Something you need to think about adding to your bug out bag

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by opaww, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. opaww

    opaww New Member

    Sense we cannot predict what type of SHTF will happen, one needs to be somewhat prepared for as much common types of SHTF. The need for food, water, medical needs, warmth, is necessary in almost all cases of SHTF.

    In my youngest sons and my 72 hour bug out bag we got all the common things plus a few thing that are not common. Like a 2 Gig. flash drive sealed in a waterproof match container from wal-mart. I can hear it now, “why do you need a flash drive? There is not going to be any electricity or computers.

    Well We are storing all important documents on them such as photo copies of Driver license, Birth certificate, SS card, DD-217’s, important medical history. Paper copies will take up weight and space and possibly get damaged.

    A 2 gig flash drive costs about $10 U.S. at Wal-Mart, and the waterproof match container is about $2.50. Everything is on it including back ups of my sons on mine and back ups of mine on his. We have also put my vehicle registration and title on it along with all weapons serial numbers, makes, models, and cal. Because once a SHTF is over things will get somewhat back to normal and you may not have any of the documents because they were destroyed in a tornado or flood. This way you got something to go by.
  2. armoredman

    armoredman Active Member

    That is an excellent idea.

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    Give that man a cigar! Great idea.
  4. WDbeej

    WDbeej New Member

    That is a great idea which I would like to piggy back.

    You always hear that after a disaster the non-living things folks lament losing the most are photos and other family momentos. Scan and store your family photos on these flash drives also. Take digital photographs of as much of your possesions as you can and store them on the flash drive for insurance/replacement purposes.

    I walk around the house about yearly and scan each room with a video camera. I then store the tape/disc in a fire-proof safe. God forbid the worst were to happen, I would have video proof of nearly everything for the insurance agent. I don't know that I would be able to recall most everything I owned after a disaster, with the tapes/discs I would stand a better chance of replacing that which I worked hard to get.
  5. opaww

    opaww New Member

    I like the flash drive because it can store a lot of stuff, it is very small, and weighs almost nothing. Once power get back up after any SHTF there will be computers and most if not every computer has a USB connection so you can view and print any documents you need.

    IGETEVEN New Member

    Excellent idea there opaww, TU. Although I do store a lot of what you mentioned on a flash drive now, I never thought about adding one to my BOB's.

    Let's just hope that the world "situation" never gets to this point, because if a global or regional technically enhanced NEMP was ever used, well......

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  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

    I like flash memory, but i like DVD or CD backups too. If you could find something to read them with, they will supposedly work after an EMP, supposedly. Of course, cel phones can read some types of flash memory & might be more available.
  8. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    I keep three with me.

    1. 16gb for personal stuff.
    2. 8gb for work stuff.
    3. 2 gb with protable apps like portable malwarebyts, revo uninstaller, and a few others as well.

    These are programs that can run from a flash drive on any machine. I keep them on a flash drive for work and for home use. That way I am not using up HDD space for 5 different antimalware programs.
  9. dnthmn2004

    dnthmn2004 New Member

    I loaded everything important from both mine and my wife's computer on a 16gb flash drive and it sits, along with birth certificates and social security cards, in a water/fire/media proof safe. I bought two of the safes on black friday last year for $25 a piece. One for what I just described and one for my handguns.
  10. Rmason2008

    Rmason2008 New Member

    The most important thing to do would be to password protect everything as well. That way if you lost the flash drive or if it was stolen, it would be difficult for someone else to access the documents.
  11. camiller

    camiller New Member

    I've had plenty of stored optical media fail, google the phrase "bit rot". Goes for flash and magnetic media as well though. As long as you make fresh copies every few years (up to ten for flash memory, as little as two for optical) either will be good. As far as a hypothetical EMP, store the flash drive in a metal container (like the pill vial on my keychain) which should act as a farady cage.

    If by password protect you mean encrypt, then I'm with you. Use something like Truecrypt to create a password protected encrypted volume. (And a hidden Truecrypt encrypted volume within the outer volume for the really important stuff).
  12. Seven

    Seven New Member

    I use TrueCrypt. It's free and easy.

    *edit* never mind. camiller beat me to it.
  13. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

    My cell phone uses a Micro-SD card for data, which carries 4GB. I also have a little thingie that allows me to stick the teeny card into it, then use it as a USB flash drive. That extra little thingie is a good idea to keep around so my cell phone could transfer information from phone to computer in an emergency.

    Plus, I think I'd be able to actually look at the documents on my cell phone.
  14. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

    North Korea recently tested a Super EMP device. :eek:
  15. camiller

    camiller New Member

    Yeah, those microSDHC cards are cool, available in up to 32GB and you could put a whole stack of them in a metal pill vial along with the tiny reader. You could fit the entire contents of the Library of Congress in less than the volume of a deck of playing cards. The new microSDXC standard will shrink that further. Eventually up to 2TB in the same form as your 4GB card.
  16. Mandy

    Mandy New Member

    Great Info guys
  17. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

    Those "fireproof" safes are not necessarily so. A buddy of mine had videotaped everything he owned and made copies which he placed in three fireproof safes in different parts of the house (including one in the basement) and when the Oakland Hills fire burned his house down there was nothing left of the safes but chunks and ash. His machine tools (including a Bridgeport mill and a lathe) in the garage were all but melted down to slag, meaning they were still recognizable as what they once were but rendered to scrap.

    Point being don't rely on hidey-holes entirely.
  18. cameronguyton

    cameronguyton New Member

    Along with personal data, a digital copy of the U.S. Constitution might ne needed if it gets really bad.
  19. Davo45

    Davo45 New Member

    I've been carrying a 4gb flash drive in my front pants pocket with our important documents scanned. You needn't worry about keeping it in a water proof container though, mine's been accidentally washed and dried a couple of times and still works fine. LOL
  20. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    Wouldnt worry about man made emp devices short of a thermonuke. It takes a amassive amount of energy to fry electronics. Even a nuke hasa short range emp effect due to exponential weakening of the shockwave. A massive solar flare might have a wide spread effect but that much energy will prolly remove ya frome the face of the planet making it a moot point

    Schlubs like the north koreans like to prostelize kinda like iran claiming they have stealth missiles and moon landers. Their emp device is prolly a stun gun they got off he interweb....
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011