This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
When faced with a choice to stay home or bug out, most people would prefer to stay home. But if there were some kind of widespread collapse, you may not have a choice but to evacuate. In normal times, you could easily drive out of town and not have to worry about threats, but if it were a SHTF scenario, it would be totally different. There will be many threats, and thinking about them now will help you be prepared.
Here are 10 threats you might face when bugging out
No traffic lights
If there is a power failure, traffic lights will not be working, leading to accidents and a traffic nightmare. You need to be able to drive defensively and avoid main highways. Make sure you have downloaded maps that can be used offline or paper maps for city, state or even inter-state driving.
Roving criminals or gangs
Whether you travel on foot or in a vehicle, you will need to be prepared for gangs that are trying to take what you have. They will be armed with weapons or whatever they can find. If rule of law has broken down, you will need to be able to either avoid them or defend yourself.
Lack of gas
Gas stations may not be open, or if they are open, they may not be accepting credit or debit cards. Keep your gas tank at least half full in case of emergency. If you store gas, make sure your canister is a no-spill container You also need to have always have cash on hand just in case.
Lack of sanitation facilities
Rest stops and stores may not be open, and even if they were, it may not be safe to stop anywhere. You may need to bring an emergency toilet with you, hygiene supplies or improvise using a five gallon bucket.
Vehicle is too small, or no vehicle
Some people who live in cities do not own a car, since everything is close by. Or, their vehicle is too small to fit much of anything. If you no longer have a car, you likely have friends or family who have one. Before an emergency happens, have a plan on what you would do if you have to get out of the city. Click here for some ideas if your bug out vehicle is too small.
No medical facilities
Lack of water and food
To avoid having to find food and water on the road, you need to have a supply with you in the car. You will need plenty of water, a way to purify water if you find it, and food. Meal replacement bars can save space and give you much needed calories.
Heat or cold can be a problem, especially if you are bugging out on foot. You will need weather appropriate clothing, as well as protection from the sun, wind or cold, depending on the time of year.
Lack of communications
You may not have a way to communicate with others in your party, such as two way radios if cell towers are down.
No place to go
This will definitely be a problem when bugging out. You should have an idea where you might head to in the event your town is no longer livable. You may have relatives or friends you can head to, or at least have a plan to head to the next city or town that may not be threatened.
These are only a few threats that immediately come to mind in the event of a collapse. I can’t even imagine how stressful it might be. You will need to be prepared mentally to be able to cope with the changing situation. No one wants to face such a widespread disaster, but imagining possible threats will help you prepare ahead of time.
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