6 Well Defined Steps To A Smooth Evacuation

I’ve learned many things in the Marine Corps., and I’m grateful for those lessons.  One of the main tenets is to always be prepared.  Having an evacuation plan is something that is often overlooked but is a vital part of being a survivalist.  Below are important items to consider when creating your evacuation plan for yourself or with your family.

  • Get a detailed road map of your area and neighboring states.
    • You can’t always rely on your phone GPS or GPS device.  Satellites can go down and signals can be weakened.  It’s always a good idea to have a hard copy map in your car that’s already been plotted and highlighted with primary and alternate routes.
  • Determine at least one destination, a place at least over a hundred miles away from your home, as your safe place.
    • Not everyone can afford a bunker or second home.  But you can scout around for a camp site or shelter in case of emergency.  Of course it would all depend on the emergency.  Have various locations for the different scenarios.
  • Identify alternate routes to your safe area.  Drive the actual route and make notes of dirt roads or unpaved roads that aren’t on the map.  When a mass exodus happens, roads can be jammed so it’s important to find various routes.
  • Label and name each route you’ve plotted.  Have your family/team review the routes and drive them at least once.  You can communicate the routes by their labels/names.  “Let’s meet at Point A using Route B”, etc.
  • Make multiple copies of your routes and laminate them so that it won’t easily be ruined.  You’d be surprised how fast rain water can destroy a paper map.  The ink will run and paper will deteriorate.  This small step can go a long way.  Make multiple copies and store them in each of your vehicles.
  • Plan for additional fuel.  Buying a simple 5 gallon gas tank can be a life saver.  When emergencies happen, gas stations quickly run out of gas and in the event of an electrical outage, gas pumps will not work.  Remember to store your fuel in an area that’s well ventilated due to fumes building up.

If you have ever had to evacuate, what are something you can share?

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