To be frank, that decision should have already been made.
Every family should have an emergency plan and a key component should be answers to this most pertinent of questions.
Most people, when asked will say something like, “If things get really bad I’ll go to my parents’ house or my brother’s house,” or something like that.
In many cases those destinations may be hundreds if not thousands of miles away. So what is the smart move?
The plan can’t simply be, “Go to Dad’s.” That answer simply doesn’t fit all situations.
How about a plague—a biological disaster, such as a super-bug released from a secret military lab (aka a Stephen King scenario)?
Do you take your family out into this?
Do you expose them to potentially lethal pathogens?
Most of these pathogens will be carried by people—people just like you will be stuck on a jammed freeway as everyone tries to leave the city.
How about nuclear terrorism, a nuclear detonation or explosion of a dirty bomb?
How about a nuclear plant disaster, such as Chernobyl?
Radiation will spread and be lethal for days, weeks, even months. Winds will carry the radioactive debris.
Sure Atlanta or St Louis or Kansas City might be a smoking hole in the ground, but how can you tell where that fallout will come down?
You could easily travel right into the path of lethal fallout and not even know it until you start throwing up blood.
How about political upheaval?
A democratic government turned police state?
A full economic collapse with the market wiped out and the dollar worthless? Anarchy prevails.
Perhaps martial law is declared. Now the lethal threat you may encounter will no longer be microscopic or radioactive. Now the virus in question will be other humans—also struggling to survive or taking advantage of those who are.
Still want to go to Dad’s?
If Dad’s house is an hour or two away, you may be fine—if you are prepared, you can move quickly and travel the right route.
If Dad’s house is in Wisconsin and you are in Florida, you may want to rethink the move. One limiting factor, even if you are willing to risk your safety to make the trip, is availability of fuel.
Even if fuel is available, what are you going to buy it with?
Dollars Are Worthless
You don’t want to get three hundred miles from home, run out of gas and find yourself in a real world remake of the Road Warrior with the wife and three kids along for the ride.
Stay away from the interstates.
Watch an early episode of The Walking Dead and you’ll know what I mean. Plan to travel on back roads, two lane state highways, preferably in a vehicle with four-wheel drive capability. Take the road less travelled if you take any road at all.
Sounds like I’m telling you to stay put, right? Wrong.
In some cases that will get you just as dead. Your family plan must have alternatives to fit the potential crisis encountered.
One Solution Does Not Fit All
You need to decide now if and when a bug-out is required and when it is not, and then plan for both.
If you consider your hazards, your transportation, fuel, food and water, route of travel and level of self-protection, you may be able to negotiate the dangers and arrive at your destination—just don’t expect it to be easy.
If you plan to stay put, you need an equally complex plan to survive.
If you decide to go, then make certain you have your bug out bag ready, every minute could matter.
The key is preparation.
Those who wait until TSHTF will wind up in the blades.
-“Just In Case” Jack
Jack’s an expert survivalist and prepper with an engineering and military background. He’s a dedicated family man and a proud American. Jack wants to help you to be prepared for anything. Trust me, when TSHTF you’ll be happy you met Jack. Get your Free Bug Out Bag Checklist at www.SkilledSurvival.com/bug-out-bag-checklist.