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Challenges in Bugging Out

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by unionguy, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. unionguy

    unionguy Portland Active Member

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    Please share what you see as the mostly likely challenges in Bugging Out. I'm not looking for a debate about bugging out vs buggin in; but just want everyone's thoughts on most likely challenges--or things to be ready for--in the event of bugging out becomes necessary.
    thanks
     
  2. sailorman2010

    sailorman2010 Tri-Cities, WA Member

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    I think if your bugging out in a car a lot could wrong. One-if you leave after the rioting or whatever starts, roads could be blocked by police/criminals/abandon cars. Two-your planned routes are not open now/friendly. Three-people see you driving and want your vehicle and whats in it.

    Thats a few things I see, hope that helps.
     
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  3. ATCclears

    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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    Other vehicles blocking your path. Out of fuel, abandoned, or a huge volume of traffic.

    Attempts to hijack your vehicle. Blockade, or people shooting at you.

    Road failures. Earthquake causes a bridge or elevated roadway to collapse, or causes a landslide.

    Peter
     
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  4. jake2far

    jake2far Portland Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Basics: food, shelter, WATER, security, fuel, destination, support (means other people to help), vehicle, tires, ammo, body armor, mind set (probably the most important item).
    The situation must dictate your response, you can prepare but you need to be flexable. Bug out means traveling from point a to b, do you have a b?
    Simple injuries, blister, cut, tooth ache, filling problems (teeth and their care was one of the single biggest problems facing older people in the past), medication, toilet paper, simple hygene can devastate you and your group.
    Time, do you know how long you will take to get to point b? Do you have alternate routes? Are you prepared to go on foot?
    Rally point for your loved ones: Where will you meet up? Do you have rally points a, b, and c? Communications, can you reach your other people?
    A simple injury, twisted ankle, cut, burn or blister can be more devastating than getting shot. If you need help it means others must sacrifice their safety to support you.
    Thoughts

    Jim
     
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  5. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Timing will be the key to bugging out.
    For your family's sake,you need to be a fortune teller.
    You will,most definitely need a destination.You will not survive out in the woods or trying to stake a claim in the outback.
    The people that live there won't want you................unless
    You have been there before and bought land,a destination.
    You will want goods there and not try to haul them with you.Less to get robbed for,get stolen from you.
    Maybe have a second POS car outside the city for a back up? In case you end up on foot
    I asked about pulling a trailer,all set up as a bug out trailer.So you could come home from work,hook up and leave with your goods
    Maybe this would or wouldn't slow you down.Maybe you have this at a storage yard out of town.

    The main problems will be what the others have stated.Hence leaving for a vacation when it starts to look bad.
    News looks bad? You make a test run.Things quiet down? Go back home.

    Really what's more important,taking your family to see a dying aunt,(wink,wink) or keeping your job and never getting out of town?
    I don't have anyone to answer to so my "get out of town " excuses may be lame
     
  6. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    How much you can take?
    When are you going to leave?
    Where are you going?
    How are you going to get there?
     
  7. ragermack

    ragermack Tillamook Member

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    My main bug out scenario is for a Tsunami here on the coast. I see the biggest challenge being crossing rivers if bridges are out from earthquakes or blocked by traffic. Several possible solutions including a mid size raft, or possibly rope assisted fording at certain locations.
     
  8. knuckle Head

    knuckle Head southeast Well-Known Member

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    IMHO, if you do not bug out at the first sign of trouble, chances are you will get caught up in the mess, you might want to wait say 30 days then go, but if you live near or in a city you better be prepared for anything from neighbors wanting your goods, to officials, or desperate thugs.

    Anyway you look at it, it os going to take some planning, either to move now, bug out or stay put.

    Biggest problems I see,

    Security / safety you will need people to help you stay safe while on the road, who are not afraid and will not hesitaate to shoot to kill at the first sign of trouble, someone to watch your back while pee, poop, refuel whatever

    Where are you going ot get fuel?

    Where are you going to sleep and who is going to pull security while you sleep?

    Do you have the vehicle and equipment to bug out with?

    Where you going to go and are you going to be welcome when you get there?

    WHat you going to eat on the way and when you get there?
     
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  9. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    Main challenges I see...

    #1) First of all is the commute itself. You will need enough fuel and provisions to get to where you are going...this isn't as cut and dry as you might think. Depending on the actual emergency, you may not even be able to use most of the roads (i.e. Freeways/Highways) and your travel may probably be limited to back roads and rural paralels. Since this route itself is not a direct route and you may have to travel vicariously from point to point- we're talking about a lot more time and fuel to get from A to B than during normal times. You will also most deffinately need something that has 4x4 capability with decent clearance...if you think for a second that you can get to a bug out spot with a Prius you are sadly mistaken. One semi-truck on it's side or a pathway full of cars with empty gas tanks will put your commute to a stop immediately.

    #2) Security is an issue. Anyone that does security for a living will tell you that being in a vehicle and trying to provide security is a nightmare. Unless you upgrade your vehicle with some bullet proofing, you must realize that those things are just a tin can with wheels. A truck/SUV with gasoline cans all around them is an invite to looters as it is. Even the book Patriots touches up on this subject as many of the members are in a compromised situation while attempting to fuel their vehicle(s) on the side of the road(s). Someone, undoubtably, has to be pulling security...otherwise my suggestion is to pull off any major roads to not be subjected to a raider.

    #3) Squatters. So you finally get to where you are going. You push through raiders, use up all your fuel and most of your on hand provisions (or they had to get left behind due to limited space), you're exhasted from driving for days in condition RED just to find that someone else is at your retreat or your provisions have been taken or destroyed due to an unforseen event. Now what? You better have a back up plan, otherwise you may have just created a bigger emergency for yourself than if you stayed put.


    These are just a few of the many things that can go wrong while bugging out...hence why it is always a better plan to be "bugged in" at a location than to try to retreat to it.

    Nevertheless, my plan is to "bug out" since I still live in town...but such is life. Just try to have multiple plans and provisions. Redundancy is the key here. If something brakes or fails you must move on with the second plan.

    -Boyd Packer
     
  10. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    Very intersting.
     
  11. NCDuck

    NCDuck Portland, Oregon Member

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    You bring up an interesting point about the River, as that's about 15 minutes from me by vehicle, however, it's flowing the wrong direction (toward the Sea), and I would want to head East or South, considering if there was Earthquakes or Tsunami, or more likely both, either of which would make the river unmanageable. However, if you had a power boat, fueled up and stocked with supplies, that would be a potential escape, especially if you could get to it before organized marauders start to formulate.
     
  12. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    The main challenge in bugging out is that you will be seen, and treated, as a terrorist. The gov wants you dependent, starving, and huddling in your home waiting for the next emergency broadcast.

    As someone who is roaming around with a backpack will be targeted and dealt with appropriately.
     
  13. ATCclears

    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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    To build on skydiver's observations...

    An aircraft or helicopter has a relatively small "useful load". This is the total amount of weight that it can carry, and usually includes fuel. Moreover, there is a finite amount of physical space. Sure there are larger aircraft out there, but many private pilots are typically capable of flying an aircraft with 4-6 seats.

    If the world went to *bubblegum* I suppose I could personally steal an aircraft (that I was type-rated for and comfortable piloting) and fly the family to somewhere. I wouldn't be comfortable stealing it. I would also be landing somewhere with no plan, minimal or no supplies, and no real idea about what was happening there.

    Peter (also a private pilot)
     
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    powersbj Seattle Area Active Member

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  15. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    Buy some property over in Burns, out in the bush. Stock it with everything you'll need. Plan on leaving Portland early!!
     
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  16. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    This is why I say to look ahead.Plan to leave as soon as the news just hints of a problem,close by.
    Just make the practice run.Lock the house down,get your bug out gear arranged and loaded/hooked up,do what you feel necessary with moneys,and head out!

    OK,so that wasn't so bad.Didn't get as close as we thought.
    Head back home.You made that trip work.

    You wait for all SHTF to break out and yeah,you not going anywhere.
     
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    NCDuck Portland, Oregon Member

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    As soon as the news hits, it's too late. That's the problem.
     
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    Steve06 Oregon Active Member

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    for people living along the coast one problem I see that I don't think there is an answer too is that when the sirens go off and you decide to get on the one road in, or out, of town and some old geezer pulls out in front of you in his Winnebago and takes it up to 28mph and just cruises along. You guys had better have surf boards on the roof of your cars.
     
  19. unionguy

    unionguy Portland Active Member

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    Thanks everyone, very helpful!
     
  20. Bob D

    Bob D Oregon, Cascades Well-Known Member

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    There are several ways over Mt Hood that don't involve Hwy 26. They are not ideal, but if 400,000 settlers in wagons could make it, so can I. My plan: avoid anywhere that other people might think to go. I've spent 20 years exploring the Oregon Cascades, and I know of hundreds of remote places with fresh water & mostly-reliable food sources accessible by 4WD or a short hike. I'll go to whichever of them doesn't have people in my way, hope I've got a few weeks before winter starts, and bunker down. If I don't make it there, I'll get by as well as I can wherever I'm at with whoever's around.