continuedIn today's post we're going to go over how to put together a realistic bug out plan. "Bugging out" seems to be on practically every preppers mind nowadays and honestly, a lot of the discussion and commentary that's out there is just getting downright ridiculous. Today we're going to take a practical look at what bugging out should mean to you, how to devise multiple REALISTIC bugout plans, and why you should be spending a lot less time worrying about the big Doomsday bugout.
The other day, I just happened to catch the tail end of a "Doomsday Preppers" episode. Unless I'm looking for a cheap laugh, I tend to stay away from this show altogether because it honestly paints the preparedness community in a horrible light, provides really dumb and even dangerous information and advice and isn't even that entertaining. That being said, I made a point to count how many times the words "bug out" were used in the short time I watched it. (I also had a good laugh at the guy who ordered the mail-order bride to help him prep lol)
43….They used the term "bug out" 43 times in the matter of like 15 minutes. O.K. seriously, this is just getting silly. I don't know where this whole bugout obsession came from within the preparedness community, but it seems to me like everywhere you look, people are talking about bugout plans, bugout bags, bugout vehicles, bugout locations, bug out this, bug out that. I swear, I don't know where this idea of "refugee-ism" comes from, but I'm hoping this article will change a few perspectives about this issue today and maybe even set a few people down the road of practical preparedness.
Let's get this out of the way first. Bugging out can be absolutely necessary in a lot of disaster scenarios and a bugout plan and bugout bags/supplies/etc. NEED to be a part of your preps. It IS important. Notice however, that I said a PART of your preps. Please keep in mind that stuffing a bunch of stuff in a backpack and slinging an AR over your shoulder doesn't make you a prepper. It may make you "prepared" (not really) for that one in a million Hollywood "ZOMG the ZOMBIES!!!" scenario people seem to be obsessed with, but it's not exactly going to be much help during a house fire, a flood or any number of realistic disaster scenarios.
Priorities guys…It's all about priorities
There are basically 3 different classifications of bugouts, which are all very different from each other, should be prepared for differently and executed at different times. These classifications are determined by priority, preparation time and distance.
1. The immediate, drop what you're doing, "Get to the choppa!!!" right now bugout.
The first level or classification of bug out has nothing to do with SHTF, pandemics, or hordes of mutant biker raiders looking to take your supply of Mountain House food. This level of bug out is going to be for things like a house fire, an immediate first-aid situation, security threat, or even just getting locked out of your house.
These types of disasters are very real and are very common and should probably be one of the first types of scenarios you plan for when devising your bugout plans. These types of disasters frequently require immediate evacuations, and you probably won't have time to grab a bag or supplies, or heck… depending on the disaster, even pants! These are the types of disasters where you need a place and a person you can go to that can help you NOW. Not in an hour, not "let me try and call someone" but NOW.