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Urbanites & Suburbanites: Establish Your Rural BOL

June 10, 2015, by Ken Jorgustin


I have discovered an interesting (although understandable) mental block among many preparedness-minded who live in the city or in the suburbs. That is, most are apparently reluctant to consider a ‘bug out’ in the event of collapse, and those that do – may have a false notion as to what a ‘bug out’ is.

While it might make sense under some circumstances for urban or suburbanites to hunker down, the fact is that you might actually have a ‘mental block’ about the following two things…

This will be controversial because everyone has their own ‘image’ in their mind about what defines a collapse, especially one which is worthy of ‘bug-out’ consideration. And therefore there will understandably be quite differences of opinion. With that said, over the years I have discovered that seemingly many preparedness-minded people suffer from two ‘mental blocks’ when it comes to ‘bugging out’.

1. Most people tend to generally define ‘bugging out’ as ‘heading for the hills’ and somehow surviving in the wilderness.

2. Most people will instinctively hunker down in their urban or suburban home ‘if’ a ‘collapse’ scenario were to occur rather than seriously considering other options.

Now before you start getting all upset over those two statements, read on and let me explain…

I believe that many or even most people define or envision a ‘bug out’ as heading out to the wilderness (or some such similar scenario) to survive a so called collapse because this is what the media (and some other blogs) often refer or compare to. The thing is that there are VERY FEW who could actually survive while doing this (for long). It takes very unique skills, strengths, endurance, and emotional willpower to so such a thing. Most are delusional if they think they can actually succeed for very long on their own once the supplies in their backpack run out (for example). It may seem romantic, but most will fail miserably.

With that said, I have always personally defined ‘bug out’ as the act of implementing a well thought out plan which includes (preferably) several potential destinations (not just ‘the woods’) and several routes (with contingencies) to get there (off the mainstream routes of travel). The KEY is the destination. I recently polled our readers, and nearly 80% of those who currently live in urban or suburban areas know someone who lives in a rural location. If the $hit hit the fan such that infrastructure and the fabric of social and civil behavior is beginning to shred, tear, and collapse, and IF you are living in an urban or suburban region with population density surrounding you, why would one consider hunkering down rather than the possibility of heading to a potentially safer place (relatively speaking)?

I know, I know, it depends. You might be presuming that the collapse that’s underway will not be so bad and that you will be able to survive in your urban or suburban home, especially if you have lots of food storage and other preps. While that might be true or turn out to be true, what if it’s not? After ‘real’ collapse sets in, it might be too late to safely ‘get out of Dodge’…

I also know and understand that to leave one’s home (especially if it is well equipped) goes against the grain of typical instinct. I get that. But one must also realize the potential gravity of the situation – that is to understand as best one can whether or not this is the big one, or will quickly lead to SHTF… It’s not an easy or simple thing to rationalize. The thing is though, even if you’re wrong and prematurely assume that it’s going to hit the fan, you can always go back, right?? The key is getting over your mental block that ‘you must hunker down’. Maybe the situation warrants it, but maybe it does not. Think it through.

You might say that the people or person you know in the rural country might not be preparedness-minded themselves, so what’s the sense? Well my answer would be that you might be better off if accepted into their home than taking your chances in the city or suburbia as the collapse event unfolds… You might consider talking to them before something happens and float the question of ‘if’ something should happen (don’t scare them with too much reality), then could you and/or you and your family ‘temporarily’ stay with them ‘until it blows over’? You might consider mentioning that ‘if’ such a thing ever happened that you would bring along some food and supplies to help out, etc…

The apparent fact that a majority of those who live in the city or suburbs already know someone who lives rural, then there’s little excuse to not explore that option. Don’t be stubborn and assume that you will survive the apocalypse in the city. You won’t. It might be beneficial to at least think about the people you know in ‘the country’ and consider whether or not it might be an option for you. Everyone’s relationships are different from each-other and there may be some who know that it simply won’t work out with who they know out there, but there may be others who think “Hmmm…” maybe that’s not such a bad idea… Don’t assume that you will be taken in. Instead, establish a friendly dialog ahead of time and hopefully they will be receptive.

Your SHTF BOL should not be the wilderness or the woods or some stealthy state park somewhere, but instead it should be a well thought out and more rural destination (compared to the city or populated burbs) in my opinion. Less people, less problems…

What are your thoughts about this?