If You Have to Evacuate, What Would You Grab First?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Most people are not prepared to evacuate on a short notice.  Yet there have been recent instances when people have had to leave their homes in a hurry.  Mandatory evacuations are ordered due to tornadoes, fires, floods, chemical or radiation leaks etc.

Think about this situation for a moment:  You get awakened at 2 a.m.  The fire department is knocking on your door telling you to get out within 15 minutes.  You get the entire family within seconds, then grab the pets (if  any).

Which items would you grab first?

  • Everyday items such as your purse, wallet, cell phone, keys, EDC etc.  Designate a space where you routinely leave these items so there is no need to search.
  • Your home safe that has all your important documents and items.  Keep all your documents in one place and build a grab and go binder.
  • Food and water
  • Cash
  • Your computer
  • Your guns and ammo
  • Jewelry or family heirlooms
  • Family photos
  • Any favorite things you know you can’t replace
  • Bug out bag if you have one

These are just some ideas on items to take on your way out.  Each person must decide in advance what’s important to them, and what they can get to in time.  While we hope nothing ever happens, thinking ahead helps you prepare mentally just in case.  Consider your own situation and where you keep everything.  What items would you take? Can you grab everything you need and get out in time?  Please share in the comments.

© Apartment Prepper 2017

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  1. My vehicle is not large enough .If i hook on a trailer or a roof top carryall ,i become a target.Forget precious items.The past is not that important,the future is everything.Have a target you want to reach and prepare that target with what you will need and how to get there.A close friend you trust or family member in the country.Remember , a lot of other people will have the same idea.Be aware.

    1. Hi Bert, Good point. some things may have to get left behind that are not essential for survival. Thanks for the comment.

  2. In a life time one has gathered so many things they would love to take, a lot of family pieces, family pictures, jewelry, etc. but that isn’t always possible. Great article. Good suggestions. Thanks

    1. Hi Bobbie, Yes if at all possible we’d all like to take these special items. Hopefully having a plan will help. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Some of these things on this list simply shouldn’t be taken in case of a serious emergency.. Only the MOST important things you need to take with you..

    Don’t forget one thing. Your most important thing you are taking with you is the TIME and the more you spend packing the less of it you are bringing with you.

    1. Hi George, Time would definitely limit the ability to take non essential things. Thanks for the comment.

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