Lessons learned from yesterday. Normally I'm prepared being one aiding in assistance. I'm in the local ARES/RACES group though have recently drifted away but will be getting back more involved. This time though I was on the other side of the coin. A few things to polish up on my family evacuation plans. Any family needed medication should be in one specific spot to speed up grab-and-go. Family members need to stay in contact specifically if one is able to get home to grab things. We are working out on a better plan in this area. Mindset, I made it home and thought grab-and-go immediate risk being the next detonation will blow the windows in vs. my wife made it home and thought "these dishes" and "the garbage needs to go out" or the house will stink when I get back. The local population evacuation went very well. It helped that the incident built up to the needs for an evaluation and the wind was going in the least populated direction. I went into the evacuation zone to recover my dog and grab a few extra things for a potential 3 day evacuation. Things I observed at this time heading in the "wrong direction", the lines leaving town were long but moving well. The homeless migrated toward the evacuation zone no looting was reported (just and interesting observation). Evacuation shelters were manned and accounted for less than 1% of the potential population that should have evacuated. Many assisted living homes and elder care facilities and the local hospital evacuated. Those events went relatively smoothly. Just about all businesses closed other than a few gas stations. Most people evacuated to hotels within close range but they did fill up to about 60 miles out. We had a number of locations we could go and made out just fine. Most of my relatives hoteled it one held tight at home and sheltered in-place. We had relatives and friends that we could have gone to outside the evacuation zone. You may have seen something about it on the news. The entire time we were up wind from the smoke cloud. Had the wind direction been different, things could have been much worse. Some good lesson learned.