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The bugout has been adulterated by over-saturation and oversimplification. The truth is when you decide to leave the protection of your home and face the impacts and desperation of a serious disaster you put yourself at tremendous risk.
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This fact should never be denied.
There is no guarantee you get to your bugout location in a serious situation that requires a bugout. Ideally, you want to bug in but leaving is when you have serious problems that are affecting your ability to survive where you are.
Let’s talk about 3 things that are almost always overlooked when putting together bugout plans.
When to Leave
Even if you have your cabin in the woods, do you know when its time to head that way?
Having concrete milestones for when you are going to leave your home is critical. Its so important that you know when to leave. Maybe a riot in your city does not trigger a bugout but what if that riot begins moving towards your neighborhood?
Make a list of circumstances for this.
ID Rally Points
The idea that the bugout is going to be smooth sailing is silly. Be sure that you identify rally points on your route to assure your family knows where to meet up if things go wrong. This is important on foot and in a car.
You never know when a threat will appear. Getting the family back together is of the highest priority. Be sure you have plans in place to deal with that.
Scout BOL Before Entering
You have made it to the BOL. Now all your problems are solved! WRONG!
Your pristine bugout location is not just appealing to you. What if someone else found it first? What if they entered through a side window? Will they do your family harm?
Spend the night just outside of your bugout location. Make sure no one is moving around inside.