posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 09:46 AM
The drill itself is more valuable than the actual plan. Unless you have "enough money," at least some of your bug-out supplies will be in general
use around the home, and so will need to be rounded up and packed at the last minute. Items like prescription meds, feminine and baby hygiene and
some tools will need to be packed.
Additionally, your plan must be flexible enough to allow for a wide range of bug-out conditions. Some events, like an earthquake, will make roads
impassible; other events rising flood waters may provide 6 or more hours of notice, and permit the use of vehicles, as well as allowing time to "lock
down" the home, if it remains unaffected by the crisis.
A few drills for different scenarios will teach that the best approach is to have a single essential bug-out bag, with additional kits that can be
taken along in addition if circumstances permit.
For instance, your immediate refuge may be at a relative's house 10 miles away. When the sirens go off and the TV blares out the warning that there
has been a toxic waste spill at the railroad crossing near your home, you have only minutes to flee. On the other hand, traffic will be only a
neighborhood problem. In addition, you won't need your hunting gear and tent, nor will you need all the extra clips for the AR-16. But maybe you
ought to grab a case of beer from the garage, to act as a social lubricant for an evening with the in-laws.
On the other end of the spectrum, a mishap at the nuclear reactor upwind of you means that you will need to flee within 12 hours, but to NEVER return.
Once you have loaded up your real survival gear, and the traffic is not a crisis because the authorities say you have a 12-24 hour time horizon, you
might think of salvaging some less critical items, since you know you have the room to take them. Things like the canned goods in the pantry, the
entirety of your gun cabinet, the backups to your laptop, your financial papers and even a treasured keepsake or a single toy for each child might be
In a time of crisis, humans find emotional comfort in what is familiar. If you have packed the car to escape a pretend hurricane, it is far less
overwhelming when the threat is real.
While a school bus may seem ludicrous in an escape plan, remember that tens of thousands of survivors fled New Orleans when the National weather
service told them to, and were out of the region two days later when Katrina made landfall. Many of them brought multiple carloads of possessions per
family, and weren't stuck in the Superdome without food or protection. It has happened; it just doesn't make headlines when people
avert a crisis.