Bugging In

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    Frequently discussed are the items you need to bug out. You have your BOB and contents fully thought out, planning to utilize every square inch of space in your bag, figuring how to make the least amount of items go the furthest survival distance. You've considered how to keep your load as light as possible to make carrying easier when it comes time to move fast and practice the art of evasion.

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    But what if you don't have to move fast or evade? What if the problem at hand does not require bugging OUT but necessitates bugging IN? As we think about things from which we must flee, what comes to mind are scenarios that will keep us on the move, only it might not come to that. Perhaps the safest place to be is right inside your home. Maybe it will become more realistic to hunker down than bail out. If that is the case, have you taken measures to stock your home with the proper provisions?

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    Home preparedness is an important thing to consider. If your plan all along has been to bug out and suddenly that is not what is best for you, you are going to need a whole other set of plans. You may have initially thought you would get by foraging for food or by hunting and fishing, but if you are trapped in your home, those options just went out the window, which has shut tight right behind them to seal you in with whatever you do and do not have on hand to survive.

    When you consider the many things that can go wrong in this world, there are plenty from which home shelter can and should be taken. Natural disasters, for example, are often best ridden out in your home, depending on where you live and the impending threat, of course. For example, coastal residents such as myself prefer to stay home in hurricanes that are category three or less, but only if we do not live on the water or face the threat of a storm surge or related flooding. Being home in a situation like this makes a lot of sense when you consider the unsavory types who lurk about after disasters; if you are home, you can defend your property against looters. You can also add impromptu patches to your home if it is ravaged by disaster long before any response teams arrive to help.

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    Consider alternate scenarios and decide if you are better off bugging out or bugging in. Even if the last place you want to be is trapped inside a home, remember that you may have no choice, so cover your bugging in needs now. Items such as water, canned goods, supplemental lighting, an outdoor cooking area, a restroom area (since you may not be able to flush), and a portable generator are essentials with which to start. Even if you bug out, there may be a time when you need to return home to re-up on supplies, and it will be a relief having those supplies there waiting. Just because you are ready to bug out does not mean you should give up on bugging in; don't make the mistake of neglecting your bug in needs.

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