I had been listening to the issue as background noise - there seems to be so much going on now - when suddenly the words "Emergency Evacuation" came out. That always gets one's attention - especially since it was tied to an Emergency Spillway failure within an hour of the evacuation order.
(Yes, I know, there is not a specific link. Interweb "Oroville Dam" and you will get all you need).
It did get me thinking - again - about our own situation (not that we are in any danger of flooding: we are on the uphill side of our Urban Area of Choice and if we have flooding, there are larger problems). In other words, if we had to leave in short order, could we? What would we take? Would we know to take it? And where would we go?
So on the brighter side, we actually do in fact have something which may or may not resemble a bag to take with us in case of emergency. I have gotten a little careless about fuel levels in cars - blame the fact our commute is much less than it used to be and I now have my "routine" of how much I use in a week and when I fill up (about three quarters of a tank and on Tuesday evenings, thank you very much).
We are fortunate in our case that we live relatively close to the intersection of multiple freeways including a large Interstate - and, we live on the right side of town for the most likely disaster (flooding, in our case). But where would we go in the event of such a need? That is a little more concerning. At best with a full tank I can make it to the next major urban area, about a 3 hour drive. But that assumes an empty freeway and no traffic (neither of which would be true). And even then, where would we go once we got there?
I do not have answers for everything - which bothers me as it should - but if nothing else this has been a useful reminder that bad things sometimes do happen - and to be ready for them.