To Flee or Not To Flee……That is the Question Part 1

The following is Part 1(of 7) in a series of guest posts that will be running over the next week or so.



To Flee or Not To Flee

That is the Question…

(…Well one of them anyway)

A (Short) Beginners Guide to Preparing for Emergencies

Proverbs 19:20

by M.B.




      I would like to begin by saying that this is not intended to be a manual, doctrine or anything of the sort. It is not intended to incite fear, but to entice enlightenment. It is merely a guide (albeit an incomplete one) filled with thoughts and opinions to help put you on the path that will, in the event of an emergency, hopefully lead you to survival. Survival is possible but not guaranteed. Don’t wait until the last minute to start thinking about it. Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance & Poor Preparation Prevents Proper Performance, 6 one way & half a dozen the other. That being said…


The information presented herein reflects the author’s individual beliefs & experience. The information in this booklet should therefore be used for guidance only and approached with caution. The author, nor publisher, or distributors assume any responsibility for the use, misuse or abuse of information contained in this booklet. Enjoy & Good Luck!


Who?       Who’s causing it? (Civilians, Govt., Law Enforcement, Nature or other?)

What?     What is happening?

Where?   Where is it happening?

                 How far from us?

                 Where is it headed?

                 Where will we go?

When?    When will it reach us?

                 When do we have to evacuate by?

                 When will we go?

How?       How bad is it on a scale of 1 – 5? (1 being minor i.e. a 3 hr power outage; 5 would be something that requires the National Guard)

                 How safe is it to stay or go?

                 How will we go (walk, drive, etc)?

Possible problems for our area (not in order of importance):

1.     Tornado
2.     Riots/Civil Unrest
3.     Flood
4.     Excessive snow
5.     Extreme temps
6.     Fire
7.     Loss of power/heat
8.     Other 


      Who – If the ‘who’ is NATURE (tornado, flood, extreme temps, etc.), driving may not be an option. You will have to use your best judgment.

If the ‘who’ is MAN (riots, govt., police, etc.), driving will not be an option unless we leave before we can’t. The reason driving will not be an option is because authorities have a “Containment First” attitude so movement will be restricted if they have “control”. On the other hand, if it is the rebels & dissidents that have control of the streets you may not want to be in said streets. Contemplate how unfortunate it would be to get trapped in the middle of a riot in your car. Recall if you can the L.A. riots (1992) after the acquittal of the officers who were video taped beating Rodney King & the unfortunate subsequent beating of Reginald Denny by civilians, we must plan accordingly for footwear.

Sturdy, waterproof, steel toed, comfortable, shoes are a good option. Remember to pack extra shoe laces in your bag. Thick cotton socks will help to cushion your feet, however if it’s cold out you may want to have some wool socks. Be sure to pack at least 3 pairs. If you’re walking in wet (nature), you will need dry socks. If you are walking in dry (man) you may need the extra cushioning. Socks can also be filled with rocks, loose change or many other things and be used as a Self Defense weapon. A few pairs of new woman’s pantyhose can be helpful as well. Insoles would be a good investment too. Also consider chafing from pants and pack at least one extra belt.

      What – If the ‘what’ is nature, we will most likely “Bug In”. That is of course unless the Nature involves something that means an evacuation. That means we need a way to have heat, water and food and light. There are also some other things that are equally important.

1.     Candles can be helpful to have. They provide light and heat and they don’t require gas or batteries. Be advised you’ll need a lot more candles than you think to create sufficient light & warmth. You’ve been warned. Obviously we need candle holders. Safety first-there’s kids in the house. Don’t forget Matches! That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get flashlights and a lantern as well, they have their place. A hand crank flashlight/emergency radio is good to have. Do you have a flashlight by your bed?
2.     We need to stock up on water. We use water to cook, clean, flush and almost everything else. We can never have enough Water!
3.     Food is difficult. We need food that is ‘just add water’. Cooking with no power in an apartment means NO FIRE – YES FLAME. Sterno -get some! Also consider what you eat and what you won’t be able to eat or store. No power = no fridge. Some suggestions (other than PB & J, tuna, oatmeal) are instant coffee, ramen/cup o noodles, crackers, granola bars, etc. Don’t underestimate the power of a nice cup of hot chocolate. Military food rations or M.R.E.’s are good to get of course, but those can get kind of pricey so….? Consider everyone’s nutritional needs and chewing ability as well. Powdered milk, cheese, eggs, instant potatoes, etc. could come in very handy. Canned food always. Be sure to get at least 2 manual can openers and 2 bottle opener types: Hot sauce, salt, baking soda & powder, vinegar, various spices, etc. Some vitamins or other sort of supplement would be a nice addition to your supplies. (How much food you store depends on your individual needs. My feelings are that you should have a minimum of 1 week worth of everyday food & 1 week of emergency food & supplies if possible). (Gen. 41:34-36; Prov. 6:6-8)
4.     Batteries, blankets, Toilet Paper (You can never have too much of this either), paper plates, plastic cups, utensils.
5.     Information getting abilities: Radio
6.     Extra batteries, light bulbs, etc.
7.     Don’t forget to get at least one fire extinguisher for your home & vehicle!
8.     Entertainment (Cards, games, kid’s toys) is more important than you think.


Note: I reference the kids several times but in those areas you can feel free to replace the kids with the pet, disabled, etc. if that applies to you instead.

If the “what” is man it will depend on whom if we stay or if we go, but either way weapons are necessary. “Desperate people do desperate things” is true but incomplete. “Desperate people do desperate, mean, crazy, scary, horrible things” is a more accurate statement. Be prepared to run, hide, fight and possibly kill. Whatever weapons are chosen, make sure they CAN and DO work, be used and maintained. That includes your “Natural Weapons”; hands, feet, etc. Basic Self Defense should be learned by everyone, but it is just “basic”. You may want to investigate some useful forms of Close Quarter or hand to hand combat as well, get fit.

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6 thoughts on “To Flee or Not To Flee……That is the Question Part 1”

  1. When considering the how… you really need to use your imagination to consider how bad it could get and how you would evac if it did get that bad. Historical examples are a great way to think about this. I live in a hurricane prone area of the world and although I have weathered a dozen or so storms with that coastal local arrogance that gets people killed looking at the historical example of Katrina and also the massive tsunamis in Japan I have realized that I need to be more humble before nature. Local emergency managers tell me that a direct hit from a Katrina sized hurricane would totally flood my coastal home time. And so how bad for me must include the storm track and size and the possibility for a direct hit.

  2. Before we bought our home, we looked at historical flood maps to see where it flooded. We found that the closest it came, during the worst flooding in the past, was about 1/2 mile from the home we eventually bought.

    Since we live in a rural area, our plan is to ‘shelter in place’. We will not be leaving unless something practically flattens the area. The last thing I would ever do is count on the gov’t, or become some manner of refugee. I don’t believe FEMA has anyones best interests in mind. They have proved that repeatedly during every crisis in memory.

    That being said, we know who we will allow to come here and where we could go if the worst case scenario ever comes to pass. We know what we would take, or what they would bring to the table. We know everyone and their skill sets.

    If you are planning for the worst, then you really need to PLAN, CONSIDER OPTIONS, and DISCUSS things with everyone involved. It really contributes to overall peace of mind.

  3. I am 100’s of miles from any ocean – tidal effects are practically nil.

    If I were near a coast, I would have considered Maximum high tides and all weather considerations.

  4. All interesting points!

    If you (can) stay at home, you expose yourself and your loved ones to eventually being overwhelmed by the very worst folks, who have survived to the last by taking from others by force. Very few homes make good defensive positions. Few families can provide adequate personnel for effective 24/7 tactical security. How long will Daddy last staying awake night, and day on guard?

    If you go, you will certainly loose all your preps to looters, and you will expose your family to unknown dangers in unfamiliar locations. Plus, you can’t carry hundreds of pounds of supplies in the family mini-van.

    Point being, that there are no easy or safe answers, unless of course you’ve got millions to finance a fully stocked survival retreat, and a helicopter to whisk you and yours to safety.

  5. Common sense people, always a common sense approach. Keep that in mind when the times comes that may scare the hell out of you and your family. Keep an open mind, consider the course, consider the conditions that lead up to the (possible carnage) before you decide an appropriate response to what is ailing you and yours. Keep a level head when going about your survival business under these conditions, and by no means get rattles (a panic attack can make the conditions 100X more severe then they are) about what it is that’s keeping you from sleep.
    Awareness is a state of mind we should never get too far away from, it is one thing to watch the entire world imploding around you and realizing there’s nothing one can do about it other then to try and survive it, but without situational awareness, perceived threats, or real, actual death and destruction or simple rumors of it, you will be in a state of panic not necessarily the making of your own but through hear-say, both can equally deadly to your outcome and desire to remain free of bad things to come. Preparedness is key.
    The awful results of far too many tragedies are self induced, meaning without a preplanned escape and evade, proper supplies in place with a means to defend them, neither will do you and yours any good if not properly trained to withstand the onslaught of events you are likely to witness. It is imperative to include every member of your family, even extended members of your group if this is the case, if involved in the process of survival is exposed to the many “what if” such and such should happen, remember many of which may come about not of your own making but of unintended consequences by actions of others. Train everyone of your members for the many “unknown’s” your very life may depend upon the man standing and possibly fighting beside you. Don’t ever underestimate him either as fear can make many of man very dangerous to anyone around them. Of course of importance in most of this is your faith in each other to remain calm in the many faces of disaster that may confront you and yours. Be of good cheer, help all those willing to give aid to you and yours in return for the safety of the whole. Ret Marine over-out.
    Semper Fi.


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