We came close enouph to a bug out earlier this week to show the weaknesses in our plans for that. We live about 100 miles southeast of Kansas City and this week a chemical plant in KC caught on fire. The reports on the news were that they made and distributed industrial chemicals includeing cleaners and stuff for metal working. Well I know that a lot of cleaning stuff contains amonia and chlorine and some of the metal working stuff uses syanide (sp?). So while the news was not saying so I was figureing this could be some deadly smoke and there was enouph of it that it could be seen from about 100 miles away includeing faintly from our back pourch. I wasnt sure of the EXACT wind direction but it was blowing about 10 MPH from some where around the north and if it was NW winds it would be here in about 9-10 hours. SO while I figured it would moost LIKELY be dispursed enouph by the time it would have gotten here that it wouldnt have been to harmful, if it was headed our way were were getting ready to BO as we gathered more info and started planning for the possibility of heading to friends about 100 miles north of us. We contacted the friends, which in its self turned out to not be as easy as might have thought since their number changed recently and we usualy talk on line, so had to get in touch that way. The friend had worked in the chemical supply business in KC and had some more specific info on what was there. It turned out that they also handled food grade stuff and so did NOT have the especialy nasty stuff I was concerned about. Also as we checked out other info it turned out that the wind was out of the NE and so the disipated smoke went across the far side of our county. What we did learn from it though was that while we have the 'hardcore' BOBs packed and in the vehicles that would provide for the basics of first aid, shelter, food, etc to keep us alive in dire situations what we didnt have was a family 'unplanned sleep over' kit. We still would have needed to grab a change or 2 of clothes each, sleeping clothes, and toiletry kits. Things that while nice to have dont rate the space/weight in a kit that has to be able to be carried of on my back if it comes to walking and is there to keep alive and reasonably comfortable if possible. We also learned that we need to be sure we always have multiple ways of contacting emergency contact people, and that while THIS time it wouldnt have been a problem, we often are flat broke. We usualy have enouph gas in the vehicles and or gas cans we could make it one way in an all out disaster BUT makeing a round trip and maybe stoping for burgers or some such could be a different situation, so need to make up the family less than dire kit and include at least $50-100 cash in it that dose not get touched for anything other than an emergency trip. So, heres the senario. A train just derailed 50 miles from you and caught fire. It was hauling chlorine and a deadly cloud is headed your way and will be to you in 3-4 hours. You dont have that long to leave though since you have to be 40-50 miles cross wind before it gets to you and traffic may be bad. So you have 90 minutes (a fairly liesurely emergency) to secure your home, load what you need and head out for 48-72 hours. Is EVERYTHING ready to go? Are you SURE you can contact someone at your destination? What are you missing? How would you do? We could have made it, but with a little more thought while things are calm we could be sure things went smoother and were more comfortable.