For example, relatively near me recently there was a village evacuated from their homes for about a week due to a large damn above the village that was looking likely to burst as the damn wall started crumbling the torrential rain had the water at dangerous levels as it was. People who were home were given minutes to get their sh*t and leave while others were in work away from the danger zone and had zero chance to grab anything. For situations like these a mobile phone, charger, radio, batteries for headtorch etc are a completely rational and extremely likely to be heavily used while you get housed in a local community hall, leisure centre or school etc.
While there are many servers where the traditional shoot-on-sight mentality exists, Rust has plenty of havens for those looking for a more civilised lifestyle. You can find player-created towns, complete with attempts at government, trading, and even prisons. It’s one of the nicest reminders that if people pull together and share their resources, fantastic achievements can be made.
Another issue with Bugging Out in the Rocky Mountain States is water. The actual number of rivers and streams originating in the Rockies is smaller than most people realize in relation to other areas of the country. Many streams and creeks are seasonal drainage and not year round. Although the options for alternate water sources are all viable, most consist of a daily collection of H2O that require time and effort that will affect the other daily survival requirements.