We have chosen equipment for quality, weight and usefulness in an urban environment. If we use your attaché case or purse as an example, it will be high quality item made with well stitched handles, comfortable shoulder straps and quality zippers. Your choice of transport, clothing, boat or ski chalet all reflect your lifestyle and our referenced items will compliment your choices and are used by professionals around the world. If you have military, para military or outdoor experience you may prefer altering or adding to the contents, but for most urban professionals, these items will serve you very well in an emergency. The only item, that is not professional grade are the rain ponchos. We chose light ones to help conserve space and weight. Unless you are trekking through bush, you should get by with these lighter throw away items.
If you are unfamiliar with any of these items and why we are recommending them, please contact us and we will be more than pleased to answer as many of your questions as possible. While we use high quality gear as much as is feasible. We also to try and avoid the military or tactical look and it is one of the reasons we recommend you make your own individual clothing choices. When traveling, you will often see people carrying backpacks of gray or black, so we try and blend in as well. The “SOG” packs we recommend are medium grey, light, tough, have excellent straps, a hard case for glasses or phones and fit into an urban environment very nicely. Men and women will also appreciate the quick and easily adjustable sternum straps that accommodates most people chest sizes.
When you choose your emergency clothing, it is best the colors be as plain as possible. The bright colored windbreaker for the sailboat may be a good quality item but it is better you pick a dull grey or tan one for a walk in the city during an emergency. Ask any field operative and they will tell you that you want to blend in. Drawing attention to yourself is to be avoided at all times.
A 24 Hour bag should be considered as a minimum for your office and unless your car is a very compact model it should also be your minimum car kit as well.
NOTE: Due to the size or strength of children and seniors they may not be able to carry all the items they may need. Only you can determine what needs to be done to accommodate this situation. They must have medications, minimum amounts of water and food requirements for the duration of the emergency. Flashlights and all the other good to have items, can be shared with the adult/s having the larger bag/s. Even if they can only carry our smaller “university or sling type” bag from SOG, it is better than nothing.
We have listed the items and quantities that we recommend you pull from your existing supplies or purchase yourself from local outdoor stores, pharmacy etc. At the midway point we have then made a link to amazon (Canada or US) for the items that we recommend but that you may not have or are able to easily find. Print the list and use as a checklist when time comes to assemble your bag contents.
Water: one half a gallon or 3 liters of drinking water is generally recommended minimum quantity per person, per day. Bathing and cooking is in addition! So, plan accordingly for home, office, cottage or grab and go bags.