Survival Escape–Could You Put Your Life in a Garbage Bag?

            It’s been quite a year with fires in California and floods in the South.  Yesterday I heard a local TV weathercaster interviewed on the radio, and he said the middle part of the country may get more storms this fall and winter, due to the El Nino weather pattern.  So we could be in for more weather-caused dramatics.  Here’s hoping none of it is life threatening.


            The heavy rains and flooding they’ve received in the South are amazing and, of course, tragic.  I heard a news sound bite of a man saying he and his family lost everything when they fled their home for safety, except for eight garbage bags of stuff.


            I’ve never been in a flood or fire where I’ve had to escape my home rapidly, so I apologize if what I say here sounds crass.  But when I heard the family got out with eight garbage bags of stuff, I thought that wasn’t too bad.  I don’t know what they took, but if I had several garbage bags in which to put valuables, I think I’d do pretty well.  Whether I’d think to grab the really important items in a hurry is another matter.  That’s where forethought and planning comes in.


            That leads me to ask a question or two.  If you knew you could put personal possessions in a few garbage bags, or even one, what would you grab?  Maybe you’ve got a bugout bag together already, so I hope you’d remember to take that along.  Could you get by with that alone?  If you could take some extra bags, would you take valuables, documents, regular household things, or what?


            If you’ve lived through hurricanes, earthquakes, or other disasters that put you out of your home temporarily or permanently, I’d like to hear your thoughts.  What advice would you give the rest of us?



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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

1 thought on “Survival Escape–Could You Put Your Life in a Garbage Bag?”

  1. Make detailed lists. Keep a pen by the list so it is easy to add stuff. Scan all official documents – passports, licenses, birth and marriage certs, scan everything in your wallet. Store the files on a jump drive and stick the jump drive in a waterproof match container.

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