Tuesday, July 17, 2007

What do you put in a Go-Bag?

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In Sydney the residents are receiving pamphlets from the Sydney City Council advising them to BE PREPARED by selecting important items to put into a GO BAG! Just in case of an earthquake, a tsunami, a terrorist attack!!! Be prepared, be scared. The construction of fear is happening even in our laid back Oz society. Is it one back-pack per family, or one for each person?

I wonder what they want people to put into their backpacks. It surely ain't the same for an eighty-year-old and a young mum. Essential pills?

I have thought about a situation where there could be an urgency to leave house but haven't actually packed anything. (We live near an animal health laboratory where they do very strange tests.) The Sydney Council experts reckon toilet paper and sunscreen would be essential. Huh? It's snowing today in them there hills today. I think a little radio and batteries would come first, pens and sketchbook, spare spectacles. Basic first-aid. ID information perhaps. A small book of photos. One spare lot of clothes. Bottle of water. Chewing gum rather than a toothbrush. Cherry Ripe. Bank card? Soon we would have a whole case full of 'essentials'.

One time when there were bushfires near Sydney I saw a photo of people getting into a boat loaded with furniture including upright lamps.

What about street people - like the Choir of Hard Knocks kind of people? What do they pack? Check out the list provided on the Sydney council website about the go-bag. They also suggest you put your pet moggie in a pillow case. I'd like to see that!

What would you pack in a GO BAG?

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Blogger Penny said...

Suppose it depends on an emergency but my hand bag already carries tissues, camera, sketching stuff, my wallet and cards, some make up including sunscreen, so what more do i need?spare undies and more medication and a bottle of water i suppose.One of those thermal fold up blankets if i knew where to get one.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Yes Penny. I think we just about have it all already in our handbags/shoulderbags that we cart about day after day!

1:45 AM  
Blogger karlassi said...

What is a moggie?

very interesting post...

6:32 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Don't you use that word in USA? A pet cat.
Now when I was feeling smug that Melbourne people don't get alarmed enough to think about a go-bag, and the Lord Mayor whose name is So, said so, we find out that two years ago the proposition was made to Melbournians to pack a go-bag, but not with credit cards like the Sydney-siders but with little amounts of cash. Again they advised people to use a pillowcase for a pet cat, but as you would know being a pet-lover, that the poor cat would hate that!

8:29 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Very interesting - I am glad you identifed a moggie - I was wondering the same. We too, (Ohio - USA) are encouraged to be prepared; some organizations encourage more preparation than others. I wonder where we will all hike to or will we live in our basements!!!!!

4:46 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

I think it's fine for each household to be prepared - keep documents in a tin, etc. but I object to the construction of fear that is part of a political campaign in our country.
There's another story running at present about an Indian doctor who has been working in Queensland and is now in custody because he gave a simcard to a second cousin who recently was involved in a terrorist act in Glasgow. A long shot. The doctor in Queensland may be innocent, yet he is now charged etc. It is the construction of fear in our community that I detest.

4:21 PM  

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