I just got a call from my friend who lives in Manhattan saying that parts of lower Manhattan are being evacuated (along with several other areas along the east coast) because of Hurricane Irene. This is the first time ever that New York City has done a mandatory evacuation. Mayor Bloomberg said in a news briefing today (Friday August 26, 2011):
“We’ve never done a mandatory evacuation before now and we wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t think this storm is going to be serious,” Mayor Bloomberg
Because this is the first time in New York City that this has happened, I highly doubt many of them have sufficient emergency preparedness kits or 72 hour kits. I hope I’m wrong, but I would expect empty stores and people looking for food and water over the weekend and not being able to find what they need. It’s a good chance to take inventory of your bug out bags and take a look at how long it would take for you to be able to evacuate for any number of natural disasters. How prepared are you for an evacuation?