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❌ The need for an SHTF Plan

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Surviving anywhere in the world requires a good amount of survival knowledge and a good set of skills. However, without proper planning, your odds of success are pretty slim. Making a SHTF plan is mandatory no matter where you find yourself and no matter how much time you have at your disposal.

In today’s modern world, we are somehow spoiled by all the commodities we are given since birth. Somehow, our survival sense is being suppressed, and this works against us, making us softer in time. Making an SHTF plan is not complicated, and you can build one for every possible scenario you can think of.

A survival situation will occur due to factors that are out of our control or simply because we did something wrong at the worst possible moment. Even a car malfunction in the middle of nowhere during the winter season can unexpectedly turn into a survival situation.

The best part about having an SHTF plan is that no matter what you’ve prepared for, each SHTF plan you’ve made has common strategies that can be used under various circumstances. The survival pillars never change, and only the environment, resources available, and your knowledge will influence them.

Even more, an SHTF plan can help you get out of every difficult situation that you will encounter, and it doesn’t have to be a life-threatening one to put in motion such a plan. Let’s say your plan includes first-aid knowledge, and you’ve practice skills that should help yourself in a medical emergency. If anyone around you needs medical assistance and you actually know what to do in such a situation, you will be able to save the day.

And last but not least, a good SHTF plan will not only keep you safe but will also be useful to others. Just casually discussing with your neighbors about your SHTF plan will put things in perspective, and even those that see prepping as an “odd hobby” may start to wonder if, maybe, they are on the wrong side of the fence.

No matter how simple or complex an SHTF plan is, it should cover all the basic pillars of survival, such as shelter, water, food, first-aid, and defense. As you will see later in the article, once you prepared for one of these basic survival needs, you can use the same approach no matter what the future may throw at you.

Establishing What To Prep For In 2020

You can’t start making an SHTF plan if you have no idea what you should be preparing for. Everyone can buy water and food and store a few items that make their life easier during a blackout, but that doesn’t necessarily make them preppers, and we can’t call their preparation methods an actual SHTF plan.

I’ve written about the process of establishing prepping priorities in another article, and I always bring this topic up when discussing survival and emergency preparedness.

Each and every one of us has different needs, and what works for me might not work for you. Even more, the geographical region you live in plays a critical role in establishing priorities.

Suppose you live in an area that is prone to wildfires, then you have a good idea of what should be at the top of your list of worries. It will make no sense to prepare for a volcanic eruption if there’s no volcano in your region. If you live in a tornado alley, making preparation for such natural disasters should be your number one concern, and you should worry about tsunamis only if you go on holiday near the coastline.

There is rather complex thinking when establishing prepping priorities, but after reading and understanding the process itself, I can guarantee that it becomes pretty simple to identify the events you should be prepping for.

Here we can group all the items that are necessary for your survival. We are talking here about the stuff you can buy and stockpile, and although it may seem like a shopping rush at first, trust me, is more than that.

When stockpiling for your SHTF plan, the budget is one of the major factors to consider, unless, of course, you have money to throw away. Even more, one should avoid buying everything in one shopping trip because such a task is nearly impossible.

Building a stockpile of anything takes time, and there’s a learning curve you need to master, involving storage, rotation, regular check-ups and updates according to the expiration date, usage, season, etc.

The Need For Shelter

Here, the selection and acquisition process should be pretty simple, and it depends on your plan of action. When building an SHTF plan, you will need to consider the possibility of bugging in and/or bugging out. Based on these principles, you will be able to plan for your shelter needs.

If you bug in, you probably already have a roof over your head, and there’s nothing to worry about, right? However, what happens if your home gets damaged, and it’s no longer safe to live inside? Will you sleep in the rain with your family? If that’s not an option, even having a tarp or two can save the day. However, having a tent that can accommodate all your family members moves things to another level.

Even for those that will decide to bug out, the alternative of a transportable shelter should be considered. You may have a fully equipped RV, or an SUV packed to the limit with everything needed for survival, but think about the unfortunate situation when you will be forced to abandon your vehicle.

Always plan for your shelter needs, not by looking at your current setup, but by assuming things will not go as initially planned. Even improvising a shelter for available materials is better than having to face the elements with the clothes you’ve packed.

Recommended reading:  Planning A Shelter In The Wild

This is a topic that has been discussed over and over again in survival literature, and it’s one of the basics of survival. It’s constantly pushed forward when survival becomes a hot topic and for a good reason. You can survive more than a few days without water, and you need to include it in your SHTF plan.

From my point of view, we can divide this topic into two major parts: establishing how much water you and your family needs and procuring water when your supplies run low.

As you’ve probably learned by now, a human needs at least a gallon of water per day.  How things develop, the environment, physical actions, the weather, and so on, can actually double that quantity. Even more, some of that water will be used for other chores such as cooking, bathing, first aid, and even your pets will need some.

If you establish how much water you need to stockpile, you will soon realize that water is heavy and bulky, and you need storage space, and most importantly, carrying it can become a burden. Here is where figuring out and learning how to obtain potable water will help you.

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There are ready to drink natural water sources, and there are sources you literally have to dig for to obtain the needed water. There are methods to collect water, and pretty much every environment (except the driest desserts) can offer a good amount of water.  I advise you to check our website to learn more about finding water and other tips that will help you quench your thirst. The information you will find will greatly help you when drawing your SHTF plan.

We can’t close this chapter without mentioning the need to filter water and make it potable, no matter how clean and crisp it looks. Bacteria and viruses are invisible to the naked eye, and to be on the safe side, you will need to purify the water you manage to obtain out in the wilderness. Water filters, purification tablets, UV sterilization pens, and solar stills are available on the market, and these will save the day. Do thorough research and figure out what you should purchase.

As a nation that is used to eat “all the time,” food is a major concern for us, even in peace times. During a survival scenario, when the stress level is high, food not only will become a survival necessity, but also a comfort item for some.

Calculating the food requirements for your family should be the first step when building your SHTF plan. Men have different needs than females, and kids and children have their own needs as well. It’s all about the calorie intake and the rate at which you burn those calories.

I recommend reading this article to establish how much food and water you need.

When making an SHTF plan and covering the food needs, you should start small and build on top of it. Start with three weeks and build on from there. Not only will it help you save your budget, but you will also learn to diversify your stockpile and take advantage of every opportunity (bulk sales, canning, or preserving your own food, etc.).

Keep in mind to store only what you need and what your family eats. When planning food storage, needs come first, and wants to come in second. Sure, you may pack some comfort foods and drinks, but those should be an added bonus and not a priority.

I also recommend dividing or organizing your food stockpile based on your plan of action (bug in or bug out) since it will make things easier in the future. For bugging out scenario, you should pack foods that last long, are nutritious, and don’t require cooking, or at least, not extensive cooking. There are even compact foods available on the market designed for such scenarios, like MREs.

Check this out: 10 Best MRE Meals in 2020 For Survival Scenarios And Emergency Preparedness

When you start to stockpile food for your SHTF plan, you will also realize that such chore is more than buying and storing the food. You also have to make sure the food is kept safe, and it’s still edible after a few months. A survival pantry requires quite some work, and there are many enemies that you need to take care of (pests, humidity, temperature, etc.).

First Aid Needs

Every serious SHTF plan needs to cover the first-aid and medicine needs, and you should be prepared and able to use the resources you’ve stockpiled. On the market, there are various survival kits that are designed for various scenarios. You can find anything from portable mini first-aid kits to more complex ones, such as those used by EMT personnel.

I personally recommend building your own first-aid kit because it can be tailored based on your personal needs, and you will avoid buying unnecessary stuff, or to put it simply, the stuff you don’t know how to use. Accomplishing this will not be possible without having some first aid training or, at least, the curiosity to read about medical aid and figuring out how it all works.

When it comes to first-aid, there are two types of preppers, those that rely only on what can be found on the market and those that are more of the “curious” kind and also rely on what Mother Nature has to offer.

A MUST-READ:  Wilderness First Aid Basics

No matter how you see things, keep in mind that you will end up low on supplies, and you will need to improvise to make it out alive. There are various medicinal plants that can be used to treat minor, but also serious health issues. Even so, start learning about those plants that can be found in your geographical area, because it will do you no good if you learn about a miracle medicinal plant if you can only find it in Europe.

This topic is quite complex, and we could write an entire book on the subject. However, you must consider the following aspects when building an SHTF plan: you need both offensive and defensive items to keep everyone safe.

As a defensive item, a baseball bat can prove quite useful, but as an offensive item, it won’t beat a handgun. It all really depends on the situation you find yourself in, and it’s almost impossible to assume that things will go one way or the other during a disaster. This is because the human factor is the most unpredictable one, and it can affect your SHTF plan in ways you simply cannot guess.

Now when it comes to both offensive and defensive items, it’s all a matter of preference and knowledge. As said earlier, what works for me might not work for you and yours.

Even so, the main point we should stress is the need to learn and train how to use properly the items you’ve picked and used them as effectively as possible. Emptying a magazine in a panic mode without hitting the target will just put you in danger, and you wish you’d had that baseball bat in reach when the aggressor comes closer.

Consider also the action plan when making an SHTF plan that makes firearms indispensable since this can change your course of action. If you hunker down, you can build an entire armory and make it inaccessible to others. However, if you take on the road, carrying ammo becomes a problem, and there’s also the aspect of concealment that needs to be addressed. There’s no way you can make it far if you have a vehicle packed with guns or if the vehicle itself looks like something out of a Mad Max movie.

No matter what you chose as defensive or, offensive items make sure you train using those items and train hard. Your shooting drills should not rely on the standard, standing upright position, and it should also include shooting stances that are uncomfortable. The same goes for hand to hand combat, and you should know how to keep your adversary at a safe distance, but also how to incapacitate him without tiring yourself or exposing your vital areas.

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Here the list can be complete with needs based on the number of your family members, their special needs, and many other things, that as I’ve said, are specific for each of us.

If you have a baby, you need to cover all the basics need to make your life easier, regardless if you hunker down or travel. Everything from food to clothes, diapers, and favorite toys need to be addressed.

If you have an elderly in your family, and you plan to travel over long distances, the journey should be comfortable for them to avoid any other problems. If you ditch, the car, a pair of mountain walking sticks may be necessary even though you’re not actually planning to climb a mountain.

And since we mentioned the car, how about fuel needs?  An SHTF plan that includes traveling over long distances should make you think about fuel, but also tools and parts that will keep your vehicle in good working condition.

Once you make your own SHTF plan, you will notice that besides the basic needs listed here, there will also others that need to be addressed. Maybe you have pets, and in such a case, you need to address their needs as well. Maybe your family members have seasonal allergies, some have car sick and so on. These needs will pop up once you start drafting your own SHTF plan.

When a disaster occurs, you basically have two options, you either stay at home and try to keep the fort standing, or you take your chances on the road and put as much distance between you and the threat.

Unfortunately, this is the only option for some, and their SHTF plan requires them to bug in and ride the storm. The problem with bugging in is that there’s no guarantee that your home will not be damaged or that you won’t be forced to evacuate at some point.

An SHTF plan that concentrates around the bugging in the scenario will dictate the number of resources you need to stockpile. Planning for a month is quite different than planning for six, and you may end up discovering that you don’t have enough storage space to store all the needed supplies.

If you live in a densely populated area, you might want to concentrate on your defense measures and figure out ways to keep your property and supplies safe from others. If you live in a remote area, defensive measures should not become your main concern, but rather how to stockpile enough resources to get you through the winter.

The problem with bugging in is that no matter how well-prepared you are, you may still have to evacuate. It is mandatory to consider this possibility and plan for such a scenario. You wouldn’t be able to bug out to safety if this option didn’t even cross your mind.

A comprehensive bug-in guide can be found here:

Bugging In – The Number 1 Ultimate Guide

Bugging Out Route

To bug out successfully, you need a place to go to, the means to get there, and the resources needed to complete the journey. There are long-distance journeys out that may take days, and there are short-distance journeys that may be completed in less than a day.

You can imagine that the bugging outdistance plays an important role when building your SHTF plan and how it can change your planning without warning. Everything must be taken into account, from fuel needs to alternative means of transportation in case your main vehicle breaks down.

I also recommend making a few testing drills since such drills will help you figure out if your bug out plan is feasible or not. Try to get out of town using your BOV during a holiday or social event that increases the traffic in your area. This will help you create a time-table (estimate how much it takes you to get from point A to point B), but it will also help you figure out alternative routes to improve your escape time.

If your plan includes traveling by foot, try to organize a camping journey and figure out what distance you can cover while carrying your bug out bag. You may find out you are not fit enough to carry your bag for more than 10 miles.

The topic of bugging out was covered extensively by our website, and we provided enough information on how to do it properly. Just type bug out in the search bar, and you will find many resources.

A safe time frame can be described as the time needed to put things in motion and/or to plan your next steps. Let’s say the time you need to bug out, meaning how much time you need to grab everything and get out the door.

lbor1234lbor1234A bugging out safe time-frame should be no longer than 30 minutes. Any minute above that will affect your overall schedule, and you may end up stuck in traffic, trapped with others. You may also fail to cover all the established meeting points (SHTF can occur when your family members are not at home). If you established a schedule, you should do everything possible to meet your deadlines.

On the other hand, a bugging in a safe time-frame can be longer, and it all depends on your SHTF plan and the event itself. If things get rough, you may need to keep a low profile, and it may take up to a week or a month until you can make your presence noticeable. You can imagine how keeping a low profile for a month can affect your behavior and how simple chores need to be approached differently.

If you manage to bug out and reach your safe heave, the time-frame deemed safe can last from days to weeks. Returning home to early can put you in danger while doing so too late may cost you the integrity of your home and/or possessions.

Every SHTF plan you build should take these safe time-frames into account, and they can be adjusted based on your needs as well as other factors such as geographical region, social status, population density, know-how, etc.

No matter if you like it or now, an SHTF plan needs to include rebuilding or starting over the plan. You may be one of the lucky ones, and perhaps you won’t have to worry about such ordeals, but what happens if a wildfire destroys everything you own?

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Rebuilding or repairing requires you to have the means to do so, and I’ve often discussed the necessity of having a disaster tool kit and other items to make this job easier. Natural disasters in general, leave an incredible amount of debris, and there’s an extensive process of cleaning and sanitation needed following such disaster.

If a tree fell down and you need to cut its branches and segment it in smaller pieces, you won’t be able to do so without proper tools. Your neighbors may not be able to lend you some, because they may need them just as much as you do.

Think about making all the necessary preparation for the rebuilding or repairing process that may be needed. Keep your tools in good shape and, most importantly, keep them in reach.

The starting over process is a more complex one, and you have to be certain you covered everything insurance wise. Keep your documents safe and take them with you if you have to bug out. Take pictures of your house, both inside and outside, since this simple action may help you figure out what times were destroyed or are missing.

This process is strictly correlated with your financial planning, and you need to make sure you have some extra money set aside for the dark times. Government aid may come too late or might be insufficient. You need to make sure you can make it on your own and not be a burden for your family and friends. When building an SHTF plan, make sure to get some help from people that deal with this sort of stuff. Read about others that went through similar ordeals and prepare from time

An SHTF plan may seem complex, but in order to figure out if that’s actually the case, you first need to start and make one. You can’t make a proper SHTF plan overnight, and you need to draw the basics first, as listed in this article. There will be many revisions needed, but I guarantee that you will end up with an SHTF plan that will save you a lot of trouble when the proverbial brown stuff hits the fan.

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Fire: How Can I Prevent One in My Home

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Your home is meant to be a place where your family feels safe and where wonderful memories are made. So, it can be terrifying and completely devastating if your home were to ever go up in smoke. Hopes and dreams, as well as lives, can be shattered in just a few short moments. Fire: how I can prevent one in my home.

Looking at the statistics, most of the house fires that happen every year are disastrous nightmares that easily could have been avoided. In a number of these situations, careless mistakes and a lack of preparation could have made all the difference.

There are also a few fire-susceptible areas in your home that you may not even have thought about before. Here’s more on house fires and ways that you could prevent one in your home.  

Most fires that take place in a home start in the kitchen, so it’s a room that you need to keep a watchful eye on. The grease fire is the most dangerous and hardest one to put out and is usually caused when grease comes into contact with heat.

 Never leave a room with food cooking on a stove, or place combustible items too close to where the heat source is. You also don’t want to leave cooking equipment and appliances left in the on position. 

Keeping your stove and oven clean and tidy is another preventable way for keeping fires from happening in your kitchen. That way no food particles can catch fire and there are not any items such as a cookbook near or around a burner that’s turned on.  Sometimes spilled oil or grease from cooked food will collect on the bottom of your stove. Make sure you clean these up when observed.

There are certain objects in your home that can easily catch fire because of the combustion caused by being too close to a heat source. Things such as hairspray, cosmetic items, and cleaning supplies all need to be stored in a cool place. 

Before you plug a cord into an outlet, make sure that it isn’t frayed or has been chewed on by the family pet. A damaged wire or cord is a huge fire hazard. Make sure that it’s properly set into the outlet and make sure nothing is sitting on or covering the power cord. 

As many as 2,900 fires happen every year due to a dryer lint trap that hasn’t been cleaned out properly. I’ve even been guilty of this one before, but it’s an important habit that we should never forget. So every time that you go to use your dryer, make sure to remove the lint ahead of time, or right after you remove the dried clothes. 

Mark and I have had some professionals clean our dryer vents in the back of the dryer, but I must say the lint never ends. I bought this tool to attach to our vacuum to clean out the filter section by the door. I’m not talking about cleaning out the back of the dryer vent, but if yours is accessible that would be awesome. Our dryer vent goes up through the roof, so we hire that out. This is the tool I use to vacuum the lint tray where we empty the filter every day. Doing so about once a month works for us. Dryer Vent Cleaner Tool

Make sure that you keep up with the air filter on your furnace and that it’s inspected annually to ensure it’s working properly. Yes, this may mean that you may need to get a professional to look at it. That may sound costly, but a fire in your home could prove far costlier.

Space heaters can be another fire safety issue. Don’t allow anything to get too close to them and make sure they are positioned away from flammable objects. Old space heaters are responsible for over 450 deaths every year, so it may be time for you to replace yours.  

Growing up, I can remember my parents always lighting candles when our power went out, or setting out scented candles around the holidays. DON’T do this!!! Every year, candles cause over 15,600 house fires and over 150 deaths. This is because children, pets, and even adults accidentally knock them over, or leave them burning while unattended. 

When it comes to lamps and other light fixtures, make sure that you use the suggested power wattage that is listed on them for the bulbs you use. Using a lightbulb that provides more wattage than what is recommended can easily overheat and cause a fire. Make sure that your lamps have a secure base so they can’t easily be knocked over, and never place anything on top of the lampshade 

As cozy as it may be, dozing off while relaxing next to a fire can be very dangerous. If a spark escapes into your living or family room, it could cause chaos in a matter of minutes. Never leave a fireplace unattended and make sure that you dispose of any ash that is left over by placing them in a metal container after the ash is completely cool. 

Carbon monoxide poisoning is another thing for you to be aware of, but unfortunately, you can’t smell it. Make sure that your home has a carbon monoxide alarm as well.   

Choosing not to smoke in your home is another smart way of avoiding a house fire. As many as 7,600 buildings are engulfed in flames every year due to a smoking-related incident. If you choose to continue to smoke in your home, at the very least, keep your cigarettes away from bedding, furniture, flammable objects, and also make sure that the cigarette is properly snuffed out in an ashtray. Smoking should never happen in homes that use medical oxygen, as it may cause an explosion. 

Your home should have a fire extinguisher on every level of your home, and especially one in the kitchen This way you can put a fire out before it gets out of control and completely obliterates everything in its path. 

In our CERT class, we all learned how to have a buddy with us to assist in putting out a fire. I must tell you those fire hoses are very very heavy. That was probably the most exciting thing I learned during our training. You sweep the hose to put out the fire. How To Get Started With CERT

Here are some interesting facts about regular fire extinguishers we have at home, in the garage, or the car. All fire extinguishers are labeled with certain tags to identify which classification of fuel the extinguisher will be effective to fight:

1. Class A Fires: Ordinary combustibles like paper, cloth, wood, rubber, and many plastics.

2. Class B Fires: Flammable liquids like oil, and gasoline, charcoal lighter, kerosene.

3. Class C Fires: Energized electrical equipment like wiring or motors. Once the electricity to those is turned off they become a Class A.

4. Class D Fires: Combustible metals like aluminum, magnesium, or titanium.

So when you purchase a fire extinguisher it is extremely important to identify the type of fuel you suspect would be most common so you can select the correct extinguisher you think may be best for your personal situation to do the job correctly.

It’s horrible to think about what could happen if a fire starts in the middle of the night and there’s no smoke alarm to wake you. It happens more often than you may think. So it’s extremely important that you check your fire alarms regularly and have a number of them on every floor and room in your house. Most municipalities have codes regarding the number and placement of smoke alarms.

If you live in an older home, or one where the alarms are getting older, consider buying and installing them, or replace the ones that are there. This is a very important part of fire: how can I prevent one in my home!

Let’s face it, accidents do happen, but using these preventions and preparing ahead of time can greatly reduce the risk of a house fire and losing all your possessions, or even a loved one. I hope this resource called fire: how can I prevent one in my home works for you! May God Bless this world, Linda.

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From a wife of a retired fire fighter of 26 yrs., if you have a small kitchen fire due to grease, do not put water on the grease, it will make the grease splatter more and might cause a fire on something else. Also, if possible put a lid on the pan, turn off gas and call fire dept. if needed. Grease is combustible.j

Hi Judy, thank you, I was 10 years old and cooking in my family home and my mom was at work, no cell phones back then. I had a grease fire, I ran to my neighbor and she ran over and put a lid on it. It’s the little things we need to know that make a BIG difference. Thanks for the reminder!! Linda

You are welcome Linda.

Something else that we need to keep in mind is the age of the home – how old is that wiring? When I was 12, our house burned. Fortunately, we kids were at school, dad was at work and mom was in town shopping (we lived in the country so going to town was a big deal!). We lost everything. The Fire Marshall never did come up with a definitive cause of the fire but my dad suspected that the wiring was old and faulty. With that in mind, it could have been much more traumatic had it happened when we were sleeping. Make sure to have the wiring checked out by a qualified electrician when purchasing an older home – even a home that is only 10-15 years old might have some issues with the wiring.

Fast forward 29 years, my parent’s home burned again due to a forest fire. It was a particularly devastating forest fire and not much could have prevented that one. But, they were evacuated early enough so that no one was there when it happened. My advice for this is that you need to make sure there are no flammables (trees, shrubs, garbage, etc.) close to the house. Make sure that the flammables kept in a garage and house are stored properly.

As for burning candles, I still do. The thing is that we need to use something that is in short supply now days – common sense! Don’t burn candles near windows/curtains, always place the candles on a large flat surface, and never go to sleep with one burning – same as a fireplace. All of the candles that I burn in my apartment are large 2-3 wick candles that are in glass containers. I always place them in the center of my dining table and make sure there are no flammables anywhere near them. Again, use common sense any time there is an open flame.

Hi Leanne, I didn’t realize your parents lost two homes, how devastating! That’s so terrible. Commonsense is the name of the game! Linda

I just found out about the fir extinguisher sticks you put in the fireplace in case the chimney catches because of an unclean flu/chimney. This is important stuff.
I hate to see folks lose everything so fast.

HI Matt, please tell me the ones you recommend, I will add it to my post. Thank you, Linda

I’m not qualified for recommendations as I just discovered them. You light them stick them in the fireplace and the chemicals go up and snuff out the fire. That’s bout all I know at this point. I’m still researching them.
Maybe some other viewers will know.

Hi Matt, no worries, I will see if anyone has used them. Thanks again, Linda

A little over a year ago a friend and her husband lost their house to a fire. They were able to save some pictures and a chest. They were lucky enough to get a new house built and in before Thanksgiving last year. They have added a “safe room” in their new house to put important items. I asked her to put some food and water in there because if it happens to catch fire in the night they can go in there till someone finds them. In December of last year I had a friend put me on Facebook. I found a friend I hadn’t talk to in years, come to find out she lost her house to fire a month before my other friend did.
This one barely got out with her life, lost some pets but everything else was burned up. She has been
lucky enough to have a new home now too.

Hi June, oh my gosh, that’s terrible. We have a lot of fires where we live in the summer heat. Right now I think we have 3 areas (Southern Utah) that I know of that have homes being evacuated. Some have lost their homes. I think that’s why I wanted to write this because there are more people who have lost their homes than we really realize. I’m so glad your two friends came out okay. WOW! We never know. These fires are human started, unfortunately. Stay safe, safe well, Linda

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Poisonous plants

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This post is by Bernie Carr,

I was checking social media posts when I came across a friend’s update indicating she was exposed to poison ivy during the lockdown and did not have any first aid supplies to deal with it.  When you spend time outdoors – hiking, gardening, taking your dog for a walk – there is always a chance you will get exposed to a poisonous plant.  It’s a common occurrence year-round but especially during warm weather. Now is a good time to learn some first aid tips and stock up on home remedies.

You may have heard the warning “Leaves of three, let it be.” That saying is actually true, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) but it only helps identify two irritating plants: poison ivy and poison oak.

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Poison sumac does not exhibit “leaves of three.” It normally 7-13 leaves formed in pairs. You may see white berries growing between the leaf and the branch.

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What these three plants have in common is they contain urushiol oil which can cause itchy rashes or even blisters. Urushiol oil is present in the stems, leaves and roots of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.

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Another common irritant is stinging nettle.  The leaves and stems of stinging nettle contains sharp hairs that look like tiny hypodermic needles. When these needles come in to contact with skin, the person’s body releases histamine that may cause hives within a few minutes after being exposed.

You can get a bad reaction in various ways:

1. Direct contact with leaves, stems, roots or berries of the plants

2. Indirect contact: You come into contact with something that was contaminated with urushiol oil. For example, you touch a rake that has brushed against the leaves, you retrieve a ball that rolled over some plants or your pet dug up the roots and you touch your pet’s paw. F

3. Airborne contact:  Finally, you can also ingest the fumes resulting from burning the plants.

Reactions may not be immediate but may appear in 12 to 48 hours of exposure. Watch for:

Do not scratch! Scratching only spreads the irritant as your fingers will transfer the oil to other parts of your body. There is also a risk of infection if you have bacteria under your fingernails and you break your skin from scratching.

Dr. Forgey recommends an application of mixture of 75% DEET insect repellent and 25% isopropyl “rubbing” alcohol as he’s had good results when he was exposed to stinging nettle.

Other remedies for stinging nettle include:

First aid tips generally work for most skin rashes, however, there are symptoms to watch out for.

If the skin rash is accompanied by more severe reactions such as difficulty breathing or swallowing, head to the emergency room immediately.

If the rash covers a wide area of the body, see a doctor, as treatment with oral steroids may be required. Other reasons to see a doctor:

If you’ve experienced exposure to an irritating plant, how do you avoid contact in the future?

Barrier cream:  To prevent irritants from getting into the skin, apply a barrier cream such that contains quaternium-18 bentonite to exposed areas. According the U.S. Forest Service:

A barrier lotion with 5-percent bentoquatam is the only FDA-approved drug that can help prevent contact dermatitis from poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. The bentoquatam is enveloped in a clay-like medium and contained in a lotion that should be applied to the skin at least 15 minutes before exposure to poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac. When the lotion dries, it forms a clay-like barrier that protects against or reduces the severity of the rash caused by these plants. Bentoquatam should be reapplied every 4 hours for continued protection. Bentoquatam can be removed with soap and water. It is not recommended for children under the age of 6.

Cover up:  I have a lot skin allergies, so I wear lightweight protective clothing when I am outdoors taking a walk, hiking or gardening. Wear long sleeves, long pants tucked into boots and gloves if needed.

Avoidance: Learn to identify plants that cause rashes. Remember “Leaves of three, let it be,” will at least steer you away from the two most common irritants.  Even if the plant appears to be dried up or dead, it can still contain urushiol.

DO NOT attempt to burn these plants either, because the oils can be carried through the air and travel for miles. Breathing the fumes can cause severe reactions and can be life threatening.

Exposure to irritating plants can happen to anyone who spends time outdoors, even if it’s something as simple as taking your dog for a walk. Be prepared to take care of a skin rash by stocking your first aid kit with antihistamine, Calamine lotion, colloidal oatmeal, rubbing alcohol, corticoscoroid cream, DEET (75%) insect repellent, aloe vera gel.



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It’s mid-season and the three sisters are looking pretty good. One of them is looking a little too good. The beans are growing well and the corn is looking good. The squash, however, have taken over.

In the traditional Native American system, the three sisters are corn, beans, and squash. The corn provides a climbing structure of the pole beans. The beans provide extra nitrogen to the soil. The squash leaves provide a shady ground cover, stifling weeds that would steal nutrients from the corn and beans. The sisters help each other. The Native Americans have figured out companion planting before that was even a thing.

Corn, beans, and squash (supplemented with a little meat now and then) provided a sustainable diet for the tribes for centuries. Seeing the value in the three sisters for a renewable food source, post-SHTF, I’ve been trying it for the past several years.

Every year I try something a little different with the Three Sisters. Some experiments work out and yields improve. Some years the experiments fail. At least I’m learning what not to do should I need to really rely upon my garden.

This spring I decided to try a different squash. I usually plant butternut or buttercup as the third sister. Last fall, the dear wife bought a hubbard squash from a local farm stand. It sat on our garage floor all winter with no special babying. Come March, the dear wife took a knife to it and it was all still perfectly good! Woohoo, right? What survival-gardener wouldn’t like a food that keeps that long?

Thinking that maybe we should grow some hubbard squash ourselves — as the third sister — we saved a bunch of seeds from it. I sprouted them indoors before the frost danger had passed.

I planted six of my sproutlings amid my corn. Up until mid-June, all looked pretty normal. The corn sprouted and rose as expected. The beans sprouted and began sending up runners to climb their poles. The hubbard squash plants put out big round leaves and eventually runners of their own. Peace and tranquility among the sisters. 

The three extra sproutlings, I planted between the pear trees. They still look modest and manageable. The soil down there hasn’t been amended at all. Maybe that’s why they’re runty by comparison. The regular garden soil gets an infusion of chicken compost every spring. Hubbard squash must really love chicken compost.

Since late June, however, the hubbard sister has decided the sisters’ garden is actually HER garden. The leaves are the size of medium pizzas. I’ve had to thread the corn stocks between the squash leaves to keep them from getting shaded out. The vines are already over thirty feet long and have gotten to be as thick around as a broom handle. The runners have tendrils like something out of a 1950s sci-fi movie, and are trying to climb over the fence. Save the women and children!

With the power of hindsight, six plants was far too many for the sisters’ garden. Even two might have been too many. Thus far, I’ve seen eight nascent squash growing along the vines. There will be more. If they all make it to maturity, we could be eating a couple squash per month through the winter. I guess that’s a consolation for having unleashed a monster.

So, at this midpoint in this year’s gardening, my tasks now includes vine management too. I just hope all this lush vegetation means an abundant harvest.

ROTFLMAO or as my Grandmother would say “SUCH a PROBLEM!”

Squash are tough, you can prune some breathing space for your corn with out affecting the yields. Pruning shears and a clean cut please. When frost threatened by Hubbard squashes a few years back I covered them with old blankets and managed to save the still growing squashes for good eating later. I call that ugly blanket gardening for the ugly unsellable thrift store blankets I get for nearly nothing. Ugly blankets also work for sweet potato’s, tomatoes and peppers as NH is notorious for early frosts and warm days afterwards.

The extra work of using the blankets and removing them after frost has melted sometimes daily is something a successful Kulak had to do to have enough food to eat and trade.

Hehe, yeah, ‘such a problem.’ Sure hoping all of this lush vegetation results in lots of produce. Now the challenge is keeping the chickens from destroying any squash within beak range of the fence. They LOVE green squash, apparently. Lost a couple already.

Yes, got a stack of ‘old blankets’ for gardening here too. Used them this spring as well, sheltering those tender little Walmart pinto bean plants that went into the ground a couple of weeks before that last frost. Careful Kulaks, indeed!

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It’s official. Trump won the Presidency because… the Russians. Even though Barrack Obama said right before he left Washington D.C. that rigging the election is impossible. Still, that’s the mass media conspiracy theory and they’re sticking to it, for 3 years and running. Chem-trails are no longer a conspiracy theory; in fact, that’s how we’re supposedly going to save the world from the ever-increasingly-hot sun, by spraying deadly sun-blocking chemicals into our atmosphere. Before Snowden and Trump, if you said the government was spying on everyone, you were a conspiracy-theory-wielding nut job.

Now, everybody knows it’s true, and they like it, because it helps them shop on line and get tailored news to their feed. Used to be, if you were talking about fake news, you were on independent media recognizing all the lies, and everybody agreed. Now, if you point out fake news to their face, the Left goes immediately into freak-out mode, also known as Trump Derangement Syndrome. You can’t even have a rational discussion with anyone on the Left anymore.

Before Trump, if you blamed the Government for mass shootings, you were a conspiracy theorist (even though, per video footage, every single car at the Sandy Hook incident was a government issued car – black, white, or silver, and they all blocked the roads so no emergency vehicles could even access the school). Now, every mass shooting is blamed on Trump for “inciting the fires of racism” with all his hate and white supremacist power speeches and for tweeting meany tidbits on Twitter.

Before Trump, if you blamed Obama for anything, YOU were a racist. Now, if you side with our President on anything, you are a racist.

Before Trump, if you flipped over police cars, set their precinct on fire, beat down people who disagreed with you nearly to death, and destroyed national monuments, you were a terrorist. Now, you are considered a peaceful protester who cannot be told to stand down by any police because all police are now racists, even the Black ones.

Before Trump, if you threatened to kill the President verbally or by posting it online, you were questioned by the FBI and threatened with jail time; now it’s a social media trend that fits right in with “community guidelines.”

Before Trump, if you believed 9/11 was an inside job, you were a conspiracy theorist, even though there were videos of Building 7 caving in, demolition style, that the U.S. Government has yet to explain. That was pre-planned, but how?

Now, the Democrats in Congress are all sociopathic socialists who literally want to dismantle and decimate America by having no borders, no police, no fuel for anything, no small businesses, and free “everything” for illegal aliens.

Before Trump, if a political campaign spied on another right before the Presidential election, it was considered treason, but now, since it was all done to Trump, it’s just “opposition research” and a “dossier” (obtained with fraudulent FISA warrants).

Under Obama, nobody ever accused him of keeping illegal immigrant children in cages at the border, but he did. If you said some crap like that on social media, you would be banned, blacklisted and censored for violating community guidelines with hate speech and fake news. Yet somehow that conspiracy theory became mainstream news that was Trump’s fault, even though the pictures were from the Obama era.

Before Trump, if you called mainstream media “fake news,” you were a conspiracy theorist, but now one of the smartest presidents in US history calls CNN, NYT and WAPO fake news every day, and he’s right, and he’s proven it time and time again, but he’s accused of “hate.”

Tune your internet dial to for updates on real conspiracy theories proven by the Right and all the new fake ones being wielded by the Left. It’s hilarious.

Like you said yourself Obama, no serious person alive believes that a U.S. election can be rigged.

So tell us again, who are the conspiracy theorists now?

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well it wasn’t leftys that demolitioned all 7 of the world trade center buildings, right bush?
but lefty has had 19 years now to speak up about it and still has not, so they are just as much to blame as righty was. right, bush? right.

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The third-party fact-checkers that Facebook uses can suppress any content that they want to, according to a recent report. The report was prompted by a fact-check of a USA Today article by NewsBusters, and the subsequent fact-checking of the latter by USA Today.

The original USA Today article, which ran on June 30, was called out by NewsBusters for misrepresenting some facts about the Civil War. The original article, written by intern Devon Link, conceded that the Confederacy was run by and made up of Democrats, as was the KKK. However, the article did not blame the Democratic Party for that, with Link calling the claim “an oversimplified trope about the Democratic Party.”

In the article, Link cites Princeton University professor and Obama campaign donor Tera Hunter, who said that “the core of the effort to discredit the current Democratic Party is the refusal to accept the realignment of the party structure in the mid-20th century.”

Hunter, in the article, goes on to claim that “the Democratic Party did not start the Civil War. The war was initiated by Southern slaveholding states seceding from the United States.”

News Busters’ associate editor Scott Whitlock countered Hunter’s claims with data showing how states voted in the 1860 election, showing that almost every future Confederate state, save for Virginia and Tennessee voted Democrat.

Following the repudiation, USA Today admitted their error resulting in the removal of both the fact check rating on the article and the filter from News Busters’ Facebook page.

While the erroneous fact-checks were eventually removed, the incident illustrates how Facebook’s third-party fact-checkers can suppress any content that they want to, especially if it’s critical of their own fact-checks.

Of course, the fact that Facebook’s third-party fact-checkers are able to do so should come as no surprise. Prior to this, hidden camera footage came out of Facebook employees and contractors admitting to their censorship of Trump supporters and discrimination against conservative and white male employees.

“We rig the game, so it can work on the left side,” admitted a Facebook employee in one of the videos. The same employee also agreed that the company favors the Left.

Even as these reports surface, it’s most likely that Facebook won’t be changing its way anytime soon. In their efforts to pander to the Left, numerous companies have threatened to pull their advertising from Facebook for the times it did let right-leaning articles through.

In response, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has already announced a series of policy changes meant to appease those behind the boycott.

What’s interesting about Facebook’s move is that they may not have had to make any changes in response to the boycott. Analysts have pointed out that the revenue lost by the company from the boycott was only a drop in the bucket compared to what they make from advertising as a whole.

According to Rohit Kulkarni, executive director of equity research and trading company MKM Partners, Facebook is only looking at a less than five percent hit to revenue from the boycott.

“[Facebook] has more than 160 million registered businesses globally and 8 million paying advertisers,” said Kulkarni. He added that Facebook makes most of its money from small advertisers, not the big companies involved in the boycott.

In addition, he added that Facebook should already be expecting a loss of advertising revenue as a side-effect of the economic downturn from the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

With this in mind, it seems that the boycotts may simply be an excuse for Facebook to show its true colors. The company and the people working for it seem to have a clear, Left-leaning bias. The latest fact-checking incident with NewsBusters and USA Today only further demonstrates that.

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Beretta’s M9-22 is an exact replica of the M9 in .22 caliber and features the same operation, controls and takedown as the venerable Beretta M9. It features removable sights, interchangeable grip panels. Beretta’s Bruniton finish with military-style markings is highly resistant to sweat and corrosion, and a tool-free disassembly latch makes it simple and quick to take the pistol apart for cleaning. This semi-auto pistol has a reversible magazine release and an ambidextrous safety/decocker making it suitable for right- or left-handed shooters. Included is a Mil-Std 1913 Picatinny Rail for mounting lights and lasers.
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Reading and following human and animal tracks represent a valuable aid to any outdoor knowledge.

As knowledge weighs nothing, the application of this skill can really make the difference between life and death if you (or any of your relatives) are caught up in an emergency (or a bug-out) situation. But a noteworthy knowledge of Tracking is also useful to massively reduce the visibility of the tracks left.

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Frank Kitson, a British counter-insurgency practitioner, and theorist, stated: “Of all the specialist activities relevant to the prosecution of a counter-insurgency campaign, none is more important than the provision of trackers.”; at the same time effective antitracking techniques play a huge role when chased by ill-intentioned people, especially in a survival situation.

Deception tactics have been intensively developed especially within tactical field and gained a huge resonance notably during the Colonialism Era, the Vietnam War, and more recently, in Afghanistan.

The definition of “Antitracking” stands for all the procedures and strategies engaged to deceive and slow down a Tracker or a Combat Tracking Unit. Counter Trackers often employ I.E.D.s (Improvised Explosive Devices, such as Booby Traps, land mines, Trap wires and so on) to physically injure or even to eliminate the Trackers: in the terminology of Tracking, this is called Countertracking.

This brief note was quite mandatory to go more deeply into the subject introduced by the title of this article. Both Trackers and Anti/Counter Trackers know that “every contact leaves a trace” (the first principle of forensic science, as stated by Sir Edmund Locard at the beginning of this Century).

When we move through a determined scenario (either outdoor or indoor), we always leave a sign of our passage, produced by any of our body. What if we want to leave the minimal amount of traces? In order to achieve that goal, we need to tune our actions in relation to the scenario we are in. As stressed in the previous articles, in fact, the very protagonist of Tracking is the terrain. When you need to take the decision to cross a specific area you need to consider main geographical features, such as steep slopes, type of vegetation, natural obstacles, presence – or absence – of routes.

If you are familiar with a certain place, you are probably aware of how the substrate reacts to your passage in different moments of day and seasons, and with the different weather conditions. This means that you are probably conscious that some areas offer less evidence of your passage because of the presence of craggy or rocky terrain, which makes the act of Tracking extremely tough.

A meticolous Tracker gains experience also throghout his own dirt time (in Tracking terminology, time spent tracking people or also animals).

In this way, he can consolidate a mental database of how tracks appear in a certain context, also considering the variability of weather conditions and their effect on the “aging” tracks and how long they will remain visible.

Nonetheless, if you find yourself in an unfamiliar place and you want to move across it leaving minimal signs, you need to:

In the pursuit of “crossing an area like a ghost”, you surely must avoid leaving any disturbance that can easily give away your presence. Therefore, you will commit yourself to:

I am sure you can also mention by yourself a bunch of other methods you have probably noticed in Western movies or TV series, like:

The legit question is: do all these techniques really work if you want to move through an area like a ghost?

Some of them can help but they clearly don’t go unnoticed to the eyes of experienced and strained Trackers. But many popular deception techniques require a significant amount of time and resources: that is their biggest flaw.

The K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) Principle works best when it comes to trim your tracks. It just depends on the scenario and the situation, but also on your physical and mental conditions. If you have no choice, apply common sense and don’t rush. Before leaving any signs of your passage, consider how your tracks will look like, especially to an experienced pair of eyes and to a mindset forged by the accuracy only Trackers have.

Kyt Lyn Walken is the official European representative and instructor for Hull’s Tracking School (Virginia, USA), and she is a certified Conservation Ranger for C.R.O.W. (Conservation Rangers Operations Worldwide). She has been an outdoors and tracking enthusiast since childhood. Kyt lives and works in Europe but often travels overseas. Check out Kyt’s YouTube Channel. Read more of Kyt’s articles.

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Why Get Out of the City?

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No matter what kind of disaster you are facing, you generally don’t want to be stuck in the city when it happens, and you especially do not want to be stuck in the city during the aftermath.

Cities often turn into hives of bedlam whenever things go wrong, and the delicate economic and supply mechanisms that keep them viable centers of human habitation break down.

Without those installations of modernity in place, people become desperate, lose their tempers and often turn on each other quickly.

The solution for most preppers is simply to get away from the city when the getting is good, either long before disaster or immediately prior to it when possible.

Depending on your lifestyle, the resources available to you and your other goals this might be an elective lifestyle choice for a desperate last-ditch option.

No matter which category you fall into, or if you fall somewhere in between, knowing what to do to get out of the city before things turn pear-shaped is an important part of prepping for urban dwellers.

It would not do for you to survive whatever event or natural disaster qualifies as a true SHTF scenario and then fall victim to a swarming, desperate or opportunistic mass of humanity.

In today’s article we will tell you how to bug out from a city before the SHTF.

Simply stated in the immediate aftermath of a major disaster (or any event that results in major societal upheaval) cities are probably one of the last places you want to be. Why? The answer is of course the people.

I’m not necessarily saying that the people are bad, all those cities have more bad people per capita than other places it seems; it is just that there are so daggone many of them. If it sounds obviously redundant, bear with me for a moment.

The problem with having so many people crammed into a comparatively small space, and all stacked on top of each other in such great abundance, is that this places an immense strain on the logistical and supply systems that make modern metropolises viable.

Cities are, quite literally, utterly dependent upon the sensitive, fragile gears of commerce that are installed all throughout our modern life today.

Cities don’t grow and, in most cases, don’t even produce their own food. Everything comes in from somewhere else, even if it is just a little ways off in the surrounding areas.

Since so many major metropolitan areas are situated on coastlines or near other large bodies of water, obtaining drinking water is usually less of a problem… so long as the city can continually filter it and otherwise make it safe to drink.

These systems require people, people that are not likely to keep manning their posts once the balloon goes up and they have their own skins and their own families to worry about.

Sure, it is easy to believe that there are anywhere from 1 million to 50 billion bottles and jugs of water in any given city at any given time, and one need only to open any given pantry or enter any store to grab however much they need at any time, but that is only true while the trucks that deliver it are still coming.

The moment they stop, that supply of water will evaporate in an instant, snapped up by the millions of people seeking for it.

And beyond food, water and other supplies services like basic healthcare, emergency medicine, police presence and even firefighting services are all in a strictly limited supply at any given time in a city.

Many major cities like New York can have police departments with so many personnel that they could literally fill a small city all on their own; a veritable army of police, and a similarly vast number of firefighters.

If things get really bad, however, this counts for nothing, as those police are dwarfed in number by the population that makes up the rest of the city.

If some major conflagration breaks out the valiant firefighters will be similarly too few in number to even begin to hope to contain the blazes in their entirety.

In short, things are only ever really “okay” in a city because things aren’t terrible, and people’s backs are not yet up against the wall.

When any one of these systems starts to break down, even if it is just a prolonged power outage as has been evidenced many times in the 20th century, tragedy is always close behind.

Things are always on the verge in a major city, and it will not take much to send things toppling. Keep in mind the old survival proverb that says any civilization is only three missed meals away from anarchy.

You could say much the same about any facet of modern life, any utility, any commodity.

When should you leave the city? You have three basic choices:

I naturally recommend getting out according to the “Long-Term” plan, but I know full well that this is not an option for everyone.

Additionally, an article on doing everything required to completely revamp your life to support this exodus from the city instead of an emergency bug out as a response to a disaster is the subject for another article.

Instead, we will be focusing on a pre-incident and near- or post-incident bugging out from urban environments.

In the sections below I will break down the differences between these two approaches, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

Note that this is not necessarily an either-or situation; you should have plans for both, since your location and the severity of the incident you are facing might influence your decision. You also might not get a choice in the matter!

This approach is essentially getting out before things get too bad, or when trouble is coming but you can see it a good ways off on the horizon.

The advantage in leaving during this time is that you will usually be dealing with far fewer evacuees and that means less slowdown, less competition for space and resources and much less traffic.

But the disadvantages in leaving too early means that if the situation changes for the better, or the event misses you completely, you have wasted time, money and energy.

Usually a good trade-off in pursuit of safety, but still costly, and false alarms will harden the hearts and minds of your dependents in future instances.



It is critical that you have a bug-out location already in mind if you are using the pre-incident bug out method. Also, just as critical is a “red line” that will trigger your plan; some definite marker pertaining to the event in question.

A storm gets too strong or too close, unrest goes on for so many days in a row or becomes consistently violent, etc.

Second-guessing yourself can see you wait too long for a situation to resolve itself or get better, and when that happens you will be trying to flee with the rest of humanity when it is in all probability too late to do so.

This is the standard prepper response to trouble or disaster. Something terrible has happened swiftly, with little or no warning, and has left your town or even the region in shambles and sent people scrambling in every direction. It is chaos.

The idea of remaining in such a situation is untenable, and so you decide to set off for pre-designated fallback locations, your bug out locations, or in a worst-case scenario just away from the carnage.

This is not ideal, obviously, but might be your default choice for dealing with many situations that you cannot predict and cannot see coming.

On the bright side, it will be obvious that implementation of your plan is indeed necessary, but on the other hand you must be more prepared and skilled at dealing with unforeseen problems, curveballs, and a more stressful situation all around.



Like the pre-incident bug out method above, having a BOL and hopefully multiple BOL’s pre-selected and pre-mapped is going to be essential for success when evacuating with haste in the midst of a crisis.

Also just as important will be having alternate, contingency and emergency plans for every conceivable obstacle or threat that might arise during movement.

You will not be able to afford being delayed, stuck or otherwise immobilized! As you might expect the pressure will really be turned up during such a scenario.

So we know that we don’t want to stay in a city in order to have the best chances of surviving some society-toppling event. So where are we going?

Of course, when facing desperate times in one location “anywhere else” is often a good enough answer to the question of where we would like to be, but since we have the time right now to start getting our affairs in order and the time to plan, we should give this some careful thought.

Generally speaking preppers fleeing the cities during times of trouble will have two general sets of acceptable destination in mind:

Broadly speaking wherever you have less people you will have generally less trouble, that is to say less predation from your fellow man, even if this comes at a cost of an increased level of self-sufficiency if you want to survive and prosper.

For most preppers this sounds like a good trade indeed. But with that being said you should think long and hard before you move out to a truly remote location, or even a genuinely off-the-grid parcel of land.

Why? There are no two ways around it; humans are social creatures and we do best only when we have a certain amount of backup from our fellow man, be that family, friends or our fellow citizens in a small, tight-knit community or tribe.

For this reason, moving to a small town or a genuinely small city might be the best blend of the two approaches.

Compared to your average city dweller, people living in smaller communities will more readily form meaningful and lasting bonds with their neighbors.

They will have to worry less about serious violent and organized crime. In times of genuine crisis, the kinds of crisis you will be facing in the aftermath of an SHTF event, there will be drastically less people to place a strain on already beleaguered supplies and supply lines.

Rural communities especially are repositories of old-world knowledge that makes them seemingly ideal when it comes to surviving something that will topple or at least reconfigure our society. They know how to grow and raise their food, produce clean water, build, and repair.

Even a small town or larger village should be able to readily produce enough able bodies to serve for the common defense also, an important consideration for those who would otherwise try to do the lone wolf thing in a remote area.

Without someone to watch the wall, patrol the border and sound the alarm when pushing a post as sentry, you will never be able to sleep with anything but one eye open.

In short, I highly advocate you get out of the city, and head for a smaller town before things get nasty.

If you want to make a go of it purely on your own or with what few people you bring with you in a remote, off-grid location you had better have your stuff together, since any major mishap, accident or attack will likely spell total disaster.

No matter which approach you want to take there will be much to do prior to bugging out of the city. Below you will find a list of action items and considerations you should account for before betting the farm on your plan:

Especially if you live in the city proper, route planning is absolutely essential to ensure you can get where you are going.

Ideally, you want at least two routes to each of your bug-out locations, and if you are smart you will include a contingency route that makes your destination reachable by an alternate form of travel.

If you are planning on driving, make sure you have at least one on foot route and vice versa.

There will be plenty to watch out for when fleeing from the city, but one of the most prevalent and the most hazardous will be choke points, both natural and man-made.

Roadblocks, bridges, tunnels, highway and interstate on-ramps and more can become readily clogged with masses of humanity both on foot and in vehicles. The consequences of such an event are always dangerous, not least of which being you become trapped or stuck.

Cities are always host to a higher crime rate than more rural and less populous areas, and organized crime is most often a fixture in the bargain. This means you might be dealing with some bad hombres in metro zones.

Besides the obvious threat of the criminal element using whatever event you are fleeing from as cover for their own deeds, you will have to be cautious of panicky, desperate people who might not be as well prepared as you are wanting what you have; they may be willing to take it by force.

Weapons are a good idea, even if all you have access to is pepper spray.

Assuming there are other people in the city with you that you care about, be they friends, family or just survival group members, it is critical that everyone be furnished with a copy of the plan and the maps with routes and all destinations marked up.

You should also have rendezvous points for any given route marked as well, to increase the chances the group members can get together no matter where they started from.

It is very likely you will find it impossible to zigzag across town collecting people if you are not already all together when the situation kicks off.

Any crisis or disaster that is worth running away from is going to reap a serious toll in human suffering and lives.

It is important that everyone who is part of your group, even if it is just your family members, is aware of the response to seeing people that are in need, hurt or dying during your bug-out.

This is a decision that should not be made lightly, but under the circumstances stopping to help everyone that is in need will result in a heavy cost both in time and in your own crucial survival supplies.

I’m not going to tell you what you should do in these instances, only that you should give it a thought it deserves and talk about it with the people you will be traveling with. There will be no time to waste for discussion or debate at the instance.

You can hardly mention bugging out without talking about every prepper’s most favorite piece of luggage: The bug-out bag!

A thorough discussion of the BOB is an entire article, or series of articles unto itself, and I and other authors on this site and elsewhere have spent a considerable amount of ink expounding on exactly that topic.

But that being said, there are some specific considerations for keeping and maintaining a bug-out bag for use in an urban environment.

First, as alluded to above you might find it extremely difficult to move in any given direction inside a city once things break bad.

If you are at the office, across town on an errand or in any similar circumstances you might find it impossible to return home and gather your things you need for the journey.

You just might not have that time to spare! Because of this, it makes a lot of sense to keep your bug-out bag with you if you drive your own vehicle around town, or at the bare minimum keep a minimalist kit, or go-bag, with you constantly.

This kit should cover your most essential life-support supplies in case of an SHTF situation and include the following at a minimum:

Keep in mind you might need these items just to get to your primary BOB or some other supply cache. In a really dire situation it might be all you have!

Whatever your other plans might be, you definitely do not want to be caught in a city when the SHTF. Cities have a way of turning into centers of mayhem and depredation which then radiates outward.

Your best bet is to get out while the getting is good, either well before trouble strikes or as quickly as humanly possible once it does.

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