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Old 05-14-2019, 7:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Black Majik View Post
Good discussion going on. Hope more people chime in.

My post is more focused on getting out.
My BIL is a firefighter, and his top tip was to make sure your attic vents are closed when embers fly. A lot of times it's overlooked and many homes catch on fire that way.
I evacuated in 2017 and realized how unprepared I was. Luckily I had sufficient time to pack my guns, but it took over an hour to get everything cased and loaded into my SUV.
My handguns were put into soft cases and all grouped in those reusable grocery bags. Rifles had to be put into cases if possible, otherwise they were tossed into the bag or on the floorboards.
Packed important documents, BOB (honestly only a change of clothes was definitely not enough), laptop and other necessities.

As I was stuck in traffic getting out I realized I made a critical error. No gas. I had 25 miles est. until I was empty.

I did end up buying a 3M respirator for next time with the P100 cartridges. Don't want to inhale that smoke again. I didn't smell anything except smoke for the whole following week.
Good post. There is nothing like the experience of others to guide us. Running out of gas seems to be an issue that crops up frequently across a range of emergencies. It's another reason to keep at least a half tank but some times it just happens that you're low on fuel and disasters don't let you pick when they happen.

I've been in the habit of keeping a number of five gallon cans of fuel at home and put a piece of tape on them with the date filled so I can reliably rotate them at reasonable intervals. My advice if you do this is to get quality gas cans. I have come to love the Wavian brand of NATO style fuel can. Don't buy the cheep Chinees knock off. These cans don't off gas or leak like the plastic cans I have previously used.

Glad you made it out with your collection.
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