15 Reasons Why You Do Not Want To Bug Out

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 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.

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. Don’t flush those toilets it may back up into your house. 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. 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. In my neighborhood, I could only get two other families to get 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. Motorola MR350R 35-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) I’ve seen these at Costco sometimes as well.

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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 cannot 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 mean 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 and 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 my 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 two different ways in my home beside the washing machine 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.
  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 my 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. Update International (MB-1600) 16 qt Stainless Steel Mixing 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 use 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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Readers Comments:

Sean: Looks like I am the only man commenting here! Like your content and this article as well. One of those line items could have been “I have a door I can lock”. I don’t know about you, but even a squirrel scurrying in the night wakes me up in a tent. Can’t imagine if I was worried about people. I saw on the news today how 13 people were injured as they stampeded in Penn Station because four (4) police officers felt they could not subdue one unarmed man without deploying tasers. People heard the “pop” and panicked. America is living in fear and when something REAL happens, these same people will be a real problem.

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. The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

Please buy my book before you need it: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation 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.


  1. Unless the area that you are in is unlivable bugging out doesn’t make sense, especially for those who live in rural areas. I think I would be more at risk “on the road” than I would be at home. Carrying supplies would also make you a target for people. If it is a big emergency, where would you get gasoline? I can cook at home, I have supplies at home and I have ways to protect myself at home.

    • Hi Janet, thanks for your awesome comment. Some people cannot “bug out” and they need to know it’s okay. We can only do what we can physically, mentally and moneywise do for our families. My point was to make sure people do not feel guilty if they can’t buy a truck and trailer and flee to the hills or a bunker. Hugs! Linda

      • Great article. I’m like you, hopefully prepared in all things. Bought the book your referred to, I did not have this one, thanks.

        • Hi Judy, I am always on the lookout for good books that are REAL. Ted Koppel’s book taught me how unprepared our country is prepared for terrorist attacks on our power grids. I thought it was interesting how the power is distributed. We pay double the amount of money on our side of town compared to a co-op power company on the other side of town for electricity. Glad you found a book you wanted. Hugs! Linda

  2. I have finally read an article on emergency prep that is common sense. I would “bug out” only as a last resort. I personally don’t want to be out in the mayhem. I continue to pray people will learn to become more self-sufficient, like our ancestors were. Not that we have to live that way now, but to have that knowledge is in their own best interest. If you have not already posted a blog on canning ground beef, please do so. I have pressure canned most everything else, but not that. Keep up the great work.

    • Hi Beth, I will work on that “canned Beef”, maybe! LOL! It was fun in the canning class but for Mark and me, 24 purchased cans for the year works! I will think about it though, it’s awesome!I totally agree “bugging out” will be my last resort as well. Hugs, Linda

  3. Wende Chan says:

    Hi Linda, Thanks for the reminders to shelter in place until you need to bug out and encouraging people to get 2-way radios or Hamm radios. It is easier to stay in contact with neighbors, family etc. Also the Emergency Preparedness info on CERT which can include a whole neighborhood/region (Red Cross has this training available). BUT, one extra thought on the Survival Medicine Handbook, PLEASE get the physical copy, read it ahead of time, and store with a flashlight, and hand crank/solar radio. Internet copys may not be available when power sources are down so real books are preferable. Also PRACTICE with family members. You are very good at encouraging food storage families to regularly test out their equipment and use the supplies as they rotate, A big THANK YOU from a newish food storage grandma. Wende

    • Hi Wende, your comment melts my heart, thank you! I totally agree on the hard copies. I think I better write a post about having HARD copies. Great idea, you and I both buy hard copies because if we lose power, we need the BOOK! I believe we need to practice as well, I wrote that in my book. Make plan, and practice it. Hugs! Linda

    • Wende Chan Please let me know which version of the Survival Medicine Handbook you are referring to as I believe there are several available. Thank you!!

  4. Also at home you have a good idea who belongs there and who are roaming bands. Therefore a tool for threat assessment. God forbid if something major happens things will be tough enough without the added worry of being on the road. GET PREPARED. Start today with small steps and the essentials. Build on this every day. Survival is our own personal and family priority. Times will be tough enough without the added burden of guilt for not doing anything.

    • Hi Joan, amen to your statement!! GET PREPARED! I’m really worried about my neighborhood, there are people who go to the grocery store daily. AND it’s ten miles to the nearest store. OR they eat out every day. YIKES! Some do not feel the need or have the desire and possibly the knowledge to be prepared for the unexpected. May God bless our neighborhoods! Hugs! Linda

    • Thank you Linda, I appreciate you clarifying that for me!! Have a Blessed day!!!

  5. You are so right. For most of us, bugging out would be foolish and an invitation for disaster. I think many people are looking at living on the road or in the woods with rose-colored glasses. I think the most important thing, beyond storing food and water, is to learn to be more self sufficient. Learn to use alternative cooking sources, alternative heat. Learn to make your own clothes and medicine. Learn how to handle bigger medical emergencies (like broken bones) for when medical help isn’t just around the corner.

    • Hi Cindy, great comment! I totally agree for most people it would be foolish to bug out. I have “acquaintance’s that have built bunkers and purchased land to house people with tents. Some are heading to cabins or houses they have stocked up in the mountains away from civilization. One family has built a 20,000 square foot home fully stocked for him and his extended family. In the mountains. I, too worry about the medical emergencies. I am not in the medical field and those medical people will be overworked if they stay in the community. I have heard several say they will not help in a pandemic. WOW! We will be on our own and we need to be ready as best we can to be self-reliant. Great comment, thank you! Linda

  6. Kathleen says:

    I think you would be very naive to not follow the Prophet and flee to a safe refuge “IF” we are asked to do so. Having said that, I am sure that people like you will be needed to stay local and help out any way you can and that is great. You just need to be prepared to suffer the consequences of such actions if we are called to flee. Hope you have a gun because they will be coming for whatever you have.
    We (our family) are preparing for ALL sceniors. You are making it sound like you know better than the Prophet. I (we) will follow the Prophet.
    While I appreciate the time and effort you put into your blog and prepping info, I have taken some of your suggestions to heart and have implemented some of them and for that I thank you.
    Sorry…just my opinion…..as you most certainly have yours.

    • Hi Kathleen, I am prepared for all scenarios as well. I do know there are so many people that physically, mentally and do not have the means to “flee” their homes. I know because I receive emails from them. I also hear them from people when I teach classes about food storage and emergency preparedness. May God bless all of us. Linda

  7. For me, bugging out is not an option. We do have several tents if we need them. We have several ways to cook. We have water and food storage, we also have several ways for water filtration . I do not have any type of sun oven as I have not been able to afford one. I have 2 manual wheat grinders .I have several manual types of can and bottle openers. We have cast iron pots and pans and 2 large dutch ovens. We have paper plates and plastic utensils. I need more disposable bowls.I have saved several of the little basins that the hospital gives you, they work great for doing dishes or bathing. ( I have always told my family – 2 is 1 and 1 is none. But I would prefer 3 if possible.) Living out in the country, we have a septic system so not worried about being able to flush as we can use waste water to fill the toilet tank.We have a laundry sink that we can use . I like your idea of making family cloths. I have plenty of old dish towels that will work great for this purpose. I have also stored old worn sheets and blankets in the vacuum seal bags. I continue to look for items to help me be better prepared for any situation. Learn to garden now. Don’t wait until you HAVE to do it. I have been growing fruits and veggies and canning for years. I rarely eat out . I would rather spend the money on items that will be needed in case of emergencies.My grand daughter and my sister are both EMT’s. My sister knows a lot more than my grand daughter ,but both can suture a cut or set any broken bones. We have two way radios. We have solar chargers .Being prepared has always been a way of life here. But even more so in recent years.We are not yet where we want to be, but we are a lot further than we were. Thank you for yet another informative post. God Bless and keep on prepping.

    • Oh Judy, you have an EMT’s in the family!! I love hearing that! The solar oven is awesome because it requires zero fuel. The best time to use it in my area is 10:00 to 3:00 give or take the sunshine. Here’s the deal, there may be one you can all pitch in on. You don’t need the dehydrator and all the bells and whistles. If you have dark or non-shiny baking pans that fit in the oven they will work. I have two of them because I make bread and could feed the neighborhood if I need too. I wish more people were self-reliant. I am very concerned that people nowadays do not know how to cook from scratch. We all must learn to garden. I have had a garden my entire life. It’s harder to grow things here in Southern Utah BUT we do not a longer growing season. Just lots of rodents and pests. LOL! Hugs! Linda

  8. Linda, I agree completely. I even give away for free a copy of my ebook Bugging In: What To Do When TSHTF and You Live In Suburbia to those who sign up for my monthly newsletter–the very newsletter that has featured (with your permission) some of your fine article.

    It is a far better strategy to band together with your neighbors and defend your own neighborhood–if it comes to that–than to flee your home and basically become a refugee.

    The greatest danger to bugging in may well be if some form of government does survive (very likely) and they come to your home to take what you have and “redistribute” it (somewhat likely)–since under the National Defense Authorization Act you would be considered a hoarder. And isn’t it interesting how being prepared for an emergency and taking personal responsibility for doing such a good thing can be twisted into something allegedly bad (hoarding).

    • Oh Raymond, you nailed it on this comment! I am for sure a hoarder in a good way! LOL! Keeping prepping and spread the word, thanks for sharing my articles! Hugs, Linda

  9. Looks like I am the only man commenting here! Like your content and this article as well. One of those line items could have been “I have a door I can lock”. I don’t know about you, but even a squirrel scurrying in the night wakes me up in a tent. Can’t imagine if I was worried about people. I saw in the news today how 13 people were injured as they stampeded in Penn Station because four (4) police officers felt they could not subdue one unarmed man without deploying tasers. People heard the “pop” and panicked. America is living in fear and when something REAL happens, these same people will be a real problem.

  10. Thanks for your wise words, Linda!

    You’re right. We know best how to protect our hearth and home. Friends who live in a suburban area told us that if things got bad that they would fell the trees across the lane of their driveway to make it harder for anyone to drive up to the house.

    We can do things to make our houses less interesting to pilfer. Desperate people tend to go for lower hanging fruit. If you can’t drive up to the front door, you’re not going to be able to drive away with much.

    • Hi Debbie, oh my gosh, I never thought about the trees. I have a chainsaw…..woohoo!I think my biggest concern lately is all the stuff I START to read by others. I want to be prepared but I have started disliking the word prepper. Prepper is now becoming a survivalist. I want to teach people to be prepared for the unexpected. I hope I explained what I am saying from my heart. Hugs! Linda

      • You have addressed a really good topic, Linda. So much about preparedness (which is a system, while Preppers are people of all kinds and backgrounds) is realizing what an opposing position might do and be willing to do. There is an ugly side to human nature that we don’t want to consider. However, if you make your place less attractive to the quick grab of goods, people will expend their energies elsewhere. And if they can’t drive up quickly, then they won’t do it.

        People know many households have firearm home protection. They have to think twice about where they will steal. How hungry do people have to be to risk life to steal? I think only the easy targets will be hit. No matter what your feelings are about firearms, it’s always better to be vague when discussing them. Or you could put up a sign like the one I saw. “No Trespassing. If you get shot, it’s your own fault.”

        In Japan after the Fukishima disaster, people were orderly. There were no rushes on supplies and there were no looters. As a society, the Japanese wouldn’t do that. It would bring dishonor to their families. They also shared resources as many over there stored emergency supplies of water and food. There was no panic.

        If the same thing had happened here, I think all family honor would be out the window. But still people would respect if they were to raid a home that the homeowner might have a gun and they may pay with their lives for the crime and opt for easier targets.

        Very good topic, Linda!! There is a great difference between being a Prepper and practicing preparedness. I understand your apprehension about what others say. But if you keep up the quest to have families prepared for the unexpected, you will have a great and commendable mission. I know I’m better prepared from what I’ve learned from you. Thank you so very much!


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