The term "Go Bag" has been used a lot lately and makes perfect sense.
Simulate total destruction in your head. Imagine you lost everything besides your loved ones. 2 things here...
1) In the go bag put everything you will wish you took. I would consider a nice rugged hockey bag
Old family albums? Better learn to scan and burn to DVD
Documents? PDF, burn to DVD place all of those things in a nice air tight container or mini firesafe and place that in your bag, update it seasonally
at least with the latest pics, files etc. In the other half of the bag you have another container or two containing the typical survival aids, radio,
communication (an emergency cell, 40 channel citizens band walkie and a small solar energy source for recharging various items wouldn't hurt either
as there might be days before others get around to reaching out.
2) Have a plan, a map maybe of a special meeting place in each family members wallet/purse. Redundancy counts here... Make sure ALL adults have their
own bag with their own essentials as well as the standards described above. I would also back up any intellectual property if you are a musician,
videographer etc etc etc. Collectables become worthless instantly in any nasty situation so count them out. Keepsakes... Are just that, keeping for
the sake of it.. Forget em or use them as currency & consider them gifts of life in such a case!
Big thing... Every family member gets a card laminated with their agreed safe zone map, prescription list for whole family, blood type, allergies.
Pretend you are going camping for at least a week but knowing that your house will disappear with all its contents while you are gone. Take the
important data, tools, sustenance, maybe even a little low end entertainment... Throw in a portable media/dvd/tv player and a small library of burned
seasons. Use your imagination!
Go bag #1
Secondary bags or luggable gear to include other stuff not outlined above in case you CAN'T take it with you.
Maybe have 2 tiers beyond "go bag".
Everyone in the family should have all the vitals of each family member especially medical, birth, education/occupation on their "map card" and
small enough to fit in a wallet. Place them in every wallet / purse / overnight bag if need be.
Seems the general air worldwide is "something big is brewing"... I agree and feel it too however we also are products of the modern age where a
great acceleration of the constant stimulation from media, entertainment and especially the on demand. We are demanding more to the point we are
driving ourselves crazy waiting for the next big story on 24 hr news / rss / forums etc. Sometimes I have to think that the big thing is when we all
break down from nothing happening on 'our watch' and therefore manifest it in a jackass-the movie kind of way. We are weird creatures! We must try
to withdraw some of our attention from especially the online news streams. Cut back and hit them every couple hours instead of every 20 minutes, cut
off the talk radio some times and click on an 80's channel or remember what it feels like to wait a whole year for an album to come out or a message
from a real pen based pen pal etc. We really need to fight to get our patience and relaxation back, to enjoy the seashore or the desert sun etc. If
you put a pentium 4 powered pc with a cam, speakers, microphone and an artificial intelligent brain aboard an android programmed to enjoy the natural
world as a sub function of nervous news gathering its core would over heat but there would be little wear on the sensory objects. Pack a go bag, have
one aboard your vehicle if need be (minus identification!) and enjoy. Maybe learn to use the gear you've packed by actually taking just 2 days out in
As for the 'extended disruption' version... Well think swiss family robinson, survivor, lost.
Long term skills that will be worth everything to everyone will include gardening, chemistry, forging(not checks!) and anything MacGuyver does!
[edit on 29-5-2008 by Atlantican]