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Yes! You May Have to Bug Out

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Recently I read a post on another prepper site stating that preppers shouldn’t be concerned about bugging out because a bug out scenario would never happen in the United States.  Don’t get me wrong, I have mentioned in multiple posts that the likelihood that you would have to bug out is extremely small.  However, to say that it could never happen in the United States is just foolish and borderline moronic.

Yes, bugging out is dangerous and should never be plan A on your preparedness plan.  That doesn’t mean that the likelihood of bugging out doesn’t exist.  To believe that the United States is exempt from such a scenario is to be blinded by pride.

The United States has been a powerhouse and a country respected by many other nations.  But every kingdom or nation has a beginning and an end.  There have been many empires throughout history that have fallen such as Babylon, the Roman Empire, the Persian and the Macedonian empires.

The fall of the Roman Empire is one example that the United States could learn from.  It had fallen from insurrection, the collapse of an economy and then finally the invasion by their enemies.  When the city of Rome burned to the ground many had to “bug out” and escape the pillaging from their enemies.

We can see a sign of the times happening in our time.  The division among Americans to me is at an all-time high.  There are race wars that are happening among other divisions that can make the United States vulnerable to our enemies.  If we are too busy fighting each other then we will never be willing to fight for each other if the time comes.

The Looming Economic Collapse

Along with that we are seeing the weakening of the fiat currency.  It’s such a tougher position than before any previous financial crisis in history because a country’s economy is no longer independent.  We have become dependent upon other economies.  So when one has fallen then others are pulled down with it.  We recently saw proof of this vulnerability when the Brexit vote took place and the stock markets were shook.

In the Roman Empire times the rulers devalued the price of precious metals just like America.  Initially their silver coins were just that, silver.  Then they began to take silver out of the monetary system and substitute it with other materials.  Eventually the coins were no longer silver.

This has also happened in America.  In the constitution it was written that there should be no other substitute for paying bills or debts than besides precious metals.  In Article 1 Section 10 Cl. 1 it reads, “No state shall…make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts….”  Then the country decided to move from the gold standard where paper money was backed by gold.  Silver dimes and quarters were devalued in 1966 from 90% silver to less than 20%.  As speculators study the economy many are purchasing precious metals as a hedge against inflation and a looming economic collapse.

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Finally we are seeing “wars and rumors of wars” among countries.  Many have speculated that we are currently in another cold war with Russia.  Two countries holding nuclear weapons of mass destruction hold the rest of the world hostage as we await the outcome of the matter.

In How to Determine If and When to Bug Out I mention certain scenarios that would be possible scenarios that one would have to bug out.  Those scenarios include but are not limited to:

  • War/invasion
  • Nuclear attacks
  • Incurable epidemic/plague
  • Martial law
  • EMP attack/grid down

So these scenarios are very real possibilities.  They may be less probable than a natural disaster, terrorist attack or rioting but are probable all together.  So yes, you should have a preparedness plan that includes bugging out, but again it shouldn’t be your plan A.

Begin Prepping Strategically

Altogether we should develop a bug out free preparedness plan.  Because if you have to bug out it means that you were not truly or completely prepared.  To be totally prepared would mean that you would not be affected these types of scenarios that could cause many to bug out.

So that preparedness plan should include developing self-reliance.  You can begin this by growing your own food or going off grid by using solar and other alternative sources of power.  So if the grid goes down you will not be vulnerable to that scenario.  This would also help to protect you from a financial crisis along with other preparations including stacking silver, investing and building passive income.

Another consideration should be strategic relocation.  If you live somewhere that is vulnerable to a possible nuclear attack like an army base or nuclear power plants then you should take this into consideration.  You should be at least 100 miles from these potential targets.  However, there are some nuclear bombs built by advance countries that could affect areas well over 100 miles of the target.  If you live within that range then you should learn how to prepare for a nuclear attack.

Strategic relocation should also be considered if you live in a highly populated city.  It will be almost impossible trying to survive a scenario if you live in such a place.  I suggest reading the table I put together on How to Determine If and When to Bug Out.

So altogether, yes it is a very real possibility that you will have to bug out one day.  However, you need to develop a preparedness plan now that will ensure that you will never have to.  You will have a lower probability to survive if you ever have to bug out.  That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have a bug out plan put together even if you plan to bug in.

Please leave a comment below if you have any suggestions or advice on the possibility of bugging out.  The feedback that you provide helps the prepper community.

 

Photography by clement127

 

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About Aaron

Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear which is a blog dedicated to helping people prepare the smart way now so that they can thrive later. He has been involved with preparedness since 2009 after feeling the effects of the financial crisis that affected most of the country. Aaron also volunteers with CERT (community emergency response team), ARC (Amateur Radio Club), Red Cross and currently studying to be a certified NRA instructor.