What should be in a bug out bag (B.O.B.) specifically intended for having to get out of a major metropolitan city, on foot, during a
Nuclear/Biological/Chemical Attack, or even just a general collapse of the government.
A bag, say, the size of your average bookbag, something that can be brought in to your place of work, once, left in a big desk drawer or closet, and
not so big as to cause a problem.
I am thinking of a disaster scenario where you need to get out of the city, and make your way back home in the suburbs of the city. Obviously, that
is very short term. So you're not going to be bringing, say, an axe to cut wood for fires, etc. But it might conceivably take an overnight or two.
I would think that you'd need:
- Walking/Running shoes (you wouldn't be wearing them normally)
- Iodine Pills and/or high does vitamins (for fall out)
- Dust Masks (the white carpenter types, not a full gas mask as this seems like it'd be too much)
- Emergency Ponchos (a couple of them, in case it rains and brings down the fall out, can dispose of quickly afterwards)
- A map (so small and light, might as well take it)
- A flashlight that doesn't require batteries (any powered on device will be shorted out by the EMP of a nuke attack, so one that needs to be shaken
to power up might survive)
- A zippo lighter (not needed for a one or two day thing, but so small, why not, if shiny, can also be used as a signal)
Should it also have a bottle that has a purifying filter built in, will that filter sort out the radionuclides and let you drink the water? Water
would'nt be important enough to risk it over a single day, but what about a few days? Is it worthwhile?
This is a situation where, hopefully, once you've made it back home, you are going to be relatively safe, its just a matter of evacuating a major,
densely settled area on the fly. You can't count on driving, because of the EMP pulse or also just because of traffic. You clearly can't count on
the government to evacuate you, just like in Katrina.
What is the likelyhood of electronic materials, like flashlights and radios, surviving the emp pulse, if they have their batteries out? Is a windup
radio, or one of those 'shake to charge' flashlights reasonable to expect to survive the pulse?
Some sites say that you should shower ASAP if you have been exposed to fall out, or even, say, smoke and cinder from a 'dirty bomb'. Is there some
way to prepare for that with a 'bug out bag'? Should it include a change of clothes?
Clothing is something of an issue. I'd think that you wouldn't include clothing in the bug out bag, because you can't inlcude winter clothing in
it, and you'd be wearing seasonal clothing anyway. So maybe you'd put the emergency poncho (they fold up so small, can have a bunch of them in a
bag), when there is a problem, and then ditch it and put on a new one every so often?
Is there a better alternative to a simple paper carpenter's mask? Remeber, you can't pack a biohazard suit, so you're never going to be completely
safe from some nerve agents. But is there a good, small, relatively inexpensive alternative to the paper filters? Especially considering that you can
pack dozens of paper filters and just constantly replace them throughout the day?
It seems like you could also stick in a booklet or two. But clearly you're not going to be sitting down and reading an entire book, but maybe
something that has quick explanations. Like, is it safe to cross a river during a nuke attack? How important is it to avoid rain? Is my compass
working? Maybe even a map with known large fallout shelters on it??
I often hear that the number one survival skill is to remain calm, think, not give up, and not panic. So, what if some of those papers had simple,
calming statements of reassurance. Like you've written on them "you can surive this, it is doable, stay calm, you can make it to your destination'
etc. Or instructions on how to build a simple fall out shelter, because perhaps its just not safe to run out of your building and try to run home,
immediately after the attack.
So what else needs to be included, and where can you get some of these items?