Preparation step number 10 is actually an ‘add-on’ that was overlooked in my original list of steps – so now there are 11 steps all together. Remember though, that these are just suggestions to get someone started they are not the end of the list nor all inclusive. Each person and family has to add to (I’d not suggest taking away from) what is listed here as a starter.
Transportation takes many forms, but in an emergency situation to know your mode of transport can mean getting help in adequate time or fleeing a hostile situation. It is good to prepare for good transport when thinking of emergency lifestyles.
Some options are:
Vehicle: I personally would suggest a truck with four-wheel drive and ample bed size. Moving portable living arrangements and goods is easiest in a truck. Be sure it is four wheel drive if you live in or will head to a mountain area. Another option is a Jeep. All terrain and sturdy, they can fit and maneuver where many cars and trucks cannot. The drawbacks for these are the gasoline.
Motorbikes: They are good for the lone-ranger rider and potentially a passenger, but are limited for use in a situation regarding goods or injury transport. Not a bad back up for getting somewhere fast through non-traditional roads though.
*Peddle Power: A mountain bike (not motorized) can be used quietly and with no gasoline to store or run out of. Like the motorbike, however, they are limited to what they can carry.
*Pedestrian Power: Our feet and legs are the best mode of transportation we have. They are always with us and react in a split second to brain stimuli. Of course the drawbacks are the speed and endurance they can or cannot keep up in times of need.
Whatever the mode(s) chosen, don’t forget to put transportation in the list of preparedness though and planning. Often it is overlooked because or modern conveniences, but it plays a vital role in how and where you plan to weather a storm.
* Both of these two suggestions are contingent upon the health of each individual.