URBAN SURVIVAL: Do You Really Need a Bug Out Bag? Part 1

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bug-out-bag - Copy

I Live in Downtown L.A. and I Have a Bug Out Bag Ready to go at a Moments Notice In case of Nuclear War = FAIL

In this series of articles (Part 1, 2, 3 and 4) I will go over several different scenarios (natural and man made) and determine the need for a BOB. I will also list (well, suggest) things that you should include in your BOB in separate articles.

So you have your Bug Out Bag (From here on referred to as a “BOB”) with enough food and water for 72 hours along with a fire starting kit, first aid kit, maps, medicine, guns, food for your dog, knifes and camping gear so you can last indefinitely anywhere in the world.

That’s great and I am always encouraged to see people who have prepared for emergencies but…

Well let’s start from the beginning, why would one own a BOB in the first place?

To put it simple: In case something happened that was so devastating one would have to immediately and without warning leave their home and travel in such a way you could only bring what you could carry on your person.

I really can’t think of a natural or manmade disaster that would happen so suddenly I wouldn’t even have time to pack a bag.

BOB for natural disasters:

Hurricanes and Tornadoes
Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Hurricanes and Tornadoes

I don’t see anyone looking out the window and seeing a twister heading to their house then grabbing a BOB and running out the front door. For hurricanes you would have some sort of warning so you would have time to get prepared and decide to stay or run beforehand.

Even if your first warning was seeing a twister in your back yard you still wouldn’t grab your BOB and run out the front door of your house.

Flooding
Flooding

Flooding

Sort of the same thing here, most areas have flood warnings, for example a state of emergency was issued for the entire state of Louisiana 2 full days before Katrina even hit land.

So if you had several days warning that your town was going to be underwater you would probably load up your car and go, not just one backpack.

Earthquake
Earthquake

Earthquakes

With earthquakes you only have a few second warning before the ground starts shaking. Earthquake prediction itself is a not accurate at all, even in Japan where they have the most expensive and state of the art earthquake warning system they are lucky to give a 60 second warning.

So I also doubt that someone would grab their BOB and run outside when they hear the “in 10 seconds an earthquake will hit” sirens or when the ground starts shaking violently.

BOB For Man Made Disasters:

riot
riot

Civil Unrest

In just about every instance of major civil unrest there are warning signs way in advance, riots are a result of built up frustration over a situation that someone can not control. The key part being “Built Up” meaning it takes time for thousands of people to get angry enough to destroy a city.

A good example is the riots after the Rodney King beating police trial, everyone knew that their would be civil unrest if a non guilty verdict was delivered and that was months before the first Molotov Cocktail was thrown.

If you knew that a mob of thousands of people were going to be in an area days in advance you would not be there. if you were there than you would be there out of choice like the Korean storekeepers protecting their property in the above riot.

I doubt that if someone were to look out their window one Sunday morning and see 3 thousand people waving torches and walking down their street they would grab a BOB and run out the front door.

Pandemic
Pandemic

Pandemic

Like natural disasters people are warned in advance, and in the case of a pandemic the warning my even be a year or more in advance. You can’t run from the flu unless you have an island to live on and enough money saved up to pay your bills until it passes.

If during a pandemic you see someone sneeze wile walking past you house again I doubt that you will grab your BOB and run out the back door of your house.

Suicide bomber
Suicide bomber

Terrorism

During a terrorist attack you are ether dead, wounded or unharmed. Generally speaking you will not have a warning that a terrorist attack will take place at a certain place or time with enough certainty to avoid it.

Going on the road immediately after a terror attack is foolish due to follow-up attacks and because you would contribute to already congested streets causing Emergency Services to divert resources to crowd control and civil policing when they are needed for helping the wounded and capturing those responsible.

So if I saw that their was a terrorist attack in my neighborhood or town I would not grab a BOB and run out the front door, if anything I would run to the place of the attack to help.

And if you run outside during or after a biological attack, well lets just say don’t miss your ride on the short bus later.

And it will also be a cold day in hell when some terrorist makes me run away and abandon MY home.

nuke attack
nuke attack

Nuclear Attack

You have been watching too many movies…

But if a Nuke does go off in your neighborhood then feel free to grab your BOB and run.

zombie
zombie

Zombie Attack

Grab a BOB and run? Are you kidding? I am staying right here for some much anticipated Zombie Killin’ - Death valley Zombie Killing Rangers!

Now I have been watching too many movies…

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So in my opinion the reasons for having a BOB don’t really pan out, in just about every instance where you are supposed to use one you can’t. And the times you would need to evacuate you would have far enough advance notice that you would have time to pack an entire car or fortify your current location.

So should you own a BOB? Well even with the above info it’s still a personal decision for you.

Is it a bad thing to own a BOB? No.

Is it 100% necessary? Probably not.

Is it fiscally practical? Like should you have used the 500 bucks you spent on equipping your BOB on a natural gas powered fridge for you basement or a case of Southern Comfort instead? I think so.

Are there any people that should own a BOB?

Yes – Read About That in:

Click Here to Read: URBAN SURVIVAL: Do You Really Need a Bug Out Bag? Part – 2; Yes Some People do Need a BOB, But Not Everyone

JamesGrey100X100
JamesGrey100X100

~James GJames is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in his homes in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns and writing poorly written articles.