The Default State

I received a text from a friend of mine yesterday that illustrates how unprepared 99.9% of us are.

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My friend, lets call her “Roxy” texted me the following:

“Oh my God. I’m on the freeway and pretty much stuck in traffic.  Barely moving at all. It’s 3:30pm so it’s kinda weird for this much traffic.”
“I just had 4 or 5 military convoys go passed…this could be the end.  This is how it all starts in the zombie apocalypse movies.”
“my bug-out bag is in the garage.  I’ve been meaning to put it back in my car and now my gas light is on.”
“it could be that people are just getting off work early on a Friday, or it could be a deadly virus………I just don’t know.”

My friend then related how she was using her smart phone, trying to look up any headlines in the news to find out what was going on.

This is exactly the unprepared state most of us are in at all times.

You could call it our default state.  Humans don’t change unless we are forced to do so.

It’s gotta be painful in order for us to change our ways.

Here is the list I gave to my friend to have in her “go-bag” that stays in her car.

* 2 Large water bottles. (with water)

* Extra Jacket/windbreaker.

* Good Shoes to walk in.

* Ball cap (for the sun)

* Light stocking cap (even in the summer)

* Leather work gloves.

* Safety Glasses in a case.

* N-95 dust mask.

* A Map of your area. (have friends and family “safe-houses” located on the map)

* Small compass.

* Swiss Army Knife or multi-tool

* Aluminum Baseball bat or hiking stick.

(local laws may not permit you to carry a firearm and not everyone has a carry permit and not everyone is comfortable with a firearm)

* Candy/energy bars.

* Toilet Paper roll (in a zip-lock bag)

* 2 Bic lighter.

* Very small 1st Aid kit.

Now I know you can add to and modify this list.

However, I caution you in doing so.

Weight is a factor here and for your normal person, they don’t hike with a back-pack on a regular basis.  The water alone is most of the weight.

Keep in mind this is just a back-pack to get you home or to a location of safety. 

Keep it small.

Also, plan for your cell phone to not work. But there are apps to get alerts for traffic problems in your area.

Knowing is half the battle.

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Most importantly, you should put a copy of my book “The SHTF Art of War” inside your go-bag.  It is designed to be read in less than 45 minutes.

It’s a slap-in-the-face reality check and has a chapter called “SHTF Traffic Sucks” that covers exactly what you need to know if you’re stuck in a 100 mile traffic jam.

The unknown causes fear and panic.  Fear and panic will cause you to make bad decisions.  Bad decisions may get you hurt or killed.

A go-bag in your vehicle will give you peace of mind knowing you at least have the ability to walk out of a disaster area.

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

-Yoda

Art Of War

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