Nobody really likes to think about emergency evacuation situations, which is why so few individuals are prepared for it. Unfortunately, they do happen, and sometimes it can escalate in a very dangerous scenario.
Even though mass evacuation hardly ever happens, there is no harm in being prepared for it. Because not only can preparedness keep people safe, but it can help them to stay calm under pressure.
Do A Complete Assessment
There are certain ways individuals and families can be prepared for an emergency evacuation, and several of these suggestions are discussed here. However, it’s important to start with a good assessment. In other words, what are the variables that will influence the emergency plan?
For example, how many family members and pets should the evacuation plan include? How many vehicles are there and what condition are they in? At the same time, a list of necessities should be made, like stocking up on meals ready to eat.
Additionally, are all the family members up to date on their role in case of an emergency? Making sure everyone understands the plan is critical for better odds safely getting out.
Find Several Exit Routes
This is something that can be done long before the emergency strikes, and it all it takes is a little time finding all the exit routes. In fact, making a point of which exit routes are most likely to be crowded can help, especially if it takes several minutes to reach it.
For the most part, people who panic will only start heading for exit routes once they figure out what’s going on around them. When someone is prepared, they will know it’s the first place to go, given that mass crowds are better avoided.
A Designated Contact Outside Town
The reason for the designated contact outside of the town or city is pretty straightforward. Firstly, the outside contact is probably not facing the same emergency. Secondly, they can act as a center of communication for everyone involved with the evacuation plan.
Additionally, it can be made a point that everyone should try to get to this contact in case some type of separation takes place.
Don’t Just Follow The Masses
Under the circumstances, it might seem rational to simply follow wherever the mass crowd is running or driving towards. However, it doesn’t always mean the crowd is following the right direction.
Keep in mind that these are panicked individuals who didn’t prepare, meaning cues shouldn’t be taken from them. Instead, it is recommended that individuals and families trust their instincts before simply following the crowd.
Invest In A Survival Kit
A good way to prepare is to have a packed survival kit that can easily be loaded into the car or carried on foot. Inside this kit should be tools, food, and water, which will help to survive in emergency conditions.
Try To Stay Calm
Lastly, it is critical to stay on top of the situation, even when it seems totally out of control. The important part is focusing on what CAN be controlled and using it to gain some type of advantage. However, this can’t be done if the family or individual doesn’t remain calm and focused.