September is National Preparedness Month, and this is part of our “Being Prepared” series.
The idea of being prepared immediately turns people away. You get labeled as one of those wacko preppers who eats grass and lives in the trees. Okay, it might not be that bad, but you will get funny looks. And that’s okay, because if something was to ever happen, you’ll be the first one they come to.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a natural disaster or a political disaster, you’re going to want to be prepared. Just think about the types of issues that could come up in your community. Could your community take to the streets and riot like we saw in Ferguson, MO? What if members of the Islamic State come to your town? Would you know what to do or where to go?
As an individual or as a family, you’ll need to decide if a rally point is the best option. And it may come down to having multiple plans, depending on the situation. That’s okay. But what is a rally point?
A rally point is an agreed upon place near your home that everyone would meet at. The idea here is to remember that abilities of those in your family. If you have kids, you don’t want to pick a rally point that will be too difficult on them.
Only having one place to go or one route to take is not a good idea. What happens if your rally point was included in the disaster zone? Where will you go now? That’s exactly why you’ll want to have multiple rally points. One rule of thumb is to have four points. North, South, East, and West. This will ensure that at least some sort of security at one of those points.
How to Pick a Point
Deciding on where to go can be a little tricky for some. Mainly because they tend to overthink where to go and why. Remember who will be bugging out with you. Kids don’t move as fast as adults. Will you have animals with you? Are there any physical issues that would limit your distance and speed?
Here are a few ideas for rally points:
- the home of a nearby friend or family member
You’ll want to avoid picking a highly public place. You would never want to pick a grocery store as a rally point. In times of disaster, these types of places become hotbeds for ‘action.’ Pick a place that will help reduce your profile.
What to Take
When you plan your route and have decided on a rally point, you will then have to decide what you’ll take. Some of what you take will depend on how long you’ll have to be away from home base. If you are only planning on being gone for a few days, then you might get away with just taking your bug out. One thing people keep on hand is one of those large storage totes with wheels and a handle. But, it all depends on how long you’ll be bugged out.
Don’t be put off by the idea of having a rally point. This is a big step in being prepared. If you are questioning the idea of preparedness, think about this: Why do so many disaster relief organizations, insurance companies, and governments at every level have a preparedness plan? You don’t want to be stranded waiting for help, when you could have been helping yourself the whole time.