Updated: Dec 4, 2020
Before I dive into how to make a bug out bag or 72 hour bag, it's very important for us to understand the Church's teaching on physical preparedness, hope and action.
Over the past 30 years and speaking to literally thousands, one of the most common questions I get asked all of the time is "What does Church teach on preparedness?" or "We are called to trust in Jesus and not worry, so what are you talking about?"
So, let me explain.
First off, one of the first things I like to establish is this whole idea of "preparedness" that seems EXTREME nowadays used to be how every family on this earth functioned (and many still do). One of the fallouts of modernism and materialism has turned to this idea that we can have anything we want at anytime. This includes our food, water, shelter, and safety.
Without realizing it, we often feel entitled to these luxuries of our modern day and don't think twice they could ever be taken away. Having a means to defend yourself, extra food in the pantry, a garden, and independence and self-sufficiency was not radical, it was the norm.
Second, our Lord through the Bible, His Church, and the lives of the Saints give us direct commands to be prepared spiritually and physically AT ALL TIMES.
Some examples of these include:
Noah - The Lord called Noah and his family to physical preparedness for weeks as they prepared for and survived the flood. He called the man who found favor with God for he was still faithful in times of great sin. He was asked to not only build the ark but to store enough food and supplies for Noah, all of his family and all of the animals in order for them to stay ALIVE. (Genesis 6-7)
The Exodus - The Lord called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and they had to take with whatever they owned that they could carry a long distance. God called them to physically prepare and change locations in order to be free. Only then did God intervene by turning the Red Sea against Pharaoh and his chariots. (Exodus 13)
St Joseph of the Old Testament - God called Joseph to make plans, store food and resources enough for 7 years for an entire nation! The faithful messenger of the Lord was given insight and direction to physically prepare and care for his people. Because of his action, an entire nation survived well during a 7 YEAR famine. He was called "discerning and wise!" His office required that he handle communication, negotiation, transportation, safe and efficient methods of food storage for a long period of time, building for the future, economics, record-keeping, payroll, the handling of transactions and more! (Genesis 41:46-57; 47:13-26)
Jesus, Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt - An angel of the Lord appeared to the foster father of Jesus and physically told them to gather their things and take Mary and baby Jesus to Egypt. God the Father even instructed the Holy Family to change locations in order to stay safe.(Matt. 2:13-18)
The Parable of the 10 Virgins - In this parable, Jesus himself uses the example of 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins. The 5 wise virgins forsee possibly needing more oil for their lamps and pack extra, however the foolish PRESUME on God's mercy instead of taking actionable steps to be prepared. The 5 foolish then run out of oil and ask the wise virgins if they can borrow some but the wise virgins turn them away and say there will not be enough for them if they give some away and to go seek oil for themselves. But, we find out it's too late. (Matthew 25)
St Paul to Timothy - St Paul makes it very clear for us. In his letter to Timothy he writes, "Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." We must always fight to survive because our lives are valuable but ESPECIALLY if we have others entrusted to our care. This includes spouse, children, grandchildren, possibly siblings or other innocent people we can help along the way. (1 Timothy 5:8)
St Joan of Arc - Called by God to lead a physical army to overturn a tyrannical government.
Catechism of the Catholic Church - Paragraphs 2263-2265 says not only is self-defense legitimate, it can be a grave duty!
This is just to name a few!
Lastly, we are ABSOLUTELY called to trust in our Lord and not worry. Preparedness is NOT worry. Preparedness is NOT lack of trust. This is why there is the sin of presumption. We cannot presume on the Lord just taking care of us. This comes from the sin of presumption which can be closely tied to pride. That somehow we deserve our Lord to intervene for us outside natural means.
TRUST, have HOPE, and take ACTION.
This is what our Lord calls us to and what the Church teaches.
How to Make a Bug Out Bag or 72 Hour Bag
Why? And for what?
Well, it could be anything from a fire, to a hurricane, to a riot in your neighborhood.
Here’s a question for you.
Have you ever wondered if you were prepared? But...you weren’t really sure what for? You didn’t know what you should get, buy, or make...and you didn't know if you were being crazy, or paranoid?
Well, you’re not alone, and no it’s not being paranoid or living in fear. Being prepared for a possible crisis is actually the biggest way to avoid being fearful, because if you know you can handle a crisis, you have no reason to be scared of it.
It just makes sense.
All of this is also covered in the BR Prepare Course, which is a Video course complete with workbooks, which will help you be better prepared and trained for a possible crisis.
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Now, we can dive into a good way of preparing for a possible crisis. People call it different names, from Go Bag, to Bug Out Bag, to 72 hour Bag. But they all mean the same thing.
It is a bag: which has certain items inside that you can take with you, in case of a crisis, which will help you get through the crisis, and survive it.
The bag will have items inside which will cover 5 different categories.
All of these things are EXTREMELY important in a crisis.