Irma, she was a nasty *expletive deleted* for Florida. She ripped up the South West coast terribly, destroying almost 25% of the homes in the Keys. As a Floridian things like this don’t really surprise me. They happen, and the only thing you can do is prep for it. For me the first step to prep is the Go Bag. The Go Bag isn’t a bug out bag, but its the bag you grab at the very minimum. To me it’s like an extended EDC bag. Go Bags will be unique to each end-user, and mine is prepped for a natural disaster.
The Go Bag
Looking at a lot of Florida, and Houston, its easy to say I got Lucky. I wasn’t hurt, I didn’t lose much, and hell I didn’t even stress about it. Why? Because the truth about luck is simple.
“Luck is the last dying wish of those who want to believe that winning can happen by accident,”
I wasn’t lucky, I was prepared. My Go Bag is the first line of defense, and the bag I would grab if I had absolutely no time to grab anything else. It’s also the last thing I will ever ditch should I have to start throwing stuff overboard. I’ve packed my bag to deal with the rough and wet weather that Florida can occasionally throw at us. I’ve said it before, Florida is the Australia of the United States, so maybe I over prep.
My bag of choice is the Tactical Tailor CCW Sling bag. I use this as part of my Prep for a few reasons.
- It’s Small and Compact
- Extremely well made
- Just enough room for my gear
- It Doesn’t Look Tactical
Inside the Bag – Hurricane Prep 101
The biggest feature of most of the gear in this kit is in a pinch I could ditch the bag (which would make me sad) and start shoving stuff in my pockets. It’s all small, and I’d look like I was smuggling grapes but I’d make most of it fit. especially is I was wearing cargo pants. The bag also has room left over for me to add additional gear should I want it.
The main feature is obviously going to be the gun inside the bag. I keep my Magnum Research MR9 in the bag for a couple of reasons. The biggest being what if I can’t grab my EDC? I want to ensure I have a gun, or even better having two guns. It’s an excellent gun, and one I trust my life to it. I keep it, and two extra mags, and a holster for it in the rear pocket.
In the Main pocket I keep:
- MRE Snacks
- Bottles of Water
- MSR Miox Water Purfier
- 50 Feet of Firecord
- Kershaw Link Pocket Knife
- Sunjack Lightstick Mini
- RE Factor Tactical Delta First Aid Kit
- Vehicle and Home phone Charger
- 3 Candles
In the outside Pocket I keep:
- Needle Nose Pliers with wire cutter
- Variety of Allen keys
- Spare Car Key
- Local Maps, printed and Laminated
- Two simple 6 mile Radios
- Swiss Army Knife
- Ready Man Home Defense Grenade (For use as a Signaling Device)
Like Hermine last year Irma didn’t scare me. I had water, food, and fuel well before there was a shortage. I had a plan, multiple bug out locations, and I had my “Holy crap the world is ending and the Hurricane is now made of lava and sharks I need to run” Go bag ready and waiting.