I’m a big beleiver in bugging in,. Making your home as safe and secure as you can is tops on my to do list. But what if you can’t? I think I have a way you can shift quickly from bugging in to bugging out.
Now many of the survivalist/prepping blogs have a years worth of storage from food to socks to toilet paper and that is great, but the cops or fire dept. knock on your door and tell you got to leave in the next 2 hours because of a mandatory evacuation order and you won’t go to a shelter.
- Don’t think a 72 hour bag will sustain you. Think 3 weeks to 3 months, I’m simple I plan on 3 months and the 3 weeks will be covered.
- You are on the move, and so is everyone else. All traffic will be slow and you will have to deal with it and not get crazy. Videos, cards, dice and books can keep folks entertain during the slow sections.
- Have a place to land. I think an old RV or tent is great to have on hand and ready to go. Make it a camping trip as you get out of the impact area. Plus if you keep it stocked up you can have a great little mini vacation witout much work.
- Have a few buckets full of all basic food. While a bucket of wheat may sustain you bugging in. You need a multi-tasker bucket that covers beans, rice, meats, vegies and fruits. Not to mention water, sanitation, first aid or cooking. I’ve made several of these types of buckets using Ziplock or Foodsaver bags. Not perfect but are great for an easy grab and go or to store by or in your bugout vehicle. You might choose Freeze-dried food or MRE’s but you must store it in or be ready to put in a vehicle in minutes.
- Where is your BOB make sure that it is on the way to the exit. That’s you first life line and should get you through that first 72 hours. You need to be able to grab your BOB and be out of the house in less than 30 seconds.
- Fuel for the vehicle, try to drive on the top half of the tank, I know it’s tough at todays prices. Have enough gas cans on hand to fill a tank. I drive a Kia Sedona Mini-van that has an 19 gallon tank. So I have 3, 6 gallon gas cans full of fuel that I try to rotate a can at a time every 3 months. This is also has a bonus that I have fresh gas for a generator if needed for bugging in.
- Medications and paper work, You can easily carry your records via USB stick and some basic records of Birth certificates, shot records, SS cards, a resume, banking accounts, insurance papers and other items needed for re-estblishing yourself in a new locale.
This is by no means a complete list. It’s to get you thinking about what you need to think about if the unthinkable happens and you MUST move. What works for me may not work for you. But this should cover the basics for everybody and give you a place to start.