When purchasing gear for hunting, fishing and camping, consider if it is something you can use to bug out or hunker down. If you can pack it in on a camping trip or float it on your yak, you can probably use it as part of your emergency plan.
Our camping gear is part of our evacuation plan. It’s not like there will be hotels and apartments just waiting for us when we get home. We will be able to use our tent as an alternate shelter should a hurricane blow away our home. The camp kitchen will serve us well. Taking it with us when we have to evacuate ensures its availability when we come home. As soon as we can get on the property, we will immediately set up camp on the spot that used to be the garage and set about the property clean up.
Being accustomed to using the outdoor gear, we won’t be fumbling around and having unexpected results when cooking on the camp stove. We will not be looking at our property and wondering where we will sleep that night. We won’t be crammed into some shelter with 300,000 other people. We will have temporary shelter until something more suitable can be arranged.
In the past, whenever I thought about hurricanes I only concerned myself with the process of evacuation and being prepared. No one ever talked about the homecoming after a hurricane. We all just “hoped” our house would be still standing even if every other house in the neighborhood was gone. Since we began taking our lifestyle to our emergency plan, I am no longer worried about the “after hurricane” days. It’s amazing what having a plan, and maybe even a “plan B” will do to ease your mind.