With the recent drought and wildfires, the potential for evacuation is not limited to an hurricane targeting the Texas coast. What would you do if you were given 5 minutes to evacuate your home? What if that time were a full 30 minutes? What you you take?
The prepper community is full of acronyms. One of the most common is B.O.B. which stands for Bug Out Bag. The concept is to have enough supplies packed in a back pack or duffel bag that will allow you to evacuate quickly and survive, away from home, for up to 72 hours.
An evacuation checklist provides you with a pre-organized and prioritized list of items to grab in the event that an evacuation of your area was called. A B.O.B. and evac. checklist are personalized to your own needs and priorities.
Here's an example of what I have in my B.O.B.(s)
Always in my purse: shot records auto insurance basic otc meds Neosporin/Bandaids inhalers 4 days of Rx meds cell phone
"Power Bar" bag ~ Small insulated bag filled with basic shelf stable food like: nuts, power bars, raisins, and Survival Tablets.
Backpacks (I have 2)~ # 1 back up charger Eton (hand crank/solar: radio, flashlight, and cell phone charger) OTC meds. in baggies Rx. med. bag golf towel toilet paper Bite & Sting Kit Lantern w/ extra batteries Bible coffee filters (for pre-filtering water) Katadyn & Seychelle filters roll of quarters pen/pencils/Sharpie /tablet bandanas pocket Constitution mini playing cards Kleenex hand sanitizer watch/whistle/compass baseball caps rain ponchos gum/instant coffee matches cotton ball fire starters dust masks sun screen / bug spray paracord
#2 (2) changes of clothes per family member
My prioritized evacuation checklist: (I would load these items until my time was up, then hit the road.)
nebulizer bag toiletry bag family photos Bug Out Binder extra food can opener 6 qrt. pressure cooker EcoZoom Versa wood / charcoal leashes & collars dog & cat food kennel (2 - collapsible & small plastic) ** 2 dogs & 1 cat (only if we can find the cat quickly!) extra batteries Leatherman sleeping bags bath towels / wash cloths baby wipes sheets work gloves plastic sheeting duct tape extra scissors clear emergency radio water (4 + 2 liter bottles)
An emergency that requires only a 72 hour bug out would mean to me a localized danger which could be avoided by driving 10 - 20 - 30 miles away and holing up. In that case I would grab cash, credit cards,4 dogs, guns & ammo and buy whatever else I needed.
Otherwise, I don't intend to bugout, but defend my location. Too old, sick & tired to run.