Bugging Out, or Leaving from a disaster situation is a topic of hot debate. In truth Bugging Out can be a vital method of surviving, it can be very useful in situations like hurricane Katrina, but are not always necessary. Sometimes staying put is the best method of surviving. Sometimes it is too great of a risk to bug out. If a zombie apocalypse happens then yes bug out of metropolitan areas, however in times of war, which is a more likely situation to happen, bugging out is not safe. In the 1991 on highway 80 between Kuwait City and Iraq, the Iraqi Army and many civilians tried to bug out of Kuwait to Iraq. However the people on that highway did not fair so well. This highway became known as the Highway of Death. An estimated 2250 cars were destroyed on the highway and an estimated 10,000 people. A terrible thing but in times of war if the highway gets bogged down you are a sitting target. So what do you do? Do you go? or Do you stay?
It depends on the situation. Deciding whether or not to bug out in a bad situation will always be hardest decision. If you bug out too soon, then you could risk vandalism and loss of resources. If you decide too late then an even worse situation can develop, such as the highway of death. Of course another possibility is also viable. Sometimes the best decision is to wait then bug out.
The best decision is to know when a bad situation will get worse. I will demonstrate these possibilities in a few examples from Hollywood and actual life. First let us look at what happens when you choose to leave too late. Luckily we have three examples ready for us. When hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 many people chose to leave too late. This is why for those of us who had power remember watching people being rescued by helicopter from roof tops. * Just a side note, no one in New Orleans had a reason to stay. Everyone could have left. It is always better to seek shelter somewhere else than to stay in harm’s way.* Now those people left on roof tops chose too late to bug out. Hurricane Katrina is a perfect example of what happens when you wait too long to bug out.
The next best example of choosing to leave too early is the TV show the Walking Dead. When the virus hits we are given examples of people bugging out when the virus hits. However the idea of leaving when something like the zombie apocalypse hits is a bad idea. Once a disaster hits everyone will be evacuating the cities trying to protect themselves. This of course is understandable, however foolish. When it happens people will flood out into the streets and cars will be bumper to bumper not moving. This in turn poses two possibilities, no escape and a target rich environment for the bad guys. Even though the zombie apocalypse will never happen, the high ways filling up with cars trying to get away from a bad situation is perfectly normal.
Now the best example of knowing when to stay put and wait is actually from all of the examples. This is the best method of preparing for survival. If you can wait long enough for the immediate danger to pass, then you can quietly slip away. For example if the zombie apocalypse actually happened, sitting out the early panic can save your life.
In truth the difference between staying put and bugging out can be huge. Remember when you bug out you are leaving everything you can not take with you behind. Bugging out is always a last effort. It should not be done unless you are in imminent danger. In most cases when you bug out you do not return, and if you do whatever you left behind is completely different. I do not forecast to ever seeing a zombie apocalypse, but war is another worry. War will one day come, hopefully never to our shores again, but if it does the need to bug out will become very prevalent to many.
As Always Folks; Prepare to Survive.