Bugging out is better than trying to stay in your home and face looters or neighbors trying to find food for their families who will sometimes turn savage and dangerous.
That is a situation that can occur in a manmade or natural disaster.
In your area you face many possible challenges – fire, earthquake, typhoon, tidal wave and man. The latter is by far the worst.
You have an escape route through back roads to the Stanislaus National Forest and any number of wilderness areas you can use for temporary refuge to keep your family safe.
I say temporary because in most scenarios it may be as much as 10-14 days you’ll be deprived of the comforts of your home.
When the power goes out so does sanitary facilities, water, lighting air and heat. You have no way to prepare meals, keep meats and produce fresh and cold. Having no means to flush a toilet or shower only take a couple days till things start to unravel especially with little ones.
Trinity and Tom Jr. will understand and adapt because they are of an age where they are mutable and can go with the flow, the youngest isn’t capable and will require most effort to keep under control.
Should you go – absolutely you will find a family camping trip to be an adventure for the kids – treat it as such.
You are going to think I lost my mind regarding some of the items for FAMILY use but I assure you I am quite cognizant of what I am recommending.
First needs are water and sanitation.
Water : I have recommended twelve (12) cases of bottled drinking water from Wal-mart they have 35-pack 16.9 ounce bottles for $3.50 and one case contains 4.62 gallons x 12 = 55 gallons which will last about a week for a family of five (5).
Foraging for water sources for hygiene and drinking after purification will become a necessity and a dozen (12) empty one gallon jugs are going to be necessary as well as a small bucket used only for water transport.
Sanitation: Using the bathroom is a very private matter and when you have no means to flush it gets nasty and odiferous quickly.
The solution is a simple and portable composting toilet they require no water to flush and are portable in emergencies. A family of five (5) use bathroom on average of 30 times a day. This isn’t private unless you make it so but is a solution better than digging a slit trench and squatting down letting the squirrels have a chuckle.
Food: Here is a solution an excellent source of tasty dehydrated foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks for kids. You will have enough for 3 or 6 months for each person (you choose). You only add hot water and you have a meal.
They are lightweight and do not require a lot of storage space.
Man’s to go bag : This backpack will contain about 40# of gear that can and will save yours and your family’s lives.
Kids to go bag : These backpacks will contain 15# of gear and stuff to occupy a child.
Kids want to be a part of a plan, they want and need to understand the context of disaster but not in a way to frighten them but so they understand what it is to keep themselves and the family safe in event of something bad happening.
AR15A3-M4 with optics, 6 (30 round) mags and 1,000 rounds of ammunition
Remington 870 Police Tactical 12 gauge shotgun and 500 rounds of various size ammunition
Glock 40 caliber, five (5) Magpul poly mags extra and 500 rounds of ammunition
Tool Pack : This will contain everything you will need for cutting, chopping and all normal utility purposes
Medical Kit : This is a MUST HAVE especially with children. Specialized kits by Kathmandu and other companies will fit this very nicely.
Bivouacking Equipment : You will need shelter and sleeping in a minivan or SUV will not cut it for more than one night as there is simply no space.
Inflatable air mattresses – this is a solution as comfortable as your bed at home and safety from trying to sleep on the cold ground, a queen size for mom & dad and singles for the kids.
For moving on foot you will also have simple lightweight shelter solutions and sleeping gear too.
Safety : I know your first and foremost concern is for your family safety and it is my desire to see that it is done in a safe and expedient manner. In case of anything unusual happening you can load up in 10 minutes and adding clothes for the family you are out the door and on the road to safety.