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Old 10-05-2016, 06:28 PM   #1
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RV as an Evacuation Shelter

Living on a barrier Island and active in Emergency Management I am wondering how many people consider their RV's as an evacuation shelter. During storms people end up in crowded shelters and have their pets segregated from them in animal shelters. If they are looking for motels on the mainland they often find many of them are contracted by coastal municipalities to use in the event of a storm and the only places left are dumps. It doesn't take much to open an RV even if it winterized to make it a home away from home and it doesn't take much to stock it up. Looking at the lines of vehicles evacuating towns in Florida on the news clips there doesn't seem to be many RV's. I always try to keep a full tank of gas and propane between trips and have purchased over the years the household items to stock up the rv so the only thing I need to bring is cloths. food and personal items. During the travel season (warm weather) I keep a couple of cases of bottled water in it and some sealed dry goods. Generally you are talking about a 72 hour period where you may be away from your non-mobile home. It would be ideal to find a campground a hundred or so miles from the storm dangers but if you don't setting up in a parking lot or friends driveway is very doable.

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Old 10-05-2016, 06:36 PM   #2
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I know it is emergency shelter but with a hurricane coming I prefer to ride the storm out in my brick and mortar house but when I need A/C and a refrigerator I move to the MH. YOu can also flee the area of the storm in a MH but here in FL everyone has the same idea and it is hard to find a space in an campground outside the cone of the storm.

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Old 10-05-2016, 06:43 PM   #3
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We do. Our RV is always stocked with non perishable foods, and our water tank full and kept fresh. Full fuel. Med's, food for the dawg, spare batteries for the flashlights, and morale building scotch and vino too! We keep our residential fridge running, and stocked with some items too.

When not traveling, we're prepared for earthquakes, fire and the strange post 9/11 world we live in today.

We also have multi family 'What if?' plans. With assignments for who checks on who. And if we need to leave the area, we have three different locations and routes picked out, depending upon what is going on.

We're not paranoid about this, but consider it common sense to be like the former Boy Scout I was - Prepared!

Best to all, and to all on the South East - be safe, and prayers and good thoughts heading your way!!
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Old 10-05-2016, 06:52 PM   #4
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We live in the Orlando area and keep our coach parked next to our house with a 50 amp hookup. If and when we lose power on Friday our plan is to then fire up
the generator and stay in our coach next to the house until power is restored. It is full with fuel, water, and propane.
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:30 PM   #5
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We live in Baton Rouge La., when a hurricane is headed our way we leave home and go to a safe location. We have gotten winds of 90 100MPH which can cause major damage. I feel that if I take my motorhome out of the area if my house is damaged I can come back, have a place to live and a generator for power.
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:30 PM   #6
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Well as someone who displaced from Mt. Pleasant, SC today in a Winnie with a toad, and whose DW is an Emergency Manager, we keep about a weeks food, and since we live in the Winnie 6 months of the year, other things vary. Full tanks, we can move about 200 miles and be self sustained for a week. Issue I've seen on this Evac is traffic at 25-40 mph ( or slower) really eats your gas.⛽ And finding someplace safe to stay. I am in Spartanburg, SC, a 200 mile trip, and this was the closest RV park I could find. Depending on storm damage, I expect RV spaces will be at a premium for the near future.
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:39 PM   #7
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RV is normally fully stocked and fueled, can be used after storm to provide power and living quarters if needed.
With larger storms, (CAT 3 +) it is used to move to a safe area. Probably a lot more than 100 miles.

During Ivan, we ended up in West Monroe, Louisiana- even leaving 3 days prior to the forecast storm, RV parks inland in Mississippi and Alabama were full. Because of the storm's size and erratic course, coastal residents from Mobile, Biloxi and NOLA were all on the road. (After that storm it took 10 days to get back into our neighborhood because of debris)

For Katrina, we went to Tallahassee, 200 miles from Pensacola, and 300 miles from the storms landfall, feeder bands still threw off several tornados near the RV park in Tallahassee.

As Smitty stated above, plan ahead. Copies of personal and financial records, photos and keepsakes are in a box that goes with us..
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:01 PM   #8
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We keep the motorhome ready - to live in on the back of our property or to 'get out of dodge'. Fuel, water, food, pet needs, etc. It's our life boat. A few years ago we had to evacuate in the wee morning hours on short notice due to a wildfire.

For the sticks and bricks we have at the ready a generator, food, water, etc. as well.

We also keep important papers and such together in a roller file, ready to be grabbed. Also have discussed which items to grab depending on how much time we have (or have...).
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:10 PM   #9
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Our 5th wheel is plugged in AT home........fridge ON (ready to be stocked with perishables if needed ----------currently cold drinks), Clothing/linen/pot/pans etc
All that is needed is FOOD and filling fresh water tank.

Use it as Man Cave to take a break from yardwork etc.
Use it as Guest Quarters when necessary
Use it to GET OUT in a moments notice .......flood/fire etc.

If I was in Hurricane Area I would rather take off.....head elsewhere then 'ride it out'

Only 'ride it out' when caught off guard/surprised.....Hurricanes do not qualify as they are tracked/warnings for days
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:04 AM   #10
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Our motorhome is always sitting with fuel fuel, propane and 100 gallons of water on board as well as four cases of bottled water. The only time we drain the water is in the winter. It is always stocked with enough canned goods and non perishables to get by for at least a week. We have all the clothes and linens we need that stay on board as well. Its as simple as grabbing our wallet and purse, turning the key and heading out. I find it puzzling that some find this as a new revelation, to us it has just always made sense. Even when we want to head out for the weekend or an extended trip, its jump in and go. The whole idea is to make it easy. Everything on board is a duplicate of what we have in the sticks and bricks so no packing necessary.
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:32 AM   #11
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We have a 5th wheeler and do essentially the same for the unexpected. The rigs is always stocked with clothes, bedding, propane, dog supplies, our and dog meds, etc. I may have to thrown in some bottled I keep inside and fresh food. I can be hitched and gone in 30 minutes if need be. I usually keep the truck's tank full as well.

In Santa Fe, our concern is not so much hurricanes and floods, but it is fire. Where I live we are well above flood plains. A BIG rain might drop as much as 2-3 inches of rain in a few hours that's about it. One summer we had three different forest fires burning all within 20 miles of my house in different directions. My parents brought there RV down here when Los Alamos was evacuated for forrest fires some years ago and that worked out quite well. One year at a Boy Scout camp as a Scoutmaster the entire camp had to evacuate to a high school because of fire. I learned from that experience I would rather not have to operate from a gym floor with a few hundred other people. I'm prepared to go RVing anytime.
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Old 10-06-2016, 08:47 AM   #12
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It seems to me that an RV, especially a MH, would be an ideal evacuation method! You're fully self-sufficient and mobile. If you can't find an RV park you can park just about anywhere and run the generator. If you need to move further out, just crank up and go!
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:35 AM   #13
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We began referring to ours as our escape pod shortly after we got it. We don't live somewhere that hurricanes are that great a threat, but high winds are with all of the trees that encapsulate our home and RV garage. We bug out anytime a tornado, hurricane, or other severe weather event is imminent.
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Old 10-06-2016, 10:01 AM   #14
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I think that Robmat has touched on a point, the RV as a shelter. I've never heard of an EM planning an RV parking area as an Evac Shelter, like they plan for the use of school gyms and NG armories. South Carolina had lots of porta potties set up at roadside rests and weigh scales on I-26, maybe some sort of private/ public partnership to establish "RV shelters" as part of a state Evac plan?

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