Friday, June 8, 2012
Getting Out of Dodge
Many of you are sure to be experienced preppers who have really thought about your escape plan for when things start to get really bad. Others may not have even fathomed it. What with everything else you've thought of, you probably thought no more than get in the car and go, right? For those who get out early enough, that may be a viable option, but when the pandemonium is in full swing and marauders are blocking off the streets, what will you do? Have you planned on how far your car will need to go and do you have the gas on hand to make it there? Every single moment needs to be planned to the T with a lot of redundancies set up for when everything goes wrong (even more so than JUST society falling apart, that is).
One of the first things you need to do is plan both an immediate evacuation, a delayed evac, and bugging in. I know that you're thinking, "Whoah. That's way too much!" But trust me, it's better to be safe than sorry. You'll need to have food and water in at least 3 locations- your home, your bug out location, and your travel pack. A good guideline is 3 days, but if you can try and carry as much as it takes to get to your bug out location. If your location is 300 miles away and you have to walk for a month at a rigorous pace to make it, it's not the best place. Try to find an area outside of the city, but close enough to walk within a few day's time if you have to.
So you have your place. Great! Do you have fuel to get there? There's only a few options when it comes to fuel- stock up on gasoline, ethanol, or biodiesel. I'm sure some of you have heard of this magical substance, and I would highly recommend that anyone who owns a diesel car/truck/whatever stock up on it. Why? Because it's refined vegetable oil. It'll get you less mpg, but it's a lot cheaper than gas, and depending on how much you like people, you can probably get it for free. Talk to your local restaurants (think fries and other fried foods) and ask if they can give it to you when they're done. It costs them money to dispose of it properly and you'll both benefit from the exchange.
Do you have an alternate plan for when the roads are blocked? Plan ahead and try to find a way to escape your location while being on as few roads as possible. This means you'll need to know landmarks, have maps and will probably need a compass (can't be used in the car, so frequent stops) or a gps that hooks up to the dash. This will cost extra power, but will ensure you're headed in the right direction. No one will follow you when you attempt to drive through the brush, but you'll have to be on the lookout and avoid hazards. Being alert is key. Off road tires are a must.
Is it better to leave during the day, or the night? It will honestly not be entirely up to you. The best time is when you have a chance to not be seen. If no one is around during tthe day, go for it, but if night is when your local thieves are asleep, that's even better. The goal is to magically disappear and not alert people to your location.
Once you get there, do you have a plan if looters have taken it over? There are a lot of options and this situation can get hairy, so make sure you have enough people to overpower a small group of people or that you have a way to get back to your home and bug in. Remember that you may have to fight your way in and out of your locations, and that you will need to be armed at all times. The more remote your location is, the better. the less used the road looks, the more likely people won't use it.
Are you ready?