by Robert Taylor
Time and time again, I have voiced my disdain for cities as a place of shelter when the proverbial S hits the fan. As far as I’m concerned, cities are a prepper’s worst nightmare.
I strongly advise creating a viable evacuation plan for when the time comes to “bug-out.” And, chances are you won’t be able to escape very quickly and with all your necessary gear on foot.
To make your bug-out plan truly feasible, you need wheels. Your get-away car is a vital part of your evacuation plan, therefore you must treat your vehicle well, and take extra measures to keep it ready and in condition to keep you and your family safe as you navigate out of a metropolitan disaster zone. There are some very sensible easy rules of thumb to live by when it comes to vehicle preparedness, which I will share with you.
Don’t ever let your vehicle run out of gas. Keep a minimum of three quarters of a tank at all times. If it ever dips below this, fill up at a gas station immediately.
When a disaster strikes, gas station lines will be long and chaotic, if gas stations are even operating at all. You don’t want to waste precious time trying to gas up when you should be putting miles in between your family and the danger zone.
Get in the habit of locking your vehicle doors at all times, even when you are in the car. Remember how insane people can be when circumstances are desperate.
Say you’re stuck in traffic trying to evacuate the city. If your doors are unlocked, what is to stop a desperate hostile from helping himself to a free ride? Keep your doors locked, whether you’re driving or not.
It may seem redundant, but I do want to touch on the importance of proper vehicle maintenance. Do not procrastinate on your scheduled maintenance (we are all guilty of this). Get your oil changes early and often, rotate your tires regularly, and routinely check the brakes and all the car lights.
Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. What you keep in it depends on your needs of course, as well as the space you have available in your vehicle. I will list some of the items I personally recommend which have come in handy for me:
1. Extra motor oil (1-2 quarts)
3. Jumper Cables
4. Road map
5. Extra Hoses
6. Paper towels
7. Tank sealant
8. Your owner’s manual
9. Spare fuel
11. Lug wrench
12. Tire pressure gauge
13. Tire Pump
14. Tire Iron
The main point of vehicle preparedness is your vehicle’s ability to be there at the ready when you need it. You may have only seconds to evacuate when a disaster strikes, and your need your escape pod (your vehicle) to be locked and stocked. Remember, what you have with you may be all you have.
And don’t forget to have enough supplies for yourself and the people who may be with you, like your family. You’ll need to eat and drink after all…
Together We Are Strong,
P. S. I highly recommend this one tiny, but indispensable item to keep in your vehicle, bug-out bag or on your person at all times. It takes up virtually no space, and may save your life.