We talk a great deal about bugging out, and the more I've discovered on the topic, the more I've realized I've already been preparing for "bugging
out". I just didn't associate the name with the task.
In any "bug out" scenario, there are several facets I've considered:
I. My current location.
II. The scenarios I can fathom.
III. Relative to point II, the locations and supplies needed to survive in said scenario.
My thought process on this particular topic tends to start with myself and work its way toward outward influences. That may seem "backward" in
consideration of the fact that one needs to consider a scenario before being able to come up with a contingency plan, but I do some of my best
thinking when I work backward. I find I catch and correct more errors that way.
Why it hasn't been "stickied", I don't know, but I find this thread
to be helpful
in keeping things succinct. If you're unfamiliar with a term, chances are it's found there.
EDC (Every Day Carry)
In a functioning society, we generally carry a selection of items that, in any given scenario, may be useful for survival. These can include (but are
not limited to):
A cell phone.
Provided that the network stays together, a cell phone can be a good tool to utilize in getting your loved ones together
or contacting your trusted allies to begin bugging out.
A pocket knife.
Really any sort of knife can serve myriad purposes in daily life, and much more so in survival situations. I find
Swiss Army Knives to be exceptionally useful, but I also carry a Buck 119 in a sheath near or on my person.
Though some documents are better kept in a secured location apart from a person, there are those items (driver's
license, membership cards, etc.) which can carry some clout with others in dealing with bugging out.
BOV (Bug Out Vest)
Here, I'd like to make an observation: what could be considered a "BOV" can also be augmented through the clothes you wear. For any given
situation, a good survivalist knows that dressing in layers even on a daily basis will provide not only for personal comfort, but for tactical
proficiency as well.
For the sake of simplicity, let it be said that the following weather conditions exist: Extremely Cold, Very Cold, Cold, Moderate, Hot, Very Hot,
Extremely Hot. The absence or presence of other factors (i.e., rain, wind, and/or snow) is obviously relative to the environment and helps to
influence it one way or another.
Now for some more technical observations:
The coldest temperature that can be reached is absolute zero, which is approximately −273.15 °C (−459.67 °F). However, by comparison, the
coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth was a heat wave at −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F). Still, I wouldn't break out the swim trunks and tan lotion
Temperature has also shown that it can ascend or descend as rapidly as much as 27 °C (49 °F) in two minutes, or 26 °C (47 °F) in fifteen minutes
(ascension and descension, respectively). That sort of shock on the body can be extremely traumatic if you're not prepared.
As for rain, wind, snow, and other factors, here are some technical observations:
In the Atacama Desert in Chile, there has never been any rain in recorded meteorological history. Ever. However, in Lloro, Colombia, they get an
average of 43' 7 5/8" every year.
We all know rain can fall rapidly, too. The most to ever fall in one minute was 1.5" in Barst, Guadeloupe. In Holt, Missouri, they once received a
foot of water in forty-two minutes.
As for wind, the highest ever recorded (albeit for 3 seconds) was somewhere between 281 - 321 miles per hour in a tornado near Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma. The highest ever recorded with a more specific anemometer was at Mount Washington, New Hampshire (231 miles per hour at a sustained