Thursday, August 16, 2018

10 Modes of Emergency Transportation

During a disaster, you may need transit either out of or into your home area.  Be prepared with these modes of emergency transportation:

  1. Walking (free, slow, can get through places no other sort of transportation can in a disaster area).
  2. Scooter (cheap, low maintenance, requires balance, quicker than walking, only really works on pavement).
  3. Bicycle (cheap, DIY maintenance, can travel 100+ miles a day, can use on/off road).
  4. Community transit (cheap, no maintenance, usually not available in rural areas, may not be usable during certain types of disasters).
  5. Motorcycle (cheaper than a car, more agile in disaster zones, better gas mileage).
  6. Mass transit--bus, train, airlines, ferry (useful to leave an area quickly, may be overcrowded during a disaster, require infrastructure such as roads/intact tarmac/intact rails, etc).
  7. Water craft (useful in flooding disasters, useful in areas with large bodies of water to cross, can be somewhat expensive, possibility of drowning if it fails).
  8. Car (can be expensive, requires fuel that may or may not be available, can travel far, requires roads to be in somewhat good condition, can provide shelter as well as transit).
  9. Animal--horse, donkey (requires continual care and feeding, more agile in disaster zones, can't travel very far in a day).
  10. Unusual modes of transit--private aircraft, sled dogs, skates/skateboard, Uber/Lyft, snowmobile, etc (if it works in your area, definitely keep these as an option).
Your emergency transportation plan should include most if not all of the above, depending on the disaster.

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