Survival Kit: Build a Perfect Bug Out Bag For Any Disaster
Amazon Digital Services
Nonfiction, General Nonfiction
DESCRIPTION: Be it a natural disaster or a man-made catastrophe, national or local, sometimes the best shot at survival is to cut and run for safety. Having a bug out bag on-hand, stocked for a few days' worth of rough conditions and travel, might mean the difference between life and death. The author offers tips for building your own kit.
A Kindle-exclusive title.
REVIEW: A quick-reading eBook, this book touches on the basics of what one needs to survive, from the obvious (food and shelter) to the less-obvious needs (proof of identity and insurance, to get your life back when the smoke clears.) Such kits may be a staple of the average survival extremist, but Fields points out that being forced to flee isn't quite so far-fetched as many of us would like to believe: a simple wildfire or severe storm could render any place uninhabitable with little warning, cutting off traditional means of support (electricity, clean water) and escape (roadways and gas supplies.) Out here in earthquake country, the official line advocates "three days, three ways" to survive waiting for help. Packing said material for transport in a bug out bag, and having an idea of where to go and what to do if one's house is no longer safe, doesn't seem so outlandish. Some of the advice seems vague, and not all of it may be practical for all people (such as taking a self-defense course to fend off less-prepared neighbors), but it's enough to get one thinking about what one would do, and what one should take, if faced with a forced evacuation.
(I admit that I grabbed this mostly for story ideas; if nothing else, the next time I turn a character's life upside-down, they'll stand a better chance of surviving, assuming they packed appropriately.)
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