Evacuations

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The Two Types of Emergency Evacuation Plans (And Why You Need Both)

I can remember twice in my life when my family and I had to evacuate. The first time was when our children were very young and our home was overcome with toxic fumes. At that time, I wasn’t aware of prepping or bug-out bags — all I knew was that we could no longer stay in our home and I had just a few minutes to gather everything together so we could get out. The second time was an evacuation …

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12 Items to Keep In Your Car to Survive Wildfires (With Video)

Wildfires have been in the news again of late. The Big Sur fire in California is a sober reminder that wildfires can happen anytime, even in winter.  If you live or travel in areas that are prone to fires or could become that way due to drought conditions, you should keep items in your car to survive wildfires. Wildfires can grow and spread…fast! I’m reminded of a video I watched once from the horrific wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Friends of …

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Organize Your Emergency Evacuation in 5 Simple Steps

It was Day 3 of the flooding following Hurricane Harvey that I finally told my kids, “Get your emergency kits ready to go by the back door. We may have to leave if the flooding gets any closer.” Day by day, hour by hour, floodwaters had crept closer to our neighborhood. One street at a time was reporting flooded cars and homes, and I was starting to think we would be next. After all, just the night before we had …

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Flood – Fire – Evacuation

Two of the most common reasons to evacuate your home, workplace, or any other safe area are flood and fire. In the Los Angeles area, nearly 90,000 people were evacuated due to the Blue Cut wildfire that is virtually out of control, still. Where do 90,000 people go? That’s the first question that crosses my mind. Are they all headed to hotels? The homes of friends or family? How many have nowhere to go and can’t afford even a single …

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Don’t Leave Home Without It: The Vehicle 72-Hour Kit

Soccer moms, football moms, cheerleading moms, whatever they call us, “chauffeur” better describes what we, Survival Moms, do every day. In my world, it’s not unusual to have a kid’s dentist appointment, a field trip, and a swim meet all on the same day, transported by our trusty Tahoe. Now, if that Tahoe ever broke down or for some reason we couldn’t get home as planned, what would we do? My answer is the Vehicle 72 Hour Kit, or Emergency …

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11 Last Minute, Last Ditch Evacuation Locations

From my book, Emergency Evacuations: Your kits are ready, the pets and kids are bundled up and you’ve remembered to grab their favorite play toys and diversions, but now the big question remains, where do you go? Remember that if your end destination is more than a day’s travel away, you’ll need places to spend the night along your planned route. If you’re like the majority of Americans, you don’t own a second home and don’t have friends who live on …

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Designing & Building an Affordable Prepper’s Hideaway

Designing a house should be fun! It’s a chance to for your dreams to become real in the form of a home. Most of us don’t get to include all the bells and whistles we might like, but we can include the most important ones, leaving the possibility to add more, later. At the very least, when you build and design your own preppers hideaway, you can avoid things you truly dislike. You may have purchased your land to live …

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18 Tips For Buying an Affordable & Usable Property for Getting Out of Dodge

An affordable bug out location or Get Out Of Dodge (GOOD) property is a wish and a dream for many a prepper. Unfortunately, though, few of us can afford those multi-hundred-thousand dollar properties we see on TV with orchards, solar power, stocked ponds, and all the bells and whistles. Even a moderate property out in the country is an additional expense, not only for survival or preparedness but as a place to go while the kids and grandkids are little. …

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Pimp Your Bugout Vehicle on a Budget

A reliable vehicle is a very important part of our preparedness planning. Not only is it transportation out of a bad situation, but your vehicle can provide lighting, heat/air conditioning, electrical power, and shelter. Most of us don’t have the luxury of procuring a dedicated bugout vehicle; we have to make the best of what we have. The good news is that you can add important capabilities to your existing vehicle without breaking the bank, and at your own pace. …

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How Indecision Can Endanger Your Life

My karate instructor often makes us do “kill me” drills. We, the students, have to stand with our eyes closed, wait to be “attacked” by a partner, and then execute a self-defense technique within one second of being attacked. If, when we open our eyes, we freeze or merely shriek in dismay, then my instructor says, “You took too long, you’re dead. He got you.” My husband and I have been taking karate lessons for a very long time, and …

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