In an incredibly unfortunate turn of events, the Supreme Court has upheld the validity of the Obamacare package of higher taxes and medical costs as being constitutional. I do not know what constitution the lackeys on the SCOTUS panel were comparing the law to, but it certainly was not the constitution of these United States of America. But I am not surprised, and it was the outcome I expected. I have long said that 2013 will be the year that everyone starts to really see what is in store for this decaying nation. The truth will become apparent, but it will be too late, and our fate will be sealed in 2015. Wait and see.
That said, it is more important than ever that we learn to become prepared for the coming times. Those of us left that are true freedom loving Americans will need to be prepared to survive a seven-year period without the ability to receive help or assistance from those who are not like-minded. It will become more apparent as we approach that deadly year that we may in fact have to bug out of our beloved homesteads to travel to a friendlier area where we can survive with a level certainty.
So what are the basic considerations that we have to take into account when we bug out of our location? As always, we have the three basic needs, safety, water and food. I call these three building blocks the SaWaFo pyramid. They are the three basic, necessary building blocks around which your preparedness planning should revolve.
The first building block is Safety. Safety encompasses a lot more than just making sure there are no potential accidents waiting to happen around your home. Safety means security. In a bug out situation safety means that you have the means to take care of any situation that threatens the security of your situation. This includes medical needs, clean water and untainted food. It also includes things like warmth and dryness in a storm. It means being able to travel without fear of incursion from others. The Encarta Dictionary describes incursion as 1; raid; a brief, hostile, and usually sudden invasion of somebody’s territory or 2; unwelcome intrusion; the act of flowing, running, or intruding into something, usually with unpleasant or damaging effects.
The second building block is water. Water is an absolute must. We need to remain hydrated or bad things can happen to us, including death. We need to be able to carry water with us, collect water along the way, and make that water pure to drink.
The third building block is food. While we can survive without food for a number of days, we still eventually need to eat to replenish lost nutrients and chemicals, or we will become weak and unable to function, eventually lapsing into a state normally referred to as death in the medical profession. Enough said?
Your bug out basics need to include all three of these components to form a valid plan for your actual bug out to succeed. If you do not have any medical supplies and medications, what happens when an accident befalls you? If you do not have tools and parts to fix your vehicle when it breaks down, what happens? If you do not have water on hand to take with you, what happens? And so on through the entire list of dozens of potential questions, but you get the drift of where I am going here I am sure.
So, as a brief notation here, this is a list of the basics you need to consider when assembling your bug out routine;
- You need to have a plan of where to go, including where you and your family will meet up if not together when the need to evacuate or bug out arises, and who will bring what when the event occurs.
- Your means of transportation needs to be in good repair, filled with fuel and additional fuel supplies, and also partially loaded with equipment and supplies to reduce time needed to bug out.
- You need to have a supply of medical needs, first aid kit, medications etc ready to grab and go.
- You need to have a supply of clean potable water ready to grab and go.
- You need to have a supply of food ready to grab and go, as well as a way to prepare and serve that food.
- You need to have a means of defense ready to grab and go.
- You need to have a plan of action in place for when you do finally arrive at your bug out destination.
Loading up the car with the wife and kids, along with your weapon, a few bottles of water and a case of MREs is all well and good, but you can’t just drive around forever. You need to have a destination in mind, and you need to have enough supplies and gear to get you to that destination safely. Too often we see scenes of mass evacuations in hurricane alley with thousands of people driving their cars to escape, but they really do not have anywhere to go. And they do not have any food, water or medical supplies with them. This means they have no other choice but to rely upon others for their salvation in the emergency. That will usually be the government, through the auspices of FEMA and the DHS folks. Read FEMA camps here. Cozy little tent villages set up for the thousands of sheep who did not think planning was worth the time and expense.
They preferred spending their cash on things like widescreen TVs and trips to the water park. Do not get me wrong here, a widescreen TV and trips to the water park are all fine and dandy. But if you had to choose between a six hundred dollar widescreen or six hundred dollars worth of food, water and other supplies, which one will get you further when that disaster rolls up your driveway and into your front door?
Think about for a few moments. Remember that what you have when a disaster hits is what you will have afterwards. Can you survive with what you have now after an event occurs that may force you to jump in the car and run? In the coming times the cost of living will become much more expensive, and obtaining the things you need to survive long term will become much more difficult. Things like dehydrated foods, MREs and first aid supplies are going to become scarce, if not impossible to obtain, except from the government. is that what you really want to look forward to?
(Note: this post was recorded on the morning of 30 June, 2012)