A little late to the discussion but here goes anyway...
I'll be the first to admit or confess that I am not a prepper. Am I prepared for the natural disasters that I encounter way down here in Florida. You know, hurricanes being at the top of the kist, power outages due to wind and storm activity, extreme heat and humidity, flooding and all the rest of the natural uglies.
We keep at least 10 days of "rations" around the house at all times, in other words our pantry is well stocked all the time with can and boxed goods. We keep a large box of dried everything in the cubbord, milk, fruit, cereals, eggs, you name it it's probably there. I think the only thing we don't have is dried water. Okay! Weak joke.
So I like to think I'm ready. But.... Almost everyone that considers them self a well prepared individual, in my opinion is making the same mistake. They are relying on 'bugging out' as part of their defense against what ever it is that is coming. Shy of a natural disaster that would force one to evacuate, why would you not make where you are the ultimate fortress for you to hold up in?
Barring natural disasters, bugging out puts one in such an indefensible position and probably at the height of what ever it is that want to make you bug out.
And I especially don't understand bugging out by any home owner. Renters or people in an apartment building ... okay. I can see the desire to separate ones self from the populace especially if you have not established any alliances among your immediate neighbors. An neighborhood alliance is the next step to reintroducing stability into the area you live in.
Ask you self these simple questions to figure out if your neighborhood will survive. What tools does my next door neighbor have that can be used to repair damage caused by (fill in the blank)? What is the level of survival skill apparent with my neighbors? Does my immediate neighbors have generators to support them self? Could I rely on my neighbor to come to my assistance if I call them?
If you can't readily and honestly answer these questions, you have a problem in your neighborhood and probably should take your chances on the open road.
Next.... how many of the Bug Outs are relying on gasoline for their vehicles? I've read some say "oh I have (X) number of cans of gas stored for the big one.". Okay What happens when the gas turns to crud from being in storage for so long? Are you adding a stabilizer to the fuel? What happens when the gasoline runs out? What happens if the power is out and you can't get the gas you expect to get on your bug out journey?
Look... I'm not saying anyone is wrong about the preparations they've made. Heck just having an idea of what you're going to do, even if you're not well prepared is still a plan. ANd that put you a lot farther than a lot of people.
Last question. What do you do when the ammo runs out?
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