Bugging Out For Hurricanes

Jim's Rant For The Day.      Bugging Out From Hurricanes.


I live on the Florida Gulf coast near Pensacola Florida, twenty miles north of the beaches. Several years ago hurricane Ivan tore this area apart. The day afterward, I drove twenty miles to my Mom's to cut two trees off her neighbor's house. This was a freebee just to release the pressure on the roof and put a temporary patch on.

The drive that usually took thirty minutes took about two hours. The traffic was massive and moving at an average of fifteen to twenty miles per hour at best. There were downed trees, many emergency vehicles and everybody in town was trying to get out of town to somewhere else. What I discovered was that cars are not built to go twenty miles an hour. What normally took a quarter of a tank for that trip consumed a full tank. Prior to a hurricane all the gasoline is consumed by residents topping off their tanks. This takes about four hours for an entire town to go dry. After an event like a hurricane it can take two or three days for the town to refuel. Of course this is just for a small local. How long would it take to refuel an entire country?


Prior to another hurricane I witnessed a trip to hell for many. I lived a half block from a main artery north away from the coast. We were about six hours from landfall and I noticed around six PM a solid line of cars heading North at about five to ten miles per hour. Now you have to remember that I live in a small rural community where we don't have traffic. It was near one hundred degrees outside and most of the cars had their air conditioners turned off to keep their radiators from overheating. My guess was that a lot of these vehicles were going to end up riding out the storm on the side of the highway out of gas and with the passengers hungry and having to pee.

So here's my advice if you plan on bugging out if things go bad or Martial Law is declared. Don't, unless it is for a short run, say an hour's drive under normal circumstances. Any distance farther than that is a mistake waiting to happen.


Plan on four times the normal fuel consumption. Bring your own spare fuel as the service stations will be empty. If you store the fuel longer than three months add a fuel saver additive to the cans.


Load the trunk with lots of bottled water, canned meals such as Bennie Weenies, fruit cocktail, plastic utensils and snacks. Make sure all of the cans are pop-top. Lay off the sodas as your stomach is going to be upset enough. Leave the MREs alone too. They will just make you full of energy while you have to sit still for hours and they will constipate you. You've got enough problems already.


Lets face it, guys are pigs. Ladies, purchase a $3 urinal bottle from the drugstore with a roll of toilet paper and Handi-Wipes and keep them in the trunk. The bottle has a two inch opening that you can't miss. If you don't have a urinal bottle, then wear a poncho. Trust me, you won't be able to or want to use the highway bathrooms on that trip. If you do, carry your own paper and soap.


Have bug-out bags with clothes, including clean underwear, blankets, etc. This will be the trip from hell so you had better prepare for it. Also prepare for it to take a full day longer than the two hours you expected. Be prepared.


Lastly, consider that Martial law will be put into play either by the good guys or the bad guys. But either way, it's purpose will be to keep the citizens pinned down. The last thing they need is for every Floridian to go to California and for Californians to go to Florida. During a national crisis all fuel will be dedicated to the government, emergency organizations and the military. Major intersections may possibly be locked down. But you can believe that fuel will be rationed to perhaps a five gallon limit and it may take you hours to get it. Good luck.

    By:   Jim Costa   Source:   ResetUs.us