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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