Should I stay or should I go,
Not to rip off a lyric from the Clash, but a thought to keep in mind at all times. Lots of people romanticize about bugging out into the woods/forest/hills, etc. However, is that the best choice for you and your family/group? And are you prepared to handle the competition for resources (food, water, basic needs), with all of those others out there with you in the boonies? Just think of the accidental shooting that are going to happen because everyone is out there hunting. Just going out into the wilderness is not good plan, so how about making a plan to cover the disasters that worry you the most and have a set location to go to like a cabin by the lake that you own or family, friends own (some place you are familiar with). And does the disaster warrant you leaving your home right now or can you hold out for some time?
Examples of Disasters that “May” require immediate bug out:
Examples of Disasters that may “NOT” require immediate bug out:
Other considerations to think about when leaving your home for the unknown:
What also is important is who and what are you taking with you, and do you have enough supplies (including clothes, laundry supplies, hygiene products, etc.) to care for all that are going with you (including pets). Or do you have all supplies that are needed at the bug out location?
Staying at Home
At your home, you should have all the needed supplies for all members of your group for at least 6 months and a resupply plan (gardening, raising rabbits, chickens). You could get a support group with your neighbors and build a community and have a defendable area if it comes to that. Being at home does provide some comfort in trying times and having family and close friends nearby can help with security of your home or your bug-out site. So it is important to have your plan include both staying and leaving. Try to have your emergency supplies ready to be loaded and ready to go, maybe a trailer that can be partially loaded with “camping gear” can cut down the time it takes to load up to get out.
There may be a time when you have “NO” choice but to leave and in a hurry, be ready for it.