Sunday, May 26, 2013

My take on INCH bags (Im never coming home bag) BOB, GHB, GOOD bag and what not


lemmiwinks said...

What would you do in the case of a global pandemic (like Spanish influenza outbreak of 1918?) Where can you bug out to?

Anonymous said...

Used the altoids tin today. Went into my wallet and forgot I only had $7 in it. But there was $50 in the tin that I keep in the every day carry bag. Put that $50 in there 2 years ago and forgot about it.

Also recently, cut a glove finger while working with some sharp metal, and had no spares. Gorilla tape wrapped around the glove finger fixed it up better then new.

Don Williams said...

1) I am not an expert but I have thought before about lemmiwinks' question and will make an attempt to partially answer it.

2) Obviously, the best response to a global pandemic depends upon the nature of the pandemic --especially the manner in which it is spread.

If the germs are spread by human coughing and touching of common surfaces (e.g, flu) then "social distancing" is effective until a cure is developed (or the disease dies out because all the infected people have died.)

That is, you need to stay home and avoid contact with people as much as possible -- hard to do unless you are independently wealthy.
But obviously rural truck drivers are better off than urban office workers.

Giovanni Baccaccio was an eyewitness to the Black Death and the first chapter of his "Decameron" is a vivid description of the social collapse that occurred in Florence when the plague arrived in 1348.
He also notes the solution: 7 young women and 3 young men of the nobility flee to a rural estate for refuge.

3) Baccaccio's "bugging out" would only have worked if the people fled before the fleas carrying the plague infected their clothing.

If a pandemic is spread by insects then it would be worthwhile to have a supply of permethrin with which to treat your clothing and mosquito nets/veils. (As is done by the military.) Note that permethrin is the synthetic version of a similar insecticide extracted naturally from a
chrysanthemum variety.

4) Some scientists have feared that avian flu carried by infected migratory geese could spread from Asia to the USA and could mutate into a form strongly infectious to humans. In that event, sterilizing water would be essential and it would be best to live in areas away from the flyways of the geese (major rivers, lakes, bays, east slope of the Rocky Mountains,etc.) -- and away from small ponds that attraction waterfowl.