When SHTF, getting out of Dodge is usually a good idea; but what it’s just not possible? The Bug-In plan is a solid preparation tool for the worst scenarios you could conceive. It involves plenty of forethought, supplies, and staying informed. Bugging-in is not a reaction to an event, but it is the result of months or even years of preparation. It is very different from bugging out, although both plans are deeply rooted in prepping.
What Is Bugging-In?
Bugging in is pretty much just staying in a safe location with survival resources. This is the opposite of bugging out, where you would leave to an alternate “bug out location” (BOL) which would theoretically be a safer place to survive. There are several different ways to bug in, and they all revolve around different threats and stages of planning. If you plan on staying put in an emergency, you will most certainly need to have a plan and plenty of resources. Bugging out requires less resources so you can be more mobile. When you bug in you don’t have the issue of needing to be mobile, so the amount of resources on hand is limited by three factors:
- Space – You can only store what you can fit. Shelving and storage solutions can help you fit more.
- Cost – Although preppers love free stuff, (see our free ebook listing) most resources cost good, hard earned money.
- Intent – You can have all the room and the money in the world, but if you don’t have any drive to be ready for SHTF, you probably aren’t going to have too many resources available. It takes prior planning and more than a few thoughts to get prepared for most contingency situations.
Work with what you have, and know that intent is the factor you can control now. Preppers in tiny apartments and trailers with low income jobs have effectively prepared with up to 10 years of bug-in supplies. What’s your excuse?
What Threats Will Require You to Bug-In?
Despite all the talk about bug out bags and bugging out, being required to bug in is actually more likely. One of the main keys of bugging out is prior notice. Without enough notice or time, bugging out can be extremely dangerous and bad timing can be deadly. Pulling from our TrueRisk Analysis Index, here are ‘a few’ threats where a bug-in plan makes sense:
- Bombings and Shootings
- Power Outages
- HAZMAT Incidents
- Space Weather
- Biological Attacks
- Nuclear Attacks
- Chemical Attacks
You may be saying to yourself “Wait, I am definitely planning on bugging out during a nuclear attack.” Sure, that’s a good plan; but what is the notification time on one of those? Can you get to your bug out location within 20 minutes? If not, having a bug in plan even to hold you over until you can actually bug out to your alternate location is a good idea. With many of these situations, the worse place you could be caught at the height of the incident is on the road. That includes many more, such as hurricanes and floods- but those usually provide plenty of notice for evacuation.