Get Home Bags: Everything you need to Safely Get Home During a Disaster
by Rob Richardson, Off Grid Survival
Most of you, especially if you have been following this site for a while, have probably heard of a Bug out Bag. In fact, go to almost any survival website and you are likely to read something about them; unfortunately, there is another bag that’s rarely talked about: The Get Home Bag.
A Get Home Bag, is basically another take on the bug out bag, but serves the opposite purpose. With a Bug Out Bag you are often packing for an evacuation; some sort of disaster that causes you have to leave your primary residence. But when it comes to Get Home Bags, your main purpose is having the supplies you need to safely make it home during a crisis or disaster situation.
Do you really need both types of bags?
The fact is, many of us spend a large portion of our time away from home; and since there’s no good way to predict exactly when and where a disaster will hit, the need for something like a Get Home Bag just makes sense.
Each Member of your Family should have a Bag
In my opinion, everyone in your family should have a good Get Home Bag. Whether you work at an office, spend your time at school, or spend your time running around doing errands for your family, when disaster hits you need to be able to respond immediately.
Having emergency supplies with you can help you do just that.
Things to consider when building your Get Home Bag
- What threats will you face when trying to make your way home during a disaster? Will you be walking or traveling through dangerous neighborhoods?
- People may become one of your top threat considerations when trying to move from point A to point B. Do you have a plan to deal with those looking to target innocent victims?
- How far do you normally travel from home on a daily basis? Are you physically fit enough to make it home if you have to walk?
Article after article has been written on survival gear, evacuation planning, and pretty much any survival topic you can think of; but something that’s rarely talked about is physical fitness. In a disaster situation, one where you find yourself stuck miles away from home with no other option but to walk, physical fitness is quickly going to become one of the most important factors in whether or not you make it home in one piece.
Another overlooked area when packing a Get Home Bag is often communication gear, something that is vitally important during any disaster situation. The ability to call out, and or gather real-time information relating to the threat is essential to your ability to safely make it home.
- Cell Phones: A cell phone is an obvious first step, but it’s also something that’s likely to fail first during a large scale disaster.
- Police Scanner Apps: If you carry a smart phone, you should head over to your app store and find a good police scanner app. These apps can give you direct access to local police broadcasts, giving you the ability to stay away from danger zones.
- Portable Radios: A small portable A.M. / Emergency radio with headphones is something that you should consider carrying. Keeping an ear on local news reports and emergency broadcasts can help you stay one step ahead of the threat, and will allow you to make changes on the fly.
- 2 Meter Ham Radio: For localized disasters, where cell towers are down and traditional methods of communication have failed, there is no better tool than a good 2 Meter Radio. If you haven’t looked into the many survival benefits of Ham Radio, I advise you seriously considering the benefits.