If you talk to a number of people in the preparedness world, many will advocate staying put over “bugging out” (i.e. fleeing). Many times, this discussion is far too narrowly focused and often fails to account for a large number of things that could realistically happen.
As I type this, I’m looking out the window at a vaguely orange-ish gray sky. Gray isn’t uncommon here in Western Washington State though it’s usually cloud cover. This isn’t. This is sun trying to shine through smoke that has blown down from Canada and over from Eastern Washington. Wildfires being the source in both cases. Thankfully nothing local at present but that could change.
WHAT COULD GO WRONG
While many plan to “bug in” or stay home in the case of emergency, that may over look some things. Are you near railroad tracks? What would you do if a rail car ruptured and spilled toxic gases or chemicals?
Are you near a chemical plant that could have a lethal gas leak? An industrial plant in Tacoma, Wa had a chlorine gas leak that sent 12 to the hospital and evacuated 100 others in 2007.
Another consideration is, are you near an underground oil or gas pipeline? These are all over the place. Three were killed when one exploded near Bellingham, Washington. All it takes is a leak to pose a hazard that may require an evacuation.
Does the area you reside in ever have dry periods that result wild fires or brush fires? This is a not uncommon occurrence here the area I reside.
What about tornadoes? Floods? Volcanic eruptions?
Or, my personal favorite, some form of law enforcement action. This one can range from a matter of minutes to hours and potentially even days.
WHAT TO DO
Clearly, the answer to the question of “bug in” or “bug out” becomes it depends. All of these are things that could put us in a position to temporarily relocate and thusly require some form of supplies. At this point, the bug out bag or kit becomes advisable.
Tuesday I’ll discuss what we may want in our bug out bag or kit. Stay tuned.