Prepare an Emergency Backpack – You Never Know When You’ll Need It
What if, after 10 minutes of reading this article, emergency sirens started blaring in your town, and the National Guard began rolling through your neighborhood, giving everyone only minutes to gather their things and leave (possibly without ever seeing their homes again)? I realize that’s pretty dark, and that the chances of it actually happening may be very slim where you live, but what would you do? The reality is, despite he small likelihood, it absolutely is possible, and if you don’t have a plan – if you don’t have your stuff together before it happens, you might be facing some brutally hard living (or dying).
Creating an emergency backpack for such unfortunate situations can save you and your family from serious physical and emotional damage. Sure, being in that situation, even well prepared, could issue a major toll on your well-being, but if you take a little bit of time, and a little bit of money to put it all together today, you’ll at least radically improve your chances of surviving an apocalyptic tomorrow.
Every expert has his or her own opinion in what belongs in an emergency backpack, but across the board, the fundamentals are simple – pack only what you need, pack very lightly, and don’t wait until it’s too late to get it done. The plan isn’t strap enough supplies to your back to get you and your family of four through 6 months in the wild Yukon wilderness. If you happen to have the skill set to do that, that’s terrific, but the point is, there’s no way to do it on mobile supplies alone. You’re generally going to be packing for 72 hours – maybe even a few days more. You’re giving yourself a fighting head start of living through an evacuation until help arrives, and a more permanent plan is assembled.
Those are the basics – the idea has been planted. If you’re serious about assembling your own kit (which you should be), read this article on building an emergency backpack kit, for far more details.