Power Tip #3 – Gettin’ Out of Dodge

compassEstablish an escape route should a disaster come quickly. Would you head North? South? East? or West? Consider a route for each of these directions and where you hope to end up. Of course, a lot depends on where the inclement weather or disaster is coming from. Planning a route (or routes) might sound totally unnecessary but it could save your life some day. Consider possible traffic congestion especially during certain times of the day. It’s hard to know if other people would choose alternative routes, too, but hopefully you’ll be in a better position and have a clearer mind because you’ve already given some thought to it.

Having a GPS is useful under normal conditions, but there are too many variables in a time of crisis and many don’t offer alternate routes. Emergency personnel might also be around to direct traffic but don’t count on it if there is a mass evacuation in diverse places.

Also consider special challenges in your area or the areas you will need to travel through, such as downed bridges or river and creeks overflowing. If possible, avoid known construction areas. One of your best lines of defense can be a fold-up paper map! Yes, they’re still around! Buy one not only for your area or state, but other areas that you might evacuate to. Keep these in your car and/or “bug-out bag.” You might want to even highlight possible alternate routes ahead of time. Most importantly, you’ll want to get to a safe place where you can stop, breathe, and regroup. Remember to pray as you go!!!

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