Bugging In or Bugging Out

In the last article, we discussed your bug out bag and everyday carry.  While those are good to have, do not assume you’ll need to bug out immediately.  Bugging out is the last resort.  For those of you who don’t understand the lingo yet, bugging out is to leave your home and bugging in is to stay home.

Bugging in is always first if possible

There are reasons it’s better to bug in rather than to bug out.  First, you’re more familiar with your home than just about any other place you could go.  It’s already secure, or at least should be, so you’re safer there than out in the open or on the move.  Your home has all your stuff, and creature comforts do make a difference when you’re in a bad situation.  For example, last winter, we had a blizzard here.  Lets say that we lost power and the house was getting cold.  Well, the whole area would be in the same situation.  Although, it’s cold and miserable in the house, it’s still far better than getting stranded on the side of the road hoping someone comes by who can pull you free.

Second, it’s a lot cheaper to hole up in your home than it is to try to trek out looking for somewhere to go.

Third, if you live in a town or city, you have some sort of an infrastructure.  Regardless of what’s going on in town, you’re generally better off around other people.

In a nutshell, if it’s safe to stay in your home; stay.

Bugging out

Ok, it’s time to get out of Dodge.  Where do you go?  How do you get there?  Do you have alternative routes? Why are you getting out?  Why did you choose your location?

I know it sounds like a lot, but it’s pretty simple.  My family lives in a tornado prone place and we have a small house.  Our bug in part of the house would be the center of the house in the hallway.

If I have to bug out, I have 3 locations to go to. Which is chosen depends on the severity of the event and how long it is expected to last.  I have a 4th location to go to, but that is reserved for a real SHTF scenario.  That’s a final retreat when staying in town is simply impossible.

Again, bugging out is the last thing you want to have to do, but have a couple places planned.  It could be some place such as an underground parking garage to go to in the event of a major storm, or a friend’s home a few miles away.  It’s up to you, but have them ready.  You never know when a tornado, earthquake, civil unrest, terror attack, or whatever, may happen.

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