The following two posts appeared on the Infomad survival mailing list. Evacuation, or "bugging out," is a tricky art. You have to be able to bug out at a moment's notice, not leaving too soon on a false alarm nor too late and becoming trapped in a mass panic. This applies to you regardless of how secure and safe you consider your current location. As is pointed out below, there are many htings that could force you out.
I thought I would take this time to drop a few lines on bugging out. First of all I don't recommend leaving your home in a time of crises. Why? Because you become a refugee. That's not a good thing. We've all seen pictures of refugees crammed into camps. What they don't show is that those refugees have been searched for weapons, and often can't leave the camp even if they wanted too. So it is much better to stay on your home turf.
Of course there are exceptions to this rule. If your retreat is within a couple of walking days distance, great. If not, you should seriously consider. How far you could get with the fuel you have right now. I mean right now! Do you have a full tank of gas in your car? If your retreat is your summer cabin 300 miles away. Do you have the gas to get there? Because when you need to go, the gas may not be there. If you are the type that has a few gas cans full of fuel CONGRATULATIONS you are one of the few, give yourself a shiny star on your report card. If you aren't one of these people think about how you can change improve your chances.
Something to think about?
Oh and before someone e-mails me a bunch of flames here are some reasons
That about covers it...
Note for those of you that are still thinking of heading for the hills. Yeah right, you and 250 million other Americans. Those woods will be so crowded you won't be able to find a quiet place to go to the bathroom.
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Good solid facts, an old buddy of mine taught me to plan in threes, plan one, plan two and plan three. If you have to bug out.... have alternate plans for every contingency. I've set down and actually plotted out routes on maps, I've video taped all of the routes including alternates, looked at the choke points, bridges, water crossings, and potentially hostile communities. If you plan well and write it down in a notebook, review your plans regularily and correct them, your chances of becoming a refugee decreases a whole lot. Remember that you and/or some of your family maybe out of position during a crisis, this type of pre-trip mapping and planning could really assist them if you are not there to do it for them. Consider buying topo-maps from US GEO Survey or other sources, these provide details if you have to walk out, and do not forget the compass... those new fangled GPS do dads might be turned off.