Bugging in, that is staying home or close to home in the event of a crisis may make the most sense for you and your family. No matter how much we talk about or prepare for bugging, staying in the home turf is probably going to be the first option for most of us.
First of all, we are more comfortable in our familiar surroundings. Most of our supplies are probably there, we know the lay of the land, so to speak, and our odds of survival may be pretty good making a stand in our fully prepared home.
Make Sure You Have a Grab and Go Pack
Having a Grab and Go Pack makes sense even if you will be bugging in. You may have to quickly locate to an area of your home that is away from your main supplies, such as in the event of intruders or danger. Remember all of the people who had to shelter in second or third floors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? Having easy to move and access supplies is essential, even when you are sheltering in place. In addition to food supplies, your grab and go kit should also include items such as a small stove, a cook pot, a water filter, utensils, cups, and emergency masks.
Plan for Light Discipline
You don’t want your home to become a beacon to others. Keeping it safe means adopting a black out at night. Since most people will travel at night for safety reasons, a light through a window will act like a miniature light house, bringing others to your doorstep, which will probably not be a good thing.
Include red- or blue-lens flashlights and black-out curtains in your bug in preparations.
Secure Your Home
Walk through your home and identify all of the areas of security concern, such as sliding glass doors, or other entry points. Secure them now, and include plans for early warning devices, anything from cans on a string to trip flares. These measures will not only want you of intruders, but also send the message that your home has not been left undefended.
Look for a Pool
If you don’t have a pond, lake or creek on or near your property, look for a pool in your neighborhood that could be used as a source of water. Make sure to invest in extra supplies for water purification, since high levels of chorine may wear out your filtration system faster than normal.
Form Neighbor Alliances Now
Cultivate a good relationship with your nearest neighbors, and do it now before a crisis. Survival is increased when a cohesive group works together to share resources, defend property and distribute skills. Plus if there are children, elderly, or other weaker members in your family, you will may need additional strong adults to help protect them.
Identify possible medical resources close to home, such as physicians who live within walking or biking distance. Churches may be another source of medical treatment. Be prepared with extra food and other resources that you can use to barter for medical care.
Include a Fitness Plan
While staying in shape may be the last thing on your mind, bugging in may mean sitting around a lot guarding your home. Plan in regular fitness to keep you and every member of your group healthy. Stock some hand weights, a good jump rope, or other equipment that can help you achieve this goal. Being fit means you will have the strength and endurance to work, defend your home, and secure new resources as needed.