As you know if you’ve been reading my blog, I’ve been thinking about preparedness and self-sufficiency a lot. This morning I’m zoning in on my kids, who all live 1.5 to 5 hours away. What if there was some sort of national emergency or disaster? How would I know that they were okay? How would they get home if they needed to? What if we needed to get to them? Are they thinking about preparedness? Do they have a plan? Food, water, alternate heat source, supplies, extra fuel? How do you go about broaching the subject with your adult children without coming across as paranoid or flat out crazy? Lucky for me, my children are all outdoorsy survivalist types to begin with, so I have it easier than most I’m assuming.
My thoughts are that everyone will find a way home because we will ultimately have everything here that everyone will need. I am worried that with the distance that they would need to travel it might get tricky. That’s where individual travel plans come in handy. Real maps and a compass will probably be necessary. Knowing the route each group will take is crucial. I would avoid bridges where possible, even if it means adding time and miles to the journey. You might not realize if the structure has been compromised for one and secondly, you could get trapped or bottle-necked into a situation you don’t want to be in.
Avoiding major cities is a good idea too. Stick to the less traveled, less populated areas where you can. People will start going crazy, once the realization of what is happening hits them, so will the panic. I don’t imagine it will take long for that to happen. Personally, I wouldn’t try getting anywhere without proper protection. By that, I mean guns and ammo and lots of them. I’ll tell you right now, if that offends you, you probably should stop reading my blog because I’m all about a decent arsenal. I’ll do another blog post soon about that topic. My favorite brands and models and why.
I also recommend not trusting anyone you don’t know. I know that may sound somewhat paranoid but think about it. Most people are going to go into fight or flight mode and if you have something they need, they’re not going to give you a second thought to get it. Avoiding people at all costs would be my main goal in a situation like that. Get where you’re going as quick as possible but get there in one piece. Being prepared for anything is critical, and we’ll talk about bug out bags in another post, coming soon.
The purpose of this post is to get people thinking, researching and planning how they would react to an emergency or disaster situation. Don’t be afraid to talk to your family about it, you might be surprised to find out it’s been on their minds too. The way the world is now days it’s highly probable that some sort of crazy is going to happen at some point in the not so distant future. I’m trying to keep my post short and simple for now. I’m working on a more in depth article on this topic to be published soon. If you have any questions or comments feel free to voice them.
Have a wonderful day!