http://thelizardfarmer.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/the-wave-bugging-out-some-things-to-think-about/ Please read it I’ll wait.
What if you had to interview for a place at a bugout spot? What if you were the person doing the interview? What would a good resume look like for taking someone in or talking your way into someone’s BOL? This a mental exercise for you to do and see what you would have to offer or evaluate another person value to your Bugout.
I don’t have a bugout location yet so I would have to apply for entrance to a BOL. I do have a big strike against me being handicap, physical labor will be my weak point when everything will take more labor! I was in the Army for 13 years and besides signal communication I have been a Unit Armor(small arms repair up to a .50 cal.), Field Sanitation NCO, NBC (Nuclear, Biological & Chemical) NCO, Combat Lifesaver and Master driver trainer( Taught folks to drive up to Semi-sized wheeled vehicles, No tracks though, Darn it!). These are jobs I have done not just read about in a book. I worked food service for 7 years and did everything from cook and serve small catered events of 15 people, to planning all the food and costs for banquets of 500 people as well as help serve over 4000 people.
In My BOV I have about 30+ days of food, 4 firearms and 1500 rounds of ammo. I should be able to have around 30 days of water with a little warning plus two filters, A 5 kw generator and 40 watts of solar panels, CB Radio, Extra cans of Fix a flat as well as Slime for tires. A few hand tools, water filters, First aid bag and OTC medicines. My RV is an old 1976 Ford 460 so it will probably survive EMP with a few replacement parts at the worst. I also have a back up BOV in my adult trike. We would have to downsize a lot but 21 days away from home base is doable for me and the pets.
I can bake and cook from scratch in a dutch oven, solar oven and over an Open flame. I can make beer, and smoke, salt and dry meats. I know how to can both veggies and meats. I can butcher small animals and know how to properly cut up meat from larger animals. I can sharpen knives by hand and I know how to reload and cast lead bullets.
I can patch clothing by hand and have over 30 yards of cloth from 100% cotton to light weight canvas. I can spin wool or fur, and I think I could spin hair from the tail and mane of a horse to make light weight rope or twine.
I prepared but I had to leave my home. I can show you the way there and we could go see if anything still exist because I stored ….
I’m not trying to gloat I really hope I’m totally wrong on the economy and things will get better. I won’t change what I do because the things that I have learned and do make my day to day life better if not always easier. I look at this and I’m pretty darn awesome even with my handicap of all I have learned as well as done. Probably nothing that would get me hired by a Fortune 500 company. My basic first aid and medical supplies I have stored would give me a pretty good shot at being taken in. Having a good 60 days of food would not make me an immediate drain on the community resources. Having some guns and ammo makes me capable of standing watch and being able to cook/bake and garden makes me a good resource for sustaining the community. I could set up a couple of printers and PC/laptops/tablet wi fi networks as well as my stored paper and become a little communication/library center. If the computers go down I have plenty of paper, pencils and books.
I know it does sound a little mercenary but anyone trying to survive does not need folks that are a dead weight that simply uses resources and has nothing to contribute to make life better for the tribe/clan. All to often I see folks that think an equitable relationship is they take and you give, I’ve seen it in my own family!
What does your survival resume look like?