gear stands between you and tragedy. Make sure you have the necessary equipment and tools according to the risks you will […]]]>

Surviving in the great outdoors is a task that should not be taken lightly. Whether you are doing night hikes or survival hikes, there will always be gear to never forget. The right outdoor gear stands between you and tragedy.

Make sure you have the necessary equipment and tools according to the risks you will encounter. Create a list of essentials every time you go out. The list will grow and shrink as your gear and experience grows.

You’re unlikely to use all of them on your list, but it’s good to know you have the right tool. When shopping, consider essential gear categories rather than unique items.

Five categories of survival gear:

  • Navigation, always know your exact location and know how to find safety.
  • Emergency shelter is essential as exposure to the elements can kill.
  • Extra nutrition and hydration can save a person; pack high calorie items to gain energy.
  • Clothing should be considered a survival bag; weather conditions can change quickly.
  • Skin protection should be considered in all seasons. Protect yourself from sun poisoning and snow blindness.
Medical and first aid equipment

First aid kits are designed for minor abrasions; anything beyond that means getting to the hospital quickly. There are thousands of kits; stick with the biggest online retailers and neighborhood sports stores. Don’t skimp on outdoor emergency equipment; it can mean your life.

QuickClot

adventure medical kits; QuickClot, coagulation gauze. Nothing can derail a camping trip faster than a scrape or a cut. QuikClot works on contact to stop bleeding, saving time when every second counts. Hemostatic gauze accelerates the body’s natural clotting process, using kaolin, a natural clotting agent. Kaolin is non-allergenic, making it safe and effective to use.

First aid kits

Build your survival bag with material that looks like most of your hikes. If most of your survival camping is three to five days, build a balanced bag, and so on. Small kits to large medical bags should be considered, depending on your type of trek, Survival or Off-Grid.

Mountain Series Explorer First Aid

This mid-range kit is an excellent first medical pack to start the season. Unused products last several camping seasons and two or three survival trips. Hospital-grade supplies are clearly labeled for emergencies that require quick action – clear pockets on a water-resistant medical bag for easy access.

Gadgets and emergency equipment

Putting outdoor emergency gear in your survival bag takes a lot of thought.

  • Pyro Putty Dual Arc Elite Lighter: Provides an electronic beam that will light up anything in tough conditions.
  • TinderQuik provides a little tinder that will light up in all weathers for three minutes. TinderQuik lights up when wet.
  • The Survive Outdoors Longer Waterproof Escape Bivvy provides shelter in harsh conditions.
  • Blister Medic Kit: Don’t let a foot blister ruin your trip. Comprehensive first aid for blisters.
  • Trauma kits are always a good idea for emergency wounds and skin injuries.
Build a Survival Bag

A survival bag or bug bag is an essential. When equipping a survival bag, always buy quality gear. Bug out bags are called an essential gear kit that will help a person survive on their own for 72 hours. Your survival bag should be taken on any outdoor trip, no matter what time of day.

If family safety is a priority on any camping trip, use common sense when creating a bag.

The Ready.gov website is a great resource for creating an emergency preparedness bag. The instructions are simple and well presented; however, the items are more for a three or four day emergency than a survival trek. There is good information for the beginner camper.

The first thing to do is to buy a bag suitable for your equipment. Make sure the quality is there and it has the pockets and internals to get the job done. Remember, this bag will be with your family for years to come, so choose wisely. Make sure that the equipment in the bag is suitable for travel, i.e. for a three-day trip, not a two-week trip.

Two survival bags that do the trick:

Browning Wicked Wing Blind Bag

Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat is the perfect camouflage built by a world class brand. Browning offers the ultimate in quality bag construction and design. Waterproof compartments to keep electronics dry. No matter the adventure, there’s plenty of storage space and compartments. There is a clear, waterproof, zipped container inside the Wicked Wing to store gear without exposing it to moisture. The straps and bags feature plenty of padding for those long rides, and the Browning Wicked Wing bag is buoyant. The Wicked Wing is constructed from a strong PVC reinforced polyester. Excellent all-purpose bag.

FoxPro Carry Bag

The Carrybag features pockets with Molle Webbing and padded dividers inside the FoxPro. Comfortable padded shoulder straps with multiple zippered pockets and an electronics pocket. The Coyote Tan bag can be used for many different family activities.

Last word

Choose only the gear needed to survive in the wild for 72 hours; the chances of finding help diminish rapidly after that.

Camping, hunting and surviving in the wilderness is a glorious challenge. It can be further improved by using available knowledge and purchasing excellent equipment. Use your available space wisely, like a well-stocked survival kit. Sometimes one wrong turn can lead to the loss of a person and the beginning of a tragedy.

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Comedians will invade North Bend on Saturday, November 5 https://combatarmsblog.com/comedians-will-invade-north-bend-on-saturday-november-5/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/comedians-will-invade-north-bend-on-saturday-november-5/ Sixteen stand-up comedians will throw their best jokes on Saturday night when the 42n/a The annual Seattle International Comedy Competition lands at the North Bend Theater. Comics from the United States, Canada, and Detroit will compete for cash prizes and the honor of becoming the “2022 SICC Champion.” Hosted by the North Bend Theatre, Saturday’s […]]]>

Sixteen stand-up comedians will throw their best jokes on Saturday night when the 42n/a The annual Seattle International Comedy Competition lands at the North Bend Theater.

Comics from the United States, Canada, and Detroit will compete for cash prizes and the honor of becoming the “2022 SICC Champion.”

Hosted by the North Bend Theatre, Saturday’s contest is the first round of the contest, and all sixteen comics will put out their best material in order to advance to the next round.

Beth Burrows, the theater owner, is delighted to host the event. “A humor contest is great, especially the first round. The comedians are fresh, fully loaded, and they swing out. Get ready for two hours of non-stop laughs.

The comics include a former Marine, a nurse who can describe his entire life in less than a minute, an Evil Clown College dropout, and a Disney fan who’s also holding an Apocalypse-ready Bug Out bag.

The Seattle International Comedy Competition is America’s largest traveling comedy festival. Throughout November, 32 comedians made their way through Puget Sound, vying for $16,000 in cash prizes.

The final night of the competition will take place at Laugh’s Comedy Club in Seattle’s college district and will feature the top five comedians. Tickets are going fast! Check availability online at http://northbendtheatre.com.

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Halloween Information Sources: It’s Baaaaack! https://combatarmsblog.com/halloween-information-sources-its-baaaaack/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 04:05:32 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/halloween-information-sources-its-baaaaack/ Her hand. Toussaint. Toussaint. Halloween. These are names by which the upcoming holidays are known. You know the one I mean. The Headless Horseman. The Sanderson sisters. Jack Skellington. Michael Myers. October 31 belongs to them. Last year I wrote “A ghoul section of Halloween news sources”, which has collected the best podcasts, stories, government […]]]>
Her hand. Toussaint. Toussaint. Halloween. These are names by which the upcoming holidays are known. You know the one I mean. The Headless Horseman. The Sanderson sisters. Jack Skellington. Michael Myers. October 31 belongs to them.

Last year I wrote “A ghoul section of Halloween news sources”, which has collected the best podcasts, stories, government resources from the Internet and more on the subject of fear. But what if you don’t just study this night of fear? What if you – swallow – try to survive it?

Here are some sites that will assure you that you are not Hallo-weenie.

‘HEY! ANYONE HAVE SEEN A GHOST?

Ghosts are as essential to Halloween as turkeys to Thanksgiving, pineapples to Hawaii, and the F-word to Quentin Tarantino. Most people love a good ghost story. Sure, audience about a ghost is not as exciting as seeing a. Here are some resources for all aspiring ghost hunters.

Paranormal phenomenons

You cannot smash, ransack, grab, grab, or otherwise incapacitate an otherworldly entity without knowing precisely what that entity is. The Paranormal phenomenons Bridgewater State University’s Maxwell Library Research Guide is a godsend (a godsend?) in this regard. He is linked to the Parapsychological Association, the Rhine Research Center (“Bridging the Gap Between Science and Spirituality”), and more.

Ghost Hunting Cheat Sheet For Dummies

REM terminal. Infrared motion detectors. EVP recording device. Ovilus. Here are some of the things you’ll need to be a sui generis ghost hunter, found at Ghost Hunting Cheat Sheet For Dummies. You will discover much more in the complete book ghost hunting for dummies by Zak Bagans—the host and executive producer of Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures– as well as some existential topics, such as the different types of hauntings.

12 Paranormal Investigators Who Would Never Ghost You

Every industry has its celebrities. You have already heard of Zak Bagans, who with Ghost Adventures co-star Aaron Goodwin has been minding the spirits for 14 years. Other stars on the 12 Paranormal Investigators Who Would Never Ghost You list come from shows such as Ghost brothers, ghost nationand the subtly titled Portals to Hell.

International Ghostbusters

You can search for ghosts by yourself. Or you can do it as Ghostbuster. All you have to do is gather a group of friends, choose a name (Raleigh Ghostbusters, for example), sew uniforms, create a website and boom! You could be licensed Ghostbusters franchise with International Ghostbusters. Official license? Not clear. Don’t tell Columbia Pictures, just to be sure. (I once interviewed a Ghostbusters franchisee. It was… something.)

HORRIFYING TUTORIALS

Ghosts, of course, are just one category of creatures that concern us. There are many others. Some push us away; some intrigue us. All are worthy of study, if only for the reason that the greatest fear of all is the unknown. Here are some additional educational resources.

Emilie Pinigis, Pitt’s news

“Being a witch while attending college can sometimes be especially difficult,” wrote Emilie Pinigis, freshly graduated, while finishing her studies at the University of Pittsburgh. His blog, pitchcraftwas a cauldron of thoughts, advice, and other bits of wisdom for her fans, especially those like her who sometimes need a little more power.

“How to become a necromancer – for fun and profit”

A necromancer is someone who raises the dead, not like Castiel bringing Dean back from hell (Supernatural fans know what I’m talking about), but with the goal of creating an army of the undead. It sounds good ? Check “How to become a necromancer – for fun and profit” blog post, which comes with a dandy flowchart.

What to do when you encounter Cthulhu

There are millions of books on surviving a zombie apocalypse. But what if the end of the world is brought about by something more… squid? Thanks Shoggoth, we have Rachel Gray’s book, What to do when you encounter Cthulhuwhich “covers the myriad of imagined dangers, escape options, and chances of survival” when faced with Cthulhu and his nightmarish companions.

How to Emulate Dean Winchester from Supernatural

Speaking of Supernatural, wouldn’t it be cool to be Dean Winchester? His look, his conduct, his scathing humor, his dart throwing, I want to know how he does it! Fortunately, the How to Emulate Dean Winchester from Supernatural The wikiHow guide spares no detail.

TRYING WITH TERROR

The worst thing about Christmas, New Years or Valentine’s Day is spending it alone, amirite? The same with Halloween. Nothing is cuter than dressing up in one of these couple costumes – Salt and Pepper, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Wayne and Garth – and rocking the party. Before you go, however, take a good look at your date. They may not be who you think they are.

11 Signs You’re Dating a Vampire

Leave it to BuzzFeed to take ordinary goth indicators (they don’t tan, their wardrobe is out of the ordinary, their music is weird, etc.) and pathologize them by 11 Signs You’re Dating a Vampire.

‘So You Think You’re Dating a Werewolf: A Modern Teen’s Guide’

Because we’ve all had the problem of determining whether a significant other “is of supernatural origin or just plain hairy,” the Hollywood Hates Me blog has created a helpful resource, “So You Think You Are Dating A Werewolf: A Modern Teen”s Guide.” Accessories for reference to Morpha character that only diehard Marvel fans would remember (he was in several episodes of X-Men: The Animated Series).

Survive a date with a zombie / Apocalypse

Peppermints? Check. Lipstick? Check. BOGO coupon for Ruby Tuesday? Check. Bug out bag, HEPA radiation filter and pocket Geiger counter? Only if your other half is a little…reconstituted, says Survive a date with a zombie / Apocalypse.

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Prepare for disaster with this radio https://combatarmsblog.com/prepare-for-disaster-with-this-radio/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/prepare-for-disaster-with-this-radio/ We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn more > Preparing for disaster is an invaluable skill, but it’s not always accessible. Even with modern technology like cell phones, when these run out of battery, who can you turn to? If you’re someone who wants to […]]]>

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Preparing for disaster is an invaluable skill, but it’s not always accessible. Even with modern technology like cell phones, when these run out of battery, who can you turn to?

If you’re someone who wants to be prepared for even the most extreme conditions, then you’re in luck. Right now, you can purchase the American Red Cross FRX3+ Multi-Powered Weather Alert Radio at a hugely discounted rate.

The American Red Cross FRX3+ is a hand crank rechargeable weather radio with solar panel and hand turbine generation to keep you ready in case of an emergency or disaster. The alert feature automatically broadcasts all emergency weather alerts near you, giving you the flexibility to plan and adjust accordingly. It also works as a generator, display and alarm clock, LED flashlight, and more. Plus, the FRX3+ receives all 7 digital AM/FM/NOAA weather radio bands, so you’ll be able to hear what’s going on no matter what emergency you’re in.

With so many features, there’s no shortage of rave reviews for the American Red Cross FRX3+ Multi-Powered Weather Alert Radio. It’s Amazon’s choice, with 4.6 out of 5 stars. One verified customer liked the solar power option, saying, “The solar charger works great. I’ve only had to use the crank (which really works) once and that’s because I left it in the shade. It’s light, small and works great in our RV. Another customer loved the size and said, “This item is amazing. Good price and perfect size (not too big) to keep in a bug out bag. I have tried every feature on this radio and everything is A1 and working perfectly.

Right now, you can prepare for disaster with the American Red Cross FRX3+ Multi-Powered Weather Alert Radio, available for just $44.99. That’s a 55% markdown from its $99 MSRP.

Prices subject to change.

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Need a bug bag? Here are the 5 best emergency preparedness kits for 2022 https://combatarmsblog.com/need-a-bug-bag-here-are-the-5-best-emergency-preparedness-kits-for-2022/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 14:10:21 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/need-a-bug-bag-here-are-the-5-best-emergency-preparedness-kits-for-2022/ Everything you need…in one convenient backpack. (Photo: Getty) You know what they say about an ounce of prevention. Prepare for an emergency, whether it’s a flood, hurricane, earthquake, tornado or [enter disaster-of-choice here]will give you control over a scary situation. Emergency preparedness kits (also known as “bug out bags”) contain basic supplies, but these are […]]]>

Everything you need…in one convenient backpack. (Photo: Getty)

You know what they say about an ounce of prevention. Prepare for an emergency, whether it’s a flood, hurricane, earthquake, tornado or [enter disaster-of-choice here]will give you control over a scary situation.

Emergency preparedness kits (also known as “bug out bags”) contain basic supplies, but these are supplies that could save your life – and since you may face power outages, water shortages and more, you’ll want one that can hold you up for at least 72 hours (and have room to store your personal documents and medications too).

We’ve found five survival kits, ranging from a four-person backpack to a 160-piece first aid kit to help keep you and your loved ones safe in perilous situations.

Along with survival necessities like waterproof matches, a flashlight, and a blanket, this five-day emergency preparedness kit also comes with emergency relief items like a deck of cards and tasty food. The 32 servings of food (with a 25 years shelf life) include creamy pasta, tortilla soup, and apple-cinnamon cereal. You will also find a portable stove with fuel pellets to heat everything.

For the ultimate preparation for whatever life throws at you, we present this water-resistant backpack with wings that open to reveal clear pockets filled with survival tools. You’ll find a three-day supply of food and water, whistle, compass, leather work gloves, emergency red flasher, signal mirror and more.

Be prepared for almost any injury with this first aid assortment that includes 160 items but weighs only one pound and is small enough to fit in a glove box, suitcase or junk drawer. The canvas case is filled with medical grade supplies compiled by a team of doctors and CPR instructors.

Zippered clear pockets provide easy access and space to store your own things, like medicine. You will find plasters of different sizes and shapes, anti-puncture pads, moleskin anti-blisters, antiseptic wipes, plasters, scissors and metal tweezers.

This stuffed backpack is perfect for a family of three. It contains a multitude of items, from an AM/FM radio, RV stove and tent to a 54 piece first aid kit. Food and drink will be covered with 18 water bags, 50 water purification tablets and 3 food bars of 2,400 calories.

This 72-hour emergency kit is the ultimate in on-the-go preparedness, whether you’re aiming to outrun a hurricane, hunker down after a landslide, or find yourself hopelessly lost in the woods. As the name suggests, this kit can support two people for three days (or, presumably, one person for six days, if you’re the lone wolf type). What’s inside ? Thirty-three items in all, including vacuum-sealed food and water pouches, blankets, two 2,400-calorie food bars, disposable dust masks, nitrile gloves, a whistle (you know, in case you want to call this cute wolf to play—just kidding!), ponchos, handkerchiefs, and a pair of safety glow sticks.

Speaking of preparation: make sure you’re signed up for Walmart+. It’s easy to sign up for your 30-day free trial here. You’ll get free grocery delivery, savings on gas and prescriptions, exclusive access to top deals, and more. (And by the way, those without Walmart+ still get free shipping on orders of $35 or more.)

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What are your basic survival needs? https://combatarmsblog.com/what-are-your-basic-survival-needs/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 22:58:47 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/what-are-your-basic-survival-needs/ I was lucky enough to be able to travel to many continents. In the mid 80s, I spent quite a bit of time in parts of Africa and Asia, then again to return to the early 90s. The countries that surprised me the most were Egypt, Saudi Arabia and also Israel. There is something mysterious […]]]>

I was lucky enough to be able to travel to many continents. In the mid 80s, I spent quite a bit of time in parts of Africa and Asia, then again to return to the early 90s. The countries that surprised me the most were Egypt, Saudi Arabia and also Israel. There is something mysterious and amazing about the desert lifestyle of these regions, and then the contrast of their large westernized cities.

I spent most of my time in the desert manning a small military outpost with a handful of other army soldiers near Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, with occasional visits to towns like Le Cairo, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel. The biblical history of these places has always intrigued me. Our outpost was located along the shores of the Sinai Peninsula (or the Gulf of Aqaba depending on which map you are looking at) creating another wonderful contrast when the desert meets the sea.
My basic survival needs were regularly provided by the military. Food, water and basic hygiene items were delivered to our outpost so we were always comfortable in our double width type trailers surrounded by 7ft sandbag walls from above.

(The only item we needed was alcohol. Since Egypt is a Muslim-majority country, many locals abstain completely from alcohol). The stores in our area reflected this belief and alcohol was very hard to come by. Fortunately, the army taught us to improvise, adapt and overcome, so a once-a-week covert mission to Israel took care of the alcohol supply problem.

Our daily interactions with the locals were usually with the Bedouins (“Badawi” in Arabic). These people were a semi-nomadic group of desert dwellers known for their ingenuity and hospitality. Bedouins survived harsh weather conditions and lived in harsh environments. We usually trade simple things like clean water, bread, or an MRE (ready to eat meal) with them for a handmade knife, some kind of novelty, or even the occasional small block of hash.
The large tribe of Bedouins who were near our camp always made me think of the differences in people’s lives. For example: and what some felt as their basic survival needs were compared to those of other people living in different areas or circumstances.

I always thought the American way of life was one of greed and waste. I often think of the number of people who could be fed by the food that is thrown away in our restaurants at the end of each day. When I was a kid and couldn’t finish my dinner, my dad used to say, “I wonder how many families that left food you’re about to throw away could feed.”

These desert dwellers knew what their basic survival needs were, food, water and shelter. They didn’t spend time looking for what they didn’t need. Everything else outside of those needs was considered a gift and they never lived to expect that gift again.

Have you thought about your basic survival needs? Yes, it’s a simple answer: oxygen, water, food and shelter. Could you live without air conditioning in Arizona in the middle of summer? Could you live without the luxury of a cell phone, or is it one of your basic survival needs? I write this more to be stimulating than informative. Have you made up your actual survival needs?

If you had to survive for 3 days away from your home, your vehicle or someone you know, what would you want from yourself? Here’s the question: list the items you would store in a bugout/72hr bag. It’s kind of the same thought process. What do you really need? Are defensive weapons part of your survival needs? I suggest you make one.

When I was outside the United States and out of my comfort zone, it made me realize that we give back many “things” and necessary items, that when we are apart or lack those ” things,” our mental state declines because we feel without.

Do we “improvise, adapt and overcome?” Or do we fall into a mild depression because we are deprived of something we have become accustomed to for so long?

Get out of your usual environment and take only a few survival necessities with you. See what you’re made of because that’s what you’ll survive.

Never stop training

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Oz Johnson / Lead Instructor, NRA Certified
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Having a good bug out bag is essential for natural and man-made disasters: experts https://combatarmsblog.com/having-a-good-bug-out-bag-is-essential-for-natural-and-man-made-disasters-experts/ Thu, 06 Oct 2022 03:20:01 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/having-a-good-bug-out-bag-is-essential-for-natural-and-man-made-disasters-experts/ “Bugging out” is a term widely used in military circles for quickly evacuating a dangerous location with minimal supplies. Among survivors and “preparers”, a “bug out bag” is anything that contains survival essentials, usually lasting at least three days. “Generally, it’s a bag for when you need to leave a place to stay safe. It […]]]>

“Bugging out” is a term widely used in military circles for quickly evacuating a dangerous location with minimal supplies.

Among survivors and “preparers”, a “bug out bag” is anything that contains survival essentials, usually lasting at least three days.

“Generally, it’s a bag for when you need to leave a place to stay safe. It has the essential basic supplies to do that,” said survival instructor Craig Caudill of the Bug Out Bag Academy (bugoutbagacademy. com).

The online emergency preparedness academy was founded in 2013 by Missouri resident Andrew Pontius to help educate people on how to build bug out bags and survival kits.

Residents of the Mill Run area prepare to leave under a mandatory evacuation order issued by emergency management officials June 26, 2012 in New Port Richey, Florida. According to local news, two rivers in the area have converged and surpassed the 100-year flood plan. (Edward Linsmier/Getty Images)

Pontius said the essence of a bug out bag is that it’s something easily accessible and ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Ideally, it contains all the basic ingredients for survival: shelter, water, food, a source of heat, first aid and clothing.

“It can be anything you make of it,” Caudill told The Epoch Times, as long as it meets all the requirements.

Caudill, who peer reviews the website’s content, said creating a bug out bag doesn’t have to be complicated.

Easy to prepare

“In fact, we think it should be a fun and enjoyable experience. After all, having a solid escape plan and knowing you’re planning well in advance should help reassure you about [disaster] scenarios.

Caudill said a bug out bag comes in a variety of forms. It can be a simple hiker’s backpack, a sports bag, or even a guitar case, as long as it contains the essential ingredients for survival.

The general rule is that a bug out bag should be able to carry a person through a disaster scenario for at least 72 hours.

“The general belief is that this is the average time it would take you to be located or rescued during a large-scale disaster,” Pontius told The Epoch Times.

Pontius said the first thing to consider in a potential evacuation scenario is its physical location and the natural or man-made emergency most likely to occur.

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Volunteers organize donations of emergency supplies at the Lakewood Church Temporary Shelter on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Thousands of Houston-area residents have sought refuge from flooding caused by the impact of Hurricane Harvey. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“Is this going to be a forest fire? Will it be a hurricane? Is it going to be a tornado? That sort of thing,” Pontius said. “I think a lot of it depends on your location.”

In September, Denver’s Office of Emergency Management (DOEM) DenverREADY program held two community fairs, distributing approximately 600 bug out bags in the Denver metro area. The event coincided with National Preparedness Month.

Each backpack consisted of a basic first aid kit, scissors, tape, whistle, flashlight, batteries, AM/FM radio, matches, a notebook, a tissue and a paper towel, triple antibiotic cream, hydrogen peroxide and a can opener.

In addition to the bug out bags, DenverREADY handed out drawstring bags, which included items such as ice scrapers, heating and cooling packs, reusable straws, water bottles, collapsible bowls and d other items.

“Through our fairs, we have had a strong focus on education, providing a wide range of educational materials on what goes into bug bags,” said Mikayla Ortega, DOEM’s Marketing and Communications Manager. .

“We’ve been clear in our efforts, going so far as to set up a demo table to tell people how to build their kits, as our bags are starter kits for people who might not be able to get hold of them. basic supplies otherwise,” Ortega said. .

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A very well-stocked first aid kit can be expensive, but having the right items needed to treat injuries or save a life is priceless. (Courtesy of MyMedic)

“Our office’s vision is to become a national model in forming and sustaining a culture of preparedness as prepared communities create resilient communities. We believe giving resources and education directly to residents shows our commitment to our community,” Ortega told The Epoch Times.

Survival Essentials

Of all the main ingredients in a bug out bag, food, water, warmth and shelter are the most important for survival, Caudill said.

“If you don’t have something to take care of your body heat – your body regulation – you’re not going to make it.”

Bug Out Bag Academy lists 75 essentials for an authentic bug out bag. However, Caudill and Pontius warn that one size does not fit everyone’s needs.

First and foremost is hydration, since the human body can only survive about three days without water.

Contents should include at least three liters of drinking water, a bottle or canteen, water filters and purification system, and three water purification tablets.

Next comes food and food preparation. Items may include six high-protein, high-calorie energy bars, dehydrated meals, stove fuel, and cooking and dining utensils.

The bug out bag should also contain a lightweight long-sleeved shirt, convertible zippered pants, underwear, three pairs of woolen socks, a medium-weight fleece, work gloves, and a rain poncho.

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If you have a traditional tent, use it as your cozy backyard. (Courtesy of White Duck)

Shelter and bedding can be a tarp or tent, a sleeping bag, a groundsheet and a woolen blanket for extra warmth.

Bug Out Bag Academy also recommends throwing in the mix a lighter, an iron rod to create sparks to start campfires, three pieces of fuel, and waterproof storage.

A well-stocked Bug Out Bag should include first aid and trauma kits, Mylar survival blanket, insect repellent, knife, axe, LED flashlights, batteries, candles, cell phone and two-way radios.

While natural disasters are a fact of life, Caudill said, supply chain disruptions and food availability appear high on the global radar in 2022.

“It’s our biggest threat right now. It’s happening. It’s happening on a massive scale,” he said.

Pontius said evacuation kits bought online are a good way to start, but they lack supplies to meet specific individual needs, such as prescription drugs.

“I definitely wouldn’t stop” with a ready-made bug out bag. “Don’t let this be your main recourse in a big emergency,” Pontius said.

Perhaps the most critical element of any escape plan is having the mindset and determination to create one in the first place.

Despite red flags of a deteriorating economy, inflation and supply chain issues, many people have yet to begin to prepare for the prospect of tough times.

“I believe it’s human nature to put off potentially difficult times until they come,” said Jonathan Jones, co-founder of The Provident Prepper (theprovidentprepper.org) with his wife, Kylene.

“In a world so full of distractions and the incentive to ‘eat, drink and have fun’, many people choose to live now with the intention, perhaps at some point, of taking some steps to be better. prepared.”

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People line up to receive canisters to collect water and water purification tablets from the Venezuelan Red Cross in Caracas on April 16, 2019. (Yuri Corteza/AFP/Getty Images)

As events unfold around the world, Jones told The Epoch Times that he has “never seen so many alarm bells ringing at once.”

“It is moral and natural that there are challenges…but our nation and our world are in a state of turmoil that I have never witnessed before,” he said.

“Some will never listen and for whatever reason want nothing to do with preparation. Others see the wisdom in preparation, but it’s never on the priority list for taking action. .

Think about urgent matters

Jones said some people adopt a prepared mindset if they have someone they trust to help them meet preparedness goals.

Kylene Jones thinks “everyone is worth it,” and told The Epoch Times, “We share our message of self-reliance with anyone who is willing to listen.

“It’s that old saying, ‘You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.’ We try to provide as much information as possible to make preparing a sensible and feasible idea for everyone.

Having a bug out bag handy is just the first step in preparing for any disaster, natural or man-made, Caudill said.

Things seem to be changing rapidly, he said, and “there is considerable concern which is not dramatic”.

“It is on the basis of good information that there are difficult times ahead. The reason for this is multi-variable. The war has not taken place on a large scale for a while. Humans tend to make this happen on a regular basis.

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Allan Stein is an Epoch Times reporter who covers the state of Arizona.

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Campers, van-lifers and yes, Doomsday preppers will love these super reliable solar lanterns https://combatarmsblog.com/campers-van-lifers-and-yes-doomsday-preppers-will-love-these-super-reliable-solar-lanterns/ Mon, 03 Oct 2022 15:00:05 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/campers-van-lifers-and-yes-doomsday-preppers-will-love-these-super-reliable-solar-lanterns/ Solar powered lanterns have changed the way we light our lives. From cabin getaways to scattered campsites, a solar lantern is the easiest and most eco-friendly way to bring some brightness to a dark night. While we love traditional gas or battery powered camping lanterns, new solar powered lanterns have replaced some of our old […]]]>

Solar powered lanterns have changed the way we light our lives. From cabin getaways to scattered campsites, a solar lantern is the easiest and most eco-friendly way to bring some brightness to a dark night.

While we love traditional gas or battery powered camping lanterns, new solar powered lanterns have replaced some of our old favorites. Because as long as the sky is clear of clouds, these portable solar lanterns can be used all night around the campfire and then recharged with just a few hours of direct sunlight the next morning.

For this review, we’ll focus on portable solar lanterns designed for on-the-go outdoor enthusiasts. If you’re looking for solar lighting for use around your permanent home, check out our favorite outdoor solar lights instead.

The Best Solar Powered Lanterns

What to consider

Solar-powered lanterns range from small, collapsible, and affordable, to large, bright, and capable of illuminating a small cabin. When buying a portable solar lantern for outdoor recreation, pay attention to brightness (lumens), charging time and battery life, as well as lighting modes, among other factors such as as light type, tightness and compressibility:

  • Brightness (lumens): Lanterns range from 100 lumens of light up to 500 lumens (and even more). The beauty of a solar lantern is that you can run it at full power overnight and not have to worry about draining the battery at the start of your camping trip, as long as you have sunlight during the day. .
  • Charging time and autonomy: Solar lanterns contain internal batteries that charge in sunlight for use when the sun goes down. The time required for charging varies widely, from 5 to 10 hours in direct sunlight. The execution time also varies greatly and will directly depend on the level at which you execute the lantern. Runtime is almost always quoted based on running on the lowest setting.
  • Lighting Modes: Simple lanterns have two modes: on and off. More advanced options will have dimming options, and some even have color choices.

It’s quite amazing that solar technology has reached such small portable devices. And as long as the sun’s energy is free, we will have a few solar lanterns at the campsite, a few in the garden and one ready to use in case the grid fails.

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The 5 Best Emergency Preparedness Kits for 2022 https://combatarmsblog.com/the-5-best-emergency-preparedness-kits-for-2022/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/the-5-best-emergency-preparedness-kits-for-2022/ You know what they say about an ounce of prevention. Prepare for an emergency, whether it’s a flood, hurricane, earthquake, tornado or [enter disaster-of-choice here]will give you control over a scary situation. Everything you need…in one convenient backpack. (Photo: Lifegear.com) Emergency preparedness kits (also known as “bug out bags”) contain basic supplies, but these are […]]]>

You know what they say about an ounce of prevention. Prepare for an emergency, whether it’s a flood, hurricane, earthquake, tornado or [enter disaster-of-choice here]will give you control over a scary situation.

Everything you need…in one convenient backpack. (Photo: Lifegear.com)

Emergency preparedness kits (also known as “bug out bags”) contain basic supplies, but these are supplies that could save your life – and since you may face power outages, water shortages and more, you’ll want one that can hold you up for at least 72 hours (and have room to store your personal documents and medications too).

We’ve found five survival kits, ranging from a four-person backpack to a 160-piece first aid kit to help keep you and your loved ones safe in perilous situations.

Along with survival necessities like waterproof matches, a flashlight, and a blanket, this five-day emergency preparedness kit also comes with emergency relief items like a deck of cards and tasty food. The 32 servings of food (with a 25 years shelf life) include creamy pasta, tortilla soup, and apple-cinnamon cereal. You will also find a portable stove with fuel pellets to heat everything.

For the ultimate preparation for whatever life throws at you, we present this water-resistant backpack with wings that open to reveal clear pockets filled with survival tools. You’ll find a three-day supply of food and water, whistle, compass, leather work gloves, emergency red flasher, signal mirror and more.

Be prepared for almost any injury with this first aid assortment that includes 160 items but weighs only one pound and is small enough to fit in a glove box, suitcase or junk drawer. The canvas case is filled with medical grade supplies compiled by a team of doctors and CPR instructors.

Zippered clear pockets provide easy access and space to store your own things, like medicine. You will find plasters of different sizes and shapes, anti-puncture pads, moleskin anti-blisters, antiseptic wipes, plasters, scissors and metal tweezers.

This stuffed backpack is perfect for a family of four. It contains a multitude of items, from an AM/FM radio, an RV stove, a tent to 50 water purification tablets and a 54 piece first aid kit. Food and drink will be taken care of with 24 water bags, 50 water purification tablets and 4 food bars of 2,400 calories.

This 72-hour emergency kit is the ultimate in on-the-go preparedness, whether you’re aiming to outrun a hurricane, hunker down after a landslide, or find yourself hopelessly lost in the woods. As the name suggests, this kit can support two people for three days (or, presumably, one person for six days, if you’re the lone wolf type). What’s inside ? Thirty-three items in all, including vacuum-sealed food and water pouches, blankets, two 2,400-calorie food bars, disposable dust masks, nitrile gloves, a whistle (you know, in case you want to call this cute wolf to play—just kidding!), ponchos, handkerchiefs, and a pair of safety glow sticks.

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Hurricane Ian Approaches Florida: Pack Your Emergency Bug Out Bag ASAP https://combatarmsblog.com/hurricane-ian-approaches-florida-pack-your-emergency-bug-out-bag-asap/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 21:15:03 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/hurricane-ian-approaches-florida-pack-your-emergency-bug-out-bag-asap/ Hurricane Ian has reached the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall Wednesday as a Category 3 storm on Florida’s west coast. If you’ve witnessed the destruction of a hurricane firsthand or simply seen the damage done to communities on TV, you know how terrifying these deadly storms can be. Preparation is key […]]]>

Hurricane Ian has reached the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall Wednesday as a Category 3 storm on Florida’s west coast. If you’ve witnessed the destruction of a hurricane firsthand or simply seen the damage done to communities on TV, you know how terrifying these deadly storms can be. Preparation is key in the face of natural disasters, and if you live in Florida, it’s time to start preparing now.

An example of a good go bag.

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Hurricane season brings power outages, storm surges and emergency evacuations. Having a duffel bag or bug out bag handy is one of the most important safety precautions to take before an emergency or natural disaster. Emergency services in affected areas recommend having a travel bag ready at all times.

The idea behind the go bag is simple. In an emergency, you grab your travel bag and… go. It has everything you need to help keep you safe and healthy until you can go home. Often this includes your phone, medication, Important Documents and other necessities. Here are some ways you can save your phone in case of emergencytoo.

Reasons why you should prepare a travel bag now

If you’re lucky enough to have some sort of weather warning, you might have more time to evacuate. But many disasters are so damaging because they happen suddenly. At any time, you may need to flee your home to find new shelter due to:

  • Earthquake
  • Forest fires
  • Tornadoes or hurricanes
  • Tsunamis
  • Flash floods
  • Mudslides
  • ice storms
  • Zombie apocalypse (just kidding… perhaps)

Don’t take three days’ worth of water with you

Although many experts recommend having a three-day supply of water at home in case of an emergency, evacuating with this amount of water can be impractical (especially if you don’t have a car). The alternative is to keep a device in your travel bag that can turn water from ditches, streams, ponds, and other water sources into clean drinking water.

Some options are LifeStraw Go Water Bottle ($30) or the Liberty LifeSaver ($125). Both can be clipped to the outside of a travel bag so they don’t take up pocket space.

Be warned, however. Many emergency filtration devices like these must be prepared with potable water before they can be used as a filter for filthy water. Be sure to read the instructions and prepare your bottle before attaching it to your travel bag.

Keep an LED flashlight handy

Batteries may run out in an emergency. That’s why it’s a good idea to put a lighting system in your travel bag that can be powered by a Renewable resource.

The ThorFire LED Flashlight ($24) can be powered by sunlight or a hand crank. A solar-powered or hand-cranked flashlight that doubles as an AM/FM radio is also a good choice.

What type of travel bag is the best?

The City of Chicago, accustomed to heavy storms, recommends that each member of your household have their own duffel bag. If you are the parent of young children, however, you can use a large bag to hold everything you need.

Remember that the best type of bag is the one you can carry. Don’t get a huge duffel bag unless you’re very strong and can lift it. If you drive, you want a bag that fits easily in your car. You don’t want one that’s so big that you have to leave one of the kids behind to take it with you.

A hiking backpack with multiple pockets is your best bet. Make sure it’s made from a sturdy canvas material and has a strap that secures around your chest. This will relieve your back a little if you have to walk for a long time.

Also look for a pack that has a water reservoir that you can fill with drinking water. These are often called camelbacks or hydration packs. A water-resistant bag can help keep your items dry inside, but you can also line it with a plastic trash bag.

The Sandpiper of California Bug Out Backpack ($149) is an example.

Other emergency essentials to pack

Water and light should be at the top of your list, but there are plenty of other things you should throw in your bag:

  • Non-perishable foods: Ready-to-eat meals, also known as MREs, are a popular choice, but freeze-dried foods also work. Just make sure they are lightweight; provide plenty of calories and protein; and have a lifespan of several months or even years.
  • A good multi-tool which includes knife, pliers, can opener and other tools.
  • paracordalso called 550 cord, can hold up to 550 pounds and is compact, so choose it instead of a regular cord.
  • Carabiners: These metal buckles with a spring-loaded latch have a thousand and one uses, like locking gear outside of your travel bag.
  • A whistle to signal to others if you need help and cannot shout.
  • Something to light a fire, such as a lighter or matches.
  • Solar cream
  • A poncho and a change of clothes.
  • Your family’s prescription drugs for a week and copies of your prescriptions. You’ll probably want to throw them in the travel bag when you leave, as keeping extras in your bag won’t be practical for most people.
  • A small first aid kit with bandages, antiseptic, analgesics and gauze.
  • Personal care items such as soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, etc. Put these items in waterproof bags.
  • Your extra house and car keys.
  • A very warm blanket. Put it in a plastic bag, use the hose of your vacuum cleaner to suck the air out of the bag, and quickly seal it to save space.
  • A recent family photo for identification purposes, also in a plastic bag, protected from moisture.
  • Cash in small denominations and coins.
  • A regional map and compass so you can find your way without a phone when cell towers and GPS are down or busy, or you’re running out of battery.
  • Paper, pens and tape to leave messages for others.
  • A dust mask.
  • Copies of important documents such as insurance information, IDs, proof of address and passports, all in a waterproof plastic bag.
  • Your family photos on a USB key. This one is optional, but I like the security of knowing that I have some of my family’s treasured memories with me.
  • Pet supplies such as a leash, collapsible water bowl, and food.

More resources for you

Natural disasters and storms are only getting worse and happening more frequently as climate change intensifies. Although the devastation of these events can be heartbreaking, there are many steps you can take to protect yourself, your home, and your loved ones from a natural disaster. Here are some additional resources:

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