An EMP, Snow, and Your Bug Out Plan
Last year, under the old site format, we ran a month’s worth of winter-related specials. I still need to reactivate those links… But, this year, Mr. Hughes has done a fantastic job with the winter survival videos for FPTV (some featured here). His premise is, naturally, that there is a storm, it’s cold, and you need to survive.
Today, the one and only Jeremiah Johnson takes it to the next level – through the roof, in fact. His premise, in an article at Ready Nutrition, is that there is a storm, it’s cold, there’s been an EMP, and you have to bug out. A challenge upon a challenge within a deadly challenge. Here goes:
Photo by Summit Post.
“Evacuating during the harsh winter elements is already a difficult feat, but what if you find yourself in a post-EMP environment while driving and have to bug out in the snow? There is no vehicle to comfortably take you to your bug out location. For many, you will be on foot and all you have to get you through this disaster is what is in your car. Do you have the preps and the skills to make this icy trek?
Honestly, ask yourself, what will you do? Well, there are some options, and we’re going to cover them. Naturally, many of these will not apply if you live in a state that doesn’t receive much snow, such as in the deserts or the more “balmy” states. Still, you may be able to take a few things away from this. Let’s do it!”
He starts off with the “regular” basics – they always apply. Is you BOB ready? Is it well stocked? Do you have your general plan ready? If your answer to any of these is “no,” then back up, fix it, and then continue.
You will, of course, need your cold weather gear.
In this exercise pay close attention to your feet. Keep them warm and DRY. As they will likely be your means of transportation, it is critical to keep them operational. JJ has great advice to this effect.
He also goes into detail about proper winter attire.
Your general plan will need some winter-related tweaking. And, again, he has you covered. It’s more difficult to move, period, in the ice and snow. You have to be ready. Revise your plans accordingly.
You may have to walk – carrying your gear. If you can drive, it will still be an extra challenge. On foot, consider a sled or toboggan for freight. These are cheap enough, rugged, and 100% EMP-proof.
He offers plenty of tips and related materials. Please read and reread his article carefully.
*Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
The scenarios Scott presents in the Pondering Prepper are serious enough. And you’ve likely already semi-encountered them this winter. But adding an EMP or other major catastrophe to the mix is something entirely different. Something to beware of, plan for, and be ready to defeat.
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.