Hello, my friends and welcome back! I received an email this morning asking this very question. At first, the answer seemed simple, but after further thought, it really isn’t. Now grab a cup of coffee my friend and have a seat while we visit.
So, is bugging out during a pandemic safe? My first thought was no because I believe that a pandemic is something you should be prepared to weather in place. Seems to me that it is much safer to stay at home where you can control your environment. Being on the road reduces this control considerably. While it may seem that you could; you never know just what you might encounter along the way.
Using the COVID-19 pandemic as an example, I can see the possibility of people who have run out of food becoming desperate. Maybe they just don’t have the money, or the store shelves are bare. Whatever the case, people can become desperate very quickly. Being on the move will only increase your chances of encountering them.
Now, will you be better off once you have gotten to your bugout location? If you have prepared properly, then the answer should be yes. Most bugout locations are by necessity in a somewhat isolated area. This would reduce your chances of encountering others while outside doing chores or relaxing.
The trouble lies in getting there, and the number of people in your group. What if you have car trouble along the way? You would then be forced to walk and encounter more people along the way. What about roadblocks? There is any number of things you could encounter along the way where you could become exposed.
If your group is made up of more than just your immediate family, then how do you know that one of them has not been unknowingly exposed to the virus? The idea of surviving a pandemic is to reduce the variables that could cause you to become infected yourself. This means controlling your environment and you can’t do that if you are on the road or exposing yourself to other people.
There are however dangers of staying at home as well. For example, If your neighbors know that you are a Prepper, then they are sure to come knocking on your door for food, water or maybe even medicine. If your a single woman, then this could become even worse as any prolonged crisis would eventually bring out the worst in even the best of people.
I guess what it all comes down to is this: If you have an isolated place to go to where you can weather out a long period of isolation with food, water, and medicine, then maybe it would be best to bugout. But keep your group very small and leave sooner rather than later. You should avoid as many people as possible along the way.
If your part of a larger group, however, then the best idea would be to stay at home and self isolate yourself and your family. Decide what you will do before the next Pandemic occurs, not after. If you are going to self-isolate, then be sure you have everything you need to do so. Leaving home anytime after a pandemic occurs is a risky process and one you do not want to undertake if not absolutely necessary.
In the end, the choice is yours and should be based on your own circumstances. Plan now for the next pandemic, you will be ready and know just what is best for you.
Well, I guess this is it for today, and I hope you will find this post useful when planning for the next pandemic. Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!
1 thought on “Is bugging out during a pandemic safe?”
This is a good question and really can only be answered by each family. I think the answer is…..depends. I think it depends on your own level of preparation. As you said, if you have the food, water, medicine and tools in a safeguarded location, then I would also tend to say yes. I think most “preppers” I have met are not prepared to make that commitment.