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Ready, Set, Go Bags: Pack your bags -- for an emergency
FoxNews.com ^ | Monday, October 06, 2003 | By Jennifer D'Angelo

Posted on 10/06/2003 4:22:12 AM PDT by cf_river_rat

Edited on 04/22/2004 12:37:20 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

According to the federal government, all Americans should have “ready kits” or "go bags" containing items such as three days worth of water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, an AM/FM radio and a first-aid kit in case of a natural or manmade emergency.


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: New York; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: blackout; bookreview; hurricaneisabel; preparedness; survival; survivalguide; terrorism
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This is just common sense. My family has had emergency plans in place since the cold war (before I was born), and my kids are being taught the same things today. If anything, these recommendations don't go far enough. But more importantly, Why do we need a Department of Homeland Security to waste tax money on this, while leaving our borders wide open?

On another note, get a load of this:

"Shame on them if after two years, this is all they can come up with. It’s not up to citizens to protect and defend themselves -- this is why we pay taxes," he said. (Juval Aviv, author of "The Complete Terrorism Survival Guide-emphasis added)

Somehow I don't think Mr. Aviv's book will top the Freeper required reading list!

1 posted on 10/06/2003 4:22:13 AM PDT by cf_river_rat
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2 posted on 10/06/2003 4:23:16 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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Interesting timing on this article. I just flushed and refilled my emergency drinking water supply yesterday (two 8-gallon jugs), and inventoried and restocked my 3-day car kit and home kit.
3 posted on 10/06/2003 4:30:15 AM PDT by strela (Will Tom McClintock have to "make a re$ervation" to pay back all that Indian money?)
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4 posted on 10/06/2003 4:30:35 AM PDT by strela (Will Tom McClintock have to "make a re$ervation" to pay back all that Indian money?)
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>>...“This little tote bag -- what type of terrorism is this going to prevent?" said Juval Aviv, author of "The Complete Terrorism Survival Guide." "If there’s a suicide bomb in the subway, there’s nothing in that bag that will help you prevent it or survive. It's like a bandage over a major wound."...<<

That's probabaly one of the stupidest things I've ever read. This author is an idiot.

Hey Juval, if the subway gets bombed and you're stuck downtown in your office for days without a bug-out bag, what are you gonna eat, the furniture????

Oh, I know, you'll be sitting there waiting for the GOVERNMENT to come feed you.

5 posted on 10/06/2003 4:34:42 AM PDT by FReepaholic (www.september-11-videos.com Never Forget.)
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What kind of idiot is this Aviv guy anyway? In the event of a disaster, lets say you are required for whatever reason, more than likely the weather, to stay in your car, office, or home without utilities for any length of time, this kit makes perfect sense! Ask anyone that has been stranded anywhere for any length of time and I can guarantee they would have wanted a kit with them.

IMHO knowing that I would have at least 3 days worth of food and water would probably cut the tendency to panic in half.

6 posted on 10/06/2003 4:35:14 AM PDT by EuroFrog (Im going to Disneyland!......EuroDisney that is.)
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To: cf_river_rat
We just had a Red Cross presentation about this at work the other day. What really bothered me is that only 2 of us showed up! And both of us already are pretty well aware of what's needed in a emergency, so they were sort of "preachin' to the choir".

I'm putting together a bag for my parents (who live outside of NYC) as part of their Christmas present. I was down there for a visit during the blackout in August and they didn't have any extra water or even batteries for the radio! We ended up stealing batteries from my nephews toys.
I was appalled - after living through 9/11 (and losing neighbors to it) and the anthrax attacks you'd think they'd have put at least some batteries aside.

LQ
7 posted on 10/06/2003 4:37:42 AM PDT by LizardQueen
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I have plenty of emergency supplies in our home.

I've often pondered the practicality of evacuation in a "short notice" emergency.

A hurricane is one thing, evacuating in advance to escape an oncoming disaster. But in a terrorist attack, advising people to evacuate via car in a major metropolitan area, will just leave folks more vulnerable, IMHO.

Look at Manhattan during the blackout, you sit in your car for hours to inch along at a snails pace.

Can somebody explain to me the logic of evacuation via car in a metro area?

8 posted on 10/06/2003 4:39:20 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: cf_river_rat
A FReeper said on another thread that he had a pistol and a liberal neighbor that doesn't believe in firearms that will supply everything he needs in an emergency. ;o)

That's not a quote but you get the idea.

9 posted on 10/06/2003 4:42:00 AM PDT by Free Trapper
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"be informed” about possible threats.

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The Department of Homeland Security™ has cried wolf so many times that any warning they put out is immediately discounted.

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10 posted on 10/06/2003 4:44:44 AM PDT by BeerSwillr
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To: cf_river_rat
If any of you needs the useless Dept. of Homeland Security to tell them how to prepare their families for the unexpected, get yourself a roll of duct tape and hang yourself with it. Do us all a favor and take yourself out of the gene pool.

Another giant, useless, expensive bureaucracy spending our money on busy-work to make themselves look as if we need them.

The best thing the Dept. of "Homeland" Security can do for America and Americans is shut their doors for good.

11 posted on 10/06/2003 4:47:42 AM PDT by AAABEST (http://www.floridasoundoff.com)
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I have an emergency bag...but the bad news is that the most likely "emergency" will be a tornado, and if it hits, both the bag and the house will probably blow away...


My son was caught at relatives in North Carolina during a hurricane evacuation, and had to help evacuate his sick father in law, so yes, bags would come in handy for hurricanes, floods, and terrorism.
12 posted on 10/06/2003 4:48:33 AM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politcially correct poor people.)
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To: dawn53
There is absolutely no practical sense to a car evacuation in a major metro area in an emergency. A whole lot of people will be going nowhere. V's wife.
13 posted on 10/06/2003 4:54:16 AM PDT by ventana
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To: cf_river_rat
Check out Equipped to Survive. Lots of instructions and advice on survival kits for all uses. I've met the owner - he's a pilot, which got him into this, I think.
14 posted on 10/06/2003 4:57:57 AM PDT by snopercod ("leader" is English for "führer")
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To: cf_river_rat
Don't forget the gun.
15 posted on 10/06/2003 5:04:05 AM PDT by aomagrat (IYAOYAS)
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To: cf_river_rat
Leftists think it is someone elses responsibility to take care of them. Self reliance requires effort that can better be expended by others whose job it is to insure one's well being.

If I am thirsty, I'll beg for water from my neighbor. We are all brothers and he owes me.
16 posted on 10/06/2003 5:12:03 AM PDT by bert (Don't Panic!)
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This reminds me of the idiotic "Duck and Cover" exercises school children were taught during the cold war, and the backyard "bomb shelters" hyped at that time. As if school desks and family shelters would offer protection against a hydrogen bomb blast.

The times, the threats, and the enemy have changed, but the government mentality plows along as it always has.
17 posted on 10/06/2003 5:22:54 AM PDT by Noachian (Liberalism belongs to the Fool, the Fraud, and the Vacuous)
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Aviv also pointed out that having a flashlight or a granola bar won't help victims of a chemical or biological attack.

I am so tired of this type of argument. SDI would do no good against a plane crashing into a building. A standing army doesn't help if the Soviets launch a missle at us.

This is like saying I shouldn't bother to lock my doors because someone can come in my window.
18 posted on 10/06/2003 5:30:06 AM PDT by gitmo (Zero Tolerance = Intolerance)
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19 posted on 10/06/2003 5:40:16 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trackball into the Sunset...)
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To: ventana
There is absolutely no practical sense to a car evacuation in a major metro area in an emergency. A whole lot of people will be going nowhere. V's wife

This is my sentiment exactly but I think by calling the kits "go bags" it gives the impression that it would be something you would grab as you were out the door, i.e. in an evacuation after a terrorist attack.

Like I said, hurricane's are one thing, terrorism entirely different.

My husband works for local government and would have to be in a different location froms us on the Emergency Management Team, but I've always told him, even if they tell us to evacuate, you'll find us right here at home because there's no way I'm getting on the roads in an emergency situation.

I've adopted that phrase from the book of Esther, "If I perish, I perish." I'll prepare for what I can prepare for, but I won't follow some hairbrained scheme or evacuation plan that has never been tested.

20 posted on 10/06/2003 5:44:09 AM PDT by dawn53
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