Part 3: To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question…

To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question…PART 3

by M.B.

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  WhereIf the ‘where’ is close there may not be time to flee. Bug-In and fortification become priorities. If the ‘where’ is away from us but at some point we will have to leave anyway, driving may be an option. However, man-made catastrophes tend to spread quickly and the first casualties (after the initial wave) are usually people trying to flee. Another ‘where’ to consider is where will we wander? If we leave will we end up somewhere safer or probably not? If we have to leave it will most likely be to the wilderness, at least at first. (Wilderness refers to any place you may have to flee to that isn’t home or predetermined refuge including the actual wilderness).

Plan accordingly to be on foot with kids, gear, etc. Remember that in times of crisis people flock to places they consider “safe”. These places include but are not limited to police stations, fire houses, hospitals & churches. You may want to avoid these places unless carefully scavenging for supplies. Why? Because if you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem & these places will be quickly overwhelmed. Where do you go when there is nowhere you can go? You go nowhere. We need camping gear.

      WhenAgain, if the problem is too close to home we will go if there’s time. If there is no time to leave OR we run the risk of getting “caught in the storm”, we will stay. A radio is a good way to find out what’s going on via “E.B.S.” & can be instrumental in making those decisions. Make sure the radio has batteries and extra batteries.  As previously mentioned a hand crank flashlight/radio would be a good investment. It should also be small, have good range and be able to pick up am & fm stations.  On the subject of radios, the ability to communicate with others in your group is something to consider as well. If the power is out we can’t charge our cell phones so we may want to get some walkie-talkies. When to leave cannot possibly be discussed without again mentioning the ability to leave by vehicle or not, remember that “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”.

Now seems like a good place to note that at some point in every disaster, catastrophe or calamity, the ‘Who’ & ‘What’ always end up being ‘Man’. It’s nice to imagine a world where love for your fellow man, kindness & humaneness are in everyone’s heart, however that is not the reality. Humans can’t even get along & be decent when things are calm. Some do sure, but certainly not enough to warrant carelessness on our part in assessing the threat other people will pose concerning our survival. So to reiterate- Desperate people do desperate, mean, crazy, scary, horrible things. Be prepared to run, hide, fight and possibly kill. (Exodus 22:2)

      HowHow we go will depend on the ‘Who’ & ‘What’, meaning that will dictate if we’ll be walking or driving. Within these options, however, are other things to consider.


-If on foot how will we transport ourselves & our B.O.B.’s? The bags may become heavy and awkward after a while & we may be fatigued. Will the baby be in the stroller? Will it be best not to take the stroller? Sure it’s good for carrying stuff, but it might make it more difficult to move quickly. What about the dog?

**A statement concerning the ‘bags’; make sure that they are durable & have room enough for the things you plan to put in them & of course that you can carry it. Waterproof backpacks would be cool, but if you can’t get one, you can always just put everything in plastic baggies or perhaps even the ‘space bag’ things to protect them from the elements and whatnot.**

-If in the car how far will we be able to get, not just because the roads may be blocked, but what about the gas in the car. What about a flat tire? How about 2? Be aware that the car is made of metal. An obvious fact I know, but it carries certain dangers with it that some may not be aware of. This is evidenced by the fact that people still die trapped in their car in extreme weather temps & situations. In the summer the car can act like an oven and in the winter a freezer, so when you load your car up, (hopefully before something happens), put extra water in during the summer & extra blankets (& water) in the winter.

Whether in the car or on foot, another How to consider is “How will we get where we’re going”? That means what direction or route. Plan Ahead. Discuss & Scout (if possible) main and alternate escape routes for in car & on foot.

I spoke earlier about avoiding police and fire stations, hospitals and churches unless scavenging (or procuring or foraging). You can’t do it if you don’t know where they are. Be sure to include locations and distance to these places when you finalize your route plans.


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8 thoughts on “Part 3: To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question…”

  1. This has been a good series. Although I plan to hunker down here against almost any survival type scenario (except perhaps for a real life Sharknado), I have family who I expect (and believe they anticipate) will come here to weather the more serious storms that may boil up. Because of this I have given some thought to the “when” of fleeing. I think for many the “ties that bind” us (beyond our families) in-place are our jobs. Our jobs are the life’s blood that feeds oxygen to everything in our lives, our jobs make much of our life possible. We are tethered to them and won’t leave unless dismissed. In the event of some bad event and whatever your job, you may be dismissed early, offering you ample time to put your bug-out plans in motion. But if you work for …say… the power company, you will be faced with a difficult decision. I think any would agree that choosing between possibly losing your job or following you instincts to bug out will cause many to leave late, and the later you leave, the riskier the journey and the more difficult it will be to reach your safe zone. In the end you will be better served by you making the decision on when to leave, rather than some paper pusher in the front office…. just saying…

  2. those of us who have livestock, wether goats, pigs, chickens, cattle, or a combination of all ,will, I believe most often opt to hunker down . we are often the destination of those fleeing the chaos. Bugging out, with the exception of nuclear war, is almost not an option. . .

  3. I’ve really enjoyed these posts and the comments following them. It’s been a great learning tool and much appreciated. Like JG, we most likely will have family coming here, and in that light, will hunker down and bug in. We’re on a small farm, so there are livestock concerns. But, we also have room for gardens galore, fruit trees planted, ponds in the vicinity, well water to draw from, and are out in the boonies a good long walk from the mainstream. With only 4 other smaller families on this 2 mile stretch of road, we’ve already talked with them about forming a community here, as each of the families has unique skills to offer for survival. I think, I hope, that all will be on board if a crisis develops. There’s really no test for actuality until it really happens. But, knowing too, that kids and grandkids, nieces, nephews and their kids will be here is creating a definite need to stay put, develop a workable community within these backroads and plan on surviving and thriving.

  4. Good article and points made (JG/Rick), My live stock is limited to meat rabbits and just me and wife now that our kids have are on there own and we moved to Texas, so we are reassessing our new AO. My EAP#1 is to bug in and ride it out. EAP#2 is to bug out. As to Human threats I have tiered levels of responses and early warning systems, though limited as they are.

  5. I too have enjoyed those articles. I moved from a place in Indiana I built myself for these times to North Idaho. I think I would rather be with like minded folks than have the ultimate bug out property and worry about people around me.
    Where I live now I have critters and to much stuff to bug out with. I have been using my skills teaching Survival and Emergency Preparedness at my church for 2 years, University Extention 1 year and I have been picked up by the local scouts, Tea Party, Oath Keepers and private groups over the past 3 years.
    My community is old school preppers, been living like this for their entire life. I am blessed to be here in the North Idaho PanHandle.
    I learn as much from these good people than I teach them.
    I see the biggest asset is neighbors being on board and watching out for each other.They have their stuff as you should, but both will share.
    Be Prepared – Be Prayerful – Be Thankful – You are an American


  6. Thank you for this great blog! As a new prepper I appreciate the great content. One idea to consider if, like me, waterproof bags are outside the budget: The application of Scotchguard to backpacks can increase their water resistantance. Contents still need to be in Ziplock bags, etc., but if it’s only a light rain/drizzle Scotchguard will keep the contents dry. Apply several thin coats allowing plenty of drying time between coats.

  7. You’re welcome. My kids (meaning backpacks of course) were still in school when we lived in the tropics-daily rain! Scotchguard became my best friend.


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