Bugging In; Whats the Plan?
By Jalapeno Gal77 -via APN
Bugging In means having a plan in place to stay in your home during a natural / man-made disaster. Bugging out means having a well thought out plan to leave your home to a secure, safe location. Being prepared means having multiple back up plans in case one or more fails or those options become void. For some, bugging out is not feasible.
There are a few things that need to be taken into consideration about bugging in. While you might have a good plan in place, you might have to make a mandatory evacuation. Hurricane Katrina is a perfect example. People who refused to evacuate were arrested, and detained for months, before finally getting a hearing. If ordered to evacuate, it is best to pack your family, your pets and what gear you can, than to stay in place and be taken somewhere unwillingly. (Hence the need for a bug out vehicle.) You might worry about looters and damage to your home, but that is why you have insurance. You can always replace material items, you can’t replace your family and your freedom.
Bug-In-Plan: Things to consider
- Disasters/Threats: Tornado’s, Hurricanes, Earth Quakes, Fire’s, Snow/Ice storms/blizzards, Nuclear/Chemical Plant disasters?
- Time: How long do you want to be able to Bug-In without assistance?
- Climate: Do you live in an area where you get a lot of snow/ice or a place that is mostly warm all year?
- Surroundings: Country, Rural, Suburban, or Urban? How far will you have to travel to leave or resupply?
- Cash: Depending on the type of disaster, one should always try to have cash put away in a safe place. Debit or credit cards won’t be reliable. If a tornado or earthquake were to destroy your place of business or where you work, then your paycheck would stop. We *try* to keep enough cash in our safe to pay at least two months rent and utilities. With our food storage on hand that is one thing we won’t have to worry about spending cash on.
Information In Our Binder:
- Home phone numbers, mobile numbers, and fax numbers
- Home addresses and type of housing
- Email addresses
- Work addresses and occupation title
- Work phone numbers
- Name, date of birth
- Special Medical Needs, medications, allergies, Immunizations
- Blood type
- Physical description; Height, weight, hair color, eyes, and a picture if possible (For location if a person is missing) I keep two copies of the picture in case I need to give one to a police officer for a missing person.
- Skills and education
- A detailed map with several different routes to their location. The highway will not always be an option so have back roads mapped too. It is wise to create agreed-upon meeting locations that are mapped out, with back up plans, in case you can’t get to a specified location.
Communicating: Having one or more of these would be good.
- Phone/Cell phones
- Email/ Chat Clients / internet
- Ham Radios
- Walkie Talkies
- CB Radio
- AM/FM Radio’s. Solar hand crank radio and/or plenty of batteries
- Plywood (pre-cut for windows)
- Bolts, nails, and screws
- Tools: hammer, screwdrivers, shovel, wrenches, drills, chain saws etc.
- Chains and locks
- 2×4′s to barricade the doors or window
- Saws/ saw blades / survival chainsaw
- Weather stripping
- Sheet rock in case of accidental holes in walls.
- Toilet/sink repair items for water leaks etc.
- Work Gloves
- Axe/Pry Bars/Sledge Hammer/Bolt cutters
- Tarp/plastic sheeting
- Duct tape/Electrical tape
- Tape measures/ Levels
- Wheel barrel
- Basic Home Built First Aid Kit
- Suture Kit
- Pain killers
- Extra prescription medications
- Potassium Iodide Tablets for radiation poisoning. Remember what happened in Japan with their nuclear plant? It is better to be prepared than wait to be taken care of.
- Blood clotting agent
- Burn cream
- Flash lights/Batteries
- Candles: We have several cases of 6 day burning candles.
- Oil Lamps/Oil: Mason Jar oil lamp burners. These are lids that fit mason jars with wicks in them. They take much less room to store than an actual oil lamp. We have 6 of them and plenty of wicks stored in a small box.
- Solar lights
- Glow sticks
Fire Starting Tools:
- Water Bob
- Water containers with and without filters
- Large supply of stored water: Here is a link for Collecting water for survival.
- Water purification tablets AND filters
- Coffee filters
- Big Berkey Water Filter
The important thing about storing food is to put things in there you know you will eat. Make sure you balance it with the right nutrition as well. You wouldn’t want all pasta and no meat. Remember to rotate you food storage so you don’t have bad food that you can not eat. Here is a wonderful article on buying a years worth of food for about $300.00. This article is only a start, it is NOT the only thing you should have in your storage.
Cooking: Alternate cooking source article
- Wood stove
- Stoves: Esbit, kelly kettle, Volcano Stove, Sterno Stove, Folding Stove, Rothco Folding Stove. My two personal favorites are Cylinder Camp Stove and Stove Techs Rocket stove.
- Fuel: Gas, propane, charcoal, wood, can fuel, alcohol, fuel tabs etc…
- Can opener
- Potato Peeler
- Utensils: A lot of preppers stock up on disposable plates, cups, eating utensils etc to avoid having to waste water to wash dishes in a no water or contaminated water situation.
- Measuring cups/spoons
- Tin foil
- Zip lock baggies
Hygiene: Being clean is VERY important! It helps keep away disease and infection and could mean the difference in life and death.
- Bar soaps/Shampoo/Conditioner/ No rinse soaps/ Bath in a bag
- Dish soap (dawn has MANY uses)
- Laundry soap and a means to wash clothes. A wander wash can be bought or made. You can easily use a five gallon bucket to wash a few garments by placing them in there with a little soap and water, seal it up with a gamma seal lid and shake it up well. They also make a special plunger you can use in and container to wash clothes. This is a great video using the Wonder washer and five gallon buckets.
- Wash board/Clothes pins and laundry line.
- Mop/bucket ringer. Many preppers have a full mop bucket/ringer combo because you can wash and ring out your clothes with one device.
- Toothpaste/Toothbrush/Floss/Dental repair kit
- Solar shower
- Toilet paper
- Mop/boom/dustman/ Floor cleanser
- Portable potty/outhouse
- Kitty litter/Trash bags for waste disposal
- Sleeping bags/pads
- Extra blankets (wool, fleece etc)
- Wool socks and clothing
- Wood stove/Fireplace
- Kerosene heater
- Warm shoes
- Heat inserts/body warmers for pockets and shoes
- A dog. The Local Animal shelter is a wonderful place to adopt a dog.
- Baseball bat
- Taser: Here is a cool one I found by Guard Dog that is also a tactical flash light.
- Pepper spray/Mace
- Home security system of some sort. There are many out there to choose from that do not require electricity.
- Electrical extension cords
- Emergency Flares/Whistle/ Signal mirror
- Fishing gear
- Sewing kits
- Repair kits for all of the items that might need repair.
- Bug spray
- Mouse/Rat raps
Keeping It Spicy,