Category Archives: bugging out

Make the Decision on Bugging Out Ahead of Time

Bug Out Ahead of TimeOn a trip to Pacific Northwest, as I sat in a nice warm house watching the wind and rain, I thought about what it would be like bugging out under those conditions. Even with a good 4-season tent and sleeping bag like this one, it would be hard to stay dry, even if you weren’t traveling. If you had to move, there is no way you could stay dry, and it would be hard to avoid hypothermia, especially for the very young and old.

As I get older, I’m starting to realize that what I did when I was young and in the military is not as practical now.…

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So You Have to Bugout, How Do you Load Out?

We have all seen the recent fire in Canada and other situations in which people have had to bug out suddenly.  Now in the recent wildfires in Canada people had little notice and were often short of fuel.  As a result, many of them had to abandon cars that were loaded with their personal effects.  In addition many of them had no idea which of their belongs they needed to take when and no time to decide.  So how do you avoid this problem plan your load out ahead of time

First get in the habit of keeping the fuel tank of your vehicles at least ½ full. …

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How To Design A Home Evacuation Plan

This is a guest post that addresses a problem that I have seen during my years in fire and law enforcement.  You need an evacuation plan especially if you have young children and elderly or disabled people in your home.  I have personally seen instances of your children hiding in a closet from a fire and dieing there.  Also don’t forget to have a meeting place outside your home.

Howard

Whether you are preparing for the big one or the many small ones that may come before it, you need to have a well-designed home evacuation plan. When things start to go wrong in the place where you rest your head, you need to get out and be safe while doing so.…

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Some Helpful Tips for Older Preppers

By no stretch of the imagination am I a spring chicken, I am in my seventies and generally in good health.  Now I have been prepping for many years, close to fifty.  Years ago, I was much more physically fit and thought that bugging out on foot was the way to go.  Today I have had to temper a lot of my plans as I have gotten older and wiser.  I have become strong believer in the old saying that old age and treachery can overcome youth and skill.  Don’t underestimate older preppers.

Sure, we have different problems and many of us are not as mobile as we once were. …

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How to Keep Your Bug Out Bag Up to Date

bug out bagToday is a very busy day for me because one of my grandsons is getting married, so I have posted a guest blog to remind you to keep your bug out bag up to date.

Howard

Your bug out bag is more than just something that sits in the back of your closet or the trunk of your car to give you a nice warm fuzzy feeling when you go to sleep at night or watch the horror that is the evening news. You know it will save your life one day and you’ve gone above and beyond to do your research, get the best gear, and make sure you’ve got all the necessities and then some.…

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Nuclear Reactors and Materials are Vulnerable to Attack

nuclear reactorsOne of my biggest concerns resulting from the recent terrorist attacks made by Isis in Europe is that they had been doing surveillance on nuclear power facilities.  An attack on nuclear reactors could result in major casualties and widespread decontamination.  If they are working on this in Europe, I am reasonably sure they will also be working on it in this country.

The first thing that I did was to spend some time doing research on the location of nuclear reactors and other nuclear materials.  I found a website put up by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission  that has a good map showing the location of all the nuclear power plants in the US.   …

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13 Tips to Improve Your Noise Discipline

Tips Improve Noise DisciplineNoise discipline is the practice of minimizing ones noise signature so that it does not compromise your intended purpose. For a prepper, this can vary from trying to avoid attracting attention while bugging in to maintaining silence while traveling on foot.

Have you ever been outside in your yard when there is a power outage? Did you notice just how quiet everything is? You still have the sounds of the birds and the wind blowing through the trees, but many of the sounds we have been used to hearing are gone. Now imagine no motors or engines of any kind. You will be surprised at how far sound carries and you will notice sounds you normally never hear.…

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The Solo Stove, A Great Choice for Your Bug Out Bag

It is not often, I write a second post about a product, but in this case, I am making an exception.  I love the Solo Stove  it is small compact and very efficient.  For many years, I worked as an arson investigator and I understand the science of combustion.  This is a stove that is well designed and makes very efficient use of the available fuel.

It is very easy to gather up the small sticks and twigs you need to cook with the Solo Stove.  One of its big advantages is that it is not a fuel hog.  You can burn almost anything in it. …

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Getting Home the Hard Way

The following is a guest post from Ed, a long-time reader of Preparedness Advice. It covers getting home during emergencies when vehicles are not available. This scenario could occur for a number of reasons, from earthquake damage to EMP, and preparing for this possibility must be part of your survival plans. 

Many people work in the city and have a long commute back home. Suppose your usual automobile commute were prevented and you needed to get home without driving?  What is your plan?

The questions you need to ask are:  

  1. How far is the actual ROAD MILEAGE you must travel to get back home?
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Foods for Bug Out or Get Home Bags

Recently I wrote a post on my belief that most preppers would end up having to bug in. Now even though I believe that, I still have a bug out bag and a get home bag in my car. Always have as many options as possible. A question that always seems to come up on bags that are kept in the car is what type of food will withstand the changes in temperature.

Over the years, I have seen all types of suggestions, from just a plain sack of whole-wheat berries to freeze dried meals. Now where I live foods in the trunk of my vehicle will be exposed to 100 degree F plus temperatures in the summer to below freezing in the winter.…

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