Emergency Bag out
The pictures I will share have similar items to what my go bag contains. I prepared my bag-out bag after the wildfire incident, Camp fire. I had to replace some things, such as food and water. I choose to use the waterproof tactical backpack due to its ability to have a waterproof pack. It is also huge, thus benefit persons that want to carry a bag with them for hiking. The tactical bag also provides ultimate organization experience, thus enabling one to organize the backpack and its contents within sufficiently. The essential items that I included in my emergency go bag include
· 3 gallon of water (a mix of bottles and water pouches-which came with a kit
· Perishable food (peanut butter, Beef Jerky, and Protein Bars
· Battery-powered Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
· Flashlight and extra batteries
· First aid kit
· Toothbrush and toothpaste
· Whistle to signal for help
· Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
· Fire starter
· Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
· Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
· Can opener for food (to open canned food)
· Local maps
· Passport with other crucial documents
Accordingly, wildfire incidents in California have increased in the past, with the recent event being the Camp Fire, which occurred on November 8, 2018 (Cleve, 2018). The incident caused deaths of about 88 civilians with three injured firefighters. It also destroyed more than 10,321 structures, thus being the fatal and most disparaging fire in California history (Cleve, 2018). This was the closest fire incident to my residential area. Residents in the area had no emergency escape plan hence people were confused about what to do during the event. I had to help them by informing them they need to have an emergency kit with food, water, and essential items to sustain them during such times. Also, I asked them to keep relevant documents, including passport and certificates.
Since my bad was meant for a general emergency, I had to update some of the items in it due to the fire incident. Within the bag, daily items such as food, water, sleeping bag, toothpaste and toothbrush, and first aid kit. In the pack, I have included a copy of my crucial documents, such as birth certificate and social security card. Due to limited space, I have included multi-purpose items, including 3-in-one utensils with a spoon, knife, and fork. The shovel contains various functions, including whistle, can opener, and fire starter. Also, the bag pack contains battery-powered Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both and flashlight with extra batteries.
Having people with special needs seem to be difficult during a disaster. Thankfully, we do not have people with special needs in the family. Though, we have a pet that we have trained it to follow off-leash. This becomes important, especially when carrying something without holding onto the string. The pet has an emergency bag out bag for emergency preparation. It is an encumber harness with room for the pet items. The difficult part might be the weight distribution on the pet’s back. However, if the bag out becomes heavy, I still have little extra space in my backpack.
In conclusion, my opinion is that I am prepared to assist other community members in the event of an emergency. The most probable challenge might be some would try to carry unnecessary items in their bag out. In such an incident, it would be difficult for them to move on time.
Cleve, W. (2018 November 26). The deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California’s history has finally been contained. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/11/25/camp-fire-deadliest-wildfire-californias-history-has-been-contained/