*Bugging out with the Crowd*
I’m writing this article as the mass exodus from the Texas Gulf Coast is still taking place. The reason I’m doing so is so that I can get these thoughts on paper while they are still fresh in my mind. As more information comes to light afterwards I hope to be able to document it and update this article.
Hurricane Rita is barreling down on the Texas coast. A couple of weeks ago Katrina came darn near close to wiping New Orleans off the face of the map. I can only assume that the massive response by the general public to the mandatory and voluntary evacuations ordered by state and local government officials in Texas is caused primarily by what everyone saw after the disastrous failure of the evacuations in New Orleans. Nightly video and News Reports of the looting, shootings, and otherwise general free-for-all were enough to make anyone sit up and take notice.
Here’s a few “facts” out of what’s been reported so far:
Some statements and reports from Rubies that evacuated out of the storm threatened area or have family that evacuated out of the area:
and finally this report…………..
I had made a decision not to go to the first retreat (with my dad) because it was only 30 miles north of ************. It is a good thing I didn't because we stopped by there on the way and it looked like an RV park. All of my ********** family had showed up with no food or anything except a hungry stomach. Children were running everywhere and consuming lots of food.
As can be see from not only the media reports but also from the reports of other Rubies it’s pretty apparent that “buggin’ out” is not the BEST of options. When necessary it has to be done. My suggestion would be to listen carefully for the evacuation order and be ready when it’s given. Leave the area as quickly as possible and leave by routes OTHER than the major thoroughfares. Use the back roads as much as possible. Have recent, accurate maps, a compass, AND a GPS. A tool kit wouldn’t be a bad idea either as one Rubie reported……always take an extra serpentine belt…….
Carry food and water for at least 72 hours (this is aside from your BOB) and carry some form of personal defense. Don’t forget about first aid kits either!
As the following reports indicate don’t count on cell phones to maintain comms with the outside world………
I hope to be update this article in a few days after Rita’s done.
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