PACK YOUR BAG! Day 7: More ‘MacGyver’ items

So we’ve been talking for more than a week now about what to put in your “Go Bag,” to achieve a certain level of preparedness one day at a time … how about what NOT to put in your bag?

Thanks to Mat McBride for sharing the clip!

Meantime – today brought another “natural” reminder of the topic at hand. Lightning, thunder, downpour, yet again – no cataclysmic events that we know of in West Seattle, but imagine that kind of downpour lasting for hours and hours and hours, as happened recently in Colorado … it’s another scenario for which you need to be ready. Today is Day 8 of Go Bag-building in honor of Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month, and here’s the next item, thanks again to Cindi Barker of West Seattle Be Prepared:

This time we’re adding to your MacGyver equipment: basic tools, pliers, screwdrivers, hammer, gloves, disposable dust mask, camping or utility knife. Check around your garage for odd tools lying around; they are perfect for the kit. Also, around this time of year, some of the hardware stores have very nice basic tool kits that go on sale for the pre-Christmas sales season. Just don’t overdo it; you will need to lift this pack at the end.

Cindi also reminds us that a “Go Bag” isn’t a use-it-all-at-once-or-nothing item – once you have yours in place, you will know where to find one or two or three items you might need for specific situations like short-term power outages!

Catching up? Our previous PACK YOUR BAG! installments are archived here, newest to oldest.

2 Replies to "PACK YOUR BAG! Day 7: More 'MacGyver' items"

  • Sonoma October 8, 2013 (11:57 pm)

    Clever clip from the Red Cross – worth viewing. (Though, once again, they cast the guy as the doofus.)

  • kg October 9, 2013 (1:18 am)

    Casting the head of the household as the doofus has been ongoing for quite a few decades.
    It would probably be deemed sexist if it was the other way around.

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