reply to post by ur44lois
Quite honestly, I have given evacuation a lot of thought myself. Your best bet if you're above Little Rock and East of Conway would be to go straight
north. Below Little Rock, head south, possibly to Texas, and avoid large bodies of water for as long as possible. Personally, I wouldn't try the
freeways, too many insanely long bridges and if we had a massive earthquake, we could expect massive aftershocks as well. I don't think you're going
to be able to totally avoid all bridges. but you definitely want to weigh the risks before you set out. If a bridge over the Arkansas River collapses,
you're going to die. Very few people have been in those waters and lived to tell about it. However, if a bridge collapses over a small creek, or
another road that's not too terrible far down, you'll probably be okay. Think about what you're going to drive too. A small car is about as good as a
luxury SUV, but if you have a 'real' truck or SUV, it might be worth it to take it, even though it consumes more gas, because it will be able to drive
places and manuever around things that a car wouldn't be able too. If you drive a truck and have gas cans around the house (as many Arkansans do, so
they'll have what they need for lawn mowers, generators,chainsaws.. oh how the list goes on) consider not mixing anything in them until u are ready to
use them, this way you can throw them in the back of your truck when you evacuate, just in case you can't buy more gas along the way. Unfortunately,
evacuation will probably be impossible at least for the first 24 hours. 'Smart people' have chosen to make extreme lengths of main roads bridges, and
the smaller, safer highways will probably be covered with large debris, down trees or power lines.
My husband and I are prepared to ride it out, so long as a nuclear disaster isn't eminent. We have the tents in the car, along with several gallons of
water, MREs, canned foods etc. We also have blankets, clothes, shoes, leashes and tie outs for the dogs, an old set of pots and pans, lighters, first
aid kit, camp stove, camp grill, and so on stored in his car which recently broke down, and we can't afford to fix at this time. I is parked away from
things that can fall on it, so the idea is that our supplies should be good and ready for us to access in the event of an emergency. Hopefully, our
efforts will be 'wasted,' but with everything going on in the world right now, it can't hurt to be prepared.
You should think about your neighborhood too. Be prepared to take charge or help lead. We have talked about how the people who walk out of their
houses on their own would need immediate tasks. The weaker would be assigned to clear the roads, alongside stronger people with chainsaws. First
Aid/CPR trained or medical personel would need to accompany the search party, checking each house for trapped survivors. Once the survivors have all
been rescued, then it might be wise to send a scavenger party, to find food and supplies in the demolished homes (we live right next to the Greenbrier
fault line, and most of our neighbors live in older mobile homes. We are expecting destruction beyond the point that it would be safe to live inside
the home, if you can even locate the inside of a home, if an event happens.) We have identified a high elevated, large clear plot of land that several
families could set up camp, if needed. It is close to a large pond, so some water purification tablets should make for drinkable water. We even
decided that our spare tent should be used to house 'donated' supplies of food and first aid, and for one person to remain 'on duty' at all times in
that tent, to try and work as a make-shift 'command center' where we can keep track of who is accounted for, who is missing, what needs to be done,
and who is out doing it. We figure this type of organization would help prevent people from running in circles like their heads are cut off.
I think everyone should think of these things now, BEFORE something happens. Hopefully, you'll never have to use your plans/ideas. But if a time comes
that this stuff is needed, the difference between having a plan and not having one could mean you neighbors life. It could mean that hundreds of
pounds of meat in your neighborhood will spoil in toppled over refridgerators because you simply didn't think to go around and check them. If the
Freezers are shut, keep them that way and they should keep the meat cool enough to be safe for about 2 days. Try not to open all refridgerators in the
area at the same time, as you can eat out of them for a good 24 hours, remembering to eat things that take longer to spoil last. Try not to use
anything that you find that doesn't require refridgeration until all cold foods are gone. This should help stretch your rations, minimizing waste.
Think about the needs for guns and ammo for hunting while you're searching for people/supplies.Try and learn now, what plants in your area are edible,
and what are poisonous. You might also look for what your pets can and cannot eat as well, remembering that they can't always eat what we do, and we
can't always eat what they do.
Sorry about the novel.. haha, but if a big earthquake hits Arkansas, we need to think about these things.
EDIT: Forgot to say, you will probably have elderly neighbors, or some who will suffer minor injuries. You might utilize them by asking them to watch
children who are too young to help, and cook meals for those who are working. This is another good reason that a 'camp' for your neighborhood would be
a good idea. If everyone is staying in the same area, then more people will be available to take life saving measures, even though you'll want to stay
with your kids. It's better for them if you leave them with the designated people, and get out there and save lifes and find supplies.
15-3-2011 by HadEnough because: (no reason given)