A while ago I wrote about what it would take to Shelter In Place?. Now, I need to write about the opposite choice and that is leaving your home and going to a secure location. What, Preppers call “Bugging Out”. One of these days I’ll have to write a post on all the terms and acronyms we use. Like TEOTWAYKI or SHTF or GOOD and such. OK, now I have to after that! Right??!! The End Of The World As You Know It, Shit Hit The Fan and Get Out Of Dodge (from old cowboy movies).
The first thing you’ll have to do before you can Bug Out is find a location to Bug Out to. That sounds like a ,”Duh!!” statement, but you’d be surprised at how many people from a major city think they are going to take off for the woods some where and just “live off the land”. That is one of the stupidest things you could do. Especially if you’ve never done that before. How will you forage for food if your only experience with that until now was the Produce Section of the grocery store? Some of them think they’ll just hunt deer. Yep, sure. Ever cleaned a dead deer before? Ever even KILLED anything before? Fired a shotgun? OWN a shotgun? Ever built a shelter before? Had any training to do that? And, no. Watching “Survivorman” doesn’t count. Are you starting to see why that’s a stupid idea??? So, what other choices do you have? If you can afford it, a lot of people will buy a small farm. That’s a fantastic way to go for several reasons. First, many of those are a long way from the city since you don’t want to be within easy walking distance from high population density. Once all those desperate people have picked their grocery stores clean, they will start spreading out looking for food. Most city people have an assumption that Farmers still live like they did back in the early 20th Century. You know, that black and white film reel of the wife canning dozens of jars of vegetables and fruits; the husband butchering a cow and hog and doing……something “farmer-ish” with it to preserve the meat. Maybe he’s more like “Pa” from “Little House on the Prairie” than a Farmer….. If you go to look for a farm, the farther from the city, the better. The farther off any main roads the better, too. Other things to look for in a farm are, a well so you’ll have a self contained water supply, a good site to install solar panels and/or a wind turbine so you can generate your own electricity, and a that house can be easily defended by yourself and any others your bring in. Remember, you won’t be able to watch for marauders 24 hours a day. An established orchard would be a huge bonus, too! You’ll need to have others to help you with that. Other people will also be able to help with the work required to grow your own food. If you find a small place, like 10 acres or so, you will be able to have a vegetable garden, plant fruit trees if there aren’t any and even have a few chickens. You will have to learn how to raise those, but there are hundreds of books on that subject. My favorite book on the subject is: The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery. It covers pretty much everything you would need to create a homestead. And that is another option, buy a chunk of land and build your own place, but that is a whole entire post of its own! You can find an abandon missile silo and after spending several hundred thousand dollars to remodel it you’ll have a nice secure bunker. Or, on your chunk of land you can spend thousands of dollars and have an underground bunker built and installed.
We found an established group and after an “interview” and spending time with the other members, they asked us to join and we decided to to it. There was a list of requirements when we joined, which was to be expected. We needed to have a certain amount of food and have firearms and ammunition. Among other things. There is no structure on the land, besides a barn, so we had to have a camper that we will live in if we ever have to go there. We have known them for several years now and consider them to be some of our best friends.
OK. This has gotten a lot longer than I intended so I’ll leave it here. My next post will be on getting to your Bug Out Location (BOL).