Preparing a Bailout Bucket
By: Tom Chatham
There are many people that have a bailout bag handy just in case and that is great but that is only a starting point. You need to think bigger and longer term when planning for severe disruptions that can cause you to flee your home for long periods.
There are many that are prepared to shelter in place for extended periods but at some point circumstances may change and force you to leave or potential threats may force you to hide your provisions from hostile parties. In the event one of these events happens you need to be able to quickly relocate your supplies to a safer area for the duration of the threat. This may be for hours or weeks so your supplies must be packed in such a way as to protect them, at least minimally, from environmental threats in your location.
This usually means from rodents and the weather at the very least. Keeping your supplies from getting infested and wet are two of the primary concerns you will face. For this reason keeping some of your supplies in plastic buckets with gamma seal lids is one of the easiest ways to protect these items.
If you are someone that has years worth of supplies you may not be able to move this amount of supplies quickly so it is necessary to have at least some critical supplies packaged for quick movement. A five gallon bucket full of supplies is easier to handle than large boxes and it provides more protection than boxes will.
Basically you are packaging a smaller version of your total preparedness plan. This will allow you to move these supplies in the event you need to evacuate quickly or you need to hide your supplies from elements that wish to take them from you upon detection. This is necessary especially if you cannot leave your location for a safer area.
The contents of these buckets can be an emergency food supply, weapons and ammo, clothing or a combination of items. The contents are determined by you depending on the potential threat you may face. Keep in mind this is something in between your bug out bag and the total supplies you may have. It allows you to save something when you are unable to save everything.
It allows you to load your vehicle and leave or to move items out of your home to the woods, a junk vehicle or some other hiding place on short notice and not worry about something damaging the items until you return. You may not have the option of leaving the area due to road blocks or dangerous situations you may encounter on the road.
Having your supplies dispersed on short notice can save you from losing all of them at once. Even if you lose the supplies you have stored in your home this stash will give you something to live on while you decide how to proceed. Having a cache buried in the woods may work for some people but you still run the risk of water damage if not stored properly and you cannot move the buckets as easily or as quickly if you have to constantly dig them up.
By keeping this supply close to home where you can readily access it on a daily basis you can rotate the supplies and change the contents based on a changing situation. If you need to grab this kit and run you will be able to carry several weeks worth of supplies with you that can be stored once you are safely away from danger. It can be hidden to lighten your load while you continue moving to evade hazards.
No matter how many supplies you have they should be set up in various size kits that can be moved according to the speed at which you need to move under various conditions. The more time and transportation you have the larger the kit you can load.
Having mobile supplies may become a necessary precaution in the future if events unfold that pit neighbor against neighbor and government against citizens. The more mobile your supplies are the greater the chance you will be able to keep them in a rapidly changing world.
One way to set up a bucket is to determine a months supply of basic goods such as flour, cornmeal, pancake mix, powdered milk, beans, rice, pasta, powdered mixes and spices. By setting all food buckets up with similar foods you can grab any bucket in that group and know what you have. Each bucket you grab will give you an additional month of supplies. To keep these buckets rotated you can simply write a month on each one to keep them straight. Buckets with hygiene supplies, clothing, weapons or ammo can be marked with special colors to make a quick selection if in a hurry to get out the door. The main point is to have supplies in small packages to adjust your load to what you can carry at the time.
There are many different ways this can be accomplished but a plastic bucket with a gamma seal lid is one of the easier options you can use to insure the integrity of your supplies over a variety of conditions. The buckets also provide you with a good container that has multiple uses when your supplies have been used up. Having even a few buckets set up like this will provide you with greater security than simply having a small bag to grab when the time comes.
When everything is at stake, the more you have, the better your chances will be to get through it safely. When seconds count you may not have time to pick and choose what to pack and the stress of the moment will make clear thinking much harder. Do your thinking now so later you will only need to grab and go.