In the midst of chaos you want to have a plan to preserve and protect what's yours. If you live in a town or city, bugging out may be the only option available due to the danger large groups of panicked people can present in more populated areas.
Escaping the crazies would mean running to the woods or hills (literally), which lessens the danger in some ways but presents a different set of challenges.
Let's be real… how many of us “civilized” (spoiled) people are really ready to hit the bush and live off the land for any length of time. This is by no means meant as a criticism since I freely admit I would miss eating microwave popcorn while watching Directv in my comfortable recliner.
But facts are facts, wilderness living would return us to the same kind of hardships our ancestors endured and we as a people are just not used to living like that any longer. I would rather not have to make that adjustment, would you?
Off the Grid dwellers and those who live in more rural areas have another (and in my opinion, better) option – Bugging In.
Bugging in simply means hunkering down where you are with the supplies and protection you have in place and waiting out the calamity. Not that hunkering down in a city dwelling isn't possible, but it would be much more difficult to stay concealed and protected.
Be extra careful to protect your perimeter because there will be lots of people bugging out of the populated areas and your little paradise in the woods will be VERY appealing to them.
But living in a rural area presents different problems when bugging in – as detailed in this great article:
Bugging In If You Live In a Rural Area
Bugging in will not be easy if you live in the country. You cannot jump in your car and head for town to pick up supplies. If you don’t have it once the SHTF fan, you may very well have to live without it, or die because of it.
Your home becomes your base camp, home base, or Command and Control, call it what you will, but you need a sturdy structure that can be defended. You can’t predict how long the crisis will last, so you have to prep assuming it will never end. This means not only do you need a stockpile of supplies you also need the means to replenish your supplies.
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You need a water source that you control, and usually, this means a private well that cannot be contaminated by people coming onto your property. Therefore, a water source is critical, a renewable and safe source.
If you have enough food stockpiled for several years and a water source, then you can develop a renewable food source such as gardens, livestock, and aquaponics where you raise fish and produce together. Having a well-stocked fishing pond on your property would be ideal as well.
The objective is to have enough supplies on hand to give you time to develop alternative sources. Having to worry about food and water in the first few days or weeks of any crisis means you may not survive the crisis. However, having sufficient supplies and the resources to obtain more will keep you alive as well.
You would need an energy source and one readily available source is wood. Wood will heat your home and cook your food. It will heat water for baths, laundry, and for purification. Build up your supply so you have several seasons’ worth of wood stored and harvest so it has time to season before needing it.
Before a crisis does strike you may want to consider solar panels. You know you will need refrigeration, so get a panel set up for that, you know you will need a well pump, hot water and possibly a backup heat source or a cooling source in the summer, so work toward supplying power to appliances that would be difficult to do without.
Wind turbines are an option but again they are expensive and having a turbine towering up over 20 feet or so in the air is a beacon to others, who may very well otherwise pass by without noticing.
Let people know you are ready, willing and able to defend what is yours using firearms. This will deter most opportunists. The biggest threat most likely will be four-legged predators after your livestock, so have the firearms needed to for this type of situation as well.
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Having a generator is a good idea, not so much for supplying power to the home but supplying power to tools and having the ability to recharge certain devices or batteries.
Medical Injuries and other medical conditions will be a major concern. A sliced finger can manifest into a deadly infection. A broken leg limits or can stop your productivity, food may rot on the vine, and animals can go unfed, because of this type injury. It’s important that you have substantial first aid training and the supplies and medicines needed for all members of the family or group.
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One last tip – Be prepared to covertly visit more populated areas at times. This may be your only option for staying updated on current news and events depending on what calamity has occurred, and having a chance to replenish your supplies. Just make sure you blend in and don't draw attention to yourself, get what you need and get out, and absolutely don't allow anyone to follow you back to your base.
Until next time…
Take care and God bless
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