The recent wildfires in California has really got me thinking about one of the major flaws in prepping. I’m by no means an expert at prepping, but I am a student and lifelong learner of preparedness. One of the major flaws in prepping is not having a bug out plan and hoarding all of your preps in one location. I’ve seen enough on the show Doomsday Preppers to see how the major flaws of “bugging in”. If you don’t know, bugging in is the notion that you would stay put or “ride out the storm” of any major disaster or incident. A lot of preppers use this mentality of bugging inand store years and years of preps at their home. There’s a HUGE flaw with this kind of thinking. The problem is (unless you have some sort of awesome bunker akin to an abandoned minute man missile silo) a natural disaster will complete void out your bugging in plans.
(Image shows fires and smoke in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, and Montana, courtesy of NASA, taken Sept 5th)
How do you prepare for a fire? If you’ve looked at the news recently at the fires in California and the Pacific Northwest, there are neighborhoods literally wiped off the map – just ashes and husks of immolated cars. If you’d like a more intimate view, see the video below:
In truth, there’s not defense for this kind of raw destruction from nature. Your only option is to flee, that’s it, if you stay you die. It’s a cold hard truth that I don’t know if many preppers really think about. What’s the point of hoarding 5 – 10 years worth of food, if it can just be destroyed in a matter of seconds? The disaster doesn’t have to be a fire, it could be a flood, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, or even a major thunderstorm. In any of those instances the best thing to do is “bug out” and escape the situation.
I think instead of focusing on just preps at home and investing in long term food storage (which i don’t have a problem with if it’s within reason – maybe 2 – 5 years worth of food and supply preps), but also investing in an alternate bugout location. Having a plan and discussing with your family where to meet up if something unexpected happens and discussing where to bugout with your family should be one of your most essential preps. Also having a place to access hard assets such as cash, gold, and barter items may be helpful while bugging out. You never know when ATMs will stop working or all of a sudden places stop taking credit cards. Case in point the War in Donbass that happened in recent history, where Russia invaded the Donbass region of Ukraine. During that time, citizens could not access ATMs, Banks, and cash ran everything. See this article for more information. This is the kind of thing that they don’t really cover on the news.
Anyways hopefully this is food for thought! Bugging In isn’t always the best option.
Thank you for reading,