Having an emergency evacuation plan is critical in any survival situation. If the SHTF, having a plan of action will put you about 20 steps ahead of the mindless morons who spent their time watching T.V.
Your Evacuation plan should take into account the following things:
Most likely emergency scenarios
Put on your thinking cap! Start to list the most likely emergency situations that can take place. Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Civil Unrest, War, Riots, Nuclear or Terror Attacks, Etc…
Sketch out some ideas of what you would do when the SHTF and put together a custom survival plan for each scenerio.
Stay or Go?
This decision can be huge; each choice has benefits and risks associated with it. Think about what things would have to happen to make you leave your home. Hint: if you waited for the government to issue mandatory evacuation orders, you waited to long.
Meet up place
When disaster hits there is a good chance that your family may not be together. Now is the time to decide on a family meeting place. Pick a place that is easy to find and make sure each member of your family can find it during an emergency.
Have multiple routes out.
Keep in mind that during a disaster most of the major highways are going to be completely clogged with people trying to get out. Plan now, and map out as many routes as possible. Use Google Maps to print out possible evacuation routes and then laminate the paper so it hold up when you need it.
Don’t forget to print out vehicle and walking routes (hiking trails, railroad tracks, side roads etc… should all be considered.)
What items do you need to survive for 72 hours, a week, a month or even indefinitely? Put together a survival / Bug Out Bag of essential items that you will need to survive each situation.
Your bag should be designed around your family, climate and health. There is no one size fits all bag, so make sure you pack the items that you need to survive.
Where will you go?
Bugging out without a place to go isn’t a plan. Make sure you know where you are going before disaster strikes. If you don’t own land or a second house, then look for areas to camp that can sustain you and your family.
You may also want to look into investing in a bug out vehicle, a 4 season tent or a small travel trailer.