Urban Bug In

lead_largeAccording to the US Census from 2010 the number of Americans living in an “Urban” environment is 80.7 percent.Census Bureau defines as “densely developed residential, commercial and other nonresidential areas.” You can read this entire article on CityLab.

The reality is that most of us live in urban settings. There is a great population around us and although things may get crazy in the City if a major event should occur, we are safe in our own little comfort zone. We have what it takes to survive along with our neighbors who also are doing pretty good on the economical scale. The problem is that what we in our minds perceive to be true usually is very far from the truth. It is the natural way of thinking about our lives and allows us that most needed feeling of security.

Prepping has become a big industry since 911 and there are more websites, podcast, TV reality programs along with businesses all geared up around it. All you have to do is google the word “prepper” and you will find a lifetime supply of information and products. We will see buried shelter and homesteads where people are living off the land and there is certainly nothing wrong with this, but the truth is that we must all face the reality that we live in an urban setting and there just may not be an opportunity to get out. Even if you did have a location to go to and find a way to get there, their is always the possibility and actually probability that someone has already moved into your vacation home. Here in the Portland area we see it all the time where if a home is left vacant for just a short time it is taken over by squatters.

In the world of survival leaving your location to find safe ground is called “Bugging Out”. For all intent and purposes I don’t believe that “Bugging Out”, is the answer. The opposite of bugging out, is of course “Bugging In” and I think it is the safer option.

My reasons are two fold. First off we are already in an area’s that is surrounded by people who are in a position to help each other out. The sharing of food, water and security can be put in place with a simple meeting of neighbors. Of course it would be ideal if many neighbors have already formed an alliance to deal with neighborhood problems like a “Neighborhood Watch” program. Secondly I have seen what our roads and highways become at rush hour. I couldn’t imagine what it would become if most of our population decides to seek refuge all at the same time. It is for these two reasons that I believe that bugging in is the solution to surviving for 30 days through a major event. Of course after 30 days I may feel other wise, but the world would change so drastically after 30 days that only the folks living on farms or ranches would survive if they aren’t over taken by the masses.

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At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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8 Responses to Urban Bug In

  1. MrFireStation says:

    Our son is an Eagle Scout and completed the Emergency Preparedness merit badge a couple years ago. In addition to building a stock of 3-days food, water, and basic supplies, we also starting reading about preppers and watching the show on cable. I think it would be hard to truly plan for EVERY contingency the way some try to. I agree that “bugging in” and partnering with neighbors is a better approach.

    • Most towns and city’s sponsor free classes that are funded through FEMA. I took them all when I was in Law Enforcement. Three days is wonderful and what FEMA recommended until recently when they boosted it up to five day. It really isn’t that difficult to get an extra two day. The hard part is getting started. You should be very proud of your Eagle Scout! 🙂

  2. Hopefully the sun will stay out-a long shot and I could trade some current for say eggs.LOL
    I remember leaving for the Rita storm in 2005-talking about traffic jams. I was one of the first and it took all day to go 4 hours. Being the one of the first allowed me the last of the gas at one station. That was one small area and there was notice.

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