3 Bug Out Mistakes that Can get you Killed

Dear Fellow Survivalist;
winter-bug-out-672x325One of the biggest questions facing any of us is the one about where we are going to go to ground and shelter, in the case of an emergency. I usually refer to this as the bug-in or bug out dilemma. There are many reasons to select either of these options and many different opinions about which is best. For most people, bugging in is usually better than bugging out, but that depends a lot on the person’s specific circumstances.

The thing about circumstances is that you won’t know what circumstances you face, until you are faced with a crisis. Where you live, your survival skills and your state of preparedness are only part of the equation. Another important part is the specific disaster that you are confronted with. Some, like flooding, require you to bug out, even if you wouldn’t for most other things.

Just look at the people in Louisiana who have been inundated by massive flooding. They say that the flood there is what is known as a “1,000 year flood,” meaning that it is likely to happen only once in 1,000 years. But that doesn’t make things any better for those who are struggling to survive and put their lives back together again. Without flood insurance, which most of those people don’t have, the financial loss they’ll face is enough on its own to destroy their lives.

That’s what got me thinking about these three deadly mistakes. They are all interrelated, so it’s important that we look at them together. They are:

Not having a bug out plan – I don’t care who you are or where you live, you need a bug out plan. Even if you live in a bunker buried in the woods, things can happen which will necessitate you bugging out. So, make sure that you have a good bug out plan. That has to include where you’re going, how you’re going to get there, and what you’re going to do to survive once you’re there.

Waiting too long to implement your bug out plan – I’d be willing to bet that there are at least some people living in Louisiana, who wished they had bugged out, rather than waiting to see what was going to happen. There is a critical window of time in any emergency and if we miss it, we’re stuck dealing with the problem. Finding that window is difficult at best. You need to have certain signs that you are looking for and plan on leaving when you see those signs.

Spooking and bugging out too soon – The main reason why I and many other survival instructors recommend bugging in, rather than bugging out, is that it’s usually safer to stay home, where you have shelter, your stockpile of supplies and a host of other things to help you survive. You really don’t want to bug out, unless you have to. So don’t let fear get in the way; make a rational decision about what will be best for you and your family.

As you can see, this is a complex subject and one that there is no perfect answer to. But regardless of your circumstances, you have to know what you are going to do. That especially includes where you are going to establish a survival retreat.

If you don’t have the money to buy or build a cabin in the woods (which is most of us), then you’ll need to have a pretty good idea of where you can go and how you will survive there. That’s one of the most complex problems you and I face as preppers. So don’t wait, find someplace you can use as a survival retreat, whether it’s property belonging to a family member or friend, an abandoned building or even someplace that belongs to the company you work for.

Whatever you find is probably going to need some sort of preparation. That’s why you need to find it now. You’ll need supplies cached nearby, a dependable source of water and fuel that you can burn. All that takes time; time that you won’t have, if you wait until the disaster strikes.

This isn’t something to put on the back burner. It’s probably going to take time to find a place you can use and get permission to use it. Then it will take more time to prepare the place for your use. The more you can do ahead of time, the better off you and your family will be.

I the mean time, keep your powder dry and your survival gear close at hand.


–Dr. Rich and Chris

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