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The Bug-Out philosophy is a simple one of freedom and preparedness. This mentality is connected to all of us, as it was pivotal among our founder’s early ideals – the concept of personal independence, the mystique of the frontier, and the sense of self-reliance. In essence, Buggers truly harness the American Spirit. In fact, even the U.S. government recommends that everyone should have an emergency kit. F.E.M.A. and ready.gov want every American to know that you may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This includes having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity for a minimum of 72 hours. Remember; for a bug-out bag to be effective it must me assembled well in advance of an emergency. You may be required to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take all essentials with you. There will be no time to search and gather supplies or to shop for them.
Most of the mainstream media’s coverage for the importance of Americans staying prepared focuses on the doom-and-gloom type scenarios such as economic collapse and civil breakdown. Though quite popular, like the television shows like Doomsday Preppers and Independence USA demonstrate, there are many more practical and realistic uses for a well-equipped bug-out bag. Some of the situations that one would be worth its weight in gold are:
- Local Disaster – Hurricane, forest fire, tornado, etc.
- Solar Flare and/or EMP attack causing widespread blackouts
- Nuclear disaster
- Earthquakes and Volcanoes
- Asteroid or Comet impact
- 2012 type Prophecies
One does not have to be a survivalist or a prepper to be prepared and have an emergency kit on hand. Similar to auto insurance; just because you have it – does not mean you intend on crashing! Preparing to Bug-Out is the cheapest and easiest way to purchance terrorism and disaster insurance. Starting your new insurance plan is simple and starts with only one item: a BUG-OUT bag. Size, comfort, and heavy-duty are all qualities that will go a long way in choosing the right bag for you. Keep in mind, this bag will be your lifeboat – ready to grab-and-go at a moment’s notice…