This is a guest post and entry in our non-fiction writing contest by Doods Dayto in the Philippines
This is an issue that I often see in survivalist threads but after reading many discussions, many find bugging in a more acceptable position. I live in the city and my province, the only possible bugging out location is 500 kilometers away, passing thru many town and cities that in a SHTF situation could be in worst situation than us.
Thus bugging out in a SHTF scenario here is akin to “jumping from your relatively safe boat, to a hungry shark infested waters”. As you can see, I am keener on staying put (see my simple preps listed above) and most of my peer and survival buddies are likewise prepared to do so, our mindset is to fight it out, make/produce food and make our dead-end street a camp-like bug-in place.
However if bugging out is a must, like in a huge uncontrolled fire scenario we need to leave, or war-like situation like coup (we used to have a lot!), or government order that I cannot fight off, then off we leave. My family and I have a basic preparation but are still hoping to hone it.
- BOV – we have a family sedan (not a BOV!) and a Suzuki mini-truck (called a Multi-cab here, and YES our BOV) I’ve seen this in one of the You-Tube post as a sensible bug-out vehicle because of its sturdy fabrication and small engine that uses very little fuel (long mileage?). We can have it configured in such a way that we can fit many of the “catering boxes” containing our survival stuff in it. Once I fully paid it, (it’s still a company vehicle on a salary deduction payment scheme), I shall have a roof rack with locked enclosure built on top (design made, measured to fit coolers and plastic opaque “catering boxes”, note the word “locked” so zombies won’t be able to touch it) so that some comfort be left for the kids, leaving the essentials inside. Am even looking at making a small luggage carriage to be pulled by the Multi-cab so extra stuff can be hauled, including the boys bike. It may not look rugged, sturdy or expensive but given my income capacity and current financial status, this is best I can afford under the circumstances!
- BOB – we all have our individual BOBs, mine a Nikko day pack with a back support. It is not huge, but inside is a survival kit composed of a tin can (with fishing kit, signal items, fire starters, hand saw, utility knife, mirrors, compass, magnifying glass, solar flashlight etc.), an inexpensive stainless steel covered cooking pan (inside is bouillon cubes, pack of peanuts, instant noodles, instant soup, instant 3-1 coffee, teas, cookies), also in the bag are canned paella, tuna, post American war games MRE set (one pack, yes we have them here! P100 pesos apiece from black marketers) and other food stuff, plus a can of sterno, a set of clothes in a dry bag, an underwater flashlight, my first aid kit, sunglass and wind glass (actually my shooting eye protector), a toiletry kit, a bolo in a wooden sheath, a thermal blanket, a 1.5 liter hydration system, a glow stick, and my guns holster set (only when bugging out I shall put the gun here) . On the several pockets outside, there is a 10 meter rope, a compass, a small binocular, a knife, a signal mirror, a small folding hoe, a folding saw, a 1 liter water jug in an insulated holder, and my meds kit. My kids have their own (pre-used school bags) with flashlight, signal mirror, 500 ml water jug with insulator, a small toiletry cum first aid kit, mosquito repellant, glow stick, sunglasses, some energy or chocolate bar (snickers), sunscreen, hat and set of clothes. We all have a copy of city map in our BOB and I have trained them how to use it and key meet zones in areas we pre-determined if separated. Relatives and friends houses are likewise marked. BOL – this we really don’t have yet except for the provinces mentioned above.
I am scouting one in nearby provinces where I plan to do the following prep:
- Acquire a fairly secure property away from main roads and inconspicuous from outside “viewers”, low profile yet inside is a small community, with deep water supply or small creek or river (possible mini hydro power source as seen on You Tube). I shall have the area fenced and put “defensive kiosks” in strategic corners.
- Raise goats and chickens. Am taking a course on how to raise “smell-less” pigs and rabbits. I was taught on how to manage the goat’s appetite by fence manipulation.
- Growing fruits & veggies (even hydroponics, where am taking a course soon) and plenty of fruit trees (mangoes! bananas! Sorry no apples here, pineapples yes!) and other fast growing crops, we’re in the tropics so coconuts will be plentiful, it’s not called “tree of life” for nothing! We don’t have apples pies but buco pies (young coconut meat)!
- Carbo crops are so easy to grow, sweet potatoes, cassava, sago, tubers, corn and other sources of carbohydrates. The root crops tubers can be dried, hand milled to flour-like consistency and can be prepared in other exciting ways (cassava pancakes are fun!) so that the kids wont get bored eating boiled root crop all the time! Also leaves of these crops are also cooked in coconut milk and are excellent protein source.
- Take care of bees for honey (sweets source) and fruit propagation (good pollinators!
My mid-term plan if I cannot find/buy this property nearby is to slowly convert our property in the province and start it’s conversion and move there, especially if the city has started showing its crumbling. Lucky for me, a sister have since settled in our property, and slowly homesteading and creating many survivalist-like conditions in our piece of land. Her being an Adventist helped (am still a devout Catholic btw) and except for the pigs and rabbits, we have agreed on most above and have already (she and her husband ) began work, including her cooking (in firewood stoves) of many of our local food into vegetarian version, getting most of the stuff from around her place.
Desirables in a bug-out/BOL scenario (at least ours, given our condition/situation)
- FRS radio, three sets so we can have one each plus one extra
- G19 in a Roni kit with shell catcher
- Of course, a better all-weather BOV. The tiny truck is dead on the water, literally, in our flooded streets (rain drenched typhoon scenario)
- A full medical kit (with small surgical capacity)
- Full-auto rifle- AR-15 and the like! With tons of ammo (of course I want to write here 50 cal. mounted in a jeep but well…..)
- Full water treatment system!
- Solar Panels and arrays of long life batteries!
- A full farming seed supply for tropical setting, including hand operated farming tools
i. and many more…
Surviving in a third world country “blessed” with many typhoons and other calamities is not for peeps with a faint heart. Our people are used to this, and unlike those Katrina victims holed up in the coliseums (?), we do not fight, blame the government and create riots and the like but would, in acceptance, move on and switch on to our survival mode, an instinct we all seem to have. Total strangers can be allowed even in the simplest homes and shared meals no matter how small it may seem. We are a “survival mode” country 24/7/365. We’ve been thru a lot and we may continuously do so, meteorites forgiving! But me and my family, of course will continuously be on alert, and prepping.
What about you do you plan on bugging out or bugging in? Why ?:-)
This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest where you could win:
First Prize) Winner will receive a Stealth Body Armor Level II vest courtesy of SafeGuard ARMOR™ LLC and a $150 gift certificate for Wolf Ammo courtesy of LuckyGunner.com A total prize value of over $600.
Third Prize) Winner will receive copies of both of my books “31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness” and “Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man’s Solution” and a Katadyn Siphon Water Filter courtesy of Mayflower Trading Company. A total prize value of $107.
Contest ends on June 5 2012.