Picking the Bug Out Location

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The debate still rages: 9mm or .45 ACP. Hmmm, wait. No, sorry, wrong debate. The debate de jure is whether to bug in or bug out. And, for article’s sake, let’s say you’ve settled on, or been forced into, the retreat option.

 

The last thing you want to do in a disaster is make even more of a mess of things. You need to know what you’re doing, when you’re doing it, and, most importantly, here, where you’re going.

 

Dale at the Survivalist Prepper site issued some very good guidelines for picking out the perfect retreat. Please read his article for all the tips and considerations. Here’s a brief overview of the main considerations you need to review.

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Here are some things you really have to consider in advance:

 

Dale recommends having a place in mind that you can reach on one tank of gas. That makes sense as you won’t want to be slowed down stopping to refuel. If need be, consider toting some extra gas on the roof or the truck bed.

 

This idea feeds into another point: get away! You want to be where the masses of people are not. The exact where is up to you and your needs and abilities, but try for the least populated place you can – within easy reach of course.

Getting there without killing yourself is important. Dale’s next point is ease of accessibility. Having the perfect place to run to is useless if you can’t run to it.

 

And, make sure that place is relatively easy to defend. Some of those people you leave behind may come following you. And they may not mean well.

 

Make sure you either have ready access to food and water or else you have your own supply. It’s better if this is all set up before you arrive though you can always augment the supply as you flee to it.

 

Along with the ease of access and lack of people, try to pick a place that is out of the beaten way and not easily visible. Being secluded is gold as it acts as a natural, passive defense. If they don’t know you’re there, they won’t come calling.

It goes without saying that you need to have a shelter in place on the property. Whatever it is, it should be warm, dry, and comfy.

 

Lastly, make sure your location has its own energy supply of some kind. Assume that the power, etc., will be off for some time. Make sure you have alternative power, water, and heat ready before you get there.

 

All of this, and the other many points of contention, require planning. Each person’s needs are different but the basic idea is still the same. Consult Dale’s original for more ideas. He even has a few plans ready if you’re kind enough to click of them. Do that.

 

Plan now, prep now, and panic never. Be ready, even if you never have to bug out. A pound of prepping is worth a ton of …. Not prepping.

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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