posted on Jun, 16 2011 @ 07:22 AM
I have read numerous threads here about people standing by with their B.O.B. “Bug Out Bag” and other emergency items. The one overarching mantra
among most of the would be survivalists on this website and others is that when the SHTF they are simply going to GO, GET OUT, BUG OUT, DISAPPEAR,
whatever that means.
Okay, that’s all well and good, but where are they/ you going to go? No, wait don’t tell me that, it isn’t important. After all this post is
about my curiosity in regards to what one is expecting from a SHTF scenario NOT where one will evac to.
There was a time back in 2008 when you could say I “officially” woke up, and it was also at that time that I became excessively paranoid and even
scared as a result of my “awakening”.
It was during that year that I decided to create a bug out bag/ assault pack, myself. The reason was the same as everyone else. I even had an idea
about where I would go and how to get there.
I had just ETSed from the military the prior year and through a rather expensive scam managed to keep most of my gear; such as body armor, several
variety of headgear, a couple of large rucks and a lot of other stuff. So I figured I was well prepared to do what needed to be done (Again, whatever
In fact I had more than I needed. I had a lot of experience in outdoor living and escape and evasion knowledge that I considered to be useful at the
time, so I felt I was ready to go.
That being said it might be important to consider what I had perceived to be a SHTF scenario. Looking back on it I will freely admit that my immediate
views were illogical. I found myself going against my own knowledge base and understanding about how both local and federal governments perform
operations in a crisis or government takeover situation. I blame the fear mongers for that, since so much disinfo is out there it can be confusing for
the newly awakened.
I thought that I would have to be ready at a moment’s notice. I thought that I may be able to watch a martial law takeover for perhaps a few days
as I lay low waiting for my moment to escape. I figured I would have to do it on foot, as there would be checkpoints or the city would be on lock
I prepared dark clothing for night movement and planned out 12 different routes that would take me all over Gods country for Pete’s sake.
I ultimately figured that I would have to survive away from the city, hidden in the forest wet and cold since if I were to light a fire thermal
imagery might have found my area of operation. I even planned for convoy highjackings to gather supplies if I were to ever run into
other………people like me.
My point in all this is that my immediate reasoning about SHTF scenarios is strangely enough very similar to other people I ask about it to this day.
I of course no better now I think but the less experienced find themselves following popular survivalist culture, akin to the bomb shelter craze
during the 60s missile crisis.
But the one point that should be considered is just how outrageous such thinking is. Not that such things as the above couldn’t happen, but the
likelihood of them happening in a short period of time are damn near astronomical; moreover that they would even gain momentum to proceed with such
tactics (They, being the government) is just as slim.
Unless a foreign military were to have taken over the perception I had about “Bugging out” was all jacked up.
With that being said I think it is important for people to really consider what exactly bugging out is and to make sure they are prepared for the
reality of the situation rather than the irrational speculation and theorizing that is proliferating alternative media. Luckily for me sanity
prevailed and I managed to stay calm and do vet internet information.
I think terms like bug out are used way too often, and too carelessly by people with probably no experience whatsoever with evasive tactics and or
outdoor living, if that is what the situation may require. IMO people should carefully examine their limitations and be realistic in their
With that being said,…What does Bugging out mean to you, and why?