The Mental Health Effects of Wildfires in Tennessee and Other Disasters

Normally, most of my posts for you guys are chock full of resources and training opportunities. Not so much this time. This is a post I want you to share with family, friends, and followers who need to be ready, at least to the Bug Out Bag level.

As many of my followers know, I live in eastern Tennessee near Chattanooga. No big OPSEC reveal there as I’m pretty public about myself (at least with what I want you to know). The recent conflagration of wildfires in the southeast did not miss our area, as we’ve had dozens nearby, but none extremely large or serious. However, Gatlinburg TN, about 1.5 hours away by tactical family vehicle (minivan) was burned to a crisp.


I saw this article in this week’s paper and wanted to show it to you, to illustrate the absolute necessity of having both a Get Home Bag and a Bug Out Bag handy.

Go ahead and read the article, and then I’ll elaborate. The highlighted sections are my own addition.


Although it might seem like it most times, not everyone is crazy and just one bad day short of a suicide attempt. Most people are very resilient and bounce back well after a short time. God made us remarkable in that sense. As you’ll see from the article, it looks like many of the most severe mental health problems from the fires are the fact that people evacuated with nothing. This problem immediately brought to mind something my friend Seth from P5 Preparedness tells everyone about Bug Out Bags…

“Have everything you need in there to survive long term and create a life somewhere else if need be. Your Bug Out Bag is there in case you need to leave home quickly and never look back.”

Even if you don’t want to be a prepper and build a bunker and stockpile 1000 years of food, you should at least be prepared at the most basic level in case you need to walk away. This isn’t necessarily for zombies, aliens, or an invasion from the Bahamas. It’s for hurricanes, wildfires, and winter ice storms. The most basic level is a Get Home Bag and a Bug Out Bag.

In assembling them, there’s a quick way and the right way. For the quick way, you can just hop online, find a list, and buy a bunch of stuff and throw it together. For the right way though, go see my friends Seth and Duke at P5 Preparedness in Chattanooga TN. They’ll not only sell you the gear. They’ll also teach you how to pack it, use it, and thrive with it. I promise, you’ll leave there with a bag in your car that is functional right then and there.

If you’re thinking about cost between the two options, you’ll pay the same or less at P5. As a matter of fact, you’ll save so much on having all that stuff shipped to your house, you could pay for a trip to Chattanooga and do it in person the right way. Even better, I live near the store. Let me know you’re visiting the guys at P5, and I’ll take you out for coffee.

No matter how you do it, don’t wait to prepare. If you do, it will always be too late.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”






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