Your car breaks down during a heavy snow storm. Your cell phone has a weak signal and you are low on fuel to run your engine. Help can be hours or a day away. What would you need to keep you safe and warm while help arrives?
You’re driving home from the office and you’re about ten miles from home. An EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack took out the electric grid and rendered most vehicles, including yours, useless. Cell phones and radios are down. You need to get home to your family. What now?
Your Get Home Bag
A Get Home Bag is like your 72-hr Bug Out Bag, but for 24 hours. If you work outside the home, you should keep one in your car or at work. Think about how long it will take you to walk home and what you would need along the way. Also, consider your local weather conditions.
Your Get Home Bag (BHB) Top 12 Items To Have:
- Change of clothing and walking shoes -especially if you work in a cute dress and heels.
- Local maps -in case cell towers are not working. If you are a AAA member, you can order them for free online.
- Fire: Matches/fire lighter -to boil water or stay warm.
- First aid kit -in case you get a nasty blister or worse.
- Single wall stainless steel or glass bottled water that can withstand extreme temperatures; can also be heated on a fire to sterilize water.
- Water: Personal water straw or purification tablets -need a backup to obtain clean drinking water. Also a Sillcock Key for obtaining water from an exterior faucet on a commercial building.
- Emergency shelter -consider a large poncho that can double as an emergency tarp for shelter
- Food: MRE’s or snack such as beef jerkies that can safely store in extreme temperatures.
- Flashlights or head lamps: consider a collapsible lantern with a built-in solar panel; include the charging chord for your electronics.
- NOAA emergency radio: To know what’s going on around you.
- Pocket tissue pack -if you have to go
- Compass with mirror to signal for help
I am currently doing research on hand radios to stay in touch with my family if the cell towers are down. From what I see, the distance and terrain can affect the range.
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