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'Mombies' bags help women deal with any emergency

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A fully loaded Mombies bag. A fully loaded Mombies bag.
Harrington displays some of the items that are inside a Mombies bag. Harrington displays some of the items that are inside a Mombies bag.
Dory Harrington started the business from her garage. Dory Harrington started the business from her garage.
GILBERT, AZ (CBS5) -

A Gilbert woman has started a unique business from her garage, and it's geared toward helping you get through any emergency.

"I make survival bags for women," said Dory Harrington.

Call them what you want. They're also known as 72-hour bags, go bags or bug out bags. Harrington says they're a necessary tool to survive any emergency.

"The reason I came up with my own is that everything I found on the market is really generic [and] basic. [They're] not geared toward any specific person, and then you had the ones that are doomsday prepper. [Those bags are] hardcore and weigh 80 to 90 pounds," said Harrington.

"I needed something more realistic," she continued.

Harrington calls her bags "Mombies," and she says she got the idea after realizing she was not prepared for any last-minute evacuation.

"If the news said, 'Hey you need to get out now!' I was so unprepared I didn't even have a flashlight in the house. I maybe had a couple of water bottles lying around," she said.

The mother of two has another full time job but works on this business on the side.

"I'm passionate about it," she said.

With the recent deadly wildfire in Yarnell and flooding in Colorado, Harrington said she knew others probably felt the same way.

"We prepare for everything. We prepare for every day with our purse, our keys and our lunch bag, but we tend to forget the important stuff, and this to me is very important," she said.

Each bag is stuffed to the brim with equipment that allows a mother and her children to survive for 72 hours. They include water, food, fire-starting material and even a urination device for woman.

"I handpicked every item that goes in this bag. I really just tried to find items that were smaller, more compact but rivaled those guys who have survival bags," she stated.

The bags retail for $399, but Harrington says if you purchase the items individually, the cost would be closer to $500. She says she receives discounts because she buys in bulk. So far, she's sold about 35 bags to people throughout the country. For more information, you can access the Mombies website by clicking here.

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