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BUG OUT vs. BUG IN

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by nightwolf1974, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. nightwolf1974

    nightwolf1974

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    In the last 15 years of my prepping, I've seen and heard a lot of debates over wether to leave your primary location (BUG OUT) or stay entrenched at your primary location (BUG IN). We all have different views and/or needs in this catagory.

    Me personally my prepping is based on the BUG IN scenario(SP?).

    I was wondering how many preppers here have decided to BUG IN or BUG OUT?
     
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    Not a prepper but I do have contingency plans for natural disasters that happen around our area. For instance in Kansas I am much more prepared for a massive tornado than for a Chinese invasion.
     

  3. ChuteTheMall

    ChuteTheMall Wallbuilder and Weapon Bearer

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    I'm 90% bug in, because in an emergency situation I'd be stuck in the world's largest traffic jam with several million others.

    My 10% bug out means I do keep some stuff in my truck, in case my home is suddenly gone or in case I'm elsewhere when it hits the fan.

    I have very little chance of getting to a pre-arranged bug out location, and I'm not eager to be another refugee on the highway.

    Home is where the resources are.
     
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    hokieglock Proud Infidel

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    Bug in: shelter, water, food, guns, ammo, all in large quantities.
     
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    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

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    Ditto here. IN.

    (The situation that would indicate OUT would be escaping nuclear radiation or a chemical attack. Not prepared for that. Even then, IN might still be the best option.)
     
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    After having family that tried to leave for the last 2 hurricanes and sit in traffic for 10+ hours to get 100 miles away, I will not leave.
     
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    We have the ability ta do either.'08.
     
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    bug in until it is absolutely necessary for me to leave and at that point in time my house would have to be burning down around me.
     
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    Buy then It'll be too late.'08.
     
  11. Glock30Eric

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    I live in an apartment. It's better for me to bug in to weather out the storm. After the storm is settled then I'll bug out to my friend's land. I'll try my best to bug out if I had the opportunity to do that.


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  12. Aceman

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    I am in general a big fan of Bug In for the reasons mentioned. I have three kids. Bug Out is a tough deal and dangerous for me.

    BUT: I keep in mind the reality/need for bug out.

    Hurricane Cat 5, for example. While I am on high enough ground to make it, it's time to go. My hurricane plan has distinct categories of "prepare to leave at level X" and "leave at level Y" That includes things like where to go and securing reservations etc...

    My general disposition is that if I CAN'T leave before hand - I need to ride it out. But, if necessary, for example, I keep ALL of the camp gear packed and ready to go. I can toss tents, bags, lights, kitchen set, and stored food boxes in the van and be ready in 15 minutes.

    So I think it was said best above: 90% In / 10% Out. With some specific situations and plans and preps for going.
     
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    Unless it’s fire or a cat 3+, I’m safer in.
     
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    I think for the vast majority of people bugging IN is where it's at: comfort, probably have most of your supplies there, knowledge of immediate and general area and use it on a regular basis and overall familiarity would be hard to beat in a time of crisis.
    However, everyone should at least scout and consider an alternate location due circumstances beyond control such as: tornados, fires, earthquakes, storm, riots, etc. shelter is key and water is crucial. All else is secondary. Security and food are important but not as much as the feeling and actually usefulness of a roof and hydration. Work from that and give yourself a couple of routes or three to get there.
     
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    I think you would have to be so rich that you have two equally stocked homes that are close enough to get from one to the other, while being far enough apart so one is better then the other for whatever shtf is going on, for bugging out to be the default answer.
     
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  18. nightwolf1974

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    :wave:

    So far, this is the best response I've gotten here! My alternate BUG IN spot is my hunting camp close by. I won't go into details about what's cached there, but I can stay comfortably for a while. :whistling:
     
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    This is my home...I might send my kids and wife to be with relatives in the safe mountains but I fly the American flag out front that says to me, I stay and fight...... besides, I am too damn lazy to load all those cases of ammo into my truck and a uhaul...... I have a small group of patriot minded folks and I think we will just give them the lead first.... plenty of potable water, plenty of beans and rice in buckets and plenty of Jack Daniels too..... I'm an old veteran and have lived a damn fine life so I can handle what comes.... note to self....maybe more Jack Daniels when its on sale at Costco !!!! Whiskey and gunpowder....the patriots arsenal!
     
  20. jdavionic

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    I will not bug out unless the risk of staying exceeds all of the risks associated with bugging out. Bugging out involves many new challenges - risk of being attacked as you pass through other areas, risk of your vehicle being rendered useless (e.g., roads are not passible), inability to take as much supplies (although some have ample supplies at their BOL), etc.

    I do have plans for bugging out for a variety of reasons. For example, I live close enough to train tracks to be concerned over a catastrophic derailment. Yes, we'd likely make our way to a hotel. However if everyone in the towns are trying to evacuate at the same time, it would be beneficial to have food, water, extra fuel, etc...all of which I have. That's just one bug out scenario.