If you do make it home and it is obvious things are not getting any better, it is time to implement your bug out plan.
If things turn worse, you need to be prepared to head to the outlying, rural areas of the city.
You will need to have another bug out bag that is equipped with the gear you need to survive out in the open land.
If you have a secondary location, like a relative’s home or a second vacation home, plan a route to get there.
Use the above mentioned tips for getting out of the city without attracting a lot of attention.
There are going to be plenty of other people fleeing.
Do your best to avoid contact with anybody you don’t know.
Traveling at night on back roads is your best option, but you must be hyper-vigilant.
If you do not have a vehicle, you must be prepared to make this long journey by foot.
Talk with your family today about what your plans are should disaster strike.
Run drills on occasion to keep them on their toes and the plan fresh in their minds.
Safety & Security in an Urban Emergency
One of the major concerns of a disaster in an urban setting is safety.
With thousands, possibly millions of people all affected by tragedy, people are not going to be themselves.
They are going to be desperate and they will be willing to do whatever it takes to survive, even if that means breaking the law.
The law itself will be stretched thin and is not going to be there to patrol the streets or to come running if you are able to call 911.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of people who will take advantage of the situation and seek to do harm to others.
Looting and armed robbery are always a very real possibility following a disaster.
These are some things you can do to be safe in an urban disaster setting:
- Blend in with your surroundings. Do what you can to avoid sticking out like a sore thumb. Stay alert, but act casual.
- If you find yourself in the middle of a mob, casually move to outskirts and walk away being careful not to draw attention to yourself.
- Carry mace, pepper spray, a taser or a gun in your get home bag. Knives are not a good option because they require you to get close to your assailant, which puts you at greater risk of suffering an injury.
- If possible, travel in the early hours of the morning, between 3 and 5. This is when most people are hunkered down and the streets will be fairly empty.
- Move in the shadows when possible. If traveling with several people, walk in a single file line. A crowd of people is much easier to spot than people casually walking in a line.
- Carry equipment that gives you an advantage over potential threats
◦ Examples: Camouflage, binoculars, scoped rifles, high capacity magazines, communications, etc.
◦ Always look to increase your chance of surviving in case you get pushed into a corner.