Echo-Sigma Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What makes Echo-Sigma Emergency Systems different from anything else on the market?
A: For the most part, the emergency preparedness kits that you'll find on the market will be either woefully insufficient for the needs of most people, or inappropriate for the needs of the typical consumer. Echo-Sigma Emergency Systems are designed to be complete, effective, efficient and easy to use. Sure, you can live with a pint of water per day and a tarp, but you're not thinking ahead so that you can live on the edge. You want to have capabilities and options when the time comes.
In the emergency preparedness community, systems like this would be called "Bug Out Bags", "GOOD (Get Out Of Dodge) Bags", "Go Bags" or "Blow Out Bags" . We consider these terms to be somewhat misnomers due to the fact that they are vital tools even in emergency situations where you need to stay home.
Q: How do I decide which system is best for me?
A: Check out our Echo-Sigma Emergency System Comparison page to get a quick overview and see the difference.
Q: How were the products in the emergency systems chosen?
A: Designing our systems takes an incredible amount of research and trial and error in order to meet that particular balance of weight, size, economy and utility. While some items would be nice to have, usually the same utility can be found using other items, already found in the system, that provide a multitude of other helpful uses at (typically) a fraction of the size, weight or both.
Q: What sorts of emergency situations can an Echo-Sigma Emergency System help me handle?
A: Our systems are designed with two primary scenarios in mind. The first we refer to as "Shelter-In-Place", when you need to stay in your home for an extended period of time during widespread infrastructure service interruption (water, power, gas). The second is the "Evacuation" scenario, when you are forced to leave your home and potentially subsist on your own, either on foot or with your vehicle. Most other emergency kits fall far short when you consider their use in one or both of these scenarios.
For "Shelter-In-Place", you want all of your provisions and tools to be readily available. When the lights go out, you won't want to have to dig through packs, boxes or drawers in order to have your best flashlight on hand. Everything is prepared and easily accessible at a moments notice.
For "Evacuation", you need to be mobile. The ability to grab your system and get out the door of your home at a moments notice may be critical. Even when you have a bit of time to get ready, you'll be able to concentrate on your own personal items and needs rather than worry about the fundamentals of food, water, shelter, etc. Having your survival gear squared away with an Echo-Sigma Emergency System will allow you to gather up family photos, one of a kind documents or medication for your loved ones.
Q: Do your products have additional storage space for my personal items?
A: Absolutely! In fact, adding your own items is an essential part of being ready for an emergency. Clothing, medication, local maps and personal protection items are just some of the personal touch you should add to your system. There is room enough for one or more sturdy changes of clothing per person in each system (woolen or synthetic materials are highly recommended).
Our Emergency Roll-Away system also features two items that help facilitate adding your own personal touch. First is a detachable pouch on the outer Roll-Away container ideal for adding medication, optics, or personal safety equipment that can be quickly detached and deployed in any situation. The second is a travel compression bag so that you can include 2-5 times more personal affects and clothing into your system. Travel compression bags are waterproof so they ensure a dry change of clothes should you stock it as such.