(ModernSurvival.org) – A major landslide left motorists stuck in Glenwood Canyon on July 30, with over 100 of them being forced to spend the night in their vehicles. Since the initial mudslide devastated the interstate, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has cleared roughly 26 million pounds of debris — yet the roadway remains closed.
The damage caused to Interstate 70 is so severe that governor Jared Polis has issued two separate disaster declarations for the area. At this time, there is no expected date for reopening the interstate through Glenwood Canyon.
While the closure may be an inconvenience for drivers, it could batter the economy in Colorado and surrounding states as semis are forced to take detours, which add hours of drive time. Longer drive times will inevitably lead to higher shipping costs.
For survivalists, this mudslide is the perfect example of why they should always have multiple routes plotted for emergencies. Any number of disasters could potentially leave a roadway impassible, as this landslide has proven.
When it’s time to get out in a hurry, there are some basic rules that everyone should know:
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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