Many of this country’s most populated cities are deathtraps, in that during an emergency situation residents will likely become trapped without a way out.
If you look at cities like San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York and many other large urban areas, there are actually very few ways out. During a disaster, where these routes are destroyed, clogged by millions of evacuees, or closed down by the government, most people would be forced to stay within the city’s confines – which could be a death sentence for unprepared residents.
Think about it, on a normal day these highways and roadways are routinely congested and bogged down by traffic. Even driving in normal everyday traffic can be an absolute complete nightmare, having to navigate through hordes of complete morons, and siting for hours on end in standstill traffic.
If you live in one of these major cities, the odds of being able to make in out during a mandatory excavation or large-scale disaster are pretty small.
Why would you want to leave your home?
This is often a question I receive from people who don’t understand preparedness and in some cases even from those who have a pretty good grasp on survival topics – there are those who absolutely refuse to leave during any circumstance.
But if you live in one of these urban areas, there are a countless number of reasons you need to have a good evacuation plan that you can put into place the moment things start to go bad.
Things that might cause you to have to evacuate include:
- Deadly chemical spills or industrial accidents
- Civil unrest
- Terrorist attacks
- Biological or nuclear attacks
- Lack of resources after a disaster
Knowing when it’s time to leave:
In order to safely bug out, you need to be aware of what’s going on around you, especially if you live in one of the large urban centers. Your best bet for survival during an evacuation causing disaster is not getting caught in the chaos – that means being able to make your escape BEFORE the shit hits the fan.
To do that, you need to have a plan in place that includes when you would leave, what types of disasters would cause you to leave, and of course a predetermined destination where you intend on heading during a crisis. Check out my article on building the ultimate bug out bag for more ideas on what you need to pack, and what considerations you need to prepare for when planning to evacuate.
If you wait for things to go bad, or you wait for an evacuation notice from your local government, you probably waited too long. Put your plans in place now, and don’t be caught off guard. The last thing you want to do is count on a government agency that has very little vested interest in your health and safety.