Prepping can be a difficult process if you jump in with both feet and try to do everything to “catch up”.
So, lets just back up a bit and take a look at what is going on around us. The worst case scenarios? None of us will live through, so don’t bother about those. Once you have that cause for anxiety dismissed, life is instantly easier. This revelation gives us time to step back and do the things we can do for free or nearly free to prepare for an emergency. Today we will talk about preparing travel routes in the event of evacuation.
First, grab those maps from your car’s glove box. If you live in a metropolitan area, grab the city and state map. Scour the map for routes out of town that don’t include major arteries or highways. That’s going to mean lots of turns and curves and stop signs. But, in the end, you may be out of town while the people in the traffic jam are waiting six hours later.
While you are mapping out your routes, use a highlighter to mark you maps. Yes, maps. One map per route makes it easier. However if you use various colors of highlighters to show several routes out of town that will work too. Having your routes highlighted makes it easy to know where you are going. More importantly, if you have a navigator, you will both be more able to focus on your jobs. The driver drives and the navigator navigates. Because there won’t be time to make mistakes, you and your navigators will need to practice. The plan needs to be able to work regardless of who is driving and who is navigating. It is impossible to know under what circumstances you will be evacuating.
While you are planning your routes, bridges, railway bridges, and other obstacles may be on the map. If they are not, make certain to mark them. It is important to plan a route that goes around them. It’s the last thing you want to be moving along and then get trapped in a location you can’t escape from. Also pay close attention to where the barriers are between lanes of traffic and along the sides of the road. If you can’t just drive off the road in your off road vehicle, you need a new route.
Also, once you have your route and alternate routes planned, do the math.
Figure out how much fuel you will need to operate a fully loaded vehicle.
The more weight in the vehicle the more fuel you need. And, you will have to watch out considering the speed you will be able to travel. Heavy vehicles use fuel faster at the same speed as without the load. Even if fuel is not a concern, you won’t be able to travel as fast during an evacuation situation as you do when plotting your route during a normal day. Everyone else will be attempting to leave the area as well. The more time you are driving the vehicle, the more fuel you will need.
When you are ready to move to the next phase of your prepping by devoting money towards your evacuation plan, then you will go back to your maps and find suitable locations to stash fuel based on your conservative math. Depending on the distance you will travel, you might want to stash other supplies as well.
Evacuation is like anything else.
If you don’t plan, it won’t go well.
Planning ensures you have what you need, when you need it. Failure to plan leads to not having enough supplies and to conflicts among your group members. Being prepared keeps everyone calm.