When thinking about the resources and support network you need, consider these three basic things:
- Where can I go?
- What do I need?
- Who can and will help?
In the last post, I covered what all you need to bring or consider when preparing to leave. Now, have a big list of places and people who can help you once you’re out.
Who Can Help?
What kind of things do you need on your Bug-Out Bag info list? Think about what you’ll need once you’re on your own. Money, food, housing, medical care, emotional support…
Keep a list of all of the people and places that can give you that so you know where to go in the middle of the night. These can be:
- family members of friends
- your own sympathetic family members
- social services/child protective services
- the police
- domestic violence centers
- food banks
- employment offices
- college financial aid offices
- the library, which can put you in touch with all of the above
Seriously, I cannot emphasize the last one enough. Your local public or school library has so many regional-specific resources available for you if you just ask. If nothing else, the library is a good place to stay during the day when you have nowhere else to go.
How To Run Away From Home
A version of this series was originally posted on the Orphan Survival Guide Tumblr.