Today marks our country's National PrepareAthon Day and on this day of action, FEMA encourages Americans to practice preparedness so we can be ready to respond to disasters or emergencies before they occur. After learning more about disaster preparedness in recent months, I’ve noticed that having well stocked Bug out Bags are among the most simple but important steps we can all take to ensure we know what to do and have what we need in the event of a crisis.
While the contents necessary for a Bug out Bag vary based on the disaster or situation in which you find yourself, having even the most basic supplies can mean the difference between being safe or sorry; with this in mind, I assembled an emergency preparedness bag inspired by the Special SIRENS Edition DVD of my short film about a U.S. Army Officer’s homecoming gone wild, and am raffling it off with other baskets on my Dinner-and-a-Movie Tour, to raise funds for the American Red Cross – an organization that is working 24/7 to prepare communities across the nation for dealing with disasters of all sizes including the following hazards:
- Winter Storm
According to the Red Cross, being prepared means equipping yourself with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster and keeping these items in an easy-to-carry kit that can be used at home or taken with you in case of an evacuation. So, the emergency themed movie night bag for my Red Cross fundraiser is based on the list of basic supplies they recommend everyone have, at minimum, in a survival kit.
In addition to the backpack filled with a special SIRENS edition DVD of “Abyss: The Greatest Proposal Ever” included with my disaster readiness bundle, there are 21 items rounding out a nice emergency starter package for one lucky movie lover who wants to win it.
I chose a backpack for this initiative because mobility is crucial in a survival situation; just imagine -- if you’re running around trying to stay alive like Leonardo DiCaprio in “Titanic,” Don Cheadle in “Hotel Rwanda” or Matt Damon in “Contagion,” chances are that handbags, rolling luggage, duffel bags and related items won’t be very helpful!
The Movie Lover's Emergency Go Bag, here we come....
(2) Bottles of spring water to provide hydration
(10) Packets of Quaker instant oatmeal in a variety of flavors for breakfast
(1) Mini CREE LED Tactical Flashlight
(1) Can of Progresso soup for lunch or dinner
(1) 6-pack of Duracell Quantum AA Batteries to provide power
(1) Deck of Aristocrat Playing Cards to provide comfort, per the Red Cross’ suggestion of adding games, activities and entertainment to your emergency kit
(1) Bag of Dried fruit for antioxidants and dessert
(1) French Green Clay bar soap by Bare Body Soaps Organics for sanitation and personal hygiene
(1) Pouch of Knorr Pasta Sides to provide calories and carbohydrates
(1) Pack of Uncle Ben’s Red Beans and Rice for carbohydrates, protein, fiber and antioxidants
Many basic items essential for survival are often forgotten until the last minute or not even considered during preparations for disasters.
As I add a few more items to this emergency themed movie night bag in the coming week or so, here’s hoping that this element of my fundraising initiative will get more people involved in planning and preparing for catastrophic events.
Disasters can happen at anytime, anywhere. There’s no better time like today to be ready for when they occur.
If you (or someone you know in or near the PA/NJ/DE tri-state area) want to buy a ticket for this raffle supporting the Red Cross, follow me on Twitter @MadlabPost or subscribe to this blog to get the updates on where the latest stop on my Dinner-and-a-Movie tour is scheduled.