My question to you is - how will you recognize the signs of collapse to (a) not be seen as crazy when you bug out and (b) bug out just in time before
you're not able to.
Chances are, I'll be at work (40+ miles away from my ranch) when it's obvious things are going south. Remember back to 911. When the first plane hit,
I suspected it was an attack. The second confirmed it, and I basically wanted to leave work right then and go home, before things got too crazy. In
hindsight, I should have (and won't make the mistake again). There are certain signs, and you can always use some other excuse to leave early, and
head home, hopefully before the traffic jams up. I have numerous different routes home, whether in the truck or on foot, so I'll definitely get out of
the city. (Plus I'll have a pistol with me, to help ensure I have a smooth egress).
Also, what makes you think that you'll survive whatever calamity besets the world that would make you want to bug out in the first place?
Basically, because I'm prepared for it. Very few scenarios will destroy everything, and quite frankly, if someone drops a large nuke on the city I
work in, not much I can do about it. But, for those other scenarios where I CAN do something about it, I'm prepared. I keep a few different options in
my truck that is with me here at work. More than enough to make a 4 day trek home easier on foot if I have to (though I'll drive as far as I can until
a traffic jam). Once home, we've been taking steps to make the ranch more self sufficient and it is a pretty good place to ride out post SHTF
insanity. We've got a well, septic, chickens, rabbits, gardens, and fruit trees to help provide. We'll be adding goats and more gardening too.
And of course, we're armed, and stocked that way too, as well as food/water stores. Of course, we aren't quite where I want to be yet, but it's about
a 5 year plan. We're on year 2 of it. (and I suspect it will be even more years until I ever "stop" prepping in some way or another.
Granted, while I do think about "doomsday" or at least something drastic that causes the grid to cease, my preps also must have an immediate benefit
too. I've actually USED my preps in the past, whether periods of unemployment, or during times when something was broken (like when we had a leak in a
pipe, we used our water stores to help), or times when we needed money for something other than groceries, so just ate from stored foods mostly. These
more common things have caused my wife to back me up in my preps, because she's sees it as just being prepared for anything that could cause a
Wow, really sorry to go off-topic and focus on that, but the most I've ever commuted was 35 miles each way, 1 hour+ each way every day, I hated it
after a year then moved closer to less than 2 miles walk each day.
Yeah, it sucks. Audio books help. If a nuke drops on Tampa, I'm toast here at work. At home though, we're far away from any major targets to where
even after nuclear attacks, we'd likely be fine. We love living in the country, and yet, we're really only a few minutes away from conveniences. No
way we could have a place in the city where my wife could have her horse, for example. It's worth the drive, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't want
to work closer to home (or better, FROM home).
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