Every now and then reality strikes. Not to far from where I live a railroad car fire and possible propane explosion forced the evacuation of 5000 homes in the city of Lincoln. Some people that I am acquainted with were forced to leave their homes on short notice.
Being interested in preparedness, we all like to think that we are ready for anything. So as a result of some of the things I observed I measured what happened against my own plans. Looking at my own bug out bag, I found some shortcomings for this situation.
My kit is made for a more end of the world scenario, not a trip across town to stay with friends or in a motel. I am not advocating doing away with my existing kit, but making plans for a short-term evacuation under more normal conditions. Try thinking about this situation, you are leaving your home with a good probability that you will return in a few days to find your home undamaged. There is not an immediate threat of the big one.
What would you take with you? Probably more clothes, important papers, insurance policies and family pictures. I am not saying leave your bug out bag at home, but be able to adapt to the situation. I am going to put some thought into this before I find myself in this situation. In the next few days, I should have a chance to talk to people who were involved. Any good information I receive will be passed along.
If you have any ideas to share, send in your comments. To some degree, regardless of where we live there is something that can affect us.