When conversing with others about survival topics, the topic of ‘bugging out’ versus ‘bugging in’ almost always comes up. Due to the popularity of television shows, such as ‘Doomsday Preppers’, almost every American (and a great deal of other nationalities) is thinking in worst case scenario terms. The reasons for such thinking are as varied as their accompanying survival schemes are: a Yellowstone super volcanic eruption, national or global pandemic, religious reasons, electromagnetic pulse events (EMP’s), coronal mass ejections (CME’s), planetary polar shifts, alien invasions, financial collapse, civil unrest, etc. There are any number of possibilities, most of which are entirely plausible, some of which are almost inevitable.
Whatever one’s individual, or collective, reasons for sensing that something bad is going to happen it just makes sense to have a plan. Let’s face the facts, wherever you live, anywhere on the globe, you and yours can be thrust into a survival situation in a matter of unexpected seconds. It could be a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, automobile breakdown, rolling blackout, etc. The point is it can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. So, why not have some sort of plan in place?
One of the most frequent objections I hear is ‘But, these things happen in other countries, not in America’. Ever heard of Hurricane Katrina? I was there, and it was definitely an extended, real survival situation. No food, no water, no cell phone service, no sanitation, home invasions, sexual assaults, murder, no basic emergency services…right here in the good ‘ol USA.
The most frequent excuse I hear is ‘I don’t have the money to buy prepping supplies’. How much does it cost to save 3 liter soft drink bottles to fill with water and store? Besides, we budget for things that we want. Most Americans count on their income tax returns to purchase things they want, like big screen television sets, a vacation, etc. Why not create a preparedness budget? Anyone can allocate a small portion of their income tax return, weekly, monthly, or annual income to purchase basic survival necessities.
Having set your prepping plan in place it is now time to develop a ‘bugging out’ vs ‘bugging in’ plan. First, let’s define our terms. Bugging out occurs when it is necessary to pick up and completely leave your residence. A bug out is a worst case scenario action taken by survivors to remove themselves and their loved ones from a situation that cannot be overcome.
Some events that might trigger a bug out are foreign invasions, massive EMP incidents, etc.
‘Bugging in’ is an action taken by a survivor, or survivors, to basically shelter in place and ride out whatever catastrophic event has occurred.
Basically, the bugging out vs bugging in quandary can be thought of in these terms: When you’ve run out of supplies, or for other reasons are unable to maintain, defend or protect your position you will have no choice but to bug out in search of what you need to survive.
What do you truly need to survive? Water, food, and shelter. Period.
Next time, we’ll discuss bugging out and the implications of this action, as well as the necessary planning and logistical considerations involved. Until then, God bless!