posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 10:29 PM
I'm glad somebody had the guts to post this thread. I've advocated defending your home position on forums all across the Net, and I get a
TON of opposition from the "bug-out" crowd. I mean really vicious opposition, too.
If you think about it, your home has the space for years worth of supplies, foodstuffs, medicines, weaponry and ammo — far more than
you could ever carry out into the wilderness.
Don't get me wrong, I'm big into wilderness survival, I'm Red Cross-certified in wilderness first-response emergency care, I've got enough
wilderness survival gear in one backpack to comfortably live on for a month, and I have the water-filtration and fire-starting gear to
continue living off the land almost indefinitely (although not in "comfort").
In fact, my wife and I are now in our 50s, and we practice extended survival in remote parts of the Smoky Mountains, where we go in, unarmed, and
rough it for up to 10 days at a time. As a test of our skills, we even flew out to the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia and did the same
thing under positively treacherous and life-threatening conditions for a couple of weeks.
In retrospect, however, I would highly recommend carrying some serious firepower back in the Canadian Rockies. The megafauna out there is
something with which you do not want to trifle.
All of this said, and even with the extensive wilderness experience we have gained, I most adamantly recommend staying home and defending your
position in the event of SHTF.
I've already stated one reason for my preference — you can store enough equipment and foodstuffs in your home to keep you alive for a couple of
years, at least. Also, you're not out there on a mountainside, risking your life on a minute-by-minute basis.
I've often said that most of these "bug-out" people are going to die within a few weeks, once they get out there and realize they are
seriously under-equipped and under-experienced to survive in the wilderness. Let 'em get out there and break an ankle or a wrist and see how
long they last.
Generally speaking, humans are not a bunch of Liver-Eating Johnsons or other mountain legends who can brush off wild animal attacks and
serious injuries. More often, when humans are injured in the wilderness, they tend to panic and then die shortly thereafter. For every legendary
mountain man out there, there are the skeletons of 10,000 wanna-be mountain men.
I say fortify your home. I say dig a 10-foot-deep bunker in your backyard, wall it in nice and thick with steel-reinforced concrete, cover it
up and plant a garden on top of it. Dress your bunker out with water filtration, air filtration, bacterial decomposition pit toilets, and
human-powered electrical generating devices.
Make sure you have a hidden weapons cache and lots of ammo — not just firearms, either, but edged weapons, slingshots, compound bow and
arrows, and anything else you can think of. Weapons are extremely handy for their designed purposes, but they're also going to be the most
valuable things you own, next to food and medicine.
Gold won't have any value in a post-apocalyptic world, but a handgun with a box of cartridges will be worth its weight in
platinum. A gun will trade-in for a lot of food or medicine. Just be cautious when you go-a-tradin'...
Two-way communications with rechargeable power-packs should be near the top of your list of survival gear, too. Communication means organization over
a large area, and organization equals survival.
— Doc Velocity
[edit on 12/12/2009 by Doc Velocity]