GOOD is an acronym for get out of dodge. Many preppers warn that every household should have a GOOD plan for leaving home if something happens that forces you to leave. The truth is that everyone, whether a prepper or not, should have some basic evacuation plan for emergencies.
If you are not sure how or where to begin, the first step is to assess the potential risks to you, your family or your personal property and then build a GOOD plan from that knowledge. For example, those who live in the Midwest are not typically threatened by fast-moving wildfires, violent hurricanes or even earthquakes, so those common disasters are not on my list of potential threats in my location. But flooding, especially flash flooding, and tornados top my list. Of course, my list may differ from yours. Ask yourself the following six simple questions to assess your risks.
Six Questions to Assess Your Risks
- What are the most common threats in your geographical location?
- How quickly will you need to make a lifesaving decision to survive the threats? For example, hurricanes typically give you several days, if not weeks, to prepare, but tornados do not.
- What level of threat will it take for you to evacuate your home?
- Where will you go?
- What items or personal gear will you take with you?
- Do you have a plan to secure any pets or other animals?
Assessing your personal risks and developing a basic GOOD survival strategy ahead of time is always a GOOD idea.
What questions do you ask yourself when assessing your risks? Tell us in the comments section.
Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.
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