The Best Pre-Packed Survival Backpacks and Bug-Out Bags, According to a First Responder

Pray for the best, they say, but prepare for the worst. Unfortunately, when it comes to disaster preparedness, not enough Americans abide by this saying. “The majority of people never think that a disaster will happen to them,” says Karina Warshaw, a first responder and the co-founder of VLES designs, a company that specializes in emergency go-bags. “When things do go bad, they are struggling to get by.” Warshaw’s sentiment echoes a 2015 FEMA study that found that less than 60 percent of Americans are practicing emergency preparedness. That means that, if a hurricane, wildfire or some other disaster — manmade or natural — forces them from their home, 60 percent of the population will not be ready.

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