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Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying Put is not an Option Paperback – June 27, 2014
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The book deals with a specific area of survival literature: Bugging out. More specifically, it breaks this down into three categories.
1. Bugging Out (which could mean leaving to somewhere close by, quite possibly for the short term)
2. Relocating (moving but remaining in the same county / region)
3. Bugging Out Abroad (Leaving your country for good)
A considerable amount of this book is spent discussing Bugging Out Abroad, as this is exactly what the author did when he fled a collapsing Argentina to move his family to Northern Ireland. Fernando has included a wealth of statistics on various countries, drawing from such databases as the Human Development Index, Corruption Perception Index, etc etc. As the book is geared towards readers in the English speaking world, he goes into greater detail on English speaking countries outside of the US (ie Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand). His info for these countries is surprisingly accurate and detailed, and as a resident of one of these countries, I think he did a great job. Clearly he did extensive research before moving his own family, and the reader of this book benefits from his research. In regards to Bugging out Abroad, he discusses other details, such as When to leave, What to bring, How to prepare, and What some common mistakes are.
Fernando dedicates a decent amount of time to the more local bugging out as well, and in this regard he does contradict a lot of the common literature on this subject. If you read any book about bugging out, the author will generally describe it like you're going to leave your house to go live in the woods for a few weeks. This has always struck me as unrealistic and the author certainly agrees. He discusses how important things like cash, cell phones, and precious metals can be in a bug-out situation.
He spends a decent amount of time talking about gear, vehicles, and planning, but also talks about the importance of physical fitness (again something often overlooked in other books). Just like in his previous book, Fernando states here that maintaining a high level of fitness is one of the most important things someone could do to enhance their "survival" chances in a dangerous situation.
This book is self-published, which is why it differs from a lot of the standard literature out there. He had no publisher telling him to include this or that. The only draw back of this is, with English being the authors second language added to mix, the book has quite a few spelling errors and incorrect word usage. For example when the author meant to write "major" he wrote "mayor". This can be a tad annoying, but if you look past this, you'll find the book overall to be a wealth of first hand information that is applicable in real life.
The second half of the book deals with specific information to consider when choosing your “bug out” destination. It may be a relatively short distance from your home, another state or section of your own country, or in extreme situations, an entirely different country. All are covered in detail. I found the information on the various US states is also a helpful guide to relocating at any time, such as a career change or choosing a retirement location. Even if you think you will never have to move to a different country, the detailed information on other countries provides a great overview of what living in many countries is really like. And it may make you appreciate more what you already enjoy.
In some respects, this new book is a continuation of the story, as Argentina's problems continued and grew to the point the author finally decided it was time to leave Argentina permanently. That decision made, his attention naturally shifted to where his family could go instead, and how to best make it happen. Again, this is of personal interest because a friend recently left Illinois for retirement in Panama, and I leave our travel trailer at an orphanage we serve at in Mexico.
Sadly, neither Mexico nor Panama are recommended as bug out destination in this book, but it was very interesting to read why, along with thoughts on many other possible alternatives.
The best part, for me, was the cautions about some of the usual planned bug out solutions, such as moving to a well-defended rural farm in Idaho (He notes that didn't work out well for South African farmers), or having a 60 pound bug out bag half filled with guns and ammo.
Like other reviewers, I read the book straight through immediately on downloading, though I did resist buying at its initially higher asking price.
Anyone who can imagine things getting bad enough where you are that you might someday have to leave, would do well to have already read this book far in advance. We just moved from one state to another (for other reasons), but can confirm from personal experience much of the advice about what to take and what to leave behind, and what to know about your new location before going. Like the author, we were surprised to discover everything we truly care about fits in our car. All the rest is just "stuff" that can be replaced. And renting in our new neighborhood rather than immediately buying has been excellent advice.
Lots of good advice in the checklists too, including links to where to find recommended gear at Amazon.com