15 Reasons Why You Do Not Want To Bug Out

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I’m sharing 15 reasons why you do not want to bug out. First of all, I have never liked the word bug out. For years we have heard we need a 72-hour kit either from your local church, county or state agencies. Frankly, they are useless.

Yes, they will be fine for a day or two if you haul water with them. I’m coming on pretty strong today because I am actually sick and tired of seeing negative comments on Facebook that have to do with our government.

I’m pretty opinionated on my views, but you will NEVER see them on Facebook. I have better things to do with my time.

Okay, I better step down off my soapbox and explain why I will not bug out or leave my home after a disaster. If my house caves in after an earthquake, yes, I will have to leave, that’s another story.

If and when we go to war things will change, we need to be ready for war within our own country.

Possibly even our own neighborhoods. Maybe “war” is a bit strong, but oh my gosh, I would hate to live by some of the people who are making negative and threatening statements on Facebook or on blogs and websites.

I have lived through a tornado in Illinois, an ice storm in Illinois, major flooding in Utah and horrendous winds in Utah. I’ve bailed water from flooded homes and sandbagged many houses over the years.

I’m very concerned where I live today because I live fairly close to a major freeway.

I can bet you right now we will have riots on that freeway when the SHTF! The county where I live has warned us about this. It’s the main thoroughfare for California and Nevada heading to northern Utah.

The county is expecting 400,000 to 500,000 people to head to Utah if the west coast has issues, and it will. There is no other place to go, they will head this way.

72 Hour Scenario

I have told you before about the first 72 hours after a disaster. The first 24 hours the lights will go out because we will have no power. We may look across the street to see if the neighbors have power, nope, it’s dark there too.

Think twice before you flush those toilets it may back up into your house. Run some water in the sink first to make sure the sewer lines are still working.

Just giving you the heads-up here. If you don’t have an emergency toilet, you better get one NOW, and a shovel to bury the refuse away from any water source.

The next 24 hours, we will be checking with our neighbors to see what’s going on. We may get an alert IF the disaster is only our neighborhood.

If you haven’t registered your cell phone with your city or county please do it today.

Just Google Reverse 911 and your city or county. You will then follow the instructions to add your phone number to the emergency database.

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Hopefully, your neighbors have stored some food and water because the local grocery stores will be empty with 48 hours, or less. I can picture checking on a few of my neighbors, unless of course, it’s a pandemic. Then I will not leave my home.

Walkie Talkies

In my neighborhood, I could only get two other families to purchase good walkie talkies so we could communicate if we had to stay in our homes.

I taught a class once and this is the set the search and rescue team suggested we all get. I’ve seen these at Costco sometimes as well. Walkie Talkies

The next 24 hours people are going to start getting agitated, if they haven’t already. Here’s the deal, some people are prepared, but most are not prepared for any disaster or unforeseen emergency.

I have had people say, “I’m going to Linda’s if the SHTF or after a disaster.” Really? You may want to think again.

I can’t feed the neighborhood or supply enough water for everyone. It’s not going to happen. I have asked many neighbors to get prepared for the unexpected.

Some have followed my advice and many, many have not. Do I get discouraged, sure I do! Some people think the government will take care of them.

Some people believe that faith in their church will carry them through anything. When people get hungry, they get mean. I saying really mean. They will do anything to feed and hydrate their family.

Today, I am begging you to see if you can get your neighborhood to be prepared. I feel like screaming from my rooftop to warn people, but past history has shown no one is listening.

I know a lot of my readers leave me comments they are prepared, or at least working on it.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You rock, but I have probably told you that before! Now, I do not have a tent, bunker or a house in the woods away from civilization.

So, here are my thoughts today why you do not want to bug out unless you have the means to do it.

15 Reasons Why You Do Not Want To Bug Out

  1. Your house would be your safest bet to keep you from the weather, hot or cold. I may have told you about my friend that purchased a tent that would fit 8-10 people. I couldn’t even get that box in my only car, a Honda CRV. Nope, it would not fit. I am not buying a tent. Period.
  2. Our homes hopefully have the food we have stored for emergencies.
  3. Our homes should have water stored to go with that food and to keep our family hydrated.
  4. I have a comfortable bed in my home and will sleep better than a cot or in a sleeping bag in a tent.
  5. I have the cooking devices I will need to prepare meals or boil water.
  6. I have an emergency toilet complete with bags, kitty litter and lots of toilet paper. I made family cloths that are ready to use once the toilet paper runs out. I cut flannel into 9-inch squares.
  7. I have three different ways in my home to wash and rinse my clothes. Yep, I even have a clothesline.
  8. I have fuel stored in my garage that is not flammable, and propane in my yard that is flammable and ready to use.
  9. I have all my kitchen supplies with pans, Dutch ovens, my Sun Oven, etc., right here at home.
  10. I have all the first aid supplies at my fingertips. I could suture a bad cut if I need to do that.
  11. I have the tools, shovels, etc., right here ready to use.
  12. I have solar power ready to power up my Bosch bread maker or my wheat grinder. Of course, if I have no power I have a hand crank wheat grinder ready to start cranking to grind the hard white wheat I have stored. I still have my large stainless steel bowl to make bread by hand. I love that bowl, by the way, my mom used to have one to make her bread. If you don’t have one, get one. Stainless Steel Bowl
  13. It’s safer being at home, unless of course we have an earthquake and our home is flattened. If you think going up to the mountains to survive is going to be safer, think again. We don’t know what’s in the mountains, are there crazy people up there looking for food or water? You may run into strangers who are not friendly. You may become a target, think about that.
  14. The roads may not be safe, if you can get gas for your car. You may remember I used to say keep your gas tank half full. Now, I recommend no less than 3/4 full. Those fuel pumps at the gas stations don’t work without electricity.
  15. Please get together with your neighbors and see if you can put a plan together to help each other. People will get mean when they have no food or water after a disaster. You will be safer at home with all the preps you have been gathering over the years. Your neighborhood is YOUR community, we must work together.
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Final Word

May God bless this world, we have major issues coming. If we are prepared we will not be afraid. I am prepared for anything that comes my way. I hope our neighbors do not depend on us. We must all bring something to the table. The government will not be able to help everyone right away. There are not enough medical personnel to take care of our entire community.

Trust, me on that one. I took a C.E.R.T. class and the county gave us the statistics, our city had like 180 beds in the hospital. Yes, the medical personnel will make do in schools and churches, but we must be able to take care of our own medical needs until help arrives. Please take some classes and buy this book. I call it my medical bible. If we don’t have power a Kindle version will not work. Medical Handbook

Please buy my book before you need it: “Prepare Your Family For Survival” by Linda Loosli. My book is available worldwide online and in every bookstore. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for trying to be prepared for the unexpected.

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29 thoughts on “15 Reasons Why You Do Not Want To Bug Out

  • March 10, 2019 at 7:27 am

    I’ve only got one neighbor interested that is a decent person. The rest aren’t interested or are not quality people and some may even become issues. A few will leave immediately because they do that now when storms come in. That’s actually good for me as it expands my buffer zone.
    The ole “I’m coming to your place”. You gotta be very firm in “no your not unless you bring a lot of something to the table otherwise your a threat and I gotta kill ya”.
    Yes it’s harsh and yes I know what it makes me. Probably not what you think it does though. It makes me a man who doesn’t want to kill folks he knows. I got enough mental issues.
    Bugging out is hard. In the Army we “jumped” all the time. With the majority of soldiers being trained and only a percentage not it is still very hard physically, resource wise and exhausting in leadership.
    Have a bugout plan and please make a load out list. You won’t remember everything in the moment.
    I haven’t gone to any classes in years. I became disgruntled after attending and even teaching and “preppers” showed up unprepared. It’s a hobby more than real.

    • March 10, 2019 at 7:36 am

      Hi Matt, great comment as always. I like the term it gives me a buffer zone. I love it! I know what you mean when you say “preppers” come to classes or whatever and are unprepared. The bug out plan is awesome. I have a list of things to grab if I have to leave in minutes in case of an evacuation. You for sure have an advantage of having learned skills in the military. I wish we were neighbors. Happy Sunday! Linda

      • March 10, 2019 at 7:59 am

        The last time I moved my family and one other guy helped move “the stuff” before everyone else showed up to help us move the rest of our stuff.
        It took a15ft trailer and pickup bed loaded to the max. This didn’t include my camper, clothes, meds, batteries, fuel, generator etc. that would need to go on a bug out. This was just preparedness stuff I didn’t want my coworkers seeing.
        It’s sparked a lot of conversation among us about the reality of bugging out.
        So my question to those reading this is how much preparedness “stuff” do you have that you would need to go? Do you have the vehicles to do it? How long would it take you and only you to load it? Now will you need to go help others load up or vice versa?

        This will play deeply into bugging out because very few of us have a true supplied retreat.
        We’ve yet to discuss convoy procedures, advanced party or timeframes in setting up camp.

        • March 10, 2019 at 10:08 am

          Hi Matt, this is such a great comment because I think about this all the time. I have one car, a Honda CRV and it cannot haul much of anything. It would take several trucks to haul “my stuff”. This is why I’m bugging in if at all possible. Great comment! Linda

    • March 11, 2019 at 6:22 am

      A lot of truth in what you are saying, neighbors could become your worst enemy!!!!

    • March 11, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Matt, years ago I used to encourage others to ‘stock up’, have some kind of emergency plan in place. Pretty much I got the same response of ‘coming to my place’. I told those people they should come here Now, learn how to do stuff. And for my 2 sisters, their adult children, I did tell them to come to my rural home. As we are now getting older, it will be vital to have the younger set with us. It will be vital too for the young ones to have the knowledge we older ones can share. I’m only 59 but have had some health issues but can still teach skills, if not able to do myself. My biggest fear is EMP, and how one could affect cars.

      • March 11, 2019 at 1:47 pm

        Hi Wendy, me too! The EMP and our cars. May God bless this world. Linda

  • March 10, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Two products that are absolute must have is Activz Liquid silver and their silver gel. We have been using these for the Last 3 years. great to use daily , will help you from getting sick.
    My grandson broke out with a bad rash a couple of years ago and was over to our house. we put the
    silversol gel on him several times that day. Our daughter called us the next day and the rash was gone. His other grandmother had seen him with the full rash, then saw him the next day and could NOT beileve it had cleared up that fast.
    At that time he called it the itchy cream. They also have a silver facial cream and silver hand cream.

    One story I remember reading about silver a while ago happened in the 1800’s. a major pandemic broke out, people stayed home and locked their doors. People who had pure silver cups survived
    and other people died.
    Right now the Jimbakker show.com has the silver sol liquid on sale . It is normally $40 for a 16 oz bottle.
    Running a special for 6 for $155. Made with Purified silver 60mcg and deionized water. I just received my 6 bottles expires Feb 2020.

    There is also silver soothing throat lozenges ,made with nano-silver, honey &peppermint essential oil. These are also on sale right now.

    • March 10, 2019 at 10:06 am

      Hi Brenda, I love your comment because I’m a firm believer in silver products. I really wish more people would try them. Great comment! Thank you for sharing your story about your grandson. I love it! Linda

    • March 12, 2019 at 11:39 am

      I make my own silver and it works great, but WAY less costly. I am looking into how to make a gel form. It would probably stay more stable.

  • March 10, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Linda ~ as I have told you before, I have tried to teach my neighbors about getting prepared. There are so many excuses that it is mind boggling. And, yes, some of my neighbors have said they are coming to my apartment. I told them that they would have to bring their bedding to sleep on the floor, all of their non-perishable foods and LOTS of money. They always ask why the money. I tell them that they are not using my resources without payment. And, if said neighbors are unsavory types, they will be met with a gun in their face. I would prefer to stay in place if possible but I am also ready to bug out if that is the way to go.

    Matt ~ I am a primitive camper and I can load my SUV with all of my camping/survival gear as well as food and water in a matter of a couple of hours. I generally take my time loading but push come to shove, 2 hours tops. I keep my gear organized in bins and while I don’t take all my stored food when I go camping, it is all in one place so to speak and easily loaded.

    Keep preparing and keep telling people to prepare! Another thing is that most governmental agencies and the Red Cross are advising 7-14 days of preps. 72 hour preps just won’t cut it anymore. And I tell people who say they cannot afford to prepare – get one or two extra cans/boxes/bags of soup/pasta/beans. I saw a post somewhere where a guy made up a 1 month (or maybe it was 1 year) supply of stored food: spaghetti noodles, sauce mix and canned parmesan cheese for dinners; pancake mix and syrup for breakfast; and tuna pouches and crackers for lunches. While this might have been the cheap way to go, it would also be very boring. AND the rotation would likely be a nightmare! Something to think about though. I have canned and boxed goods that I rotate all the time as they are things I eat on a regular basis. I also have FD foods that I use as a back up if I run out of something and don’t have the money to go to the store. But keeping at least a 4-6 month supply of non-perishables is my insurance plan.

    • March 10, 2019 at 10:11 am

      Hi Leanne, you have a great insurance plan, my friend! Keep prepping and doing what you’re doing. I love it! Linda

  • March 10, 2019 at 9:15 am

    I live in a small town so most of the problems will be minimal for those around me. We have had gatherings about preparedness and some think we will be taken care of and others think some of us are nuts.
    Other than a tornado our natural disasters are limited. I have plans to stay at home until not feasible. My bugout locations are with friends or near them. We all know how to do without and are ready for this scenario. People are the loose cog in the mechanism. How they will act or react.

    • March 10, 2019 at 10:19 am

      HI Cheef, you are really lucky to have a place to bug out with friends if you need to bug out. It’s all about planning before a disaster or unforeseen emergency. I applaud you!! Linda

  • March 10, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Reverse 911 is not available in our area – what we have is Nixle. We get notifications on areas to avoid because of traffic accidents, police activity, washed out roads, etc.. It’s great!

  • March 10, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Thank you so much for your, “Prepare Your Family for Survival,” book! It is full of valuable, practical information, and has been a great resource for preparing for emergencies! We have a responsibility to take care of ourselves and our families by being prepared, and there is a sense of accomplishment in knowing you have done all you can to prepare your family and help others that you are able to help (and trust God through it all.)
    My mother was raised on a farm in South Dakota during the Great Depression, so she and her family knew the reality of hard times and they had to live using all the “pioneer” skills you talk about. She said their family never went hungry, as many others during that time did.
    She and my dad taught my siblings and I how to live frugally, to cook, bake, sew, garden, can and freeze food, and hunt. We made laundry soap from lye (made from ashes.) We hung out our clothes on a clothes line, even in the winter in the Midwest. The clothes would sometimes freeze & you had to bring them in and stand them in front of a radiator to finish drying. Though I have a washer and dryer now, and don’t make lye soap, I am so grateful for all she taught us and for having all of these skills!
    I have taught my daughters most of them, also, and now am working with the grandkids!
    We now live in Seattle, so when we had the heavy snow last month and also lost power, we were prepared with lanterns, camp stove, easy to prepare food, cell phone chargers. We were able to help some others who were not prepared. The grocery shelves were literally cleaned out in one day prior to the predictions of the second snow. How great to have what we needed on hand, and not have to try to get to a store and wait in line for up to 2 hours to just buy what happened to be available!
    God Bless you for helping others prepare for any type of situation!

    • March 10, 2019 at 5:55 pm

      Hi Jan, thank you for your kind words. They mean so much to me. Oh my goodness, that snow in Seattle (I watched the TV) was unbelievable! I love hearing you were raised with skills you have passed down to your kids and grandkids. Kudos to you and your mom and grandma!!! I’m so glad you mentioned the stores were empty in one day, people need to hear this firsthand. I personally saw the empty stores when I was 16. I swore that would never happen to my family, and it never has. I can’t imagine waiting in line for two hours to get food or water, I hope people learn from this comment to be prepared before they need to be. Thanks for sharing your story! I LOVE it! Linda

  • March 10, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Y2K started me with prepping. At the time it wasn’t called that. Fanatic seems to come to mind. About 10 years ago we got serious about it and started reading on how and what to prep. We have since sold our house and downsized. A lot. So for the last five years now we have been preparing a place for our family to come to if need be. A homestead of sorts.
    I would like to think nothing will happen but, that doesn’t seem likely. EMP, nuclear, storms, war, etc. This spring we will build a storm shelter/ root cellar. Our garden has gotten big and I have been working on skills for survival with no or little electricity. I think we will be ok unless we get a direct attack from someone or something. We are in our 70’s. We are healthy and still kind of strong. Never to late to make plans and prepare. Never to late to start. If nothing else our family will have someplace safe to go. If you haven’t started it is time to begin. Just some basics are better than none. Water, canned foods, snacks, can opener and so it begins…
    Thank you Linda for so much info. Love it.

    • March 10, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      Hi Mary, I’m 69 so I can totally relate. Mark will be 73. It’s so funny because I remember being prepared before it was called prepping!! AND I remember Y2K!! I love hearing how you have downsized and are preparing for what comes your way. I feel an urgency to get my garden enlarged. I’m concerned about an EMP, it’s inevitable. Our power grid is so antiqued we must be ready to do things without power. May God bless you and your family. We can do this! Linda

  • March 11, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Go, Linda! I too am tired of the negative stuff on internet sites, FB, and All the news channels. I laughed at your comments about ‘tenting’ it. I’m with you there. I have a tent but that’s for fun camping, not a backup home. Might be ok to sleep in, sit in shade if electricity goes out…as to going into a strange area, as ‘bugging out’ implies, seems dangerous or just silly to me. Well, unless a person has a second home, well-stocked. It’s better to stay, if possible, in a person’s own home where you know what you have on hand. You know something about neighbors, even natural resources. And, this is why I have a get home bag in my car: home is where I will land and stay!

    • March 11, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      HI Wendy, your comment on the tent!! I have the giggles! Home is where I will land and stay too! Linda

  • March 15, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Linda, great post as usual. I really need your book to add to my “collection”. I have recently moved to a small mountain town and there a lot of “preppers” here. One of the people I met suggested I read William Fortschen’s book “One Second After”. It is about an EMP attack and how the main character, his family and his community deal with the aftermath. Linda, it scared the you-know-what out of me! It is very eye-opening and everyone needs to read it. For those that think they can hunt or fish to survive, you see that isn’t true for very long. Those that need medication to survive had better stockpile their meds and you see why in this book. The author was only going to write the one book but his readers clamored for a sequel (One Year Later). It doesn’t get any easier to read, nor does his third book (The Final Day)!

    • March 16, 2019 at 8:47 am

      Hi Pam, yes I read that book, One Second After. It’s not my favorite book, it dragged too long. It does talk about the cars that won’t work and the insulin you may not be able to get. My favorite book was written by Ted Koppel. “Lights Out”, it’s real-time issues we will have to deal with. Our country is so behind the times. One Second After is fine, but it doesn’t touch the real issues like Ted Koppel’s book. God bless this country. Linda

  • March 20, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I am bugging I , yes I am prepared, been at it for 3 years. My question is, Won’t the sewer back up in your drains with people still flushing toilets with what ever water they have? The sewer system is run by your city or county if you have no electric for a period of time it will not function, hence backing up in your home, that is unsanitary. Just a thought . if you have a well and septic your golden.

    • March 20, 2019 at 7:41 pm

      Hi Pamela, yes, if you lose power the sewer lines will not work. I checked with my city/county and they do have a generator but when it runs out of fuel we will be on our own. I am located above the sewer line drains but those below will get flooded with sewer before me. But, in any case, we will not want to use our toilets and therefore I have emergency toilets. We will not be able to shower, etc. If we had a septic tank it would be golden for sure. Linda

  • December 22, 2020 at 11:56 am

    As far as bugging out, won’t all the highways and side roads be crammed with people in cars and RVs attempting to flee? I can imagine thousands of vehicles sitting bumper to bumper for days, going nowhere. Then the cars, etc. get abandoned compounding the backup, because you can’t live in the car sitting there day after day. Bugging in seems to be the only sane solution.

    • December 22, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      Hi Linda, exactly! Plus, whoever runs out of gas because they are stalled or in line too long on the highway. Bugging in seems the only sane way for me as well. Linda


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