Thousands Forced to Flee Homes


( – The thought of leaving one’s home behind, possibly never to see it again, is terrifying. Unfortunately, there are situations that arise when this is impossible to avoid, such as when a wildfire is rapidly approaching or a natural disaster is looming. Residents in North Carolina are living this nightmare, as a local fertilizer plant is on the verge of exploding.

Monday night, the Winston Weaver Company fertilizer plant caught fire. According to Trey Mayo, the local fire chief, over 600 tons of highly combustible ammonium nitrate reside within the plant. If the fire reaches this stockpile, experts allege it will create a massive explosion.

To ensure their safety, over 6,000 residents of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, are fleeing their homes at the behest of local authorities. Roughly 2,500 homes stand empty, located within the potential blast zone.

For those outside of the affected region, the forced evacuation is a reminder that an emergency could arise at any moment, forcing one to evacuate with little notice. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to figure out the best way to escape now, before it is a life-or-death situation. Here are a few tips on how to do just that.

Head For The Hills—FAST!

The majority of people live in densely populated areas, whether bustling cities or smaller towns. Most days, this isn’t that big of an issue, aside from rush hour traffic. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of a large-scale disaster, living in congested areas could quickly become a problem — especially if the need to evacuate the area should arise.

In the following video, Canadian Prepper describes how one’s mindset must change in order to quickly evacuate a crowded area:

The most important thing to remember when trying to escape an urban environment following a disaster is to avoid the path of least resistance. Yes, it is a natural behavior of animals and people alike to seek out the path of least resistance, but that is exactly why it should be avoided. Everyone else is going to seek these “easy” routes, which could lead to traffic jams and accidents.

So how can one avoid the path of least resistance? For starters, rather than taking to major roads or highways, take back roads, alleyways, and even railroad tracks to get out of urban areas.

As always, the best course of action is to have an escape plan in place before it is ever needed. A little bit of preparation can go a long way when a bad situation arises.

For more information on areas that should be avoided when one is forced to bug out, take a look at our article on lines of drift, and why they will be dangerous after SHTF.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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