Week 6 of 52: Evacuation Preparedness
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Week 6 of 52: Evacuation Preparedness
This week, we will concentrate on the evacuation aspect of preparedness. Many who have first hand accounts of mass evacuations from Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita will tell you that it is not fun. When we think of evacuations, we typically think of the mass exodus we witnessed on television with the aforementioned storms. Depending on the area you live in, there are times when evacuations are more localized and require you to leave your community or town. Being that I live in Houston, I not only have to worry about hurricane season, but I also have to worry about chemical leaks from the refineries in this area. If a refinery emergency were to occur, I would have to leave immediately, thus giving my family only a few minutes to evacuate our home.
Having a pre-assembled bag with basic survival needs in place will expedite the evacuation process, as well as keep things running smoothly. The main goal of having a 72-hour bag is to be equipped to survive for three days. Therefore, keep your basic survival needs in mind: food, water, shelter, clothing, sanitation, medications/prescriptions. In addition, I would also pack some extra emergency money or a credit card with enough money for gas and lodging in case you run into a monetary issue. Click here to get more details on preparing a 72 hour bag.
Preparing a bag for evacuations takes more time than one would think. Taking survival needs into account is one thing, but trying to collect prescriptions, children’s special items, and personal documents can be frustrating if you were under time constraints. Preparing ahead of time for evacuations will cut down on the headaches, and keep you one step ahead.
Preps to buy:
- Backpacks for each member of the family (make sure the backpack has multiple compartments and pockets)
- Water containers for each family member. Alternatively, you can purchase water containers with filtration devices inside them.
- Water purification tablets
- Food for three days (remember foods that are lightweight and high in calories)
- Mylar blankets or bivvy for each member of the family
- Tent, tarp or some sort of alternative shelter
- Season appropriate clothing (3 days worth)
- Fire starters
- Waterproof matches and Bic lighters
- Charged cell phone or alternate communication
- Maps of the city and state (if you have not already purchased)
- Flash lights for each bag with extra batteries
- Mess kit and utensils for each family member
Don’t forget to pack items for pet needs. In additions, some other items to include in your evacuation packs are a first aid kit, hygiene items (toilet paper, deodorant, feminine products, shampoo/soap), and personal documents.
As well, pack a get home bag and store it at the office or in your vehicle in case you are stranded.
1. Create an evacuation plan including an emergency meeting area for family members, multiple evacuation routes, a list of emergency phone numbers. Having this checklist on hand will keep an evacuation as organized as possible.
2. Assemble evacuation packs.
3. Place packs near an emergency exit or in an easy to access area.
4. As a family, discuss the evacuation plan, and include a discussion on the protocol and emergency exits.
Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.
Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals.
Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.
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