GETTING OUT OF DODGE  


GETTING OUT OF DODGE  

No matter how good of a safe haven your home is, your prepping should include a plan to quickly “bug out” (Get out of Dodge/ GOOD). This is because a number of after effects of an EVENT could negatively affect you. AN EMP or other power outage could cause the transformer down the street to blow and set fire to a neighbor’s house.

In the worst case, you won’t have your vehicle due to any number of reasons.  This means a pack on your back and whatever else that you can grab and go within the shortest time possible. Pre-packing will be of great help here. For some, a bicycle may be of use, but remember roads may be blocked or dangerous. The faster you can get away the better.

If you are going from work and can’t get to your car, fall back on your “last ditch lunch bag kit”. If you can get to the car, but it can’t be used, have it in your “Bug out Bag/BOB” and a “fishing vest” with more “last ditch” survival gear. You can have a basic 72 hr. home made or commercial BOB, or a bigger backpack with sleeping bag and tent. (What’s in a BOB will be covered later.)

If you are leaving from home and have a significant other who is up with your plan, you add to your support depending on what they can carry. My wife, Mama Donna, can tote a standard 72 hr. survival backpack and a mini shoulder GO bag with water bottles.

Know where you are going to and have alternate routes, overland if possible, and know beforehand sources of water, as you can’t carry a lot of it.  Have “strip” maps of your routes if nothing else. Have a safe meeting point along the way in case you have to start out from separate locations.

Weapons are a tricky aspect that depends on your local area and situation and your own personal beliefs. You may go with pepper spray. An alternative is a folding stock rifle in a case inside or strapped to a backpack and a pistol, along with a good sheath knife. You may have to keep the weapons hidden until you are out of an urban area and into the countryside. Remember, you don’t have to be carrying “heavy artillery”.  In the words of Pat Frank, a survivalist writer from the cold war days,” A .22 will kill you just as dead as a 20 megaton”.

GETTING OUT DRIVING        

After an event, a vehicle offers a number of positives from the amount of people and equipment it can carry to how fast it can get you to your safe haven. The negatives, however, have to be recognized and expected.

First, the vehicle has to be gotten to. Rubble, fire or downed power lines may prevent this. Know how to open your garage door without power. (You can open one with an extension cord that runs to an inverter plugged into a car’s cigarette lighter, or if possible, manually.)

Then it has to be operational, having suffered no effects to prevent it from working or being put back into operation quickly.

Next, the roads themselves have to be unblocked enough to get out. A four wheel drive vehicle has some advantages here.

And lastly, there is the question of fuel. Odds are an event will happen when you are at a half tank or so and hopefully not less. Try to keep the vehicle fueled.

A vehicle also stands out and can be a target for looters and mobs, or can be stopped at a roadblock of police, or National Guard troops, who will direct you to a “safe containment zone” they have set up (a school, football stadium, etc.). The general rule here is:

THE FASTER YOU CAN GET OUT OF AN URBAN AREA THE BETTER CHANCE TO AVOID THE LOOTERS OR THE “AUTHORITIES”

Fighting your way out or bailing out are possibilities, but have high risks. Leaving from home generally is safer than leaving from a work area.

Your GOOD plan can include your vehicle, but also keep the option of walking out and plan your “GO” bags or BOB’s accordingly.

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