Most of my bug out scenarios involve me driving down a certain road for my initial exit. There is only one road exiting my suburb, so from the standpoint of I'm at home and the SHTF, that's the natural choice. (There are actually 3 suburbs including mine that all use this one exit road.) I have considered the volume on this road. I figure that daytime should be fine, most people will be at work. Evening would be a disaster as everyone is home and awake. Middle of the night would be so-so, it would depend on who heard the news. How many of you are in the same boat? I have seen way too many burbs created that have only one exit point. It causes traffic snarl every day, and would be horrific during a disaster. To make matters worse, I know this specific road that exits my suburb has several oil and gas pipelines that run under it just before it hits the main highway. Its a total nightmare of mine. If one of those pipelines was to go, my entire area would be locked in.
So I'm thinking I need to beef up my exit strategies. Should the main route be blocked or busy, what next? Do I just sit there in traffic like everyone else and wait for whatever to hit? I don't think so. I need to escape my escape plan. On to Plan B.
Next time your bored at lunch break, think through your exit scenario(s). Where are the bottlenecks? Where could the strategy break down? Think about who or what is going to get in your way? Then consider how you can alter the plan if you need to - to avoid the crowds and the man made glitches. Often the answer takes just a little more creative planning. If your plan B involves some 4 x 4 'ing, you may want to go for a leisurely stroll and case out the route to make sure there are no large boulders to bring an abrupt end to your joyride. If your plan involves ditching the vehicle, you may want to consider relocating your bug out bags (or placing a second set) just past where you foresee the bottleneck.
Whatever your scenario may be, think about the plan b. You just never know when you might need to escape your escape plan.
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