Just wondering what city folk plans are for bugging out when the shtf? Do you have mapped out plans in all directions? Do you plan on bugging in? Are you planning on taking major highways or off routes?
If I am at home when the SHTF we are good. If I am at work, getting home will be difficult. I work in the city and live in a rural area.
1. I will probably be stuck at work, because nobody will be able to relieve me.
2. Communication will probably be down and I will not be able to get word to my family.
3. I do keep a map in my vehicle with alternate routes to get home. There are only 2 routes for me to get home. Not too many routes through the mountains, and who knows what shape they will be in. I try to keep my tank at least 1/2 full.
4. If my family has to bug out without me, we have a designated place for them to leave me a note on where they will be.
5. If we have to bug out and we are all together, we are headed north, and plan to stay off Interstate Highways.
amym505 – the tank ½ full minimum is a really good habit. Just after a hurricane last year we got caught with three vehicles and less than an 1/8 of a tank in every one of them. We sat in line for almost an hour at the only gas station open for a 15 mile radius.
We have a couple routes each to a couple different locations in different directions. Unfortunately, they all involve main roads at least til you get a little ways out of the city. The main problem is a river on one side of the city (between us and our first choice location). It has very few bridges and all are main roads and are far apart. :? If we were here more permanently, I may consider investing in a canoe to hide on the bank somewhere. We're hoping to move back to the country soon though. ::clapping::
I live on the edge of our city and then it's all rural. Problem is, we are on a peninsula so we're avoiding water everywhere we go. I'm an hour from the middle of the Olympic National Forest so that's probably the direction we'll head if I absolutley had to bug out. I plan on bugging in (too many kids to BO) and have satellite maps of my entire surrounding neighborhood. :arrow:
I try to always carry at least one 5 gallon can of gas in the back of my truck at all times but usually 2
Two cans of gas is enough to get you a fair distance. Storeing more gas at home at least enough to get you to your bug out lacation will not hurt.
Gasoline will also be a good trade comodity when TSHTF I have several cached places so it is easy access but not easily found on my routes out of the city
I don't have a plan to leave my town as the nearest town of any significance is over three hours drive away, good thing about where I am is that no ones coming here after TSHTF so I'll just have to worry about the 4000 or so people that live here.
There are two good cycle routes out of my city, one heading for another city, one out into the country. They might be packed in a SHTF situation though (or deserted).
There's also a cycle route which goes to a bit of shore near an island which is accessible by walking at low tide. Always good to know about. But again, it's a popular camping ground, everyone knows about it, it'd probably be packed.
Unfortunately for the next couple years I'm stuck in a huge metropolitan area, far from what I'm used to. I have most possible routes mapped out, a mixture of interstate, highway, and surface streets when possible. Hardest part would be getting west over the Appalachian's (if I have to travel far, which I'd sure want to), I've made the trip out west maybe 5 times, taking a couple different routes. Once I can move to a more rural area, I'll feel a lot better!
Like some here we actually live on our BOL's/Homesteads. We have two primary locations. We raise our own livestock (sheep, goats, rabbits, ducks and chickens). We also grown 90% of the fruits and vegetables that our family eats. We've been peppering for more than 12 years, however, we've been living off-grid on our BOL's for about 5 years.
For us it was a natural decision and transition. We live in very rural areas away from any metropolitan populated cities. The nearest town is more than 30 miles away. We are debt free, mortgage free, vehicle paid for, and we do not have a single utility bill including water/sewage. Own our land free and clear (with the exception of taxes in one location).
There are a lot things going on, but I believe that we have positioned ourselves to be ahead of the game and the whole trip has been worth it. This initial venture would be a challenge for many, especially when they aren't or weren't force to do it, as there has been and continue to be some learning curves. Unlike what many believe you're not just going to just pick-up and land on your BOL (without experience and knowledge), start raising animals/livestock and grown your own gardens. Those who think it's going to be that easy will be sadly mistaken and in for a rude awakening. How are you going to stock your BOL with the essentials if you're not actively building, working and prepping on it? It takes 60-90 days for a decent garden to grown. What about your livestock? Do you have a functional off-grid power system in place? There so many essential factors to consider.
There is so much more we want to do with our land and whether TSHTF or not we continue to work on it. Our family motto is: "Hope for the best and prepare for the worst!"
I work in downtown DC, so yes I have a walking route planned out. Because there will be no way anyone can drive or use public transportation in this area. Whenever something minor happens - heavy rain/sleet - it shuts the area down.