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The Informed Urban Prepper — When Disaster Strikes

5 Things To Consider After Bugging Out

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5 Things To Consider After Bugging Out - Bug Out Plan, PLANNING

We talk a lot about bugging out in the prepping and survival community, but we don’t really go much farther than the actual bug out itself, except to talk about survival retreats.

But, as we all know, not all of us can afford some cabin in the woods to use as a survival retreat. I’ve been taking a fresh look at the idea of bugging out, specifically looking for holes in our planning.

I’m going to start with the assumption that you’ve got a bug out plan in place. That has to include a destination and route to get there. Hopefully you’ve already got some supplies stockpiled in place, or if not in place, at least close by, where you can get to it easily. If you don’t have that, your bug out isn’t likely to succeed; those are just the basic essentials for any bug out.

We all know that we can’t depend on driving in a bug out situation, although we probably have plans on doing just that. However, we recognize the possibility that we might have to abandon our vehicles, due to traffic jams, and head out on foot. So, we’ve planned for that too.

But what I want to deal with now, is what do we do when we get to our survival retreat, wherever that might be? Basically, there are four options for this, if we assume that none of us are willing to put our families in the hands of the government and go to a FEMA camp:

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How To (Legally) Break The Rules When SHTF

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Wherever you stand on the issue, decide your values ahead of time. The stress of a catastrophe is not the place or time to sit down and sort out your values. Legal provisions sometimes exist in times of emergency, such states with Good Samaritan laws and FCC Regulations permitting the use of radios without a license to prevent loss of life. Just learn what they are beforehand. Whether your personal values are affected or not, understand that there are plenty of people who think that a diminished chance of getting caught means anything goes. There are people in life who...

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Is Your Home Self-Sufficient and SHTF Bulletproof?

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Is Your Home Self-Sufficient and SHTF Bulletproof?

The general consensus among the survival community today, is that it is better to bug in and stay home, than to bug out.

There are several reasons for this, but the top one is that few people have the necessary skills to survive if they bug out to the wild. Besides, your home is a shelter, providing that need; and if you stay there, you have everything you own to help you survive.

That’s not to say that there are times when we should bug out. Torrential rains forced several small communities in our area to evacuate just last week. Staying home in such a case, when your home isn’t going to help you survive doesn’t make sense. But as long as you are better off at home, than you would be somewhere else, there really isn’t any reason to leave.

Of course, the average American home really isn’t set up for survival; its set up for comfortable day-to-day living; something totally different. But that’s not to say that it can’t be an effective survival retreat. All that means is that your home probably needs some work, if you’re going to use it as a survival shelter. How well you set it up to be a survival shelter will have a lot of impact on how well and how easily you can survive, when the time comes.

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5 Simple Steps For Foolproof Bugging Out

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5 Simple Steps For Foolproof Bugging Out - Bug Out Plan, PLANNING

Having a bug out plan is supposed to be a normal part of preparedness. But in reality, many of us lack an adequate bug out plan.

We may have some vague idea of what to do and may even have a bug out bag that’s somewhat packed. But that’s a long way from having a full bug-out plan in place.

But what are we going to do, if we find ourselves caught in a situation where we suddenly have to bug out? Hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, forest fires and a host of other situations can put us in the position of suddenly having to put a non-existent bug out plan into effect. As I look back over the last few years, I see this happening over and over again. The Oroville Dam in California; Hurricane Harvey flooding the Southeast part of Houston, even the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. In each of these cases, thousands of people suddenly had to evacuate, without being ready.

Granted, you and I are in that small group of people who are supposedly ready. But as I already said, many times we are not. So, if such a thing were to happen in our neighborhood, many of us are going to find ourselves in trouble, as we won’t really be sure what to do.

Okay, so what should we do if that happens? Let’s walk through this and see how we could handle an emergency evacuation, whether ordered by the government or just because we see the need ourselves.

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How To Stay As Calm And Focused As Humanly Possible When SHTF

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How To Stay As Calm And Focused As Humanly Possible When SHTF - GENERAL PREP, Survival Skills

If you’re into watching Hollywood movies, you’ve probably noticed how the vast majority of people react in a SHTF scenario: pretty much like those famous fainting goats.

Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a bit, for the sake of argument, but generally speaking, fear is the mind killer, and when it comes to unexpected and traumatic events, such as car accidents, people’s minds tend to shut off. One thing that preppers often overlook is mental survival, or how to stay cool, calm and collected in a survival situation.

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