Survival question from member…answered
A question was asked by a member of our forum on whether I would leave my home by vehicle or on foot and if by vehicle, what type will I be using if my family and I have to suddenly leave our home in case of some type of disaster?
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OK, so here goes…
VEHICLE! I’m not going by foot unless I have to.
Keep in mind, even neighborhood or small regional weather disasters can cause you to have to leave, even if for a short time. Power outages are often the culprit.
Any vehicle will do, personally my family and I will be using my 2007 Honda Accord.
Why? First and foremost – reliability. It’s the most reliable vehicle I currently own. That’s what’s most important. The last thing you need during an emergency is a vehicle problem! Use the most reliable vehicle you own regardless of what it is. The type of vehicle is less important than it’s reliability. Comfort is secondary too.
Now, here 10 very important things to remember once you’ve selected your most reliable vehicle.
1. Ensure your vehicle is ready for the trip and you have packed your emergency bag. Know the Route in advance and follow the directions you set up.
Keep a map on hand that will enable you to take a route that may be unfamiliar to you. Be prepared to use routes specified by the emergency officials. Do not use any road or shortcut that they do not recommend. Some areas familiar to you may no longer be accessible or they may be dangerous for reasons unknown to you.
2. Local Authorities Will Tell you What to Do
Stay in touch with local authorities. They are in touch with the state or federal authorities and will know which route to take and what local conditions might be. If you follow their instructions, you are more likely to arrive in a safe location and to be able to communicate with your family members or friends. Always have a plan B however, in case you cannot hear the message from local authorities.
3. Keep your Vehicle’s Gas Tank Filled
Gas stations may be closed during a disaster event. During power outages, fuel pumps at gas stations may not work. Also carry extra gas with you, at least one extra tank, at least 10 gallons. This is a good reason to always keep you tank as full as possible.
4. One Vehicle per Household
If it is necessary to evacuate, plan to take one vehicle per household. This will keep family members together and reduce the number of cars on your particular evacuation route.
5. Power Lines
Do not go near power lines especially if they are broken or down.
Wear clothing that protects you as much as possible. Even though it may be hot (if it’s summertime) wear long sleeves and long pants. Wear sturdy shoes that will be suitable for walking, which you may, or may not, have to do. Take along a hat that can be used to shelter you from the sun.
7. Disaster Kit
Take your disaster kit with the supplies you will need. The kit will include items such as a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, food, water, and clothing. Make plans to have enough supplies for at least three days; more if possible.
Bring your cellular phone.
9. Bring your GPS if you have one (always have printed maps as back up)
10.Bring extra food and water. You should have some non perishable food stored anyway and if you don’t, start doing it now. Even 3 days worth is a good start and most likely that’s all you will need if you have to bug out. Always have a case of bottled water in each vehicle at all times anyway.
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