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Office Bug out Bag
« on: July 28, 2013, 01:04:43 PM »
I work in an office type setting and I wanted to make a B.O.B. for there, but I know there are limitations to what I can bring to work (no weapons, pepper spray, etc.).  I have enough room for a regular school sized backpack, and already have the basics to, bare minimum, make it home.  First aid kit, basic tools (screwdrivers, hammer, pliers, etc.), food, water, pair of hiking boots, extra clothes.  What else should/can I pack?

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Re: Office Bug out Bag
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2013, 01:22:25 PM »
Can't think of too many items you missed. Flashlight/head lamp.  Map of the area.  A small book or deck of cards in case you have to spend the night somewhere.  Bic lighter.  Rain gear.  Toilet paper. Soap or hand sanitizer.

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Re: Office Bug out Bag
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2013, 01:23:37 PM »
para cord
tarp or trash bags
emergency blanket
flashlight & extra batteries
duct tape
small pad and pencil and black marker
small map of the area
small bills and some change

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Re: Office Bug out Bag
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2013, 01:24:03 PM »
Mine is just like yours; a student-style backpack complete with my own first aid kit, food, water, power bars, tools, and clothing in addition to a small bundle of paracord, a small tarp, notebook, pens, GPS/compass, WD40, bic lighters, a couple handheld radios a small camera and a few other odds and ends.

Like you, my office does not allow for any type of weapon be it defensive or otherwise. Of course, all of us office-dwellers know a pen, claimed to be mightier than a sword, can make due for some quick self-defense in a pinch.

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Re: Office Bug out Bag
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2013, 03:17:09 PM »
This was written for a High Rise Office building in California.

If you are in a single floor building just eliminate the high rise elements, and the firearms.

Some notes:
You have to get out of the building first.
If damaged and there are no other threats, internal or external, you have the means to signal for help
If undamaged, just go get the vehicle and boogie
If damaged and you have to leave, you have the means to do so quickly, quietly, and safely. Use the building kit, dragging the GHB parts with you. You might have to dump some things, depending on the situation. But do your best not to do so, as they could all be critical to your safe arrival home.

High-rise office building kit plus get home bag

Smart phone w/survival, first-aid, mapping, and hiking apps & a pair of Limeade Blast L180X 18,000mAh power boxes

small back pack (allows use of hands & still keep everything together)
Tyvek jump suit (to cover office apparel)
boots/high top athletic shoes (to replace office shoes)
cap/bumper cap (to protect head/keep long hair confined)
knee and elbow pads (for when you have to crawl along the floor under the smoke)
dust mask/respirator w/CBRN filters (to protect from concrete dust/some smoke)(CBRN threats)
(alternatively, or in addition, a smoke escape mask or two. High rises burn with acrid smoke.)
safety glasses/goggles(or full face respirator) (to protect eyes from dust/debris from forcing doors, etc)
smoke escape mask/hood (to give you time to get out when there is heavy smoke)
light leather gloves (to handle tools/protect from abrasions)
insulating underwear (winter use if heat fails)
rappelling bag w/shoulder strap & equipment (used to rappel outside or down elevator shafts)
escape parachute (if in a very high building a few broken bones is better than burning)
LightStorm CL-1 capacitor crank up flashlight – capacitor charge so no batteries
Petzl TacTikka headlamp or similar with extra batteries for hands free use
Kleen Kanteen stainless steel 40 ounce water bottle w/GSI 18oz folding handle cup in a Maxpedition 4”x10” water bottle bag w/shoulder strap (minimum supply if trapped)
water purification bottle w/MP-1 tablets (allows use of potentially contaminated water)
folding cups (allows use of in-house water dispensers)
Millennium Food Bars, Jerky, Gorp (minimum food supply)
can/bottle opener (allows access to any available food containers)
knife, spoon, & chopsticks (allows eating any available food)
light sticks (to mark paths/provide additional light)
Whistle & signal mirror (to signal location)
alcohol antiseptic wipes (to clean minor scrapes & cuts/forehead cooling)
moist towellettes (to clean dust from eyes & nose, etc)
cash & coin packet/phone card (allows access to in-house vending machines/pay phones if power is still on)
glass cutter (highrise building glass is hard to break  scoring it with the glass cutter makes it easier)
field knife (for general cutting purposes)
Wenger Survivor Swiss Army Knife/Leatherman Surge Multi-tool (more cutting tools, screwdrivers, pliers, etc, to get into things)
pry bar (to open elevator doors, windows, locked doors)
elevator key (to access & safely control elevators)
building specific special tools (special window washing track climbers)
4-way building hydrant key (to get water from outside hydrants on buildings
change of underwear
hygiene needs
personal ID
company ID
cash packet
spare medications
spare glasses
spare keys
A two part GHB consisting of a Montague Trooper folding mountain bike in its carrying case & a large pack

The GHB:

A quality pack sized to carry the following:

Clothing to change into: Propper lightweight public safety lightweight tactical coyote pants and khaki shirts:

Essential equipment vest: Scottevest
With fire making gear, some food, compass, etc

Good wide brim hat

California legal weapon: Auto Ordnance AOM150 folding stock .30 M1 Carbine using 5 to 9 10-round magazines &

Nikon Eddie Bauer 8 x 25 binoculars

Immediate access water bottle, cup, & carrier w/shoulder strap: Kleen Kanteen 40oz wide mouth stainless steel bottle with flip ring cap

Cold Steel Voyager Medium lockblade pocket knife

Spyderco CO8 Harpy pocket clip knife – hawkbill serated blade for getting out of lines,

Bic lighter or Zippo Lighter w/2 fuel tubes

300’ 550 cord – can’t have too much cordage

Katadyn Hiker Pro water filter

Silt stopper II prefilters

4-way outside building hydrant key

Esbit stove/Tommy cooker
Esbit stove fuel  package of twelve tablets
Esbit alcohol brass burner (an option to the fuel tabs, would need carry bottle of alcohol) large deluxe magnesium rod/ferro rod fire starter w/scraper, compass & thermometer (soft magnesium and excellent ferro rod)

Food bag w/Jerky, Gorp, Millennium energy bars, Marathon Snickers energy bars, Horlick’s Malt tabs, Emergen-C supplement packets, hot chocolate packets, tea/coffee bags, Tootsie rolls

GI Poncho w/Wiggy’s hooded/insulated liner - Shelter, sleeping bag, insulated coat, rain coat, camo cover

Oregon Scientific WR-203 windup emergency radio w/AM, FM, and NOAA NWS All hazards alert warning radio

Clean shirt & change of underwear

Adventure Medical Kits Hiker first aid kit

Hygiene kit (campers soap, towel, toilet paper, etc.)

Personal survival kit (commercial or assembled)(space blanket, whistle, signal mirror, fire tender, fire starter, pocket knife minimum)

Once you are out of the building, use the vehicle if possible. If not use the equipment below to head for home.

If you managed to get out with the everything intact, open up the bike (doesn’t take much time), Change clothes if you have time, attach the High rise pack to the GHB if set up to do so (A pair of Kifaru packs, one medium and one small are easily set up to do this.), or dump the contents into the GHB because they are part of the package.

Put on the GHB and head for home on the bike, using preplanned routes and alternates that have been driven before to determine hazards and suitability.

Try to avoid trouble, get away if you need to, and scope out your route to continue.

Use the M1 Carbine clone only if you have to. Only if it is life and death. And then don’t hesitate.

If you have a well set up Smartphone with a good array of apps, it can be a big help. Even without cell service or WiFi service, the good ones will still function as GPS, with down loaded maps, and downloaded first-aid, survival, and navigation information. But when you have one like that, you will need additional battery power. Get too. They’re cheap for the price.

Just my opinion.


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Re: Office Bug out Bag
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2013, 06:02:17 PM »
Extra socks and moleskin to avoid/deal with blisters. I'd also throw in some bungee cords. Depending on where you live, chapstick and sunscreen.  I assume the first aid kit has asprin to deal with the aching muscles of carrying the pack if you're not used to it.

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Re: Office Bug out Bag
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2013, 12:41:09 AM »
I will pne thing on the lists.
plan what and where to "forage" in the offices.
There are always resources around. laptop bags or packs, Bottled water, snacks, etc.
i.e. mark where the fat lady hides her snacks

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Re: Office Bug out Bag
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2013, 08:38:47 PM »
Depends on where you're going, how far, weather, road (or lack of same) conditions.  Walking 40 miles or 10? Snow or sun?  WHY are you using the kit? Earthquake? Riot?  Flood? Tornado?  Have you stayed at a Holiday Inn?  Come to work on mass transit or car in garage?

A really good topographic map you can use to find your way home if the roads are gone/closed. Any bridges or rivers you'd need to cross?  Alternative routes scouted?

Water treatment & container (maybe a stainless, single wall bottle which can be used to boil), fire starting, space blanket, contractor trash bag (poncho/shelter) or sheet of visqueen, map,  headlamp & small pen light, multi tool like Leatherman, $$ in 1-5-10-and 20 denominations, food appropriate for distance x2 (although most of us can make it a few days and wouldn't notice it on the scale), duct tape, paracord, saniwipes & tissue packets

KNOWLEDGE of how to improvise if you're stuff is lost. Like Greekman said, you can forage stuff from your office space as needed if you know how to improvise from what you gather.  ie wire instead of cordage.

Good luck! 


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Re: Office Bug out Bag
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2013, 07:33:31 PM »
I'm planning for one of the following: Storm/Tornado, Riot, Blizzard (bag would be altered the closer it got to winter)

I drive to work, about 20 miles, have multiple routes to get home (side streets, highway)

Thanks for the suggestions, ill update you later on how its coming together