An important part of disaster preparedness and emergency preparedness is still being able get around after a disaster.
Or if it comes down to it, getting away.
However, the usual routes you might take might no longer be available.
Maybe an earthquake has caused bridges and tunnels to collapse.
Or a hurricane or tsunami might have flooded low-lying roads.
Perhaps a severe storm has caused trees and power lines to come down, blocking access to roads.
There is also the chance that the gas stations might not be able supply gas and diesel.
In any case, here are a few emergency preparedness tips to help you get around, or get away, after a disaster.
- Figure out alternative routes, rather than relying on the same roads that you are used to, or the ones that your GPS might have conditioned you to take.
- Next, make sure people know where you are going, the route you will take, and how long you think it would take. That way, if you need help, people can get to you quicker.
- Plan with other families in different parts of your city so that you can be each others’ backup in case it is impossible for one of you to make the journey. The last thing you want is your kid marooned someplace because you couldn’t make it.
- Get all the things your vehicle will need to run in inclement weather. At least half a tank of gas all the time would be a good start. Better yet, have a couple of 5-gallon gas cans stashed away on your property if it’s safe to do so. Snow tires and snow chains might also be good things to have.
- Know how to drive your vehicle well. Do you have a vehicle with Four Wheel Drive? If so, do you know how to shift into 4WD mode? Do you know that Four Wheel Drive doesn’t mean Four Wheel Stop? If you aren’t familiar with driving off road or on ice, now would be a good time to acquire those skills.
- During Winter, throw in extra bottles of water, a few snacks, and blankets. Just in case you get stuck and have to wait the storm out.
- If you need to get away, leave EARLY before the panic starts or the authorities start closing off roads.