Over 60% of the US population lives in major cities. While cities provide a great atmosphere for everyday life, they can also be a highly dangerous place to be when disaster strikes. If you have to evacuate your home, do you have a plan?
City prepping is highly important when it comes to disaster prevention and preparation. Whether you live in the city or not, disaster can strike at any time. Whether or not you’re prepared could potentially mean the difference between life and death for your loved ones.
Keep reading to learn how to perfect your home evacuation strategy.
Perfecting Your Evacuate Your Home Strategy
Home evacuation is not to be taken lightly. If you need to evacuate your home, there are a variety of strategies that you can practice to make your evacuation as smooth as possible:
Know Where to Go
When it comes to city prepping, the first thing you need to know is where you’re going to go in case of an evacuation. Chances are, evacuations will happen very quickly and give you little time to set up accommodations. Having a solid plan of where you’ll be heading ahead of time will save you a lot of stress in the event you need to evacuate.
Assess your options and reach out to friends and relatives that are outside of the city. You may even consider leaving extra clothing and other supplies at this location if possible.
Prepare a Go Bag
If you’ve looked into emergency preparedness before, you’ve likely heard of a go bag. Go bags include a variety of survival tools, important documents, and any other necessary items to ensure your safety.
When preparing a go bag, it’s important to remember your basic necessities. Every basic supply kit needs a minimum of 3 days of food and water per person. You’ll also need documents such as your birth certificate and social security cards. It’s also a good idea to keep a small amount of cash in your go bag for any money related emergencies.
While many people would advise against keeping anything unnecessary in a go bag, I would suggest copying any family pictures onto a USB or cd drive. These drives are much easier to carry with you than loose photos or heavy photo albums.
Over 600,000 animals were left stranded during the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina. When packing a go bag, remember your pets as well! Be sure to stock 3 days of food and water for each of your pets if you need to evacuate with them.
Expect the Unexpected
You never know when disaster will strike. The reasons for evacuating your home could be anything from a natural weather event to civil unrest and everything in between Preparing for the right situation could mean the difference between life and death.
Having to evacuate your home can be a scary and stressful situation for everyone involved. Preparing for the worst now can significantly help manage that stress should the time come to leave your home. We hope these tips have helped you begin your own city prepping journey!
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