What is a “Go Bag?”


Also known as the “Evacuation Bag,” these are the essential items you need to grab and pack in an emergency. If you had to leave your home because it was no longer secure and you wanted to have the supplies you needed to survive. It could also be that bag you have in your vehicle that will provide you with the proper survival gear to get home in the event of civil unrest.

In the military as an infantry soldier with the 101st Airborne, our survival and combat items were packed and ready for use in case we were called into action. When I was transferred to the Air Force as an aero-medical technician assigned to a C-130 aircraft, we always had this Go Bag ready in case our plane was shot down, and we had to survive beyond the site of the aircraft. crushing and in enemy territory.

As a police officer, I always had a backpack that I could grab when I had to get out of my vehicle and pursue a suspect in a remote area. In all of these positions, I had items in my “Go Bag” that I needed to survive in case I was alone for several hours. Water, medical supplies, additional ammunition, compass, means of communication, Garmin …… etc.

But what about you? The civilian goes to your daily work. Don’t just read this article and imagine a civil disorder type situation that might leave you in need of a Go Bag, think about any mishaps you might have at “Go”.

When a large brush fire approached my house in June 2020, my wife and I realized how ill-equipped we were to evacuate our house / horses / dogs… .. It really woke us up thinking about the many types of situations where we would have to “Bug Out”. We started to prepare for many different scenarios. This is what inspired us to start our firearms training activity, because owning a weapon and knowing how to use it is a crucial step in self-defense. Having a weapon could be useful in many ‘debugging’ scenarios and we wanted to help train and prepare individuals for this aspect of protection.

I am by no means an expert in preparation or preparation, but I am aware that these preparations must be made and thought through before the “bug out” scenario occurs.

Do you have the necessary documents in one place? Do you have the means and the state of mind to protect yourself and your family? Do you have a secondary location already determined where you would go and have you planned your route there? Would you stay home and are you ready to defend or protect your property? Have you communicated with neighbors and made a plan to defend your neighborhood or evacuate? Do you have a circle of friends who would come together and work as a team? Do you have ways of communicating with others if there is no cell phone service?

Have you thought about what everyday luxury would disappear if disaster struck? If the incident is large-scale, many people would only stay close to their families to defend them and help them survive. This means that no one would work in power plants, police stations, run the power grid, turn on water, or police patrolling the streets.

Very few people think about these potential scenarios, but it has happened in this country. Think about Hurricane Katrina. People had to fend for themselves for a while. No running water, no electricity, and no first responders patrolling the streets to help.

I am writing these things not to give you all the answers, but rather to make you think about what steps you can take now to prepare for later.

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Oz Johnson / Senior Instructor, NRA Certified
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