Today you can count on most people to not start moving
for the first couple of hours after the first signs of SHTF.
Getting a jump on everyone else during that initial period
before others begin to move can be a great advantage.
Mollypup: like Photon Guy, I would like to hear more details
of your experiences.
As I write this, I am watching a map of traffic flow out
of Corpus Chisti, and a weather map of the storm bands
coming into the city. Amazingly, there are still cars being
driven off of the island where Schlitterbahn is located.
Good news is that traffic flowed, moderately heavy and
smoothly, all yesterday, and has been smooth today. But,
amazingly, there are lines at every gas station for miles
around. Long enough lines that they show up on the
traffic mapping tool I am using.
When I was about 12…..so 1978 or so……there was a tanker leak in a major rail yard on the east side of the city (my hometown in central Illinois)…..someone didn’t realize this and a lit cigarette caused the initial explosion which literally woke us up that morning as our front windows & door blew open……we were several miles from the rail yard. I don’t recall all the details but there were other damaged leaking now overheated tankers & the very real immediate threat of a much larger second explosion. The threat wasn’t just the explosion itself (initial wiped out structures in the immediate area as if they were made of match sticks) , but poisoning from the toxic fumes. The alert to evacuate the area went out almost immediately.
Unless you were closer to the rail yard than we were……you didn’t have a clue what had happened. It could’ve been a bomb for all we knew. Sky was black with thick smoke. Police & other first responders were adamant to GET OUT NOW, don’t stop for anything, just GO! This was the wee hours in the morning. This is how people woke up. So you’ve got half asleep folks trying to grasp wth is going on as well as understand to haul butt outta there.
This was no small city by any means, but traffic jams usually weren’t much of a problem. That day, however, traffic didn’t move except at a snails pace due to everyone trying to do the same thing at the same time using the same roads. Cars ran out of gas compounding the issues.
It would’ve been both faster & smarter to walk out. At 12 I realized this. Unfortunately the adults didn’t. They were stuck in the mindset that cars are faster. Not in these circumstances they’re not. Listen to your children, often they point out the obvious adults can’t see. (we’re stuck in a mind set, they’re not)
Second evacuation, different state, I’m a young mother. Had walked out of the grocery store with my husband & I spotted it. Thick black-blue unnatural massive cloud in the west. I don’t know if it was my previous experience or instinct that told me we were in danger. We hauled butt going home….at my insistence. My dh thought I was being paranoid. Nothing on the news when we get there. Dh thought I’d gone off the deep end when I started packing….as did my in laws. I ignored them & kept packing. There were two very young children to pack for…one a newborn with special needs. I didn’t have time to argue & I knew it. It took a half hour before the alert went out. But my FIL, normally an intelligent man, decided to be bull headed & believe it didn’t include us. I started loading cars while being told I was over reacting. FIL wouldn’t move until the police banged on the door & ordered us out. By then the cars were packed & ready……another 15 mins wasted.
Event was caused by another leaking tanker (s) pouring toxic chemicals into the air…..yup that thick blue black smoke. IF they’d listened to my instincts & actually helped me pack & load….we’d have been out of the area long before that knock on the door and probably missed most of the traffic jam. Because evidently everyone thought like my FIL and waited until the last possible second. omg
I will say though, we had everything we needed for sitting out 3 or 4 days in the convention center “shelter” which had no supplies except what the Red Cross brought. If anyone else did, I never ran across them. Meals weren’t set up until the following morning. We were evacuated in the afternoon. We did have a major hitch. We had to take 2 cars. Dh happened to toss the diaper bag full of bottles & special formula into his car while I (and the kids) were in my in laws car………and we did not arrive at the destination at the same time. I had a screaming newborn who was long past feeding (who already had dangerous issues with feeding) and nothing to give him because it was in the other car. First thing I did once we arrived at the evacuation center was navigate through crowds looking for dh & hunting for the Red Cross (praying they were there & had something to feed an infant). I found the Red Cross long before dh, thank God. I wanted to kill the man for putting the diaper bag into the wrong damn car.
Meals weren’t set up until the next morning. Understandable, they needed time to prepare. Too many hungry people & way too many hungry kids. I gave snacks to those kids near us. I can’t stand to see a hungry kid & you do reach a point of doing just about anything to shut up a crying kid (when there are hundreds & it echos). We were relatively comfortable. Pillows & sleeping bags, blankets, toiletries, favorite familiar toys for the toddler. 99 percent came with just the clothes on their backs & were miserable within just a couple of hours. Us adults slept in shifts to make sure our belongings weren’t stolen. I don’t recall sleeping unless I nodded off here & there.
Trust your instinct & follow it. Ignore anyone who goes against it. If your gut is telling you to Get Out, then by damn GET OUT. Odds are it’s going to tell you before anything else will if you pay attention. Instinct is triggered long before the brain has a chance to process information, it is your survival mechanism.
Statistics: Posted by Mollypup — Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:10 pm