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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
When to Evacuate
Do you bug out or do you bug in? The situation in the Houston area is a clear example of the problem.
My wife's parents bugged out. Actually, they were out of Texas and decided not to come back until it was all over. I've a sister-in-law in the Houston area. Her and her family have decided to bug in. So far, they are doing well.
One thing that became very clear is that you cannot rely on the government to tell you when to bug out. There were conflicting suggestions between state and local officials. There are people who decided to stay then later tried to bug out only to get stuck in their vehicles.
If you are going to bug out do it early. Don't wait for an official pronouncement. If and when that happens the roads will quickly turn into long parking lots. That's what happened to my sister-in-law during the Rita evacuation. They spent a long time stuck on the highway and never made it to their destination. They were fortunate that a church took them in for the night. No doubt the memory of that failed exodus is one reason they decided to shelter in place.
Fairly recently I posted a blog about the advantages of having an inflatable kayak to bug out in. I bet a lot of Texas folks would have loved to have a boat like that right now. A heavy duty, large capacity inflatable kayak will get you out of trouble. They are tough enough not to get punctured on debris and light enough to drag over shallow spots.
The big threat now is flooding. However, there are plenty of other reasons to get out of Dodge. Wildfires, civil unrest, hazardous material releases, and who knows what else. The trick to a successful evacuation is to leave early. Better to have the occasional false alarm rather than become a victim.
If you decide to bug in, make sure you have all you need. We see that this storm is going on a lot longer than expected. As the storm continues, more people will run out of resources and need rescue. Having a plan B is a good idea.
My prayers and concerns are with the people of Texas and Louisiana right now.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.