Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late by Scott B. Williams is one of the first books I ever read on preparedness. I had won a copy from Scott’s website Bug-Out Survival.
I was hoping to glean information on what to do in case we have to leave our home in an emergency. I was not disappointed. Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late is well-organized and informative. It provides detailed information on what to pack in the bug out bag, methods of transportation, and concrete examples of good areas to go to in case you have to leave in a hurry. It also provides information on possible hazards in each area, along with common edible plants and animals native to each region. This is stuff we all need to know, but mostly don’t think about. While I hope nothing happens that is severe enough to drive us out of our home, I am glad to have this information just in case. I already recommended this book to my husband and he will be reading it next; and plan to order copies for the rest of my family.
Since we started our emergency planning, I have read a few books and blogs that emphasized either sheltering in place or moving to a rural retreat. As a city dweller in a large apartment complex, with no funds for a faraway retreat just yet, I have become concerned it will not likely be safe in our area if things were to fall apart with no place to go. This book gives concrete information on bugging out. It gives me hope we can make it out of here if we need to. This book is definitely a keeper.
Updated from a previous post that was originally published on 6/6/2010.