I was thinking about the recent instances when people have had to leave their homes in a hurry: evacuations due to wildfires, floods, chemical or radiation leaks etc. I could not help but wonder whether it’s happening more frequently or I am just noticing it more. I have not checked any statistics, so this is purely speculation on my part. But I wondered how many people are prepared to evacuate on a short notice.
To me, anything under an hour would be very short notice. As much as I have tried to keep most of my preparedness stuff in one place, they are still spread out among a couple of areas due to my limited space situation. I don’t think I would have everything I’d want to take with us if I only had less than an hour to gather everything.
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?
- Go Bag
- Your home safe that has all your important documents and items
- Food and water
- Your computer
- Your guns and ammo
- Jewelry or family heirlooms
- Family photos?
- Any favorite things you know you can’t replace
I don’t have any answers, each person would go for what’s important to them, and what they can get to in time. I hope nothing like this happens, but thinking ahead helps you prepare mentally just in case. Consider your own situation and where you have everything- can you grab everything you need and get out in time?