Emergency evacuation for the survival of your family
Home evacuation is not something we would like to think about on a daily basis. But if the worst happened, what would you do? It could be a natural disaster, a flood warning, or a gas leak. It could be anything. In a survival situation, you may have to leave your home. For some people, having to evacuate their homes, leaving everything behind, is a reality. In some areas of Tokyo, and even closer to home in California, earthquakes are a real threat. On the Great Plains of America, tornadoes occur regularly. In Australia, a small fire can easily get out of control and cause a large-scale forest fire. The truth is, in certain areas of the world, these things can happen.
Living in a metropolis or a big city carries a long list of potential dangers. These are largely related to crime, dangerous driving, or traffic. In the event of a large-scale emergency, have you considered what would be best for your family? One of the advantages of larger cities is that there are many places to take refuge. In WWII, London’s subway network doubled as a safe haven for many residents who had to take refuge underground during the Blitz. In immediate danger, cities offer many places to take your family and loved ones to keep them safe. In addition, cities offer a large number of civil services that can be implemented instantly. Most modern cities will have made contingency plans for worst-case scenarios. Those contingencies include the deployment of police, national guard, ambulances and doctors. Being in a city is a safe place to get down to business and wait.
Cities, for all their advantages, do have some drawbacks. Cities are home to millions of people. If a natural disaster like an earthquake strikes, your first instinct is to get yourself and your family out of the danger zone. In this situation, cities are certainly a problem. Being that it is likely that millions of people have exactly the same idea as you. In a state of disaster, you can bet that roads will be blocked, public transport closed, and all roads outside the city blocked, either by traffic or by authorities. The streets themselves can easily fall into a massive panic. As we have seen in recent years in London and New York, large concentrations of people can easily turn into riots or looting. In this case, a city can be dangerous, so it is important to keep your loved ones close.
Suburbs tend to be an area located on the outskirts of a city. An area where people who work in the city live but do not want to live in the city itself. These areas are generally characterized by a village feel. There are shops or markets, but in general the suburbs are less populated and easier to get around. Unlike cities, suburbs are likely to lack the resources to put a large-scale civil service on the ground during a state of emergency. This can be negative, particularly in cases like floods, where you can be stranded for long periods at a time. There is also little space to shelter in the suburbs beyond the safety of your home and fewer public transportation opportunities. One of the great advantages of a suburban disaster is that it is relatively easier to reunite your family. This is a great benefit in times of disaster, as it allows you to regroup with a minimum of hassle. In an emergency, the first instinct is to get as far away from yourself and your family as possible. Suburban environments facilitate this easily. There is not a lot of traffic and the roads are not very likely to be blocked. When you live in the suburbs, it’s easy to gather your family together, put them in a car, and hit the road. You may be alone, in terms of government support, but it is easy to put in place a quick and effective exit strategy. Living in a suburban setting has fewer places to take refuge, but offers better options for getting out of there.
Rural communities pride themselves on being self-sufficient. In fact, much of that pride comes from the fact that rural communities are generally forced to fend for themselves. The types of natural disasters you would expect to see in a rural community are related to flooding or wind-driven disasters. In these situations, the first thing to realize is that you are alone. The likelihood of civil services reaching rural communities on time is slim and existing services, the sheriff’s department, doctors, etc., will likely be in short supply. In a rural community you will have to enlist the help of your neighbors. You may even have to think about protecting livestock. In a rural community, the biggest advantage is how easy it is to evacuate together with the help of your neighbors. Importantly, they must stick together and work together to achieve it.
Another survival thought is whether it is better to stay together or separate. Splitting up can often seem tempting, since you can cover more ground that way. If you live in a rural community, separating can be helpful, because with the small population it is unlikely that you will be separated permanently. However, if you live in an urban or suburban setting, splitting up is not a good idea. With a larger population, the best thing to do is stick together. People can easily get lost in big cities, even without a disaster. If you have to evacuate a city, always keep your family close.
Plan, prepare, protect, overcome, endure, endure, do it, and keep body, soul, and family together. You need a plan to prepare and protect yourself and your family. Survival is our strategy! “