*Home Emergency Evacuation*
By: TooshieGalore
28 August 2014

An accident at the railroad tracks, upwind of my house meant that a large HAZMAT cloud was blowing towards us. When the Sheriff banged on the door he said, "GO NOW!" There was no time to think. I grabbed my keys and a few items and escaped with what was in my car.

Six months later, an evacuation order came again, while visiting friends in California. Firefighters said we had one hour max. We had to be out of the house and thru the roadblock or risk being engulfed in fire and smoke. It was 3AM and I was half asleep and half not dressed.

My FNV on both occasions revealed that I wasted valuable time. I made multiple trips to get what my panicky brain thought I might need and I forgot very important items. OK, I got the message: I needed a plan for emergency evacuation.

Hubby and I came up with this. Well, actually it's four plans based on how much time we have we broke it down into 5 minutes, 30 minutes, 4 hours and 24 hours.

The plan assumes that only one person is at home (worst case) and shows a

The plan took about a month to polish. The list kept growing but by tweaking the route thru the house we found that we could make up time. We also found that we got quicker with practice, learning how to do things along the way and how to pack the car. We learned that Hubby could carry a lot more than I but that I move quicker thru the house. Then, we'd wait for some time so that we would "forget" and then practice again to test that everything could get done within the stated time limit without the recent experience.

During the practice drills we learned that it made sense for us to store certain items in a different area. If it's an item rarely used, then why not store it so that you don't have to run down the stairs with a bulky item or carry a heavy load very far? Why take everything to the car if we could bring the car to a better location to load?

We made two copies laminated each and tacked it in a convenient place. Two copies will allow each of us to have one, so that if we're both home we can work as a team to gather supplies.

Having all four plans on one page makes it easier to choose what more you could take if time and space allows, and it prioritizes items if lessening the load is necessary.

Maybe a similar plan based on an actual practice drill would benefit your family.

5 minutesAA Bedroom
  • Closet: Range bag, rifle and belt
  • Dresser: Cell Phone, charger, eye prescriptions
Start in AA room, carry
in one trip downstairs
Office
  • Vital papers (passports)
  • Ashley's computer, cord and case
BB Bedroom
  • Range bag
Kitchen
  • Jim's computer, cord, cell phone and charger
Garage
  • 2 white baskets: ammo and batteries
  • Corner storage
  • OPEN GARAGE DOOR
Basement
  • Go bags (2)
  • Shutoff electric main breaker, drive car out, manually close and lock door.
30 minutesKitchen
  • Unlock/open front door
  • Jim's Computer, cord, cell phone and charger
Start in kitchen: carry
downstairs, load car,
drive to front door and
continue loading.

Secure house
Garage
  • 3 white baskets: ammo, Batteries, & Flashlights
  • Corner storage and - shutoff water main
  • Open garage door
Basement
  • Closet: (2) Go bags
  • Bath: (2) 5-gal buckets: Food and Hygiene
  • Shutoff electric main breaker drive car out, manually close and lock door.
Drive car to front door
AA Bedroom
  • Closet: Range bag, rifle, ammo and belt
  • Dresser: Cell Phone, charger, eye prescriptions
  • Clothes and shoes/boots
  • Extra Water
Office
  • Vital papers (passports)
  • Ashley's computer, cord and case
BB Bedroom
  • Range bag
4 HoursKitchen
  • Unlock/open front door
  • Jim's Computer, cord, cell phone and charger
Start in kitchen: carry
downstairs, load car,
drive to front door and
continue loading.

Shutoff utilities.
Secure house
Garage
  • 3 white baskets: ammo, Batteries, & Flashlights
  • Corner tools and storage and - shutoff water main
  • Handtools fill the bag on top of left cabinet
  • Open garage door
Basement
  • Closet: (2) Go bags
  • Bath: (2) 5-gal buckets: Food and Hygiene
  • Portable solar and crank generators
  • Wall Food storage
  • Shutoff electric main breaker drive car out, manually close and lock door.
Outside
  • Shutoff gas main
  • Behind shed: Gasoline: at least 2 per car (5gal @)
    combo = nnnnnn
Drive car to front door
AA Bedroom
  • Closet: Range bag, rifle, ammo and belt
  • Dresser: Cell Phone, charger, eye prescriptions
  • Clothes and shoes/boots
  • Extra Water
Office
  • Vital papers (passports)
  • Ashley's computer, cord and case
BB Bedroom
  • Range bag
24 HoursGarage
  • Hand-truck on garage-door-wall
  • 3 white baskets: ammo, Batteries, & Flashlights
  • Corner tools and storage and shutoff water main
  • Right cabinet: solar oven, rocket stove, cast iron cookware, tent
  • Handtools fill the bag on top of left cabinet
Load downstairs, drive to
front door and continue loading.

Use 2 cars

Shutoff utilities.
Secure house
Basement
  • Wall Food storage
  • Bath: (2) 5-gal buckets: Food and Hygiene
  • Closet: (2) Go bags
  • All solar panels, crank generators and alternate cooking
  • Storage room pegboard: can openers and HAM radio/antenna any additional food
Outside
  • Shutoff gas main
  • Behind shed: Gas: all you can, at least 2 per car (5gal @)
    combo = nnnnnn
Unlock/open front door Open garage door - Drive to front door
AA Bedroom
  • Closet: Range bag, rifle, ammo and belt
  • Dresser: Cell Phone, charger, eye prescriptions
  • Clothes and shoes/boots
  • Extra Water all you have room for
Office
  • Vital papers (passports)
  • Ashley's computer, cord and case
  • Medical reference books and medical supplies you have room for
BB Bedroom
  • Range bag
Kitchen
  • Jim's computer, cord, cell phone and charger
TooshieGalore


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