Thursday, April 25, 2019

Bugging out of your country

Most of my readers are from the United States, but not all. I am curious. How many people have a bug plan to leave your country?

First some background. The only reason I’m around today is that my ancestors bailed out of their home countries. They were avoiding everything from extreme poverty to genocide. It’s pretty illuminating to see how often my ancestors were a step or two ahead of the four horsemen. The lesson was not lost on me.

Of course, the fact that any of us are alive today is a tribute to our ancestors wise planning or dumb luck -probably a healthy mix of the two.

I am curious to know what triggers would cause someone to leave. The United States is a huge country. Most people’s bug out plans probably don’t involve actually leaving the country. Usually it’s something like bugging out a crowded city to some place in the country. It might involve leaving one area to go somewhere with more relatives and friends that can be relied on.

I’d also like to include the idea of bugging out for a limited time. For example, maybe someone doesn’t like what’s going on but is not ready to give up completely. Perhaps they’d rather just spend the next few years sipping cocktails on a Roatan beach. The idea is that once things blow over it would be safe to go back home.

My lovely wife and I have a list of warning signs that we are watching out for. If enough of those red flags come up we would definitely pack up our rags and get the heck out of Dodge. No, I’m not going to list what those red flags are. They will be different for everyone. Currently sheltering in place makes a lot more sense. However, we do have a plan, worse comes to worse.

Having a bug out plan makes all the difference. You want to be first in line, not trying to escape when everyone else is. Back when I was a firefighter my lovely wife and I had a bug out plan for our town. The local industry was one of the heaviest users of chlorine gas in the country. Should something go wrong there was the potential of filling the valley with toxic gas. Sure enough, the facility had a major fire. It was my job to go to work to do my part to prevent the disaster. I chose to do that. However, my lovely wife knew that if that plant was on fire it was her job to take the kids and drive upwind at least 10 miles. That’s exactly what she did. We’d planned for exactly that disaster. As it turns out the plant was safely shut down. It had to be done manually as one of the first things destroyed was the control room. I was proud to have done my small part to support those people. It was a real comfort to know that worse come to worse my family was going to be safe.

Do you have a worse come to worse plan to keep your family safe -even if that means leaving your country behind?



  1. Yes we do. There is a particular island which we know of, off the beaten path of normal travel. Over in the Bahamas of course. It used to be inhabited back before tourism became the means of commerce. Has a fresh water source and is elevated enough for some protection against hurricanes. Far enough away from other inhabited islands to be secure once fuel becomes unavailable. Via sailboat it will be reachable tho and for the most part sailing is an art lost to the locals...

    1. Now all I have to do is figure out which of 700 or so islands it is.

      I didn't know that the natives, in general, don't sail. In Haiti they have a good sized fishing fleet that's completely under sail. Maybe those will be the guys to watch out for.

  2. We have everything on my property to sustain us for quite some time, if not for an indefinite length of time. Most everything is self renewable; plants, animals, poultry, etc.

    1. I feel like I could bug in for a long time myself, but if that wasn't possible it's good to have a plan "B".

  3. Not really a plan, but we keep ur family passports current and live close to a national border in case of a dire emergency. Two of us speak the foreign language (one of them fluently) but three of would certainly be pegged as 'foreign nationals'. We also have some relatives living on that side of border as well, but have noidea of how welcome we would be.