While preppers can be some of the most positive people you could ever meet, there are some really hopeful preppers that need a reality check. A lot of people in forums and in groups talk about prepping for their bug out location or when they move to a rural location. While that is all fine and good, the problem is that they are prepping for a place that does not really exist at the moment.
Unless you live in your bug out location, you run a high risk of not making it to your bug out location. If an SHTF event really does happen, you may not be able to make there unless you have a fair amount of advance warning. You may have all the routes mapped out to get there and have many different plans with contingencies built in to get there, but you still run a high risk of not making it to your bug out location.
The same goes for a rural location. A lot of people say they will be ready or prepared once they move to a rural location. While people should move to a rural location if they want to, they have about a 50% chance they will not really be prepared there either. Not many people are prepared for the sheer amount of work that an acreage or a homestead requires to be successful and productive. Unless you move there before an SHTF event happens and you have become accustomed to the work, you will more than likely never be prepared for the work involved in keeping up the homestead.
You really need to prep for where you live now. Whether you live in an apartment, a suburban home, a townhouse, a small community, or wherever, you need to prepare for that space and area. Your prepping plans should be centered around that living space and what you need to do there to survive. You need to be aware of the area, the neighbors, the living conditions, and more to know what plans you need to make.
Many preppers say they will bug out when a crisis happens but to where? How will you get there? Will you be able to get there by vehicle or will you have to walk? Are you in shape enough to walk that far? If you don't already have a place to go, you need to stay put unless your life is in danger. You will more than likely be safer staying put and riding out the crisis.
If you have evacuation plans already set, be judicious about using them. Good judgment and common sense rules every time. If you are being asked to evacuate or ordered to evacuate, then you need to and hopefully, you already have a plan in place to do just that. The earlier you heed evacuation orders, the easier your journey out of the area will be. Waiting until the last minute could mean you will be bugging in instead out and should be prepared to do that. It also means you would be in danger and be forced to leave with a lot of help.
How do you prepare for where you are now? You have plans and you use them. Notice I said, plans as in the plural. Only having one plan can mean you will not do as well as you could and should do if you have multiple plans. If you have multiple plans, you have options for staying alive and responding to each unique situation with the problems that will arise from it.
You should have a plan to get prepared for whatever you are preparing for. You should have multiple plans for what to do during specific SHTF events including who does what and how they do it. You should also have a plan or plans for what to do after SHTF events.
If you are planning to bug out, you need to have supplies at that home. If you are planning to evacuate in a crisis, you need to have supplies at the place you are planning to stay. However, you may not be able to leave your home. Too many factors might already be stacked against you and you cannot leave. You need to have your current home stocked, prepped, and ready to go in the case of a crisis.
Being prepared in your current location means you have the basics covered: water, food, shelter, security, warmth, first-aid, lighting, and sanitation. You need to be prepared for having power as well as not having power. You need to be prepared for being able to use the whole house as well as just being able to be in one room or only one story of the house. You need to be prepared to have the use of electric communications as well as not having cell phones and the internet.
Having a bug out location or having a dream of living out in the country is a good thing. However, you should be prepared no matter where you live. Your preps should focus on the home you are in and not where you want to be.
Thanks for reading,
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