If the recent hurricane has taught us one thing, it's that we can't rely on government services to evacuate us when SHTF. Even though the government (with the help of civilians) were able to evacuate quite a few people, several were left stranded. They simply don't have the resources.
Just to give you an idea on numbers; the Houston Chronicle, summed up the human tragedy with a list of numbers: 18 US coast guard helicopters used for rooftop rescues; 56,000 calls to 911 just in the first 15 hours; 2,500 evacuees being accommodated at the city’s George R Brown convention center, in a grim echo of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans exactly 12 years ago. The center can hold 5,000 people; on Monday a Red Cross organizer said it had temporarily run out of cots.
That's why having a "bug out buddy system" is so important. The best way to stay safe during natural disasters is by teaming up with like-minded individuals.
4 Tips To Follow For A Successful Bug Out Buddy System
1. Come up with a primary and secondary Bug Out location
You should always have a designated bug out property that is your designated meet up. This is where you, your family and fellow preppers will meet up if things get ugly. However, if the disaster zone is large enough, your safe house might not be so safe. That's why you should have a secondary location that people can head toward if the first one is compromised.
2. Assign an out of town relative as a "check in"
Phone lines and cell towers get jammed up during emergencies, and communicating can be a challenge. That's why it's good to assign someone who doesn't live in the area to be a point of contact. This person will be able to relay the information they receive to other members of your group as they check in.
3. Multiple Communications Methods
4. Alternative Forms of Transportation
I love my truck but it would not have done us any good in Hurricane Harvey type conditions.
Boats and jet skis, on the other hand, were life-saving vehicles. Your secondary vehicle should make sense for where you live.
If you live in the mountains, a snowmobile might be better.
If you live in a location where wild fires can trap your escape route, something like a parajet might be a good investment.
Your bug out vehicle doesn't need to be fancy, it just needs to get you from point A to point B safely.
Once you have your location, communication, and transportation figured out, run through a few drills or test scenarios so that everyone is on the same page.