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❘ AUGUST 1, 2015
P.O. Box 10
Florence, OR 97439
B Y D AVE R OBINSON
Special to the Siuslaw News
There is a concept among preppers
known as “Bugging Out.” I remember the
term from watching reruns of “M.A.S.H.”
Whenever Radar O’Reilly, Major Henry
Blake and Hawkeye were ordered to move
their Mobile And Surgical Hospital unit to a
new location, they would make plans to
Today’s preppers use the term to describe
an evacuation process to be executed when
the current abode becomes too dangerous to
stay put or uninhabitable.
The likelihood of evacuation in our area
is usually minor. Our weather events don’t
equal the hurricanes of the East Coast and
Gulf Coast states. Nor do we get the bliz-
zards of the northern regions of our country.
We have had isolated instances of evacua-
tion due to flooding and landslides in the
past, and for those living in the tsunami
inundation zone, bugging out should be a
part of your action plan.
You can be assured if I lived in a major
city or in the hurricane zone, my prepara-
tion plans would include how to get my
family and supplies out of town on short
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notice. (Or in prepper lingo, “Out of
Living in rural Oregon, we have several
things to our advantage. Our relatively
sparse population is far more self-sufficient
and more good-neighbor minded than big
city folks. If you’ve ever watched the news
during a big storm or hurricane in a dense-
ly-populated area, you see looting and other
outlaw behavior. Not exactly conducive to
the “come on, let’s work together to get
through this” mindset so vital to community
survival and workable in a small town.
There seems to be a segment of society
always on the cusp of criminal behavior.
This group of potential criminals allow
themselves to be drawn over the line of
unacceptable behavior at the slightest
provocation and loot, pillage and even
worse when they know the police have their
hands full with other matters. You can bet
your emergency generator this group has
never laid in an extra flashlight battery or
can of Spam. Their “plan” such as it is, will
be to take your supplies in the event of a
disaster. This is precisely why, if I lived in a
metropolitan area, I would be planning to
“get out of Dodge” if necessary.
If you have relatives or loved ones in the
big cities, send them a copy of this column
and suggest they make plans to “bug out” if
the need arises.
If you’d like to read more on the topic of
bugging out, there is an excellent blog
titled, “Listening to Katrina.” The author
was forced to evacuate his family in the
face of Hurricane Katrina. The blog is over
100 pages long, so consider your ink supply
before you hit the “print” button. He has a
very balanced and intelligent approach to
preparedness and bugging out.
Another of my favorites is a book titled
“One Second After,” by William Forstchen.
This book has been cited on the floor of
Congress as one all Americans should read.
Dave Robinson is the postmaster in
Bandon, Ore., and author of “Disaster Prep
for the Rest of Us.” He may be contacted at
email@example.com. Visit his
website for more disaster preparedness tips,
MOMENTS IN TIME
The History Channel
• On Aug. 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby
Borden, elderly residents of Fall River, Mass.,
are found bludgeoned to death in their home.
Suspicion soon fell on daughter Lizzie and the
axe she’d just bought. At her trial, the jury only
took 90 minutes to decide that such a sweet-
looking Christian woman could never commit
such a heinous crime.
• On Aug. 6, 1928, Andy Warhol, one of the
most influential artists of the latter part of the
20th century, is born Andrew Warhola in
Pennsylvania. After being incorrectly credited
as “Warhol” under an early published drawing,
he decided to permanently remove the “a” from
his last name.
• On Aug. 9, 1945, a second atom bomb is
dropped on Japan by the United States, at
Nagasaki, resulting finally in Japan’s surrender.
The devastation wrought at Hiroshima had not
been sufficient to persuade the Japanese War
Council to accept the Potsdam Conference’s
demand for unconditional surrender.
• On Aug. 3, 1958, the U.S. nuclear subma-
rine Nautilus accomplishes the first undersea
voyage to the geographic North Pole. The
Nautilus dived at Point Barrow, Alaska, and
traveled nearly 1,000 miles under the Arctic ice
cap to reach the top of the world.
• On Aug. 6, 1964, the United States
Congress overwhelmingly approves the Gulf of
Tonkin Resolution, giving President Lyndon B.
Johnson nearly unlimited powers to oppose
“communist aggression” in Southeast Asia. The
resolution marked the beginning of an expand-
ed military role for the United States in
Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
• On Aug. 8, 1988, the Chicago Cubs host
the first night game in the history of Wrigley
Field. The first-ever night game in professional
baseball took place nearly 60 years earlier in
Des Moines, Iowa.
• On Aug. 5, 2002, the rusty iron gun turret
of the ironclad warship U.S.S. Monitor was
raised from the floor of the Atlantic, where it
had rested since it went down in a storm off
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, during the Civil
War. She sank in December 1862, while being
towed from Cape Hatteras.
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L ETTERS TO THE
E DITOR P OLICY
The Siuslaw News welcomes letters to
I was treated recently to a won-
derful production at the Florence
Playhouse. Fool’s Haven, a talent-
ed group of actors from Eugene,
staged a two-part program that was
definitely worthy of praise in the
Part One consisted of vignettes
from two absurdist plays, one by
Harold Pinter and one by Samuel
Becket, and an original work from
a local playwright. The scenes
were well performed, and provided
an excellent showcase for the
actors’ skill and craft.
Part Two was an exceptionally
well-written piece called “Raw
Canvas.” Written to be performed
by one woman, it was brought to
life by a canny and adept actress
named Nancy Hopps.
Her insightful, energetic and
multifaceted performance guides
us through the thought processes
experienced by “Rosalyn” as she
wrestles with the difficult decision
of what to do with the rest of her
life. Told both in flashback and
stream of consciousness, Rosalyn
is a woman who has always done
what was expected of her. Now
approaching middle age, a passion
for art and painting has awakened
in her, changed her life in a myriad
of unexpected ways, and has lead
her to the proverbial “fork in the
“Raw Canvas” is deeply emo-
tional, and judging by the questions
and comments that came out dur-
ing the after-performance discus-
sion with the actors, obviously res-
the editor concerning issues affecting the
onated with audience members in a
number of different ways.
The majority of the audience
were women; however, I believe
that this play would strike a chord
with both men and women — any-
one who has ever reached a cross-
road in their lives and has had to
choose between playing it safe or
taking a risk; doing what they’re
supposed to do or following their
heart. Whether you agree with
Rosalyn’s feelings and choices or
not, the play inspires thought and
lively discussion. And, after all,
isn’t that what good theater is sup-
posed to do?
This play is scheduled to return
for another engagement on Aug.
14-16. It is well worth seeing.
We had a wonderful grand open-
ing at the Oregon Coast Military
Museum on July 4. Everyone
seemed to have a great time.
What a terrific job all the volun-
teers had done with the displays,
information and food. We had
Mayor Joe Henry at the grill station
and First Lady Pam was serving up
hamburgers and hot dogs all day
long. They served more than 600
people before the festivities were
over and then assisted with the
clean up. They seemed to be tire-
less, but that can’t be true.
We are fortunate to have dedi-
cated volunteers to support our
museum. Many thanks to them all.
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