The point behind this post is to help open people’s eyes to the reality of a hypothetical situation.
Prepper Or Survivalist
To start this off I am going to bring this up again. If you have read some of my earlier articles, you would have some background on my thoughts here. My goal in this site is to help people prepare to overcome real problems if they ever come about. One must understand the difference between a prepper and a survivalist.
You have to be honest with yourself when you decide which path to focus on. A survivalist may have all the bug out bag essentials, wilderness survival skills, and train how to use them. A prepper may be more focused on stocking up and being able to survive for up to years without ever stepping outside.
In my opinion, there is no real reason to separate them. You just have to understand your limitations and be real about the possibility of the worst happening. How could you best handle the situation for you and your family members if you have them? My goal here is to help you understand what it is you really need to do to be ready before you have to be.
Keep It Real
There are a few things to consider when looking into starting this process. Everyone can take minor steps to prep and have what they need to survive for a minimum of 72 hours. It is so easy and you can find all that info by filling out the form on this page to get your free guide. It is recommended by FEMA and local authorities.
In the event, there is a real situation that is going to leave everyone in a state of surviving on what they have or can provide you have a few questions to ask yourself before following through with the process to determine what steps to take.
Here are four things you should ask yourself about and take serious consideration:
- Budget- What can you afford to prepare? Do you own a nice piece of land in the middle of nowhere? Do you have a bug out vehicle? Have you set back some cash to put in your bug out bag? If you take the time and PrepB4 you can be ready on a tight budget. The question is, have you done it?
- Fitness- Do you or any of the ones you will care for have physical limitations? Do you have young ones? If your bug out plan is to take your bug out vehicle to the wilderness and hike in about 20 miles, are you able to do that with a full pack? Even if you can, can everyone you take with you able to?
- Skillset- What skills have you gathered? Can you hunt, fish, or trap? Does anyone in your group, if you have one, have carpentry, gardening, or self-defense skills? Are you a horticulturist or have the ability to identify edible plants in the wild?
- Experience Level- This could be based on many things. Age for one, do they have any life experience? Any military training? Have you or your group spent any time practicing living without the conveniences of modern technology (Cell phones, internet, GPS, running water, electricity, heaven forbid heat)?
These are real questions that you will need to answer before you make a plan. If you haven’t you will be answering them
when you have to. Once you have answered them, now you are ready to plan. With this information, you can plan to adjust your bug out bag checklist and modify it to compensate.
In the event the challenges from these answers deem it too challenging to bug out, you have decided to shelter in place. For this, you will have to prep. That is not at all bad. You now know where you stand and you can be ready before you have to be.
Bug In Or Bug Out
I will tell you this when things go south, I will shelter in place (bug in). I do have a bug out bag for each member of my family with bug out bag essentials evenly distributed in each one. Bugging out should be the last line of defense. It is not easy and if things are bad it could be dangerous. There are people who haven’t prepared that would be more than willing to take what you have.
Having all of that said, if you are in a situation that you do have to it is best to be prepared and ready before you have to be. Please take all of the necessary steps and do that. You can start by prepping to shelter in place. Prepare your bug out bag with all you need to survive. The key is to be ready before you have to be, PrepB4.
Plan, Practice, Keep It Real
Once you have answered the questions above and come up with what you plan to do in the event of an emergency. Write that plan down. Communicate that plan with only the ones who will be involved in that plan. Your plan is something you do not share with others.
With your plan, make sure you practice the steps. Go through your stash regularly and keep it rotated. Make food does not expire, keep the water you have stored fresh, check or add to your hygiene supplies, and don’t forget the entertainment. Yes, I included entertainment. One had to consider mental health in this situation also. TV, video games, and apps may not be available.
Go through the items you have in your bug out bag. Use them and practice but make sure they are replaced if not reusable. Not only does this make you familiar with how they work and make you more proficient, it allows you the opportunity to be sure what you have works when you need it. It allows you to test things out and modify what you have if there is something you find that works better.
Keep it real! Go camping with nothing but your bug out bag. This will allow you to use your primitive survival skills and see if you can actually survive with what you have while still having the luxury of driving home if there is a deficiency.
The best thing to do is to hunker down and shelter in place. Think about it, you have shelter, you probably have some food even if you have not prepared. You will be able to use the water left in the tank of your water heater. All of your tools are already there, any weapons you might have for protection. It is honestly the best alternative unless you are seriously prepared.
Being prepared is not a one-size-fits-all thing. The circumstances of the situation will determine what will really need to be handled. In a majority of disasters, staying in is the best option. So all I can say about that is PrepB4, be ready before you have to be.
Please, fill out the form on this page, get the free guide, come back and get all of the things you need to do this. I have it laid out for you, and you can get all that you need in one place. I have it nicely laid out at Where To Start. It is a lot if you try all at once but if you stay focused and do it a bit at a time it can be done within any budget.
Good luck to you!