Monday, June 23, 2014

What’s in Your Go Bag?

By Heather Thurmeier

Don’t know what a Go Bag is? It’s also referred to as a Bug Out Bag. Ringing any bells yet? Not to worry, I’ll tell you!
A Go Bag is simply a backpack or duffle bag full of supplies you might need in different emergency situations. In Escape to My Arms, Sara and Dane are faced with a sudden pandemic, but your emergency could be anything—earthquake, fire, flood, hurricane, or even a broken down vehicle on the side of a desolate stretch of road.
Scary, right?
It doesn’t have to be if you plan for the unexpected!
I prefer to use a backpack so that if I have to walk any kind of distance with my supplies, it will be easier to carry than a duffle bag. And I choose to keep them in our vehicles—we have one bag in each car. Each bag has identical items inside and can feed, water, and shelter my family of 4 for approximately 3 days, which will hopefully be enough time to get us somewhere safe.
Inside each Go Bag, I have a variety of first aid items, freeze-dried foods, energy bars, water, and survival necessities like warming blankets, flint, matches, knives and tarp. Some people also include a change of clothes, but I ran out of room in my bag. I filled my pack with other items I think are more important that a clean shirt. However, I may create an additional bag with one outfit for each family member for both cold and hot weather to keep in my vehicle as well.
Any items you think you might need in case of an emergency are things you should have in your bag. Got kids? What are their needs? Will their things fit in your Go Bag or do you need a second one just for the kids? What about your pets? Do they need food, water, dishes, and medication? Think about the specific members of your family—young, old, and 4-legged—and try your best to determine their necessities for survival. Pack those things first then add additional items that are comforts.
Go Bags take a little thought, resourcefulness, and money, but they result in big safety, security, and survival if they are ever needed!
As a prepper, Sara was ready with her bag on her shoulders and her emergency plans in place, but was it enough to keep her safe when the world around her started to crumble? Find out in Escape to My Arms!

~Happy Reading… and prepping!

Heather Thurmeier

Escape to My Arms

Sara’s been preparing for this moment her whole life—she just never believed it would actually happen. With her bug-out bag and emergency food already in her truck, her only goal is to get to her family’s hidden bunker and wait out the pandemic that’s hit every major cruise ship port in the US. But her plan quickly falls apart. She’s out of gas, her route to the bunker is now a two-lane parking lot with no alternative in sight, and her only weapon is a pocketknife. For an experienced prepper, she’s made every rookie mistake.
Dane believes he’s safe in his cabin, off the beaten path and in the woods with his own source for water, electricity and an endless supply of food to hunt. After finding Sara stranded and alone, he’s suddenly not only providing for and protecting himself, but also the girl who wandered out of the woods and into his life. When looters come looking to take what he has, Sara and Dane’s only option is to make a run for their last hope—the bunker.
Can Sara and Dane find safety in each other’s arms and will they survive long enough to escape to a future together?

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Valerie Mann said...

Great post and a subject near and dear to me! We have Go Bags for everyone in our house, plus the pets. When we had dogs, I designed a bag they could carry themselves and included their kibble, a few treats, a ball for play, and booties (like rescue dogs wear). They carried the bags, no problem. The booties...I swear those dogs would have levitated if we'd put all four on them at once. They HATED them.

Heather Thurmeier said...

That's awesome, Valerie! I'm glad I'm not the only one who's prepared. I did make a bag that my dog Indy Jones (the one in the picture) can carry. It sort of hangs off each side of him like saddle bags and clips underneath his chest and belly. I think I put in food, dishes, a small water bottle, booties (which he also hated!) and a vest for if it's cold. He looks super cute carrying it, but hates to do it! LOL. I haven't done anything for the cat yet, but I guess I should!

Valerie Mann said...

None of our cats would tolerate anything. We'll have to carry for them. BTW, one of our cats looks just like yours!

Valerie Mann said...

None of our cats would tolerate anything. We'll have to carry for them. BTW, one of our cats looks just like yours!