If you spend time living on an island, like I do, then it makes sense to explore all of your emergency evacuation options. The most obvious being by sea. Now you don’t have to buy a boat, but it certainly helps (Read more on that here in my series How to Buy a Boat, parts I, II, III, IV, V and VI). If you live on an island chances are you know a boat owner.
Why not plan on evacuating on his boat? Be creative. If, for example, you live in a blue state and you have a hard-to-get concealed carry permit, that may be your ticket to ride right there. Remember, you don’t have to be rich to take care of your family but you do want to make sure you’re valued.
At the New York Post, Alex Klausner reports on how wealthy New Yorkers are preparing to flee Manhattan in the event of a crisis.
Paranoid New Yorkers now have a speedy way out of the city should disaster strike.
Chris Dowhie, co-owner of Plan B Marine, runs a marine evacuation service which advertises the fastest possible way out of Manhattan.
Whether it’s power failure, blackouts, grid failure, bad weather, flooding or a terrorist attack, Dowhie’s clients want to be prepared for doomsday.
“A lot of people don’t want to wait on a line to get on a ferry, and they don’t want to worry about walking off of Manhattan, as people had to do in the past,” Dowhie told The Post.
“They know a boat is the fastest way, and we take the worry out of maintaining and preparing and always readying your vessel,” he added.
Not only does the company promise a speedy getaway, it plans individual evacuation routes for each person, depending on their personal needs.
Dowhie — who believes people can’t rely on others during an emergency — teaches clients how to operate the boats themselves.
“You don’t have a captain. You have to drive this boat yourself,” Dowhie told The Post, adding that in a crisis, people are more concerned with helping their own families than maneuvering someone else’s escape vehicle.
The military boats, one of which is a former Coast Guard vessel, are made to withstand challenging conditions. This particular boat can fit up to 10 people.
Read more here.