Emergency Packing List
There's been a lot of talk on this in the Black Forest Fire thread. Thought it might be interesting to see what people have on their list of stuff to take in an emergency. Here's ours (in order of priority):
-Fishing rods on wall (family heirlooms)
-Backup disk (backs up our computers every hour)
(I also bring a copy of our hard-drives to work every few months. All our pics are on these disks)
-Passports (just about the only physical documents we have that would be hard to replace)
-Clothes for a week
-Laptop and iPad
-Books in living room (some more family heirlooms)
-Gas cans and guns (if more than a local emergency and needing to leave)
-Beer cellar (We usually have about a dozen bottles of big beers that we are aging)
For us, the dog is an absolute must (like you are going to have to shoot me to keep me from getting to my house if my dog is still in there). The next 2 are really high priority, and then all things that would make life easier until we can get back to the house.
it's funny, The dog would be the first priority. The second would be the passport etc. The third would be my home server. I have everything backed up, including the family photos that can't be replaced.
With the photos, one thing that I did for my parents is that I was in my parents attic and found 3,000 + slides that I scanned into the computer for them. i defiantly want the server. Beyond that, i have insurance for everything else.
We have pet fish and a crab- they are pretty low on the priority list.
photo albums (wife does scrap booking)
Camper is offsite and full of gear
Wife went to Costco, I have Guinness and Upslope IPA
I feel like one of those Prepper people- Except I'm not really ready for Zombies
I do have a Bullbar on the front of a Land Cruiser- so maybe I am.
Search "Bug out Bag" or "Get home bag" on YouTube... then pop some popcorn and enjoy. There is a huge community of "preppers" out there and a lot of good information to sort through. A really broad simple breakdown would be:
Level One: What do you keep on you at all times that could help in the event of a disaster... keys, phone, cash, flashlight, pocketknife, emergency numbers, family rally point... etc.
Level two: A "BOB" that allows you to grab one backpack/duffel with prepacked items in it ready to go. Ours is loaded for the family for about 2 weeks of comfort if we need to bunk up with friends. Its loaded with old stuff we don't miss as it is dedicated to our "go bag". I also carry a backpack filled with essential things that I think I would need to "get home" in the event of some catastrophic event. It lives in my vehicle 24/7.
Level Three: You are at home, you have some time, and you have a punch list of what to take depending on what's happening. I have some friends here who after last summer have "fire bins" with lists taped to the lids to help them pack in a hurry if it can't be dedicated to the bin. Valuables, significant items, gear for living out of your home. If you have to grab this stuff, things have gone horribly wrong.
There is a TON of info out there for "preppers" and its pretty eye opening. I am not preparing for the end of the world zombie Apocalypse, but some common sense and a few items on hand can get you through a lot different scenario's like an extended power outage, natural disaster, or some sort of civil unrest/collapse.
Last year, I don't think I knew anything about "prepping" but since the fire last year and a scramble to pack up and leave, I have (along with LOTS of people in the Springs) wised up and put a few things in order. I was impressed how some of my friends were ready to go on Tuesday at 2:00pm... one half hour after the blaze was reported.
Yeah, it's pretty hard to separate signal from noise on "prepping". Most of them seem to think total economic collapse is imminent... And most of the prepping is about guns... Good luck eating your gun powder.
That said, I do keep a backpack in the truck that has the basics of what I'd need to get home from anywhere I'm likely to drive (stove, couple extra layers of clothes, food, metal water bottle, map, compass, bic lighter, etc.). My pack weighs about 8 pounds. Most of the "preppers" have 100 pound rucks w/ 400 rounds of ammo, bolt cutters, night vision goggles, gas mask, and all kinds of other crazy stuff. They've clearly not done a lot of backpacking, or probably even camping.
you don't have to eat your gun powder...you can eat the deer that your gunpowder kills ;)
long ago, i began scanning all my paperwork into the computer just because there was so much of it. after my house was broken into, i realized that it could've given someone a lot of info about me. now i scan everything into the computer and keep current stuff on a hidden file and current and old stuff is on a seperate drive that's backed up routinely and stashed away again. it also has all my photos and scans of my current credit cards and ids.
2-that extra drive
4-guns and ammo
5-a bag with clothes/overnight bag/food and animal food (only have the overnight bag and animal food made, been meaning to do the rest)
Most prepper's are one step away from being hoarders! :hill:
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