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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Bugging Out: Is Your Bugout Survival Vehicle Missing These 4 Critical Items?

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

You've seen it in countless survival and disaster movies:

Volcanoes are erupting, great chasms are opening up in the Earth, and fire, brimstone, and plagues of frogs are raining down from the sky.

But don't worry; here comes the hero, Strongjaw McHandsomeface, riding to the rescue in his pimped out monster truck complete with roof rack, snorkel, and mounted fifty-caliber machineguns!

But do the movies REALLY tell you what you should be carrying in your bug-out vehicle?

Recently I spoke with expert Ryan Lee Price about the critical bug-out vehicle gear he recommends.

Here is a summary of what he told me.

Is Your Bugout Vehicle Missing These 4 Critical Survival Items?

Bugging Out: Bugout Vehicle Survival Gear
Ryan Lee Price

There isn't a prepper on the planet who hasn't fantasized about creating the ultimate bugout vehicle to see him through the zombie hordes and safely to his survival retreat.

But do you really know what you THINK you know about bugout vehicles and equipment?

People often overlook whether their bug out vehicle can physically reach its destination.

You have to be able to get there physically or there's no point in going.

If your vehicle can't handle the terrain physically, you're stuck and worse off.

If it breaks down, you're again stuck and worse off.

What this means is, you have to be able to take care of the vehicle itself.

This requires you to carry certain items to maintain the vehicle and get you out of trouble.

1. Air Pumps And Jacks

Your bug-out vehicle is only as good as its tires.

If you can't roll, you can't get where you're going.

Most of us don't have run-flat tires.

That means you've got to have the ability to maintain and replace your tires.

An air pump, like the kind that connects to your car's electrical system, can be invaluable, especially if you have a slow leak and you're miles from help.

Having a jack and a tire iron to replace your tire and put on the spare is also critical.

You would be amazed how many people are driving around without these.

2. Critical Fluids

If your car runs out of fuel, you won't be getting anywhere.

If it runs out of oil, it will seize up.

If it runs out of coolant for the radiator, it will overheat.

All of these are things you can be carrying with you just in case.

Keep in mind, though, that in the case of gas you can't just throw a gas can in the back seat.

It's best to keep fuel outside of the vehicle, such as on a tow rack on the back, to prevent fumes from accumulating inside the vehicle.

Having these critical fluids on hand could save you when the alternative is breaking down.

3. Jumper Cables and a Siphon Pump

If you aren't carrying a siphon pump or transfer pump, you should be.

These don't take up that much room.

They give you the ability to take fuel from broken down cars that might still have gas in them.

They also make it possible to transfer water quickly from one container to another.

(Obviously, you wouldn't use the same pump for both things in that order.)

Jumper cables are another item that lets you essentially “transfer electricity” from one vehicle to another.

And just like jacks and tire irons, you would be surprised how many people don't have jumper cables in case their batteries die.

4. Traction Mats And Tow Cables

Vehicles can get stuck even if there's nothing wrong with them.

Keeping a tow cable in your vehicle makes it possible for someone who isn't stuck to pull you free.

This may or may not work depending on how badly stuck the vehicle is.

In some cases, a traction mat might help.

These, too, don't take up a lot of space in the car.

Throwing down a traction mat can make it possible for the wheels to gain enough traction to get you out of a tough spot.

It works on the same principle as throwing down cat litter, or even a plank, when your tires are swamped in soft ground, snow, or mud.

The items listed here are all very important.

You should be carrying them if you aren't already.

They don't add up to much additional cargo, but they can really help prevent you from breaking down.

Keep that in mind.

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Looter Defense In A Disaster: Home Defense Screw-ups Citizen Defenders Make

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Your home is your castle.

Your refuge is the territory around that home.

Together this is the place where you’re going to dig in during an emergency (like the current pandemic).

This is the place where you choose to shelter-in-place, unless and until it becomes necessary to bug out because that location is no longer safe.

I mean let’s face it; that’s where your survival cache is anyway, right?

Your gear is there, your family is there… but what will you do if a major disaster throws your town into chaos and suddenly there is a real threat of attack from looters?

As we've all learned in recent months, you've got to protect your home from the sudden threat of violence.

So how will you do that?

Or, perhaps more importantly, what should you NOT do while accomplishing that?

I spoke with survival expert Pat Henry about protecting your home from looters, and here is a run-down of what he had to say.

The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Protecting Their Homes From Looters

Looter Defense In A Disaster Or Emergency
Pat Henry
Pat Henry

As we’ve seen time and time again during times of crisis, the wolves come out to prowl.

With collapse comes the threat of looting and violence that could threaten your family and your survival stash.

You yourself may not have given any thought to how to defend your home and your community when it suddenly becomes a war zone, but as we’ve recently seen during times of widespread civil unrest, rioting, and looting…

Any emergency that plunges your town into a state of social chaos could bring violence literally right to your door and onto your streets!

When the police are overwhelmed and 911 operators give up on even trying to answer the phone, it’s left to you, and hopefully a well-trained survival team, to defend your home.

But don't make THESE mistakes along the way!

Mistake #1: Thinking It's Going To Be Over Soon

One thing you've got to fight against in a collapse is the normalcy bias.

I think a lot of people out there, to their detriment, just don’t believe it’s going to get as bad as it is.

(You saw that after Hurricane Katrina, and we're seeing it now during COVID-19.)

People who had all kinds of advance warning of the disaster didn't take it seriously.

When the power was out and there was no food, they were stuck in their homes freaking out.

They thought it wasn't real, that it wasn't happening.

In a collapse, therefore, the sooner you realize it's not just going to be fine in a few hours, the better off you'll be.

Realize as soon as possible that you're going to have to take matters into your own hands.

That includes gearing up to protect your home from violent looters.

Mistake #2: Being Unprepared To Defend Their Lives

Once you’ve gotten past that, another mistake people make is not being prepared to deal with the ramifications of having to defend their lives.

Far too often, we rely on the police.

In a collapse, if there are looters coming down your street. you’re going to have to be prepared to defend your home — defend your life, possibly — from people who have shown that they don’t give a damn what the police are going to do.

As much as possible, think through the steps you are going to take, or that you could be faced with, when it comes to defending your home.

That will help put you in a better position to take action when the time does come.

Mistake #3: Not Being There

Finally, a lot of people make the mistake of simply not being there.

In a collapse, if you want to protect your home, you've got to be there.

(You can't expect your private army of security personnel to do it… because for most of us, they don't exist.)

If you've bugged out to a neighbor's house or you're at a bar watching all this happen on the television, you won't be there to defend your home.

Anything you do have, including your stockpiled supplies, your food, your water, your gear… it's all going to be up for grabs.

Not being home during a crisis, therefore, is a huge mistake.

These aren't the only mistakes you could make, but they are some pretty major ones.

When you come down to it, there are a lot of ways to protect your home from looters.

Be mindful of what NOT to do as we've detailed here and you'll be a long way towards successfully protecting your home and family.

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SHTF / WROL Survival Evacuation Tips: The “Domino Effect” Proven In CA

Mary Lindsey through that she and her husband, Charles, were “prepared“…

Even though their home was far enough away from the raging wildfires scorching the northern California woods, they were no strangers to these threats and had taken all the necessary precautions “just in case“.

The power company had given them warning that their power was being shut down as a precaution, so they had flashlights at-the-ready and there would be more than enough time to “get out of Dodge” if the fires even hinted that they were headed their way.

Mary and Charles went to sleep around 11:00pm with the feint glow of the fires far off in the distance and all seemed quiet.

But all that changed at 2:30am when Mary and her family – in fact their entire neighborhood and the police – learned the critical life-or-death lesson of…

The Deadly Disaster “Domino Effect”

Survival Tips – California Wildfires – SHTF – WROL

It really wasn't their fault…

Like everyone else in their neighborhood, Mary and Charles followed the direction of their local officials and, while there was no immediate danger to them and their home, they were ready to leave in an instant if an evacuation order was given.

In fact, they had prepared well in advance with the county's reverse-911 alert system… were on the emergency email subscriber list… and had neighbors who looked out for each other with a phone notification system.

There was just one thing missing…


You see, the fire DID make a turn for the worse that evening – and officials DID issue a “Mandatory Evacuation Order” for all residents to IMMEDIATELY evacuate the area before they were trapped by the blaze.

But since the electricity had been turned off… the ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD was clueless as they lay sleeping in their beds when the order was given.

No phone service to wake them up…
No emergency call over the television or radio…
No sirens going off…


It wasn't until Mary – maybe woken by the sound of the helicopters overhead – scuffled to the window with her flashlight and saw that her entire street was engulfed in thick smoke, that she knew something was wrong.

It even surprised a local police officer cruising by who, while making a final pass through what he “thought” was a vacated neighborhood, looked up and saw Mary's flashlight in the window and asked her why she hadn't left yet.

What he hadn't realized is that NO ONE in her area even knew of the order being given, due to the failure of their electric-dependent alert system.

And they weren't the only ones…

In another area, Janice Bell – a single woman with multiple sclerosis – was trying to evacuate her home in the pre-dawn darkness, only to find that her car was trapped inside her garage because the electric door opener didn't have power.

For 2 hours, she tried getting help until she was finally able to flag down a neighbor who helped her open her garage door so she could flee the area before the flames engulfed her – trapped with no way to leave.

These Are The “Dominos” That Literally
KILL Families In Their Sleep…

California Wildfires

Look, any ONE of the threats in a disaster have the potential to take lives, right?

Loss of power… empty gas pumps… jammed highways… overrun hospitals… ALL are “survival factors” you MUST be prepared for – and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that over and over again in the last two months.

When you lose multiple conveniences at the same time, they knock each other down like dominoes – each one causing the next one, or making it worse than it would be by itself.

Threats like these can happen to you and your family, too – because if it's not a wildfire, it could be a hurricane.

If it's not a hurricane, it could be a massive blackout.

If not's a blackout, it could be a flood, riots and protests “gone wild”, or even an earthquake.

I know, because it happened to ME

It was only a few years ago that I went through a very similar ordeal as the stories I've told when a massive “wall of water” dragged 75 homes into the river that runs through my tiny Texas town in the wee morning hours around 2:00am.

Many of my friends barely escaped with their lives.

Worse, a dozen of my fellow townsfolk died in that horrific disaster.

They didn't need to.

I learned some VERY valuable lessons from that fateful night and – with my background in preparedness (mixed with lessons I'd learned in the military) – I've made it my personal mission to make sure that NO FAMILY ever suffer the same fate as my friends or those families that drowned as the waters dragged them into the ambush of water that drove through our town.

I'm hoping I can share those lessons with you because I PROMISE YOU that any ONE of the lessons could literally be the difference between life or death for you and those you love.

Some of those lessons are contained in my survival gear secrets report, which I hope you'll download so you can start preparing.

For your sake. For your family's sake. I really hope you will.

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Bugout Survival: Top 5 Hurricane Stragglers Who Stayed – And DIED!

Bug Out Or Survive In Place? The Price For Failing To Evacuate
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

It was being called catastrophic


… a monster storm unlike anything the U.S. East Coast has ever seen before.

Hurricane Florence was churning on a devastating path straight toward small towns all up and down Virginia and the Carolinas.

Mandatory evacuation orders were given in nearly all of the expected flood zones to get people to seek safe shelter and get out of Dodge.

Yet, as usual, not everyone listens to evacuation orders – and…

Here Are 5 Reasons People Don't Evacuate – And The Price Paid!

Bug Out Or Survive In Place? The Price For Failing To Evacuate
Bug Out Or Survive In Place? The Price For Failing To Evacuate

It's not hard to get the “truth” out of stragglers who think they're smarter than Mother Nature and decide to brave the storm that's headed their way.

In fact, after several interviews, here are the 5 most common reasons why people don't evacuate before a storm:

1. “It's a hassle.”

I know, I know…

Gathering up the extra food… photo albums… packing it all in the family vehicle… jockeying for what looks like the evacuation traffic's “fast lane” of cars creeping along at 3mph…

Who the hell wants to go through all THAT nonsense, right?
Besides, as Tim Terman (a NC resident) put it:

“Once you leave, it's hard to get back in to check on damage. My home is all my wife and I have, materially speaking, a lifetime of stuff.”

I get it.

Leaving your “stuff” sucks.

2. “We have a good plan.”

Whether it's coming from experience with other storms, or just a sense of confidence with their current supplies and options, many people stocked up to ride out the storm.

As one resident in South Carolina put it,

“We've got things boarded up. We've got a lot of supplies from Walmart, generators, so we're good to go. We have our kits ready.”

That's actually a very common approach – even for those WITHOUT any kind of plan.

And then there's Phase 2 of this so-called “survival plan”…

3. “We'll just wait. If things get bad enough, we'll leave.”

A lot of people have weathered storms in the past and didn't experience heavy damage.

Others came back after evacuating from previous storms only to find that they weren't hit as hard as expected… but their home had been looted while they were gone.

That would make ANYONE want to think twice about leaving again, wouldn't it?

As that same S.C. resident continued…

“Of course, we're keeping an eye on the forecast… so if something changes and we need to go, we'll get out at the last minute if we have to.”

But then what, right?

These are the same people who typically ALSO fall into the next category…

4. “I don't know where to go.”

Evacuations are chaotic and confusing by their very nature.

Most people haven't thought about where they would go if they had to leave their state or even just their local area.

And many towns don't offer much help…

Emergency officials generally assign letters to evacuation zones for guidance – but most people don't know what zone they live in and whether evac orders apply to them or not.

Some areas – like Myrtle Beach, SC – don't have a major highway connecting them to outside areas which makes the evacuation process even slower and more confusing.

And once that decision IS made, nearly every shelter and hotel in a 150 mile radius will be booked solid – leaving very few (if any) options.

But here's the #1 reason I hear the most…

5. “I'm too old/disabled/set in my ways to leave.”

Many residents simply don't see leaving their home as an option.

For some, it's truly NOT an option.

Senior citizens… disabled persons… people who are unable to leave because they're caring for someone who can't travel.

And of course there are always a good handful of cranky “Get off my lawn!” types who refuse to let Mother Nature get the best of them, right?

Now, Compare These Reasons To The Death Toll…

So far, about half of the deaths attributed to Hurricane Florence are from residents who are over 60 and stayed behind.

But it's not just the “older” folks…

A 3-month old and a 7-month old from a separate family are among those whose parents didn't feel like evacuating with a very young child was an option… and suffered the consequences as wind-blown trees crushed the children inside their home.

Then there are those who thought they had “a good plan” for sticking it out…

Like the couple who prepared for the expected loss of electricity by purchasing a generator… and ran it inside their home until they died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Look, natural disasters are NOT the easiest thing for most people to prepare for.

Most don't give it any thought at all until it's already too late.

And then there's the expense of getting all that gear and supplies together – for some “event” that might never even happen, right?

I hear you.

But preparing for a disaster (or ANY crisis that can affect your local area) does NOT have to be difficult NOR expensive.

I've learned several “survival tricks” over the years.

Some are from my days in the military (believe it or not, prepping for a disaster is very similar to prepping for a combat mission!).

And some strategies I learned the hard way as a devastating flood came crashing through my small Texas town in the middle of the night, dragging a dozen of my local townsfolk into our tiny river to their deaths, including two young children as they held tight to their mother.

I swore that day that I was going to do everything I could to show people the REAL way to put together a survival plan – and without them going broke in the process.

That’s why I wrote the “Survival Gear Secrets” Report, and that’s also why I give it away for FREE.

Look, don't make the same mistake that so many others make and just put things off until “later”.

Procrastinators die.

Hate to be so blunt, but it's just the damn truth.

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.

Survive In Place? Bug Out? Why Bugging Out “To The Wilderness”… Won’t Work!

Best Bugout Bag / Bugging Out Survival Kit Tip: Wilderness Fail

Jeff Anderson

We love to talk about bugging out here at MCS.

All that really refers to, though, is what you do in a short-term disaster scenario.

It refers to escaping the immediate danger and getting to somewhere more safe.

I've talked before about the very real events that can plunge us into a serious social chaos situation.

If one of those events occurs, you'll need to bug out somewhere that you've planned out ahead of time.

Just leaving, just fleeing without a destination in mind, won't work.

But a LOT of preppers seem to think they're going to just go “to the wilderness” and get along fine, even long-term.

That's a NO GO as far as survival plans are concerned.

Why Bugging Out “To The Wilderness”… Won't Work!

Best Bugout Bag / Bugging Out Survival Kit Tip: Wilderness Fail
Best Bugout Bag / Bugging Out Survival Kit Tip: Wilderness Fail

The danger you face, and that your family faces, changes in a long-term collapse scenario like that.

Your groceries, your fuel, all those items you rely on and take for granted, all revolve around three-day resupply cycles.

If you get cut off from that resupply, if your local stores are cut off from that cycle, guess what happens?

There are no grocery stores.

There are no gas pumps.

There are no Wal-Marts or Targets open for business, because there is nothing to put on the shelves.

People start freaking out… and when they do, if you decide you're going to bug out “to the wilderness” to survive, there are several reasons that's not going to make your situation better:

1. Finding Enough Food Will Be A Problem

This is a common misconception because a lot of people figure that, because populated areas are a threat, they should go somewhere that is less populated.


Well, not necessarily.

Living the “pioneer lifestyle” in a truly remote area isn't easy.

One of the biggest reasons this is true is that there simply isn't much food to be found in truly remote areas.

You might be able to garden a little sure, depending on how far ahead you've planned to go to that retreat.

And yes, there may be some things for which you can hunt and forage.

In truly remote areas, though, food will be in relatively short supply, so while you may feel safer than in more populated areas, you may not be able to find enough food to feed your whole group once your stores are depleted.

2. Other People Will Have Had The Same Idea

Another reason that food and other resources will be in short supply in remote locations is that other people will have had the exact same idea.

That “remote” area could suddenly be full of other people, all of them looking for what they need to survive.

This happened during the Great Depression.

When people weren't able to afford groceries, they had to find food.

So they went off hunting for more.

Areas that were formerly remote will suddenly be filled with refugees like this, all of them looking for the same resources you need.

That's going to increase competition for what's available and could leave you out of luck.

3. All Kinds Of Non-Food Resources Will Be In Short Supply

For the same reasons, there are all kinds of other resources that will be in short supply in remote areas after a crisis.

One of these is shelter.

There simply aren't that many structures or natural areas where you're going to find shelter.

The more remote the area, the worse this problem.

But that's not the only shortage you'll face.

Security, sanitation, and medical care are also in short supply the farther out you get.

When you really stop and think about it, then, simply fleeing to a remote area is not enough.

There is all kinds of planning, and all kinds of stockpiling (and hiding, and securing) of resources you'll need to do ahead of time, if you're going to weather a long-term survival scenario in the “wilderness.”

Start planning now, and start taking action now

…because if you wait until a disaster happens, it will be too late.

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Survival Gear / Bug Out Bag Mistake: Don’t Let Pride Make You “Burt Gummer!”

Prepping Operational Security: The Survivalist Burt Gummer Mistake
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

“The night of the fight, you may feel a slight sting. That's pride f-ing with you. F-k pride. Pride only hurts, it never helps.”

Those were the words of the character Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction.

He's basically telling Bruce Willis' character to throw a boxing match – and his argument is that the punishment for refusing is much, much worse than the pain of losing.

Well, Pulp Fiction is just a movie… but when I rewatched it not long ago, it reminded me of… survival conventions!

“Wait… what!?” you're probably thinking.

Well, I'll explain… because that quote about pride f-ing with you can teach us something really important about your “operational security”.

Operational Security For Preppers: Don't Let Pride Make You Burt Gummer

Prepping Operational Security: The Survivalist Burt Gummer Mistake
Prepping Operational Security: The Survivalist Burt Gummer Mistake

I've been going to survival and prepper conventions for a long time, now.

They're a lot of fun… but I gotta say, it always amuses me to be surrounded by “Burt Gummers.”

Burt Gummer, if you don't know, is a character from the Tremors movie franchise.

(Man, I'm practically Blockbuster Video today… which is still a thing, right? Right??)

He's kind of a running gag because everything about him is impossibly tactical.

Prepping Operational Security: The Survivalist Burt Gummer Mistake
Prepping Operational Security: The Survivalist Burt Gummer Mistake

Everything he does, says, and wears is all about paramilitary jargon and gear.

He talks like he's on a military operation no matter what he's doing.

He dresses like a 5.11 catalog exploded in his bedroom.

And of course, he's armed all day long, and loves to talk about guns.

As much as I love to meet and talk with my fellow preppers and survivalists, a LOT of them are so proud of their dedication to prepping that they walk and talk just like this… completely blowing their “operational security”!

In other words, you can spot them coming from a mile away.

It's like they can't turn it off… and I guarantee that everybody they know is completely aware that they're all about being prepared.

“Why's that bad, Jeff?” you might be asking.

Well, like I've said before, the last thing you want to do is let the people around you know that you're prepared.

In an emergency – especially a collapse or survival situation that lasts for a long time – these people are going to show up at your door, begging for you to help them.

They'll ask at first.

Then they'll beg.

Finally, they'll demand… and they won't take “no” for an answer!

Now, if you're thinking that this isn't a problem for you, because you don't dress or act that way, that's good.

But I have to ask… is your Bug-out Bag (your BOB) going to give you away?

Even discreet folks will buy what they think is the best BOB for their survival kits – and often, that's a military-style bag covered in tactical accessories that is a dead giveaway to anyone looking.

In other words, the pride you have in that tactical bag could punish you much, much worse than sucking up your pride and going with a less “tactical” looking option!

In an emergency or collapse, if you're bugging out with one of those bags over your shoulder, people are going to spot you – and they'll know that you have things they desperately need.

As proud as we all are of who we are and what we do, the “you'll pry my gun out of my cold dead fingers” approach will end just like that.

“You'll pry my MREs out of my cold dead fingers” will have the same result!

Predators, your desperate neighbors, gangs looking to supply up… even the authorities will be happy to oblige you if the alternative to robbing YOU is watching their families starve.

See, your BOB, and the supplies in it, aren't just going to keep you and your family alive at home… they're also the ONLY thing that will keep you alive if you're forced to evacuate.

Understanding ideas like this – and preparing the smart, covert way (rather than the Burt Gummer way) is just the beginning of truly preparing to keep your family safe in an emergency.

This is a tip like the ones you'll find in my survival gear secrets report, which you can see right here…

Don't let pride make you a “Burt Gummer” (and therefore a target).

Get the tips and tricks that can keep you and your family safe… while you stay prepared.

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MCS 5 In 5 No. 5 – Buck Greene (Guns, Survival)

5 In 5 Q&A With Buck Greene On Guns, 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 Buck Greene answers 5 firearms and survival questions, with 60 seconds to address each one.

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

  • When are you “too old” to train with firearms?
  • Should you use a shotgun or a handgun for self-defense?
  • When it isn't safe to load all the chambers in your revolver's cylinder!
  • The BEST type of knife to carry when SHTF!
  • How to know what gear is “quality” and what is not.

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
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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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3 Bugout Survival Mistakes Even “Doomsday Preppers” Make In A Forced Evacuation

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Whether you're in the path of a disaster or things are heating up in your area when it comes to civil unrest, you may be thinking about bugging out.

The problem is, you may make a critical mistake that ruins the rest of your survival plan before it can even begin.

If you screw up early on, you'll be fighting from behind the curve the whole time you're trying to survive.

I asked survival expert Jeff Kirkham to identify three mistakes even experienced preppers make, and here is a summary of what he told me.

3 Bugout Mistakes Even Trained Preppers Make!

3 More Bug-Out Mistakes Almost Every Prepper Makes
3 More Bug-Out Mistakes Almost Every Prepper Makes

Jeff Kirkham

Most people, when it comes to bugging out, think to themselves, “Okay: I'm going to grab my bug-out bag, throw it in the car, and head off to the wilderness.”

Maybe you're not going to the wilderness; maybe you're going to grandma's house down the road.

You should have a specific place in mind and a plan for bugging out, of course.

Your plan, vague as it might be, still hinges on getting away from the danger and to somewhere safe.

But there are some critical decisions you have to make along the way… and if you screw them up, you won't survive.

Mistake #1: Bugging Out When You Don't Have To

Your home is your castle.

You should stay there if you can.

When you bug out, all you have to sustain you is what you can carry with you.

Just think of all the tools and supplies you could conceivably need when you are bugging out.

If they won't all fit in a bag that you can carry on foot, then you won't necessarily have them with you when you need them.

If you bug out and you didn't really have to, you've just left yourself WITHOUT all that needed gear.

Now, you might be thinking, “But I'll carry those things in my vehicle.”

That brings us to…

Mistake #2: Failing To Prepare Your Transportation

So what do you have packed in your bug-out vehicle?

You would carry in your vehicle anything that you might need that is too bulky or heavy to carry on your person.

When you have a vehicle in which you can move with your loved ones, the extra size and weight doesn't matter…

…until it does.

Remember, where dependents are involved, you may have to be able to move them, so if you've got kids who can't keep up with the adults, you've got to have a wagon or stroller or something in which they can ride.

Two-wheeled vehicles are also an option, including motorcycles and even bicycles.

Distance equals safety, so you've got to get away.

A vehicle helps you do that… even if it's just a bicycle.

But if you can't get to that vehicle, or it breaks down, that brings us to…

Mistake #3: Forgetting That You May End Up On Foot

Bugging out on foot is one thing many preppers will end up doing.

If your vehicle breaks down, or you can't get fuel, or the highways are clogged, that means YOU.

You need to make sure you have the right foot gear and that you have practiced hiking in it.

If you have great boots, but you've never used them, you could end up with blisters.

You're not going to get very far away from a threat with bleeding feet, and you're not going to move very fast.

Going on weekend camping trips with your family is one way to practice bugging out.

It's not just physical activity and it doesn't just build community; it's also a learning experience, teaching you which of your equipment you don't need and what does or doesn't work.

The time to learn that your equipment is unnecessary or, worse, doesn't do what you need it to do is NOT when you are bugging out.

Think of camping as a bugging out dry run of sorts.

It also helps get your team or family used to the exertion and the experience of bugging out.

Remember, in a real emergency, exhaustion equals death.

Get out there, outside your comfort zone, and start training with your gear and practicing your bugging out.

Taking the time to do so now could save your life when it really matters.

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Bug Out Medicine – Taking Care Of Your “LPC’s”

Survival Medicine

Every soldiers knows that traveling for long distances on foot can really wreak havoc with your feet.

When it comes to traveling on foot while bugging out in your “leather personnel carriers (LPC's)”, there are certain problems you should anticipate.

If your car blew out even just one tire, you're now in “parked” position on your buyout route – just as a blistered, infected foot can keep you from reaching your secondary survival location and place you in harm's way.

We spoke with “Collapse Medicine” experts, Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy about steps our fellow survivalists can take to protect their feet while bugging out and they had some very practical tips…

Beware of New Bug-Out Boots

A lot of people try on a pair of boots for only a few minutes to see if they fit.

Whenever you're looking at a good pair of boots, walk around in those shoes for long enough that you start to get funny looks from the sales people.

You should be spending enough time to evaluate how those shoes are going to serve you when they're actually put to the test, and that takes more than a walk of six feet or so.

Create Realistic Test Conditions For Shoes and Boots

Of course walking around for 10 minutes in the store isn't even going to fully give you the feel of the rigorous conditions you may be bugging out in, but here's what you need to keep in mind…

…if walking around on the sales floor for ten or fifteen minutes makes your feet hurt, just imagine how bad those boots are going to be for you over a long hike to your secondary survival retreat.

Remember also that some shoes vary with the types of socks or liners you use.

When you try out a pair of shoes or boots, always try them out using the same socks or liners you will be wearing when you actually use that footwear for real.

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Don't wear your ankle-high running socks to the shoe store and expect your boots to feel the same way when you strap them on to high-tail it away from a disaster.

Try Shoes and Boots On At The End of the Day

Your feet swell during the day.

Likewise, with extended walking while bugging out, your hard-working feet are going to heat up… expand… swell with inflammation… and in other words, “get bigger”.

Those boots that “fit like a glove” in the store may now be “too tight” and start causing blisters.

To avoid this, you want to try on boots or shoes as late in the day as possible to get a more realistic fit to what you'll experience should you have to bug-out from a disaster.

Prepping For The Dreaded “Bug-Out Blisters”

Even under the best conditions, if you're traveling by foot for long periods of time, you run the risk of developing blisters.

No self-respecting soldier would be caught dead without a sheet of moleskin, Second Skin, or anything else that will present a barrier between your shoe and a blister (even duct tape will do in a pinch)!

Likewise, you need to pack some in your bug-out bag survival kit.

Dab a little triple antibiotic cream (even honey can help!) as a barrier to irritated hot spots and then put the tape or moleskin over it to keep everything in place.

The idea is that you are reducing friction between your shoe or boot and the irritated area (which is why we call such areas “hot spots”).


If you already have a blister started, cut one piece of moleskin to go around it with a cut out hole in the center (so the moleskin isn't touching it) and then another full piece of moleskin the same size right on top of it.

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