First, I'd like to start by saying that I've enjoyed reading the various threads in the Survival and Preparedness forums here. After reading many of these, it's gotten ye olde mental hamster-wheel turning...
Here is the scenario:
Let's say that you work within 15 minutes of a biomedical research facility along the lines of Fort Detrick, in Frederick, MD. No matter where you are in the city, you're within a 15 minute drive from the place (as it is nearly the center of of the city). All main roads out of the city take you as close as half a mile, or pass within 3 to 5 miles.
In the event of either some sort of attack on the facility, or an accident (a la Steven King's "The Stand"), it is most likely that the whole city would be quarantined and possibly under martial law. Keep in mind that such a facility houses samples of just about every known biological agent, including anthrax, ebola, and other horrific pathogens, many of them "weaponized" or military-grade.
Let's say that your home is aprox. 35 miles away, and, depending on which route you take, you have to cross a mountain ridge or two to get there.
A) stay at work, or within the city, and follow the orders of the quarantine?
B) bug out and:
1) head directly for home (utilizing predetermined routes to avoid the main roads, assuming you can get out of the city)?
2) head for the hills in the opposite direction of home, to either:
a) take a loooooong, alternate route home, thus doubling or even tripling the length of the trip?
b) bug out in the hills for a few days to assess the situation, and eventually work your way back home?
If A: please give reasoning.
If B: what mode(s) of transportation would you use? Other than your standard 72hr BOB, what other supplies would you include in your plan? Gas mask? Survival/defensive weapons (firearms)? Alternate means of transportation [i.e. a dirt bike stashed somewhere secure, such as your place of business or storage locker (as suggested in this thread http://www.sksboards.com/smf/index.php?topic=25474.msg292423#msg292423
, which could potentially be a place to store some extra supplies that aren't feasible to keep in your BOB)]?
If C: please explain what you'd do, and include details, including any supplies or gear that wouldn't be in your standard BOB that is kept in your car.
That is, assuming:
you don't get ebola before a quarantine is announced.
you don't get "cleansed" by being shot and tossed into an incinerator.
you don't get shot by trying to breach the city limits or quarantine.
So, assuming you're alive and haven't come down with anything... and you have to make some FAST decisions before the above assumptions come into play; what would you do?