After reading the article, I still didn't know (although my suspicion is that most preppers believe bugging out is the only answer). What I did get was a very cool list of questions to help assess my individual situation.
I've always planned to adapt in place - to bug-in, if you will. My whole lifestyle, for the past seven years, has been about changing my attitude and actions, and learning to live where I am with what I have. I'm working on leaving the modern mind-set of everything is disposable to one in which everything is precious and has a use ... or doesn't and I should give it to someone who can find a use for it. The Three R's have governed my life for a long time (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), and note that the first one is "reduce", i.e. live with less. We're getting better and better at this, every day.
I found the list of questions interesting, and so I thought I would share them. Whether you already have a bug-out plan or you haven't thought about it, yet, this list might help you to really assess your situation and figure out if you should stay or go.
- Is my home easily defensible?
- Do I have a safe room in my home or property?
- Do I have a good mode of transportation if bugging out is necessary?
- Do I have adequate supplies of fuel at my home to last at least a month?
- Do I have an alternative source of electricity at my home?
- Do I have enough food to provide each member of my family (or group) with 2,000 calories a day for at least a month?
- Do I have adequate supplies of drinking water (at least one gallon per day) and cleaning water to last for at least a month, and the ability to purify new water?
- Do I have weapons at home?
- Do I live in a more rural setting, away from urbanized areas, but close enough to town?
- Do I have strong support and good relations with the rest of my community?
According to the article, if you answer yes to most of them, you should stay. I answered yes to seven out of the ten.
Who's not surprised?