I could easily list dozens of events that could compel a person to flee their home, business, and previous life in mere minutes, if not seconds, and if you think about it yourself you would also be able to envision various scenarios that could cause you to flee.
Regardless of the event that causes the exodus - fire, chemical spill, police action, war, etc. - if you had only three minutes to gather what belongings you could gather and get the hell out, would you grab the right stuff and be able to make ends meet as time goes by? Obviously some events are not as bad as others. Your home burning to the ground simply means that you start over. Family and friends can take you in until you are back on your feet.
However, a wildfire that consumes a significant portion of a state can permanently displace you and your family, even your local friends to the point that you will need to completely start over in a new place. In order to flee such a wildfire, you may have only escaped with the clothes on your back. No wallet/purse, no ID, no credit cards or cash, no cars, no guns or ammo, nothing at all at your disposal to get back on your feet. Maybe you grabbed your BOB (Bug out Bag) on the way out the door, or maybe that door was already consumed in fire.
It could be that you get that ominous call at 0'dark-thirty warning you that the goon squad is on the way and you should "get out now!" It is a call from a trusted source and you know it is real. Instead of the three minute fire drill, it is the three minute Nazi drill. What do you grab? If the Police State is coming for you on this evening, they already know a lot about you, including what you look like, what vehicles you own and drive, and who your friends, family, and associates are.
Out the door you go with a pack, rifle, side arm, and family in tow. Where are you going, and how are you going to get there? Once you get there, how are you going to make do and how are you going to covertly contact your family and friends to let them know you are alive and need help?
Maybe a Balkans type war suddenly emerged, and everyone is forced to flee. There are too many road blocks to drive anywhere, there are no supplies to be procured, and the entire countryside is in turmoil. The safe zone is hundreds of miles away, and if you don't stay in the shadows, you will be shot at by any number of good or bad people.
Even worse could be that you are out of state on a business trip when uncontrolled festivities begin. At this point, you are far away from anything you have or know. Just you, your briefcase, and luggage. At a moments notice, could you flee and survive?
A few things to consider:
• Don't keep all of your eggs in one basket. This means that you should have a portion of your supplies, food, water, copies of important documents and identification, spare clothes, sleeping gear, medications, baby items, hygiene supplies, security items, etc. stored in other locations.
If you had to run out of your house in the middle of the night because your home was on fire, do you have a spare set of keys for the car(s) that you can access outside of the home? (You can keep a spare key discretely zip-tied to the frame of your vehicle.) Keeping spare keys outside of the home to other remotely locked facilities is also a good idea.
• Keep hard and secured digital copies of important documents in several locations - friend's and family's homes, inside your BOB, at remote properties, and in storage/cache facilities. In our current age of Police State America, without proper ID, you could be screwed.
For digital storage I recommend using a Micro SD card encrypted with TruCrypt. These are so small they can be easily hidden in plain sight or on you person.
Keep multiple pay-as-you-go (disposable/burn) phones in multiple locations and in your BOB. These are $10 at just about any store (pay cash only), and can be activated any time you need them. You might also consider storing packs of inexpensive two-way radios, as well as a few HAM/VHF/CB hand held radios along with batteries/chargers. With this you will need securely stored hard copy lists of your contact's numbers and radio frequencies that you can access in the event you lose your phone or it is no longer viable.
Properly executed, a person can activate a disposable phone and send a discretely coded text message (or photo) to a contact. That contact then knows what to do and why based on previously established operating procedures (one of which would be to disassociate themselves from normally used digital devices to avoid detection.) The contact could move to a previously established location, activate a disposable phone, and/or tune to certain frequencies on a particular handheld radio to await further contact from you. Maybe the coded text was a warning, or a request for a drop of supplies to a previously established dead drop. One way or the other, trusted and secure communications with friends, family, and the patriot network could become essential.
You might also consider keeping a domestic/international calling card. Though payphones are few and far between now, such a card could prove handy in some situations.
• Keep cash and highly liquid assets at various locations and in your BOB. If you found yourself on the run, using credit cards would not be very smart (unless you had family/friends using them to help clear your trail.) If you had to abandon your vehicles and did not have access to others not registered to you, having the ability to pick up a $500 beater could be far superior to walking. If the Police State is after you, air, train, and bus travel will not be available to you, nor will vehicle rentals. Without a friend (who is not under surveillance) to come pick you up, you are probably going to want a car. (Get one now, and pay the local drunk to register it for you. Even better is to pick up a vehicle from a near deceased neighbor. Better yet, register it to a ghost LLC. Once you get it, park it somewhere away from your home and keep it running until you need it.)
Besides transportation, you are going to want to eat, maybe pick up some clothes from GoodWill or the DAV, and buy gas. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to purchase shelter depending on what you were able to grab or had cached elsewhere. A hotel will not due in most cases since they usually require a credit card and ID. You NEED cash to be evasive. You simply will not get very far without cash.
If you train and prepare for the worst that could possibly happen - the 1% - then anything less will be much easier to deal with.
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