Bug In

Bugging in – hunkering down – staying put in your own home is your best option rather than setting out on foot and getting lost because you have no maps, no compass and no clue what your doing or where your going, besides that walking for long distances with a full on bug out bag is quite the task all by itself, If you don’t believe me go put 80 – 100 lbs in your bug out bag and go for a long walk, you should be doing that anyway if you already have a bug out plan. If you don’t have a bug out plan then you need to make one, then make a back up bug out plan just in case.
Loading up the family vehicle and becoming part of that huge traffic jam that goes no where for days and leaves you stranded with 100’s – 1000’s of other folks that are just as miserable as you are is also a bad plan, with vehicles running out of fuel, over heating or freezing cold weather, babies screaming and crying and people in general with a serious bad attitude because they are stuck just like you will be if they didn’t the time to think things through correctly or leave early enough to avoid the situation. Who wants to deal with that? I sure don’t so staying put in your own place is going to give you a lot more options especially if you’ve been prepping.

The above reasons should be enough for you to be thinking that bugging in is the best option, at lest till your forced out by either government, law enforcement or some other reason like fire, hurricane, earthquake, tsunami or extreme civil unrest, uprising in major gang activity or any other reason you may find you just have to go.

Good reasons to stay put:
Due to the fact that you’ve already been “prepping” {aka} stocking up on all your needs, food, water, weapons, ammo and other necessities for you and your family. You’ll not only avoid vehicle traffic but you will also be out of sight which equals out of mind for those that choose to try and take advantage of people in bad times. Also you already know who’s “suppose to be around” your area such as family or neighbors, and you likely know most if not all your neighbors so you’ll easily notice someone new that’s “looking” about to see what they can smash n go. you also already know the area so you should know more then one way in and out of and around your area.

Of course in a major grid down situation you will have to make adjustments to and around your home or “bug in” location, you obviously wont be cooking on the electric stove or using the oven, you won’t be heating or cooling your home with the central air unit, and you wont be able to run your generator 24 – 7 like we often hear people say they will do when things go south. especially if you live in an apartment you wont be using a generator at all, if you live in the city or urban area in a typical house you might use one but you likely don’t have more than a 2 – 3 day fuel supply for that generator, and if the grid is down you’re not going to your local convenience store to buy any because with no power there is no fuel pump and no way to pay for it. Even if the store could get you the fuel I seriously doubt they are going to be able to make change for cash and for sure wont be processing any credit or debut cards. I suspect they will be at home trying to figure out their next move just like you are.

If you’ve been fortunate enough to install a solar or wind power supply system then your not doing to bad for a while anyway. but as with any system things wear out, things break and sometimes things just don’t work correctly for one reason or another. Solar and wind powered sources can be installed and used in most city, urban and rural settings (check your ordinances and codes before installing) but they will more then likely be a small scale system so you probably wont be using big energy sucking systems like the central air unit, the stove or the washing machine and dryer. What you can do is recharge things like batteries for lights and cell phones or tools. If your well prepared cooking shouldn’t be much of an issue, you should have some kind of portable stove or at the very minimum a bbq grill that you can cook things on but you can also use pots and pans on top of the grill as well, there is a ton of information on small portable commercial stoves and a ton of information on dyi stoves and cookers you can build or buy in advance and keep put away till you need them.

Consider bugging in like homesteading sorta, while there is a lot more to homesteading then just being stocked up and prepared like you might be while living in the city or urban areas, there are still a lot of similarities between the city / urban prepper and a homesteader.
Obviously it goes without saying, in the city and probably most urban settings you can’t exactly have farm animals like cows or chickens and goats for the most part, I do know some places have relaxed their rules and ordinances to allow 2 or so chickens or ducks and what not but there’s other things to consider that don’t take up a ton of room.

Here’s a few more things to consider about bugging in.
1. Shelter
2. Supplies
3. Property
4. Security
5. Morale
6. Animals / Pets
7. Comfort
8. Utilities
9. Conserving Energy
10. Privacy
11. Knowledge / Skills
12. Physical Fitness level
13. Target
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More on things you can do even in a small back yard in another article along with More on solar and wind power systems.