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Hurricane Ike precipitated a mass evacuation from the Texas Gulf Coast in 2008. As a resident of the area I witnessed what happens when infrastructure fails.

People just don’t realize how small problems can quickly mushroom into SHTF conditions. Freeways daily clogged during rush hour became parking lots where it took 4 hours to move a half mile. Many decided to turn around and go home to hunker down. Hundreds ran out of gas. The state hastily converted opposite lanes into contraflow lanes and dispatched fuel tankers, only to realize that the fuel tankers had to navigate the same congestion — ever witness an ambulance or fire truck trying to make their way through a sea of cars? People were urinating and defecating on the side of the road in public view. Rest stops were clogged. Restaurants ran out of food. Bottled water became scarce. Gas stations ran out of gas. Medical emergencies were common. Many who managed to get through found they had to drive to New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma to find a room.

The bottom line is to obviously have a “bug-in” plan in case the “bug-out” plan becomes unworkable. I’m sure at least SOME “non-survivalists” who became stranded victims now keep G-O-D (get out of dodge) bags in all of their cars. “Hmmm, maybe those survivalists aren’t all crazy after all.”

It happens all the time. People become complacent and lazy. Being vigilant can consume a lot of energy (and money). A thief will take advantage of complacency. Militarily speaking, ambushes and surprise attacks are usually very successful for a reason. A storm will take advantage of lack of preparation. A terrorist will find a weakness and take advantage of it. A hacker will search and probe until he finds a way to screw things. The devil continually tempts and taunts in a search for spiritual weakness.

So the question quickly becomes “WHEN will it happen again?”

Are you prepared?