You’ve either bought a bug-out bag kit for each member of the family or you have built one from scratch. You have made your evacuation plans and practiced them with your spouse, children, pets and anyone else that you consider family. You’ve got your paper maps, compass and alternative routes ready. You always keep your gas tank at least half full, but you know that if you need to bug out, you may have to do it on foot.
So when do you need to bug out?
It’s time to bug out when the place you are in is at risk of becoming unsafe. Don’t wait until you are actually in danger. Leave before the danger comes.
The danger can be due to any number of things — a severe weather event, civil unrest, a contaminate hazard, a terrorist attack, or anything else that puts you and your loved ones in harm’s way.
If you live near a chemical plant, you should be aware that both corporate and government officials can and will cover up the potential harm in the event of a discharge. Don’t wait for their advice. Pick up and go. And keep alert to news events. A tanker car on a train or truck can be damaged in transit and discharge toxic materials. Evacuate — in the opposite direction of the accident.
Leave if there is a city-wide blackout. Criminals love to hide under cover of darkness. Likewise, if the 911 system goes down, you should bug out. When there is no way to communicate with law enforcement, the entire city is at risk. Don’t wait it out, hoping for the best. And don’t risk your life trying to protect your property. Take matters into your own hands and leave.
In the case of a serious weather event, bug out before government officials tell you to. Don’t delay until the roads are congested with people who wait until the last minute to leave. You may end up stranded on a crowded road as the blizzard or hurricane bears down on you.
Much of what I advise you to do on this blog is to plan and prepare. You must do that. But you also must act resolutely and unapologetically if a bug-out-worthy event is imminent.
Have you ever bugged out? Or didn’t and wished you had? Leave a note in the comments and let us know your story. Or share your thoughts about your planning and preparation.
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