During Hurricane Katrina, thousands lost their homes – hundreds have been unable to return. In Fukushima Japan, hundreds of thousands lost their homes to the tsunami – thousands have been unable to return to their homes. During recent tornadoes in Joplin, MO, hundreds of homes were completely destroyed and most of them have yet to rebuild.
What would YOU do if your home was suddenly, immediately and completely destroyed? You have no possibility of returning to your home for at least a year, resources are still available to you though you have limited funds because you’re now out of work and you haven’t gotten insurance money yet. How do you live? How do you take care of your family? Do you go to a government facility? I sure hope not!
What if raw land were available to you but there really was nothing there. You basically have what you evacuated with and some limited resources. Hopefully all your preps were pre-loaded into your Bug Out Vehicle and your Bug Out Trailer – you now only have what you evacuated with. You’ve evacuated to your raw-land retreat and now life starts going again.
Would you be able to survive in a situation like this? Would you be able to thrive? Do you actually know the answer to these questions, or do you just think you do?
I have officially “Taken the Challenge”.
It’s been a dream for as long as I can remember – to live in the mountains, remotely, with no services or utilities and to truly test and prove myself, my theories and to train my kids. To prove to myself, for myself that I could actually do it – to bug out and survive. Having the opportunity to teach, demonstrate and help others just makes it all that much better!
So, here’s where we’re at. I’m literally “Bugged Out”. I’m living in the mountains somewhere in the Rocky Mountains in my R.V. on my 35 acre retreat that consists of no services or utilities, for the time being, on raw land. There is a very large barn on the property that will eventually become permanent quarters but for now is un-inhabitable. We also have 3 grain silos on the property that are completely functional. The issue with all of the buildings here is that they’ve been infested for years with pigeons – they are literally covered in pigeon poop!
At this time, I am sitting in my R.V. typing on my desktop computer with dual monitors. Power is coming from my generator, internet is coming from my phone. I am miles from electricity and internet connections. There is no water, no sewer and no natural gas…. Yet!
Over the next couple months, I’ll be sharing my experiences with you and hopefully passing on some very valuable knowledge that is hard won! Most of that will come through a new Youtube based “TV Show” that I’m going to be launching this week simply called “BuggedOut”. I’ll also be blogging, photographing and podcasting my experiences. I’m very excited to be doing this but it’s also very difficult! As in all things in life – this is no easy task because it has the potential for great rewards.
In the last two weeks, I’ve been moving all of my preps and personal stuff for me and my kids to this location. Yes, I’m cheating a bit – I allowed myself two weeks to “Evacuate” because that’s what it actually took – and that is the first lesson I can pass on from this experience.
The greatest lesson I’ve learned so far is that it is absolutely essential to Pre-Position your Preps! For years, I lived thinking that my Bug Out Plan was solid. I even did drills to check it. I thought I was packed and ready to go – boy was I wrong! The plan was that it would simply take me driving the R.V. (which is quite loaded with Preps) here along with my van pulling a loaded trailer here. That would work great if I was bugging out for a week or two!
Instead, it actually took 9 trips with loaded trailers and vehicles and almost $2,000 in GAS!
To actually get everything to my location that I felt I would need, could use or would come in handy was a massively overwhelming experience. I am now advising every member of my retreat group to get everything up here that they can. ALL Long Term Food Storage needs to be here, all long term shelter items – even the junk piles of metal, pipe, and every other potentially useful thing – need to be moved here ASAP.
If you don’t need your preps at home, get them to your retreat! Basically, if you don’t need it unless there is some kind of catastrophe it should be at your retreat because that is where you will eventually want to end up and will need it in an actual catastrophic event.
There is no better way to teach your kids to be ready for anything than by actually showing them what it takes! My kids are here with me and they are working harder than they have in their life! They are also having an incredible amount of fun! We’ve been working on getting gardens put in, spending lots of time together as a family and been figuring out what projects we can work on.
Be sure to include all your kids when you drill or practice for your retreat. They learn so fast, it’s amazing. The city slips off them quite nicely and easily as they find out there are critters to stalk, creeks to play in and that every little thing they want – they have to work for to get.