Step 3 Identify safe havens

A safe haven is a spot where you can get shelter, food, water, and be protected from the elements and other people.  This isn’t necessarily your home, although it could be.  For our purposes it’s going to be a place where you either have permission to be, or a place you own.  Squatting can get you in trouble – or worse shot at.  This is not an effective survival technique.

Ideally your home is the best possible safe haven.  You stay there all the time, you know every square inch.  You know the surrounding area, neighbors, and routes near your home.  Even if you know of a great safe place a few towns over, unless you live there or have lived there recently – you lose many of the advantages of your home.  There are tons of great reasons to leave your home for a safe place (or ‘bug-out’) – but there seems to be a push in different survival/preparedness communities in favor of ‘bugging out’.  You have to sit down and decide where your best chance at survival is for various different emergencies.

Things to consider when looking at safe havens

The cheapest (free) way to get a great view of potential safe havens is Google Earth software.  It’s free satellite imagery of anywhere on the planet.  It can be printed out and stored.  Identify the following in the surrounding areas:

-Prisons
-Interstates/Highways/State roads
-Police departments
-Grocery Stores
-Wal-marts and other big box retail stores
-Distribution centers
-Bridges/Rivers
-Schools
-Churches
-Airports
-Hospitals

Pro’s to Bugging-in at home

You know how to walk in the dark and not stub your toes.  You live there!  You know by touch or feel how to get around everywhere in your house.  You know the roads, the routes to and from your house.  You know your neighbors, who to avoid, who to take care of.  You know where things are safe, and where they aren’t.  This is your home.  You own it, or have lived there.  You have a right to be there.

General Con’s to Bug-in

All the positives can lead to negatives.  Confidence – or thinking your position is secure when it’s not.  If you have an enemy or someone knows you have supplies and resources then you’re marked as a target of opportunity.  If you live in a city or near a huge interstate artery – your hope of staying out of the flow is wishful thinking.  Also – if you don’t have a good deal of storage, your position isn’t long-term.

General Pro’s to Bug out

It’s a good idea to bug out when you’re in the situation above – right in the middle of people or traffic.  Also, if your place is near the emergency or riot or whatever- get out.  If you’re near a prison for obvious reasons bugging out might be a good idea.  If you’re near grocery stores/big box stores, etc. – believe it or not bugging OUT is a smart move.  Everyone and their brother is going to gravitate to these stores in hope of scoring free stuff during an emergency.  When they find that it’s all gone – they could bleed into the surrounding area looking for other targets to loot.  It’s something to take into consideration.  Don’t forget to do this type of evaluation to wherever your location is that you’re heading to.

General Con’s to Bug out

Bugging out means travelling.  This is the root of the problem.  Travelling during an emergency is going to be extremely difficult at best – at worst flat-out impossible.  This isn’t a guess, read back through accounts of hurricanes, etc. through the southern states.  You have no control over your situation when travelling.  There are too many variables.

Look at your area, mark off zones that are potentially bad spots.  This is going to help you decide about safe zones – every situation and circumstance is different.  Gather intelligence (sound familiar?) and make a good decision.

Step 1 Find A Home

There are various communities around the internet that center around preparedness and survival theory.  Some of them are a bit…off.  Some of them really mean well!  All of them have guns.  🙂  I would suggest that you do some simple google searches, maybe find some blogs with organization links, etc. and find a few potential communities that you think you’d fit in with.  The reason I support finding a community as your first step is because you need to know that you’re not the only person in the world thinking about this.  There is a reason this industry is growing fast – more people are concerned about being prepared than ever.  You aren’t the only one – in fact, you’ll probably not only find people in the same stage of research as you, but probably find that there are some people in your region from that community!  Use these people for help – some of them have lots of great experience.

I choose to spend my time in the interestingly named – Zombie Squad (http://zombiehunters.org).  Don’t be fooled by the names, or the appearances, or the sheep- the Zombie Squad is:

Zombie Squad is an elite zombie suppression task force ready to defend your neighborhood from the shambling hordes of the walking dead. We provide trained, motivated, skilled zombie extermination professionals and zombie survival consultants. Our people and our training are the best in the industry.

When the zombie removal business is slow we focus our efforts towards educating ourselves and our community about the importance of disaster preparation.

To satisfy this goal we host disaster relief charity fundraisers, disaster preparation seminars and volunteer our time towards emergency response agencies.

Our goal is to educate the public about the importance of personal preparedness and self reliance, to increase its readiness to respond to disasters such as Earthquakes, Floods, Terrorism or Zombie Outbreaks. We want to make sure you are prepared for any crisis situation that might come along in your daily life which may include having your face eaten by the formerly deceased.

You see what they did there?  That’s the old ‘bait and switch’ if I’ve ever seen it.  Reel you in with promise of zombie killings, then make you learn about emergency preparedness and helping the community when you’re not looking.

If you jump into the forum, introduce yourself and get to looking at all the vast resources laid out for you- you’ll begin to understand that this is a great community of people who want to help each other, and their local communities with emergency preparedness.

Before you post your second topic (your first being your introduction of course) in the forums, please read the wal-mart thread.  It is entertaining, and informative.  And very very long.  Enjoy!

steotwhat?

In the survival circles they have a term for a massive disaster situation where there is evidence of the breakdown of civilization – ‘The end of the world (as we know it)’.  Hopefully this blog can at least increase your emergency preparedness, or introduce you to some concepts that can help you get through emergency situations.  While we probably won’t be seeing an post-apocalyptic landscape anytime soon, we’ll certainly go over some things to help you plan for and survive emergency situations.

One of the toughest things about all this emergency preparedness stuff is – how do you get started?  Well, stay tuned and we’ll certainly cover that in the next week or so.

Thanks for checking in!