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Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late Paperback – June 15, 2010
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One theme central to the text is that of opportunistically surviving unnoticed. This is key. The author realizes that preparedness for bug out survival doesn't come from exactly following a prescribed survival blueprint as it would be impossible to have such a blueprint prepared for every possible situation. Instead, the author advocates developing a keen awareness of one's surroundings and environment. This is a theme common to martial arts and is a key survival concept. An example of this related to martial arts is that of identifying exits when entering a building, making note of items that may pose dangers or may be useful in emergencies, observing and noting physical and emotional traits of occupants, identifying leaders and followers and unspoken social rules, finding ways to use the things and people around you to your benefit, and keeping a low profile (fight as a last resort).Read more ›
While I am a subscriber to SurvivalBlog by JWR I have to say I'm more along Mr. Willams line of thinking. Most all of do not have the resources and/or jobs that would allow us to bugout to a homestead retreat. Mr. Williams makes a point or two on why he thinks this isn't a good idea also. At any rate, both are 100% correct that staying put, especially in a Urban area is probably not a good idea. However, some of the different forums I belong to I find many people who think bugging out the woods to weather the storm is not wise. I personally think it's the lessor of two evils....I live near a large city in the South and would be toast if I stayed in my home. The best way to survive is avoidance and while a forest/woods retreat presents its fair share of problems, it is what I'm planning on....and this books helps you get there.
This is not a book you borrow from a friend or library, read through and return - it should be a tangible addition to your gear.
It is not a novel, you are the main character and the situation is dire.
Bug Out is a no-nonsense reference that every prepared (or intending to prepare) person should have.
This book is not just for people who take being prepared for emergencies and contingencies very seriously, it is also a useful guide for people who want to break away from the traditional scenic tourist areas of our natural recreation areas or perhaps just want to get away from it all for a while.
The author candidly describes what trigger points you can establish in your life to cause a bug-out situation (natural/man-made disaster, societal collapse, etc.), some guidelines to help you prepare (there are several excellent checklists throughout the book),information about HOW to get to a safe zone, and what areas offer in the way of resources, climate, geography, and natural hazards.
The depth and format of this book is perfect - the homework has been done for you regarding analysis of the various bug out zones, vehicle pros and cons (down to model recommendations based on several criteria by type: SUVs, motorcycles, bicycles, kayaks, canoes, etc.) and even some gear recommendations.
The first portion of the book is dedicated to establishing context (why bug out, the hazards of "living off the land" fantasy, what to bring (essentials), etc.).
The next section talks about how to get where you're headed: route selection, vehicle vs foot, etc.Read more ›
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With all the disasters in the world today, it is a wise thing to do to be ready to "bug out" if the need occurs. Read morePublished 4 months ago by F. Lundberg
Very nice book. Helps with the things you don't think about and fine tunes the things you did think about. I would buy it again.Published 5 months ago by Julie Shay
A great book to read, whether you are trying to be more prepared for potential emergencies in your area (or preparing for the end of the world), the book is very detailed and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Zackattack123
I first came across Scott William's blog several years ago and was immediately taken with his calm confidence and his egoless presentation of skills he was clearly versed in from... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Anthony Nester