reply to post by r2d246
Folks in survival forums usually talk about SHTF, or major collapses or calamities, but let me give some examples that are a lot more useful.
Some friends of friends of mine were recently affected by the Colorado Fires. They had sheriff's deputies coming by their house and updating them
from time to time. One deputy told them they were still in the clear for now, but be ready to leave if anything changed, and before he was even out
of the driveway, things changed! He came back and said, "let's go." No time, no more prep, leave that very second, and their house was on fire
within minutes. The Bug Out Bag was EXTREMELY important!
Another scenario, for a BOV was the tornadoes in Joplin, MO. Several friends of mine lost homes in the Tornado, hotels were full, hospital facilities
were destroyed, and they had friends and family that were missing as well. SO, having a vehicle that just happened to be prepared ahead of time was
paramount! Lucky for them, they had some bottled water, some first aid, a full tank of gas. When they should have been panicking and looking for
help from authorities, instead they were volunteering and helping the authorities in the rescue effort!
In Florida, when they evacuate for a hurricane, it is not uncommon to get trapped on an interstate for hours, or even days. You get away from the
coast, but then you often hit gridlock. Having a BOV, and a BOB comes in very, very handy to make sure you comfortably survive the inconvenience.
When I was a child, we set out on a trip across Western Texas, and New Mexico, and the fuel pump went out on my parent's vehicle somewhere around
White Sands. It was over 100 degrees, and at least 50 miles in either direction for help. This was 30 years ago, and there weren't cell phones, we
didn't have a CB, and traffic was extremely light where we were. My Mom had luckily packed up a cooler of food and water, and extra water for my baby
brother, she always carried blankets and pillows, and in the trunk were some tools and a tarp among other things. We got out, made a makeshift
lean-to tent for shade, and sipped the water, and waited for a good samaritan! Mom's planning probably saved our lives at the time.
A BOB, and having your vehicle prepped as a BOV, and keeping the tank full of gas, and having a plan for your family for a rendezvous point should
things get out of control while you're separated are just good ideas for any family, whether you are a conspiracy theorist or not.
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