“The city had heard the fire was coming closer, but it was more a hassle than a threat. People would only complain about the smoke and ash. When it hit [a community on the outskirts], you could tell the attitude had changed. People were scouring the city for evacuation kits. The morning of the evacuation the sky was blue and calm. I just forgot about the imminent danger. The headlines from the emergency update seemed to say things were under control. We went about our lives. Around noon, the sky was filled with thick black smoke. I was rushing around to collect what I valued most. Shortly after, the first notice to be prepared to evacuate had been called. Maybe half an hour later the Emergency Alerts were blasting our radios. I have never seen more traffic in my life. We passed hundreds of cars abandoned, people parked on the side of the road expecting for this all to be called off. Campers were set up on the side of the highway. This drive should have taken an hour and a half on a normal day. We left at 3:30 [p.m.], and arrived at the [evacuation] camp shortly before [midnight].”

Unless you’re the sort of person who keeps stacks of chlorine pills in a backyard bunker, you’re probably not truly prepared for an emergency. Oh, you can have supplies and a plan. But emotionally, the idea of your home catching fire will never quite be real until it’s right in front of you. Once that happens, it’s chaos, as Derek explained:

“The radio stations continued to play music and made short announcements about evacuations. It got to the point where one of the hosts lost his nerve and just left. He started to panic and just wanted to get out. I don’t blame him. Downtown looked like a ghost town. All the trees looked like burnt match sticks. My phone was flooded with text messages and voicemails yet I couldn’t respond to any. Any out-going calls or messages failed. All I could do was listen to satellite radio and try and keep my mind off everything.”

Evacuating A Modern City: 5 Realities In A Real Apocalypse

A disaster is underway in your area and you have been notified by your local authorities that you are to evacuate your home and that you have 15 minutes to grab your personal belongs and leave. Are you prepared for this to happen right now?

This is an exercise my wife and I had a lengthy discussion about the other night. We went to the extent of talking specifically about who is responsible for what and when. The order or what we were to do and then also talked about where we currently are at with our preps for this situation. From there we were able to determine what we need to change and/or obtain to be better prepared.

So now I ask you to ask yourself the same question and go through the exercise and determine right now. Are you prepared?

Be Prepared Not Scared

A wounded boy sits inside an ambulance as Syrian rebels and their families gather at the rebel-held al-Amiriyah neighbourhood as they wait to be evacuated to the government-controlled area of Ramoussa on the southern outskirts of the city on December 15, 2016.
Russia, Syrian military sources and rebel officials confirmed that a new agreement had been reached after a first evacuation plan collapsed the day before amid fresh fighting. Syrian state television reported that some 4,000 rebels and their families were to be evacuated.



Geologic Ghost Town. In 1995, the Soufrière Hills volcano on the Caribbean Island of Montserrat began erupting and it hasn’t stopped since. The eruptions put so many lives in danger that much of the island’s population was evacuated and the south half of the island was declared an exclusion zone because of the ongoing risk of pyroclastic flows.

This drone-captured video on the south side of the island captures the volcanic material, including pyroclastic flows in channels and a volcanic delta, along with the destroyed remnants of the community.


An entire island nation is planning to evacuate before being swallowed by rising seas

The citizens of the island of Kiribati are planning for a worst-case climate change scenario: The Pacific island nation will likely sink underneath the sea in 20 to 85 years.

In a record deal, the country has purchased a 20-square-kilometer chunk of forest on the Fijian island of Vanau Levu for $8.8 million in case it needs to evacuate some of the 103,000 residents due to rising sea levels. Though the islands are separated by over 2,000 kilometers, the people of Kiribati may have no choice but to move if large stretches of their homeland are swallowed by the ocean.

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