Grab and Go!: What to Bring When Things Go Really Wrong: By Rustin R. Wright By Steve Hart

Nov 24, 2009

I’m a sucker for survival type books—especially while living in Hawaii—which always has a sense of danger looming overhead, what with all the tsunami warnings, earthquakes, and potential volcano eruptions. However, many survival books are wrought with elaborate methods on how to cook the cambium layer of a pine tree or the best way to skin a rabbit, which bores me to tears after awhile.



Grab and Go! has none of that. Instead, Grab and Go! describes how to prepare for a disaster with a “bugout bag,” or a “mobile supply and tool reserve,” in a witty, down-to-earth writing style. He suggests having a bugout bag, already packed, ready to go, in case of any emergency. But it goes much deeper than that: in case you have more time to get out, he recommends packing a milk crate with more even more supplies. I’ve personally tested this during the Oakland Hills fire in 1991. Back then, I was able to put a lot of my belongings into a few milk crates and loaded them on my skateboard. I was able to push ‘em a mile to the BART station, while the hills burned.



Wright also eschews the typical “Rambo” type of thinking: He notes that Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) are only barely edible, but will probably make you sick. In fact, his meal suggestions are worth the price of Grab and Go! and he correctly points out that having good food to eat in an emergency can bring a lot of comfort in a stressful situation. I remember being caught in a big storm (not Katrina) in New Orleans with nothing to eat except a raw potato. Being better prepared would have made that experience a little more enjoyable.



Every page is information-packed, with the last few pages listing all of the necessary supplies for the bag and the crate. Grab and Go! is not only entertaining, but an incredibly important resource. –Steve Hart (