When we think of large-scale terrorist attacks, epidemics, natural disasters, or any of the other threats facing society, I’m sure you’ll agree that the one place you don’t want to be is in a large city. This is where there’s likely to be the biggest loss of life, and a massive crush of fleeing people that will make it extremely difficult to survive. However, if you’re living in a city, it’s still possible to survive in the event of a major disaster. Here are a few valuable pieces of advice to keep in mind.
Know your Route(s)
Seen as it’s where you live, I’ll assume that you know your city and the area around it like the back of your hand. If you had to evacuate at short notice, which route would be the fastest out of the city? This is probably easy to determine for any local. After you’ve established this however, you need to start thinking about back-up routes. During mass-evacuations, it’s very common for highways and main routes out of urban areas to get clogged up with traffic, and bring everything to a standstill. This is not the route you want to take when you need to get out! If you can’t use your primary route, think about alternatives, and rank them according to how quick and accessible they’ll be.
Secure a Bug-Out Vehicle
If there’s one thing that’s going to influence your chances of survival in the event of a disaster more than anything, it’s the vehicle you have. When I say “bug-out vehicle”, I mean a real one, not just any ordinary car. Trucks and SUVs are generally the best choices for people with families. It needs to be AWD, well-maintained, and capable of tackling pretty much any terrain. After securing your bug-out vehicle, you need to get into a routine of checking on it, making sure it’s well-maintained and ready to go whenever you need it. While a car of some description is the best choice if you have a family to take with you, motorcycles can often be a better option if you’d be evacuating alone. This is due to their ability to negotiate high-traffic areas, and their versatility on various landscapes. If you’ve never rode a motorcycle before, start doing some research on blogs like Bikers’ Basics.
Know the Warning Signs
If you know what to look for leading up to a scenario where it’s necessary to evacuate, you’ll have a considerable edge. The authorities will always announce a citywide evacuation when it really hits the fan. This will cause a massive, sudden rush of people, causing entire roads to be jammed up with traffic, and possibly some rioting. As you can imagine, you’ll stand far better chances of survival if you’re one of the people who leaves before the authorities tell everyone to. Your routes will be more accessible, and the sense of calm will reduce the chances of you running into any other serious problems that come with the panic of a citywide disaster.