Choosing a bug out location
Hey folks. Let’s discuss choosing a bug out location.
One important thing to note up front. It is critical, in my opinion, to not share your location or plans with anyone except those that you have carefully chosen to be in your party. It’s a matter of security and resources, if your plan gets out both those matters will be compromised.
Location, location, location....A popular saying in the real-estate business, this is a matter of life or death in the survival business. Bottom line, your location needs to be as far away from any major city as you can get. Now as I have stated before there are two types of bug out locations in my opinion, let me restate those..
Temporary and long-term.
Temporary could be situational such as a flood or fire or earthquake. This could be closer to your home and stocked only for more short-term needs. This could also be a staging point where you can stay for several days and wait for other members of your party to join you, before pushing on to your long-term location. Depending on your situation I would have enough supplies cached here to sustain you for 1-2 weeks. Caching should include medical, food/water, extra clothing or clothing for the climate you will be travelling through and too, fuel and security.
Long-term, is just as it says. This is the place you’re going to call home for a very long time, quite possibly, permanently. I have shared previously all the supplies I recommend for this type of location.
Here are some guidelines for things to look for when choosing a location.
There should be as many resources as your area can provide.
- Water – Lakes, springs, wells and rivers (know what’s upstream from you).
- Food – Wild game, fish, edible plants, ability to grow crops.
- Security – Easily defendable, materials available for creating a perimeter, elevation/overlook.
- Accessibility – You want your location to be as difficult to get to as your limitations will allow. Remember, if it is easy to get to….everyone will.
- Existing structures – old farmhouses, homesteads (abandoned), cabins, forest service facilities, mountain chalets, government facilities (abandoned). Having a location with any of these structures on it can be very advantageous in many ways.
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