We recommend that media organisations seriously consider the issue of emergency ‘grab bags’ for major assignments. These would have been very useful in the Gulf, and would have given crews the security of knowing that they could have survived for a period of time in an emergency until help could reach them or they could reach safety.
An emergency bag is designed to hold items essential for survival for a minimum of 48 hours and includes such things as press accreditation (if not on person), passport, spare cash, means of shelter, adequate food and water, warm clothing, etc. These types of bags are invaluable in the military world in times of emergency, but are equally valuable in civilian life.
We particularly recommend a 45-litre rucksack (Stretcher Bag) that is new on the market and unzips to turn into an emergency stretcher. It has the ability to carry a 6 ft person comfortably supported with carrying handles. These are available exclusively from Centurion.