I Had to Tell Them To "Get Out Now"

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I Had to Tell Them To "Get Out Now"

Post by Stercutus » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:29 pm

I'm not a firefighter but sometimes I assist them. The other night we had a large fire of a commercial structure that was grandfathered in to the city code in a residential neighborhood. The building was full of various toxic and mildly explosive chemicals. I was the second one there and by the time I got there the building was fully involved.

The building was wedged between two streets and therefore had residential housing on both sides. The fire was already spreading in to the neighboring yards so at 2AM we went door to door waking up families in endangered structures and telling them to get out of their houses immediately. Confused, suspicious, upset, sleepy, sometimes angry people they mostly were.

We were lucky, the only thing that was a total loss were the businesses in the building. Our fire department is actually good and they were quick that night. Out of five houses evacuated not one person grabbed a BOB. Not saying they couldn't have had one in their car but when they walked out of their houses, possibly for the last time, the only people carrying stuff were the kids with their favorite toys.
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Re: I Had to Tell Them To "Get Out Now"

Post by flybynight » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:35 pm

Stercutus wrote:I'm not a firefighter but sometimes I assist them. The other night we had a large fire of a commercial structure that was grandfathered in to the city code in a residential neighborhood. The building was full of various toxic and mildly explosive chemicals. I was the second one there and by the time I got there the building was fully involved.

The building was wedged between two streets and therefore had residential housing on both sides. The fire was already spreading in to the neighboring yards so at 2AM we went door to door waking up families in endangered structures and telling them to get out of their houses immediately. Confused, suspicious, upset, sleepy, sometimes angry people they mostly were.

We were lucky, the only thing that was a total loss were the businesses in the building. Our fire department is actually good and they were quick that night. Out of five houses evacuated not one person grabbed a BOB. Not saying they couldn't have had one in their car but when they walked out of their houses, possibly for the last time, the only people carrying stuff were the kids with their favorite toys.
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Re: I Had to Tell Them To "Get Out Now"

Post by woodsghost » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:54 pm

My primary BOB is in the car, but right really need to do some home ones.

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Post by Halfapint » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:19 pm

Great point. I have a BOB in my car. That's my main one. I have gutted my home BOB. Really should get that up and running again.

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Re: I Had to Tell Them To "Get Out Now"

Post by raptor » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:24 am

Agreed thanks for the observation and feedback.

I am not sure I would be fully functioning at 2am after being awaken for such an event. I do keep a BOB in my car trunk. I think I would ok but I would not leave without my pets. That would pose the biggest impediment to a rapid bug out especially at 2am.

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Post by Zimmy » Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:09 pm

My family would probably look memorable with each member running out of the house with armloads of guns.
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Re: I Had to Tell Them To "Get Out Now"

Post by taipan821 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:26 pm

actually had something similar last night. we had a suprising amount of rain fall, leading to some local flooding.

Finding myself in about 2 foot water with sandbags and swift water rescue door knocking, the resident had two choices.
sandbags or evacuate.

An interesting night indeed
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Re: I Had to Tell Them To "Get Out Now"

Post by MPMalloy » Thu May 17, 2018 8:55 pm

I have stuff in my BOV, but I am going nowhere without my cat!

I'll take my chances without my BOB. Which is setup of a wilderness type of thingy. :D

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Re: I Had to Tell Them To "Get Out Now"

Post by CG » Fri May 18, 2018 8:51 am

Honestly, in that sort of situation, I may not think to grab my bag packed with clothes, but I have a gym bag packed and in the car for me at all times so I'll actually go to the gym. I at least have one set of clean clothes. I would, however, grab my purse, phone, and laptop (even if I just unplug it and don't grab the charger - I can get a new charger).

I can run into Walmart & get clothes for everybody for a few days. The only thing we'd have an issue with is hubby's work clothes, and I think they'd understand.

We do, however, need to do a video inventory of everything. I have the serial numbers of the guns recorded, but since we buy most things second-hand, I don't have the info for the gaming consoles, TV, games, videos, kitchenware, clothing, etc.
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Re: I Had to Tell Them To "Get Out Now"

Post by Laager » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:05 pm

I recently went to visit some family in Alabama and while I was there I stopped by to see my brother Mike. We discussed various BOBs and the need to have at least one.

Especially after I went into his garage. He stores his ammo in four of those steel tool job boxes. I think they were the large 48inch models.

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All I could think of was a scene from Tremors, Aftershock. Holy smokes, if this place ever catches on fire it is going to be big....my second thought was I wonder if there is a limit to the amount of ammunition, powder, primers and assorted brands of binary explosives like Tannerite. Because it always amazes me when there is some kind of news story about a man with an arsenal of four or five firearms (some of which appear to be air rifles of some type) and his stock pile of 400 assorted rounds.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fiCM0eQlkA


In the end we did start on two BoBs, both intended to be large and left at home, since he had a nice get home from work BoB in his truck. For a JIC moment like you described.

I did ask Mike what he plans were if there was a fire, and all he said was run far and fast.
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Re: I Had to Tell Them To "Get Out Now"

Post by Stercutus » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:30 pm

Especially after I went into his garage. He stores his ammo in four of those steel tool job boxes. I think they were the large 48inch models.
Give me his number I will have a talk with him. He is not keeping up the Alabama standards of storage if his round count has gotten so low to fit in to four tiny lockers. Unless that is just his roll out load in which case he is ok. He may just have his full stockage in another location.
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Re: I Had to Tell Them To "Get Out Now"

Post by Laager » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:16 pm

Stercutus wrote:
Especially after I went into his garage. He stores his ammo in four of those steel tool job boxes. I think they were the large 48inch models.
Give me his number I will have a talk with him. He is not keeping up the Alabama standards of storage if his round count has gotten so low to fit in to four tiny lockers. Unless that is just his roll out load in which case he is ok. He may just have his full stockage in another location.


I think that was just his rollout stuff, he is really serious about his firearms and the assorted stuff that goes with it.
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