Here are 8 reasons to shelter in at home and not bug out. One of the first decisions Marlene and I made was what we would do for shelter in the event of a long lasting disaster.
There seems to be a pretty even split between those people who opt to “shelter in” (stay at home) versus those who will “bug out” (head to the country).
We have chosen to implement or preparation plan for a cyber terror or EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack on our electric grid. Both of these scenarios will cripple America’s electrical grid for months. Our rationale was that if we planned to the worst, then we’d be ready for lesser (if that’s possible) disasters.
We were unable to find information or a formula that would make our decision more of a “no brainer”, but after going over the issues below it was still and easy decision for us. As urban adults we chose to shelter in rather than head to the country to live in a tent, hunt for our food, and other skills we do not possess.
We realize that in the event of a major disaster, like an earthquake that damages our house’s foundation, we would be forced to bug out. But unless circumstances dictate leaving for impending safety measures…we’re staying home.
Questions – Shelter In or Bug Out?
- Could we be comfortable living in the country? – Unless there were life threatening danger we want to be someplace familiar. Even without electricity we have a comfort level by staying home.
- What would happen to our possessions if we left? – We also wanted, if possible, to stay and guard our property and possessions. Without electricity or other conveniences there is a part of our society that will be tempted to steal whatever is left unattended. If you think about a disaster that cuts off electricity then it will be difficult for the police departments to exercise the rule of law.
- Can we learn to hunt, pitch a tent and live in a tent? We don’t have any experience with camping, hunting or surviving in the country. To us safety is having roof over our heads and is much better than a tent. For protection we can lock our doors, something impossible to do in a tent.
- Are there products available to allow for comfort? – Our house provides us with the ability to have a generator, much more storage space, and some communication gadgets not available in the country. If prepared we feel we can have a lot of comforts we enjoyed before the disaster.
- Could we have a shower, good lighting and a few other conveniences? – Yes. Living in a house without running water, electricity, and other conveniences is still more comfortable than living in the outdoors.
- Could we build another support group? – We live in a community where our neighbors are known and trusted by us and would become our support group. Leaving home meant contact with people we don’t know or trust.
- Will we need medical services? – Assuming all the doctors don’t bug out, we wanted to stay close to medical services. I really don’t see the doctors bugging out and leaving their patients to fend for themselves. Hopefully the Pharmacy will also find a way do distribute prescriptions to keep those who rely on medication for their quality of life.
- What’s our weather going to be like? – In New York’s frigid winters we feel much safer in a well-insulated house than exposed to the wind and snow.
The “bug out” versus the “shelter in”
Now you should also know that we are also making plans to have a “bug out” bag ready in case our shelter in situation becomes threatening. It’s not wise to think that something can’t go wrong while we’re living at home, and we would, for our safety, bug out.
So those are reasons for staying at home if possible. We are planning for that, but by the same token we are very aware that we could “have” to bug out. So we live on a lake and are surrounded by territory teeming with deer and small game.
Seems like we should take the time and the experience of our neighbors to learn some basics of roughing it in the outdoors.
Hope this is a help. Until the next time.