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 less than optimum when natural disasters or a doomsday event happens.
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 sick and tired of seeing negative comments on Facebook that have to do with our government.
I’m pretty opinionated in my views, but you will NEVER see them on Facebook. I have better things to do with my time. This is an updated post, I’m hoping some new followers will learn something from this article.
Okay, I better step down off my soapbox and explain why I will not bug out or leave my home after a disaster unless there’s an evacuation directive given. If my house caves in after an earthquake, yes, I’ll have to leave, that’s another story.
If and when we go to war things will change, we even need to be ready for disputes within our own country.
Possibly, even our 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 blogs and websites.
Storms I Have Lived Through
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 was very concerned about where I lived in the St. George, Utah area because I lived fairly close to a major freeway and the government indicated it would be a main evacuation route if things got tough in SoCal or Vegas.
I can bet you right now we will have riots on that freeway when a major disaster hits! The county where I lived has warned us about this. It’s the main thoroughfare for California and Nevada heading to northern Utah. I now live in Northern Utah, and although there are certainly safety issues with a large city, in many ways, I feel safer now.
The county is expecting 400,000 to 500,000 people to head to Utah if the west coast has issues, and I think there is a good chance it will. There is no other place to go, they will head this way.
72 Hour Scenario
I’ve told you before about the first 72 hours after a disaster. For the first 24 hours, the lights will go out because we’ll 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 ensure 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.
In the next 24 hours, we’ll be checking with our neighbors to see what’s going on. We may get an alert IF the disaster is only in our neighborhood.
If you haven’t registered your cell phone with your city or county please do it today. Just Google Reverse 911 with your city or county. You’ll then follow the instructions to add your phone number to the emergency database.
Hopefully, your neighbors have stored some food and water because the local grocery stores will be empty within 48 hours, or less. I can picture checking on a few of my neighbors, unless, of course, it’s a pandemic. Then I’ll not leave my home.
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 during 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’m saying 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 history has shown just a few are listening.
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! I don’t have a tent, bunker, trailer, camper, house, or shelters of any kind in the woods away from civilization as a bugout location or destination I can use. That’s why I plan to use my current location, my house, as my go-to solution to “weather the storm.”
So, here are my thoughts today on why you don’t want to bug out unless you have the means and resources to do it.
15 Reasons Why You Do Not Want To Bug Out
- Your house would be your safest bet to keep you from the weather, hot or cold. I may have told you about my friend who 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 as a long term solution. Period.
- Our homes hopefully have the food we have stored for emergencies. A challenge with my car as a bug-out vehicle is its size. I don’t have room for lots of gear and supplies for any extended period even if I did have a backup place to go.
- Our homes should have water stored to go with that food and to keep our family hydrated. I do have a large basement with a storage room for lots of stuff.
- I have a comfortable bed and mattress in my home and will sleep better than a cot or in a sleeping bag in a tent. Even if the power goes out, I have a stash of blankets and extra clothes for warmth. There are also multiple bathrooms if one happens to become inoperable.
- I have the cooking devices I’ll need to prepare meals or boil water.
- I have an emergency toilet complete with bags, kitty litter, and lots of toilet paper if the sewer systems can’t be used. I made “family cloth” fabric pieces that are ready to use once the toilet paper runs out. I cut flannel into 9-inch squares. Personal hygiene is important all the times, particularly during emergency situations.
- I have three different ways in my home to wash and rinse my clothes. Yep, I even have a clothesline.
- I have fuel stored in my garage that is not flammable, and propane in my yard that is flammable and ready to use.
- I have all my kitchen supplies with pans, Dutch ovens, my Sun Oven, etc., right here at home.
- I have all the first aid supplies at my fingertips. I could suture a bad cut if I need to do that.
- I have the tools, shovels, etc., right here ready to use. I have so many essentials in my emergency kit, like flashlights, extra batteries, a lantern, and headlamps to see in the dark. I also have first aid kit items in case someone gets hurt.
- 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
- 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. The terrain can be tough to negotiate. We don’t know what’s in the mountains, are there dangerous people up there looking for food or water? You may run into strangers who are not friendly. You may become a target with little defense to protect yourself, think about that. There’s also the likelihood of wildfire events in the mountains too.
- The roads may not be safe to drive, even if you can get gas for your car. You may remember I used to say to 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. If you do have to leave, I hope you’ve checked that spare tire and have kept your vehicle emergency kit up to date.
- 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’ll be safer at home with all the preps you have been gathering over the years. Your neighborhood is YOUR community, we must work together.
- You should have all your critical documents available if you need them. Things like insurance policies, copies of stocks and bonds, copies of wills and medical information, and so much more.
- Depending on their age, your kids are likely to be safer at home too.
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 don’t plan to depend on us for survival. 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 in southern Utah 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. May God Bless this world, Linda