Ugly Bug Out Lessons You Need To Know Now!

There’s a lot of survival info out there on bug out preparation. Even FEMA has directives on evacuations. But that didn’t stop the recent hurricane disasters from destroying the best laid bug out plans and killing people in the process.

The problem is, everything you thought you knew about SHTF bugging out is probably WRONG! As Mike Tyson once paraphrased from an original historic quote, ‘Everybody has a plan…until they get punched in the face’.

With more potential weather disasters still threatening to thrash lives and properties by smacking down mercilessly on the South East Coast during the height of ‘hurricane season’, here’s how NOT to die during the bug out itself…

Don’t Rely on Government Orders

These recent Harvey and Irma hurricane disasters caused the end of the world as they knew it for so many unfortunate people in the aftermath, and were among the strangest storms in meteorology annals, but these were not the worst or deadliest coastal storms in history.

 

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In the 1900’s, the best weather forecasting usually relied upon how much your joints ached and what you noticed when you looked out your window about as far as your eyes could see. There was no real warning in Texas when a Cat 4 hurricane blasted in with a storm surge that made landfall at Galveston, and took enough people by surprise to kill upwards of 8 thousand before they could escape.

In later years, local governments began to develop evacuation plans and emergency backup procedures for public safety by relying on modern weather prediction science to eliminate the element of surprise.

However, as usual, the government eventually botched up these strategies as well. When Rita thundered down to Texas in 2005 at a brutal category five level, the governor’s office issued mandatory immediate evacuation orders when it was all but too late for the greater Houston metropolis.

Over 113 people died and numerous injured when all was said and done, but the problem was that almost 100 of them were killed in the evacuation itself! Imagine trying desperately to survive but winding up driving in your own funeral procession?

Rita was such a gruesome bug out debacle that this time, during Harvey’s recent retro two step storm stomp on Houston, the authorities -and I use that term with visceral scorn- decided to ultimately leave it up to the individual citizen’s discretion to bug out, or not.

Houston officials made excuses, but the real reason they copped out was so that they could not repeat Rita’s flawed decision making mistake and be blamed for screwing up, if anything went wrong, Which, of course, could detrimentally affect future political stature.

The fact I’m going to try to get everyone reading this to accept is that you simply cannot depend on government information or timely help, especially in a serious evacuation scenario. They can’t even get in urgent supplies and relief effort moving fast enough because of all the ‘red tape’. Private volunteer first responders are doing most of the heavy helping at this point in time.

Video first seen on News Today.

The Government is Not Here to Help

The truth about the government being ‘here to help’ is one of the dirtiest secrets in the great American Book of Secrets. The gruesome reality is that you are worth more to the Government DEAD, than alive. Especially if the IRS doesn’t make a lot of tax dollars off of you. In fact, you’re a spreadsheet liability if you’re on welfare, food stamps, or some other socialist dole program.

The bottom line revenue math is all the Govt really cares about. So between estate taxes and getting you off social security and medicare and you no longer using what clean air and water we have left in a government polluted world after you die…well, you get the graveyard picture?

The government’s sole (certainly not to be confused with ‘soul’ because they don’t have one) purpose in any major emergency is only twofold.

First preserve the safety of their own power elite entity, and then only make decisions that prioritize the strength of their political power base. This is the only reason that FEMA exists. On the surface, it appears to be a governmental humanitarian organization to really help the people for the benefit of nanny state propaganda.

But its primary function is to protect the government power elite during emergencies by controlling the masses or incarcerating them in the camps if necessary, to prevent the formation of strong enclaves of anti-government resistance due to an epiphany in realization that the government is mostly part of the problem, and not the solution.

All totalitarian dictatorship countries around the world have similar methodology backed by military force. Government FEMA evacuations should be the LAST resort for any knowledgeable well-prepared prepper. Because virtually all government sponsored evacuations are too little too late and amount to nothing more than another catastrophe in the making.

So first and foremost, your bug out success depends only upon your own plans and self-reliance skills. Forget about shelters or counting on neighbors being a good bet in any grand scale emergency. There are many media suppressed horror stories about the way these stockyard emergency shelters wind up in almost all cases.

During Katrina, these shelters were virtual prison dormitories that got so bad that security guards fled these sites that then turned into hell camps of violence, crime, rape, and death.

There’s some anecdotal evidence, but hard documented facts are long covered up by now, that one of the reasons there was a gun confiscation orders during Katrina were so that looting wars wouldn’t cause so much carnage that unfavorable mainstream media coverage would be bad for government business.

Never mind that the regular citizens would also be disarmed and at the mercy of violent criminals who still got their hands-on guns because they stole them from homes and people before the police did.

In emergency survival preparations, no ‘one plan fits all’. There are some basics, but generally plans vary and adapt according the demographics, area climate, magnitude and types of disasters. So we have some apostasy and schisms among preppers. We can have either ‘bugging out’ or ‘bugging in’, also known as ‘surviving in place’, for the same emergency.

To me and many other experts, ‘surviving in place’ is a euphemism for soiling all your clean underwear while waiting in sheer terror to see if you die or not.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Bug Out

There’s an interesting clash of aphorisms many of us learned coming up in life that our parents and teachers would mentor. You remember, ‘the early bird always gets the worm’. And my favorite, the legendary race between the ‘Hare and the Tortoise’, both of which are nothing as they seem.

The ‘early bird’ metaphor was really designed to get everybody up early enough to put in a long, hard day’s work as in ‘make hey while the sun shines’ so the government can milk more taxes out of you.

But the rabbit and the turtle race was nothing less than the power elite brainwashing you into believing that ‘slowly but surely’ was the best way to go in life. All the while the wealthy power elite was moving as fast as they could in life to take advantage of the most beneficial, but sparse, opportunities as soon as possible…while the rest of the masses of dumb asses would ‘snooze, and ya lose’.

It’s the same thing with bugging out. First know that despite the other placating but specious notion that prepping for ‘surviving in place’ would be a good alternative to bugging out has a lot of alternative following, however, it is simply wrong and stupid in most cases, and almost suicidal in some of the serious disasters like we’ve seen.

I realize too well that not everyone can bug out easily, or even at all. The critically injured, very elderly, or mobility disabled and travel disadvantaged come to mind first.

But if they reach out and develop a serious plan, way BEFORE the bad events so that they are prepared, it is not impossible for disabled persons to safely bug out. In fact, the strategy I’m about to reveal will accommodate the solution to a minimum amount of stress and danger and a maximum level of success.

Get Out of Dodge Way Before the Gunfight Starts

Think ‘fast, but not furious’. In these recent hurricane predicaments, the government’s entire emergency early warning weather system is ‘bass ackward’. They start off with a good advanced catch of a potential storm disaster-sometimes several days in advance, which allows plenty of time for safe evacuations and preparation, but this never happens!

What does happen to most people instead is a common syndrome that in my experienced opinion is sponsored by the ignorant control freak government disaster authorities, and contributes to the problems that reduce your chances of a successful evacuation. It’s called imminent fear induced procrastination.

They keep everybody focused on the track of the storm, like a gambler at a poker game of death, intently studying the other players, waiting to bet their lives on getting the winning hand, hoping that their luck changes on the odds that a hurricane hand can change dramatically at the last minute…

This causes a feeding frenzy to clean out the local food stores so they have enough to stuff down their pie holes as they stay superglued to their TV or computer screen, waiting for the metal monster truck to splat them like a paintball, when they could already be safe and sound someplace else.

This creates a mentality that ‘well, maybe it won’t hit us directly and we don’t have to do anything but have a few beers to calm down, while we wait it out?’ Or, ‘maybe it just won’t be so bad’?

Which wastes valuable time better spent hightailing it out on the road not yet critically infested with boiling road raging bumper to bumper traffic crawling slower and slower until…it grinds to dreadful stop. And now you’re trapped. In a potentially worse situation than had you at least prepared well to survive in place and not evacuated at all.

And then panic will set in. But again, the virtual reality is that almost everyone–with the exception of highly trained professional responders or experienced military operators–always panics. It’s unnatural not to panic in such terrifying life threatening SHTF situations.

 

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But the simple procedures we’ll show you here will guarantee a much less stressful and safer alternative.

So the number one message here is don’t prepare for the evacuation by primarily planning to ride out the storm in place. This is only for persons whose original plan to bug out failed because for some insane reason they didn’t read this information and somehow couldn’t get out in time and/or then had no other choice.

And also, don’t just wait for the Govt holy decree telling to ‘get on your mark, get set, GO!’ and then proceed like the obedient lil’ doggies’ who then all at once get whipped along by the police cowboys, to join the vast growing herd of panic driven cattle heading for their last roundup, at the last most dangerous minute to FEMA CAMP corrals.

Instead, prepare to BEAT the storm AND the evacuation! In other words…

The only sure way to not be a disaster victim is to NOT be there when the disaster happens!”

The Best Way to Bug Out

1. Have a Bug Out Location (BOL) in Advance

No serious self-reliant prepper should be without one, especially if you live in a major city or other very disaster-prone area. The best option, of course, would be to be already living in a safe rural area with well-prepared survival set up at your home.

The second would be a 2nd home or cabin somewhere more secluded that’s stocked and ready. The next option would be to have a safe, relatively remote, piece of empty land to pull your BOT (Bug Out Trailer) to and set up for a long-term stay.

Next have a small BOT packed and ready to rock at a moment’s hook up at your residence, and a designated BOL like a public camp ground or something to rent or go to for an extended set up in advance.

After that, well, improvise as best as you can. If you don’t have a trailer, you can be surprised what you can fit in a truck, minivan, or even a compact car for extended camping at safer location. If you have a good friend or relative in a safe location, that could work out well.

The idea is to know where you’re going, and be ready as best you can to move out immediately after you make your own decision to ‘go’.

2. Don’t Overplan the Escape Trip Itself

I see so many Bug Out Preps that are a waste of time. Bugging out is simply going from one place to another to avoid serious catastrophe. You don’t need to hire a semi-tractor truck moving van to take everything but the kitchen sink.

The critical point is not so much ‘How’ you do it, But ‘When’. If you leave early enough and know your best route to destination, you don’t need five alternative routes which will be just as dangerously congested as a main one if you leave too late.

The idea is leave early enough so that your Bug Out resembles more of an anytime weekend getaway drive to the country! No stress, no shutdowns, plenty of gas along the way, and so on. If you leave early enough you can probably stop for dinner before you reach your BOL! You don’t need extensive prepping or a plan B, C, or D, if you have a good plan A.

3. When to Move Out!

And that’s the critical analysis. The short answer is that ideally, if there’s any chance at all that a hurricane will affect your residence, you want to be sitting and watching the weather radar on your TV at your Bug Out Location while the storm is still off far enough off the coastline.

In other words, If I lived in Florida near the ocean in the path of hurricane Maria AND it was aiming directly at my town, and just saw what it did to Puerto Rico early this morning, I’d ignore the weather reports hoping that Jose would somehow deflect Maria’s landfall.

By now I’d already be about six hours into my bug out, calmly cruising across the Northern Florida State line, blowing kisses and waving the bird at all those hungry gators and snakes, at the normal speed limit. I’d be heading further inland to a safe location where I’d be sitting in front of the TV safely and comfortably, watching all the destruction and praying for the poor souls who didn’t make it out in time.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. You can always come back if it missed your area. But if you check in to Hurricane Hotel by trying to ‘survive in place’, you might just never check out?

Video first seen on Dane Wigington.

Post Script

It surprises me that so many don’t quite grasp the fact that major metropolitan areas will always be a death trap in apocalyptic scenarios.

They will rapidly breed everything from scarcity of every necessary life sustaining essential, to neverending disasters from criminal anarchy, to disease by unsanitary conditions, such as are now happening in Florida, to intense, systematic looting and murdering.

That’s why having a well thought out BOL is so important. Sure, you don’t need one way up in mountainous no man’s land just to escape and hole up from coastal storms, a couple hundred miles inland on elevated terrain would work for that. But it would be more prudent to put in a little more effort, and have a BOL that fits all or at least most catastrophic events. Maybe a group effort with family and friends to minimize cost?

The big cities and most of the smaller ones will be uninhabitable if the so-called long overdue massive power outage, total economic collapse, nuclear war, or out of control plague or pandemic hit us.

Bugging out, smartly, and sooner rather than later, is the ‘only way to go’!


This article has been written by Mahatma Muhjesbude for Survivopedia.

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Mahatma Muhjesbude is a former Spec-ops combat Vet, LEO, international security consultant, and private contractor. He has instructor level credentials and skills in various survival disciplines. He is a dedicated advocate of Liberty and Justice for all and a proactive defender of our Constitutional rights. He strongly believes that the best value you can give back in life is vital knowledge through experience, and that's why he's writing for Survivopedia, using a pen name to protect his real identity. You can send Mahatma a message at editor [at] survivopedia.com

Latest comments
  • So where is a safe place to stay if they are constantly playing with the weather? Is the NE safe? It looks like anything west of the Mississippi River is suspect for survival.

    • That’s the whole point. If they keep screwing with the atmosphere eventually there will be nowhere that is safe from some kind of very bad weather. That’s why if you value your environment, it’s time to start seriously letting our so called representatives know that this has got to stop!

  • live in Montana, expecting some kind od eruption of yellow stone, need to get further south, which state should I choose?

    • Texas

  • This is the most information on survival that i have read in years. it actually has information that anyone can use and is right on the money. i have seen what panic does to people and it is not pretty. Keep this kind of info coming in the future as it is sorely needed. thanks!

  • Good read. I have friends, formerly of the 9th Ward in New Orleans, who did take the leisurely drive to San Antonio in 2005 with a vehicle packed with as much as it could carry. They still live here, because their house in N.O. was unsalvageable. They missed the traffic, the panic, the empty gas stations, and the fight for a place to stay. They were already here when Ray Nagan finally told people to leave.

  • At 70 and 79 with health issues and alzheimers to contend with we live in the country. 20 min to a Dr, an hour to specialists, 20 minutes to a hospital, 8 miles to good grocery shopping and a gas station, 15 miles to a 24 hour Walmart. A son and best friend with familys live on my property too.
    I can drive but husband is a problem at times and my health is just painful. I garden, can, freeze, and dehydrate for winter and whatever. I have chickens, ducks, and rabbits. It is really just a way of life.
    City life just doesn’t make me happy. Did it, left it! Baring a volcano waking up I am here and I will be burried here too. I gather wild plants for food and meds, wild flowers for my favorite bouquets. Family sees my home as their buggout spot. If I can manage a half duggout sheltered home that will be a soon to do project. I have the tractor with a front loader and backhoe. 🙂

    • We live in New Mexico high mountain desert. I use hot beds but soon will have a greenhouse. I live about 1 mile fron a PHS emergency room that the public can use in an emergency. This is the family bug out spot but if it was better I could go to either of my sons in a city an hour away.
      Hurricanes don’t hit here but wild fires can cross the mountains and snows can close the roads. I guess an old volcano could wake up. No place is totaly immune to earthquakes but they don’t give long warnings. Power can go out….ready for that. Rather be here than a shelter or a camp. Have to trust God for safety and good choices.
      Place looks nice but not rich or fancy. Cactus grows along fence lines. I have wood, pellets, and propane for heat or cooking. As a candle maker we have lights of several kinds. I have several water barrels with the ability to run water through a natural water filtering systems. I made a smoker from an old gas stove. I grow fruit trees.
      Mostly it is a matter of choosing life over a place and making choices that promote life and health where ever you are at. I live in an old doublewide trailer with a roof built over it. Adds heat in winter and cool in summer. My residence is the only one currently without summer shade. I have replacement trees growing but good shade takes time. Still always planning and adding. I do use a large Swamp cooler. A wet curtain over open windows or doors will do wonders cooling a desert home.
      Weapons are no ones business. Not buying out gun shops or hording bullets. Snares and planning are easier. I do walk occasional rounds after dark. Have solar -heat or motion sensor lights in some areas. Solar motion sensor alarm on the driveway and three easy to enter areas. It chimes in my bedroom. Sweet dogs are good alarms.
      “Bugging in” is only a good plan if it it a safe choice. In a hurricane or a fire…. you move out till it’s safe to return, if you have a place to return to.

  • Who knows what the right plan of action is. All we can do is learn from our mistakes (Katrina). Living in Missouri I have recently been curious about an earthquake. Ever been to Kansas City? Count how many bridges you go over while here or passing through. A moderate to severe earthquake would shut this city down. How many streets would be closed untill the bridges can be inspected for structural integrity? And that’s only ONE issue concerning a natural disaster. Good luck my friends. Stay safe!

  • Pray tell how does anyone know when to bug out? tHE ONLY THING ONE CAN REASONABLY DO IS PREPARE IN PLACE AND DO IT IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT IS SECRET AND SECURE.

    • I agree with the idea of “preparing in place” you are then ready all the time. get your neighbors knowledgeable of what’s happening,. if possible get out into the country where a big garden, chickens, goats, and water won’t be visible to anyone but your “community’ of preppers. Be alert of drones, these can be a problem with staying hidden..

      • T.J. There’s always a little confusion about this. IN TERMINOLOGY. As I said in the article, the best all around option is if you ALREADY LIVE in what you could call a GOOD BOL. Whiich is mostly a rural areaS WITH GOOD WATER SUPPLY AND not very prone to flooding , massive forest fires, earthquakes,, HURRICANES, etc. So yes, preparing in such a location could be called…the CORRECT AND OPTIMAL ‘SU RVIVAL IN PLACE’. FOR MOST CONTINGENCIES. aND THESE AREAS ARE OUT THERE.
        tHE PROBLEM IS THAT mOST PEOPLE DON’T LIVE IN THEM BECAUSE OF THBIR JOBS, LIFESTYLES,, ETC. sO SURVIVING IN PLACE’ IN THESE HIGH RISK AREAS ARE AT BEST AN UNCALCULATED GAMPLE, WITH YOUR LIFE AND AT WORST, WELL,,, MAYBE YOU WERE AT LEAST ASTUTE ENOUGH IN YOUR IN PLACE PREPS TO INCLUDE SOME GOOD BOURBON TO EASE THE PAIN…IN THE INEVITABLE END..

    • Yup, Ferg, y ou go ahead and be ”reasonable’ and try to ‘survive and prepare in place’ when that Cat5 monster is aiming where you live and rips your ‘secret and secure house from it’s foundation,. It’ll be one less vehicle on the road to slow down all all the other unreasonable people leaving.

  • Brilliant well thought out and well presented. Thank-you, whoever you really are!

  • the government does lie while you are so honest with your three second test….very long seconds indeed.

  • clearly this author has never worked in the private sector, where he would be fired for leaving in advance of an official evacuation notice. And clearly this author has never had kids in a public school. Pulling kids out of public school to leave town when a hurricane is 5 days away will result in CPS taking your kids. The only people who can bug out early are retirees, feds and unionized workers.

    • Maybe that’s a good argument for NOT living in a place where hurricanes are common…

  • Interesting read. A former spec ops operator and leo who hates the government more then the painful itch of a bad rash.
    I would have bought more into the ARTICLE if there was less hate mongering. The gov is made up of we the people. look in the
    mirror to see the problem. We have many means of getting info now days. Get it and use your brain. Depend on yourself and
    in most cases you will be fine. if you wait for the gov to save you then you are as much of a problem as they are.

    • Lane,, what is with all you OCD psychotic anti-hate crusaders lately? There’s absolutely no mention of hate anywhere in the article . Just because you have a justifiable dislike for an out of control government, which is actually an Constitutional obligation of a law abiding Free Citizen to remedy, and want to help wake up the sleeping sheeple so they don’t just lay their like a beached Belu ga whale blowing air head bubbles out of their frothing mouths out of just a basic sense of decency and humanity, doesn’t make you a hater. As a holy person and prophet I really don’t hate anybody.

      I realize my writing style is often comprised of caustic invective but to accuse it of ‘hate mongering’? C’mon get a grip on reality, please?

  • You would have had to leave Florida a week before it was set to hit to avoid the refuge line, and of course the timeline changed a few times. Taking the advice in this article would be great, but it is not feasible. If you bug out every time a hurricane might hit Florida, you would miss two or three weeks of work per year, and most likely lose your job. Even if you did not lose your job, the loss of pay and the cost of the bug out would be very expensive for most families. Florida being a peninsula with two roads out makes it an especially difficult place to bug out from. Of course, that is one reason I do not live in Florida.

  • I totally agree with you. I’m on a tight income & have no where to go.

  • Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I read many of the helpful articles this site provides, yet none talk to the career professional. Are we to simply walk off the job? Not show up for the next shift?
    As a nurse, if my shift doesn’t get covered correctly, i suffer mental anguish. I am not alone. It would be unthinkable for many nurses i know (+myself) to simply Bug out 6 hours b4 govt suggests residential populations begin evacuation…

    • My daughter and son needed to stay in Jacksonville during the last two hurricanes that hit there. They stored up canned sterno, water and easy to prepare or just heat and eat things. Thank God their neighborhood is more inland and slightly higher than most of the area so they came through fine. Just had to contend with off and on phone service and no power for a few days. They were well prepared for that and available to work quickly when the storm passed.
      Still, I would rather they had left.
      Puerto Rico on an island with infastructure gone, hospitals closed, roads gone, no fuel, and delivery hard or impossible is the nightmare in its aftermath. How could you possibly prepare and store things for something like that?

    • Nobody said that bugging out applies to everyone. Your own discretion and judgement defines your own critical choices. in life. At least in as much as we still live in a free country… Compassion and humanity plays an important role in the decision making process. And I ompletely understand your feelings about it. And I admire you for it.

      In a past life I once ordered the rest of my squad to keep moving ahead of the NVA now chasing us after a particularly ugly ambush and to try to contact evac when they regrouped safely. We were all wounded but two of my men were too badly hit to move and I wasn’t going to let them die alone. I covered us up in the foliage and tried to keep them quiet as the enemy got close enough for me to smell them. And I prayed they wouldn’t smell our blood.. An eternity later we heard heavy contact and fighting in the distance and then like an ugly green angel descending from heaven, a chopper coordinated to our position picked us up..

      So, yes…sometimes you have to think about the unthinkable.

  • Survivors, train, plan ahead, practice, and leave to go to safety if necessary. I don’t really plan to leave my rural home BUT if it seemed wise…. I do have food, medical supplies, camping supplies, clothing/important papers and wilderness tools in easy to grab backpacks in a handy spot. Not a trailer or my tent et but basic easy to transport necessities. I do have a pistol and a few rounds of amo with my clothing. If there more time but I was leaving I, would take a dependable vehicle and a trailer with my fishing weekend camping gear and be more comfortable anywhere.
    Some of the best prep is wisdom and knowledge, strength and agility exercise, planning for the what ifs, and learning from others. Articles like this contain wisdom. It might not fit everyone or every circumstance but it is still sound wisdom. My daughter and her husband needed to stay in Jacksonville, Florida through the last two hurricanes. They had easy prep food, sterno, water, flashlights with new batteries, radio, et. Not great being there but well prepared for no power, roads closed for days et. Able to help others which is why they needed to stay.
    Our rural church is getting ready to certify everyone who cares to attend the free firstaid classes. That is a good prep for life, not just for disasters. Faith communities, like minded friends, and family can all be there for you and with you in calamity yet we need personal preperation too.
    The latest mass shooting was an amazing testiment to the good in many. People helped strangers, rendered firstaid, helped others escape, took pickup and carloads of people out of harms way or to hospitals. We saw that in New Orleans, Huston, and more …. where people helped strangers; people survived deadly situations.
    Then in the morning, in the aftermath of fear and death, they gathered for memorials, prayer, singing and the comfort, encouragement and strength of group worship. Then they rolled up their sleves in far flung places to donate life saving blood.
    It is that heroic spirit that gives, sacrifices, and yes even dies for others , that makes America truly great.

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