Bugging Out: Where To Plan Your Survival Retreat In A Forced Evacuation

Jeff Anderson

With everyone “sheltering in place” during the pandemic, it can be tempting to forget that sometimes, you have no choice BUT to leave your home.

Now is a great time to plan WHERE you would go if your home became too dangerous to stay in… because, over and over again, we've told you something you HAVE to understand about bugging out for survival.

It's not enough just to flee!

In fact, I've talked before about the very real events that can plunge us into a serious social chaos situation, which could prompt you to bug out.

(You know, like a global pandemic, hint, hint?)

If one of those events occurs, you need to get gone… but you have to have somewhere to go TO.

Just leaving, just fleeing without a destination in mind, won't work…. but how do you choose where to go?

You need to consider…

Bugging Out: Where To Plan Your Survival Retreat In A Forced Evacuation

Bugout Survival Retreat Evacuation Planning

Leaving without a destination in mind turns you into a refugee, not a survivor.

This means you'll have planned a survival retreat ahead of time.

When considering where to locate that survival retreat, though, there are a bunch of things you need to think about.

Some of them are “counter-intuitive.”

For example…

Is The Travel Distance Feasible?

First of all, you have to be able to get to that retreat location.

Who knows what threats are going to be there along the way, no matter what route you take?

  • There could be poor resources in certain areas.
  • There could be civil unrest in certain areas.
  • If the distance is too long, you won't be able to reach your retreat.

You really want to start with looking at a 75 to 150 mile radius from where you currently live.

So if you have to leave your home, you’re looking at worst case scenario a quarter to a half a tank of fuel, because you don’t know what you’re going to have in your vehicle.

Having NO Civilization May Not Be An Option

When you’re looking at that location, you want to look at what resources you have nearby to be able to sustain yourself.

That means you want to look at a topographical map.

  • It will show you where maybe state parks are.
  • In state parks there could be more game there.
  • There’s usually fishing there.

You are looking for something that is out of the way that people are not going to think to travel to.

  • But does it have water available?
  • Is there going to be game there that you might be able to hunt? Are there fishing locations?
  • Or is there even a place, if it’s a longer term stay, where you might be able to garden?
  • How is the soil there?

These are all things you have to think about for long-term survival.

You Need SOME Resources Nearby!

You obviously don’t want to be near a major population if you can avoid it, right?

You want to try and stay away from any major urban population because people are going to eventually start to branch out from those urban populations.

Then you have a bunch of clueless, desperate, panicked people out there that could take your stuff, stumble across you, or whatever.

So you want to be as far away from major population as possible – at least one full gas tank away from a major urban area.

You DO want some resources nearby, though, like a hospital or urgent care, a hardware store for supplies, and even something as basic as cell phone and even Internet service.

You might be able to use cash or even bartering, whatever it might be, to be able to go and get resources.

You will also need to resupply food from this area, so you do want to be near some sort of a smaller population.

Small town residents are used to being more self-sufficient, and that may play into your thinking as well.

The point is, there are a lot of factors to consider… and you can't afford to make these decisions on the fly.

Do your planning NOW while you have the opportunity.

When an emergency hits, it will be too late.

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Bugout Tip (From Gov’t) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!

Bugout Tip (From Gov't) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!

“You can't eat bullets.”

“All those guns won't save you from a fire or an earthquake.”

“Why are you so paranoid?”

These are all things some people like to say to armed citizens when it comes to survival in a natural disaster or other emergency (like the current COVID-19 pandemic).

Now, look, I get the point these folks are trying to make.

No, weapons should not be your ONLY priority in an emergency.

But you also don't DARE ignore them, because now…

Even The Government Says To Arm Yourself In A Disaster!

Bugout Tip (From Gov't) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!
Bugout Tip (From Gov't) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!

Your government isn't exactly known for being on the “cutting edge” of preparing for a disaster:

They left a fleet of buses to be buried in flood water in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

They left thousands of bottles of water to sit, unused, during disaster recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

And they complained that it simply didn't have the resources to help people (seriously – FEMA. bureaucrats said this after Hurricane Maria)!

But now, the same people who famously confiscated guns from law-abiding citizens after Hurricane Katrina have changed their tune.

Specifically, more and more state governments are recognizing the REAL danger in a natural disaster.

What is that danger?

It's other people.

Lawmakers in Texas, last year, approved a new bill that lets legal gun owners carry handguns in public for up to a week after a natural disaster.

It passed in a very close vote, and the lawmakers argued about it a LOT before passing it.

An article in the The New Republic said…

According to a summary, bill supporters don't want to be “forced to leave handguns behind in vehicles or homes, where they could be at risk from looters.” [emphasis added]

The bill is a step in the right direction, but what it DOESN'T include is just as important:

The bill doesn't require relief shelters to let in people who are armed.

In other words, if you're an armed citizen and you intend to stay armed in a natural disaster…

…You're on your own!

What Laws Like This Mean For Your Survival

If more and more states – the same people who haven't exactly been quick to look out for you in the past – are recognizing the danger of natural disasters…

…you're already behind the curve if you aren't getting ready for this.

(Especially given all the attacks on gun sales and your gun rights that have happened since the pandemic started.)

Whether it's a home-leveling hurricane, a raging forest fire, an earthquake, a flood… it ISN'T the disaster itself that your government is now worrying about.

It's what comes AFTER the disaster, when innocent victims are preyed on by looters and other “human threats.”

Understanding the danger of looters and an increase in crime (which is exactly what happened after Hurricane Katrina turned New Orleans into a crime-ridden war zone) is the ONLY reason your state government would urge you to arm yourself in an emergency.

The problem has gotten so bad that state governments are flip-flopping from taking guns…

…to telling you you'd better make sure to have one, because “ain't nobody gonna help ya!”

I talk about this in-depth in in my best-selling bug out bag manual.

The time to prepare ISN'T when danger is forcing you out your front door…

…or when it's desperately trying to break in to get at your and your family.

Start arming… and preparing… now, while you can.

It could save your life.

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MCS 292 – Pandemic Prepping Update #2

Pandemic Prepping Update Wuhan Coronavirus COVID-19
Pandemic Prepping Update Wuhan Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19, or the “Coronavirus,” continues to paralyze the world.

The thing is…

…It's going to get worse before it gets better.

This global pandemic is teaching us a LOT.

And it's up to us to remember these powerful lessons.

I've said before that people were not taking it seriously.

Well, it's getting worse now.

Before we get through it, we'll know, more than ever:

It's the people around you who are the REAL threat.

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Jeff Anderson explains what's going on with COVID-19 right now in the United States… and what you and your family should be doing to prepare and get through it.

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  • Why the death toll we've seen so far is NOTHING compared to what Trump and Dr. Fauci are predicting.
  • Why the W.H.O. was wrong to minimize concerns over aerosol transmission.
  • The critical location that could become the next epicenter for the pandemic in YOUR town!
  • What you can do to protect yourself if you must go out to procure supplies.
  • Why both martial law and vigilante action are coming (and have already started)… and the HUGE OPSEC mistake many preppers are making right now.

These are difficult times, but we WILL get through them.

Get this critical information now so you can prepare while there is time to do it.

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‘Coronavirus’ Threat? 15 MILLION people are now INFECTED!

Chinese Coronavirus - Wuhan Flu (Kung Flu)

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

The news has been terrifying.

  • Chinese officials claiming bodies should be cremated quickly without funerals, to avoid spreading infection.
  • The World Health Organization declaring a global health emergency.
  • Surgical masks selling out in the UK, because people are terrified the virus has come to their country.
  • And the first cases appearing here in the United States, indicating the coronavirus is spreading here.

But as worrying as all that is, there is another infection, a WORSE infection, that is threatening us right now.

All it takes is for that, PLUS fears of coronavirus, to COLLAPSE our economy – even for just a few weeks…

…and you won't believe how many people ALREADY have it!

Worried About ‘Coronavirus'. . .? 15 Million People Are ALREADY Infected!

Chinese Coronavirus - Wuhan Flu (Kung Flu)
Chinese Coronavirus – Wuhan Flu (Kung Flu)

See, there's a ‘coronavirus' style threat that the news ISN'T talking about.

CNN reported just last week that 15 million people are infected so far this year, and the threat is spreading from state to state.

It's influenza.

That's right: While everybody's worrying about coronavirus (and they should be), the flu is already killing people in the United States.

It just doesn't rate the news, because people don't think of “the flu” as the deadly threat it really is.

This season alone, the flu has killed 8,200 people in the United States.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases predicts that this flu season will be the worst one in a decade, and at least 140,000 people have already been hospitalized with flu complications.

That number is only going to go up before this flu season is over!

So, why does that matter?

Because if the flu season gets bad enough – and COMBINED with the threat of coronavirus in the United States – we could experience a supply chain collapse.

And no one is talking about this!

A short-term (or even long-term) “collapse” doesn't usually happen in one giant THUD that wipes everything out in an instant.

Instead, it goes down as a chain-reaction that can be caused by any triggering event.

(I talk about how to prepare for those triggering events in my life-saving survival “manual” .)

When any of these very real events are triggered, they will cause a domino effect that will have a very predictable outcome.

All you need is a “trigger event” – and, let me tell you, friend, a record flu season, coupled with the coronavirus breaking out in the US, is one HELL of a trigger.

(The Centers For Disease Control – the CDC – has been trying to warn us for years that we're LONG overdue for a deadly pandemic!)

Diseases can spread very quickly across the country through long-distance transportation such as by people using airplanes, trains…

… and even long-distance truck-drivers delivering goods!

Since truckers often stop in the same locations as other truckers for rest, food, re-fueling, and resupply, all it would take is just a few truck-drivers exposed to the coronavirus (or a medicine-resistant strain of the flu) to rapidly spread these diseases throughout the entire trucking industry.

(In fact, I'm ALREADY hearing rumors about Chinese suppliers of consumer goods halting production “temporarily” while the coronavirus has everyone in China afraid!)

Now here's where things get really scary…

You see, most people don't realize just how dependent we are on our nation's truck drivers.

Our entire trucking system is part of our nation's critical underlying infrastructure that supplies every single household and business with all the things we take for granted, such as food, water, medicines, fuel, repair parts, etc.

Once things start to collapse, it will take only 3 days to go from calm… to CHAOS.

See, there are LOTS of “triggering events” that can disrupt every town's supply chain and send our entire infrastructure into a tailspin, turning everyday folks into hungry, desperate “refugees” forced to fend for themselves and their families.

This is why YOU need to be the most prepared person on your block in order to protect yourself and those you love from the dangers that your neighbors don't even realize are out there – and this workshop will help you do that.

But that knowledge is no good without “action”, right?

Take advantage of my life-saving survival “manual” and let me show you the prepping shortcuts I've learned (the hard way) over the years, and prepare NOW, before it's too late.

I promise this information could save your life (and the lives of those you love).

Don't wait until the fear of infection shuts down supplies to YOUR town… and the grocery store shelves go empty.

Get prepared now while there's time.

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MCS 5 In 5 No. 4 – Joe “Dr. Bones” Alton (Medical Survival)

Joe “Dr. Bones” Alton 5 In 5 Q & A (Medical Survival)

We get so many questions at MCS Magazine that it's hard to answer them all.

From survival to self-defense to guns and gear, and everything in between…

…we're doing our best to get to as many of them as we can.

Each one of our 5 in 5 series presents five of your questions to one of our subject matter experts.

But here's the thing:

They haven't seen the questions before.

This is your chance to get a “hot take” on five questions for the most honest answers possible.

It isn't just informative.

It's also fun!

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Jeff Anderson asks five survival medicine questions of medical expert Joe “Dr. Bones” Alton, giving him 60 seconds to answer each one.

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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:

  • Whether you should get a flu shot – or not!
  • How and when you should use “fish antibiotics.”
  • The one piece of furniture you don't want around if you're trying to prevent infection!
  • The secret to functioning in an emergency when you “feel like death.”
  • The one piece of medical gear every prepper should have in his or her survival kit!

Don't miss another great addition to our podcast schedule.

Get 5 answers in 5 minutes… and stay informed.

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Bugging Out: Are You Making These 4 LIFE-OR-DEATH Mistakes?

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Most people think bugging out is going to be a romantic “jaunt” down the road with a backpack on.

They’ll travel and camp for three days, after which they’ll get where they’re going, and everything will be fine.

But the fact is that people constantly underestimate what is involved in bugging out.

Real bugging out is going to be a lot more like that book and movie, The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.

(If you haven’t read it or seen the movie, do so ASAP).

Most people, in fact, make four BIG mistakes that could get you killed in a real-life crisis.

I talked to survival expert Kevin Reeve, and here is a run-down of what he told me about those mistakes.

Are You Making These 4 Bug-out Mistakes?

Kevin Reeve
Kevin Reeve

Now, hopefully, you’ll be bugging out early, and things won’t be anywhere near that grim.

If they are (or are even close), here are the four biggest mistakes people make in their bug-out preparation…

Bug-out Mistake #1: Overestimating Your Physical Fitness

No two ways about it… you have to be physically fit to travel to a secondary safe zone.

The average person can travel about 15-25 miles per day carrying a 35-lb backpack or less – children much less than this in both distance and weight.

If you’re not fit for the “hike”, that distance is going to be even less than that… perhaps as little as 5-10 miles per day.

(That doesn’t get you very far over a 3-day period now, does it?)

Think twice about that second cheeseburger and consider putting that $2.47 toward a gym membership instead, eh?

Bug-out Mistake #2: Overestimating Your Skill Level

So you’ve watched Man Vs. Wild until your eyes bled and now you think you can build a fire with nothing more than a pine cone and a chocolate bar, huh?

Things always look easy on television… but can be much harder when you go to put the skills you’ve learned to the test in a remote environment.

The best way to test that knowledge is to… well… TEST that knowledge.

Choose one skill a week to put it to the test (more if you can handle it) and see how it really plays out without the instruction guide.

Bug-out Mistake #3: Overestimating What Your Equipment Can Do For You

Cheap gear will leave you stranded and cussing at the irony of how the item that was supposed to save your heiney in a disaster has now become a big paperweight.

Thing is, the only way you’ll ever find out is to put it to the test – yes, actually use it.

Take all of your gear out and see how it performs in a realistic scenario… and then even in unrealistic scenarios!

Do it right after buying it so you can send it back to China if it doesn’t pass muster.

Bug-out Mistake #4: Not Having A Destination Set

One of the most critical elements of a bug out plan is having a destination to go to, actually knowing where you’re trying to get.

(It’s not just wandering along like in a Dean Martin road movie.)

There’s no point in leaving home, where you have food and water and some level of security, unless you know you’re going somewhere better.

But there’s no point in leaving at all unless you have someplace defined!

There is no way, unless you have a specific plan about where you going and what you’ll expect to find when you get there, that you should ever leave home in the first place.

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MCS 256 – Dual-Purpose Bug-Out Bag Survival Gear

dual-purpose bug-out bag survival gear
Dual-Purpose Bug-Out Bag Survival Gear

When you're bugging out, there's one fact that is inescapable:

You can only carry SO MUCH gear! Keeping your bug-out bag manageable can be a BIG problem. . .

. . . and TOO MANY preppers make the mistake of trying to pack everything and the kitchen sink.

If your BOB is too heavy, you won't be able to move fast.

You're going to get tired.

You're going to start leaving gear behind.

One way to avoid that problem is to pack dual-purpose gear, which can serve two different, even OPPOSITE functions.

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Jeff Anderson identifies four critical pieces of dual-purpose survival gear for your bug-out bag.

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  • The patriotic piece of gear that can be used to diffuse conflict before it begins (or trick your enemies so you can get the upper hand)!
  • A piece of gear you can buy in any Wal-Mart that makes an INCREDIBLE improvised weapon.
  • A simple piece of equipment that can be used for “hack-proof” communications!
  • A piece of kit used for paintball and airsoft that could save your life in an emergency.
  • Multiple ways to use each piece of gear to serve YOU during rescue or escape and evasion!

Bugging out is one of the most stressful things you'll ever do.

Make sure you stack the deck in your favor by hand-selecting the best, most useful gear for bugging out (or in)!

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“Bug-Out Tips”… From A NURSING HOME?

Look, there's no polite way to say this, so I'm just going to put it out there…

If you're “older”… or have elderly parents or neighbors you look out for… (or even if you have young children)… then being forced to evacuate your home in a disaster could be the most dangerous task you'll ever face!

I mean, let's look at the stats…

  • Of the nearly 1,000 people who died as a result of Hurricane Katrina, fully HALF of the victims were 75 or older. Most of them died the day of the storm… and most of them drowned – alone and helpless – with no one to save to them.
  • During the “Paradise Wildfires,” most of the people who were killed were over the age of 65. In fact, 77% of the fatalities – people who were literally burned alive – were senior citizens.
  • Of the dozens of people killed by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, many were senior citizens who died due to lack of power for medical equipment (like oxygen tanks).

The hard reality here is that survival planning for people with limited mobility, people who are older (and even young children!) is a LOT more challenging than it is for those strapping, healthy dudes in their prime.

But there are some super smart people out there who are learning from other peoples' mistakes and…

Here's How 1 Retirement Community Mastered “Bugging Out” (And Why You Should Copy Their Evac Plan)

Steal This Nursing Home's Bugout Tactics
Here's How 1 Retirement Community Mastered “Bugging Out” (And Why You Should Copy Their Evac Plan)

The staff of the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community in South Carolina have got evacuations down to a science –because they were forced to…

When Hurricane Hugo hit the coast of the state in 1989, they had to evacuate all of the residents…

It happened again during Hurricane Matthew in 2016…

And when Hurricane Florence threatened residents again in 2018, nursing home staff once again had to make sure all residents were safely evacuated inland.

In other words, the nursing home's staff and residents (unlike even most “survival gurus”) have real-world experience in how difficult it can be when you're forced from your home in an emergency.

Here are 3 lessons they discovered (the hard way) and how their plan can help YOU – especially if you're older and/or have medical issues:

1. “Survival Stress”… It's A Real Thing!

The stress of bugging out means you'll need more time and resources than you think you do.

For example, Bishop Gadsden residents used up TWICE as much oxygen during an evacuation that they used during normal day-to-day life.

They also faced far more upset stomachs… flared  tempers… emotional breakdowns… and even a HUGE uptick in bathroom trips.

In other words, the stress and physical strain put their bodies through the wringer, and that's something you'll have to plan for if you and your family are forced from your home due to a disaster or some other dangerous crisis.

2. Personalize Your “Go-Bag”!

While they didn't call their kits “bugout bags,” the residents of Bishop Gadsden were prepared for evacuation with personalized, labeled suitcases.

Just like a bug-out bag, each suitcase contained all the items each resident needed to survive.

That includes specific medicationsoxygen tanks, and other life-sustaining supplies and equipment that, if lost or misplaced (or left behind) could mean DEATH for the resident in question.

There's no room for “forgetting” something you depend on to survive!

A one-size-fits-all plan wouldn't help these residents.

They need customized, personalized evacuation kits… and so do you.

3. Have A Plan… But Not Just ANY Plan!

The #1 lesson the staff and residents of Bishop Gadsden learned from these repeated responses to natural disasters?

That their “evacuation planning” needed to be a 24/7… 365 days a year… personally customized process… if they wanted to live!

I think you already know that the WORST time to figure out all these details is when a disaster is already headed your way, right?

Well, staff members knew that if each and every nursing home resident wasn't packed up and ready-to-go at a moment's notice – with that individual's personal needs taken care of – then they would all be stuck in buses… trapped on a jammed highway… and residents could literally die during the evacuation without the proper supplies.

Same goes for you, my friend…

Whether you're older… have a mobility problem… have young kids… or you're a young stud who can run marathons, your survival planning has to be detailed. . .

. . .It has to cover everything you might face. . .

. . .And it HAS to be specific to your family's needs, desires, challenges, strengths, etc.

Unfortunately, most people are trying to to do a “one-size-fits-all” solution.

Some of them just have some cheap gear socked away with maybe a couple of water bottles, and they think that's going to get them there.

In a real disaster, without a customized survival plan, that kind of “fantasy prepping” WON'T cut it.

I realize that customizing a plan is a lot to do. . . especially with all the misinformation on the internet from people who have never actually experienced how hard it can be to plan for – and execute – a life-or-death evacuation.

Worse yet, some of the “doomsday fantasy preppers” out there want you to pack everything but the kitchen sink.

That's just not practical… and unfortunately, what IS practical is more detailed than I can go into in just this one article.

However, if you're interested in the RIGHT way to set up your survival plan based on real-world scenarios, you can download a report about that right here.

This is something that ANYONE can follow to be prepared for ANY disaster, crisis, or attack — whether you're a complete beginner, an experience prepper, or even a senior citizen living on a fixed income.

Whether your personal threats are wildfires, hurricanes, or any other crisis, you MUST have a realistic survival gear and bugout plan. . . or you can find yourself stranded, alone, and at the mercy of Mother Nature – as well as the desperate citizens all around you.

Yeah, it's that serious my friend!

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