Emergency situations can be incredibly dangerous and chaotic.
In the face of that chaos and stress, it’s easy to forget about vital things.
Here’s one life-saving measure that people often overlook in a crisis.
Early-stage preppers might have an organized bug-out bag at the ready.
Intermediate preppers might even have a fully-equipped bug-out vehicle available.
More advanced preppers even have a bug-out location to hole up in during a disaster.
But here’s one thing that even advanced preppers may neglect: multiple bug-out locations.
You obviously want to make your house as secure as possible, but it’s important to have a remote bug-out location, too.
When most people think about bug-out locations, a cabin in the woods immediately comes to mind, and for good reason.
In disaster situations, urban hubs might be completely untenable.
While the cabin in the woods might be a safe bet, that shouldn’t be your only option.
Access to the cabin might be blocked for a number of reasons, and then you’re stuck scrambling for options on the fly, which usually spells doom during an emergency.
Although it would be a shame not to be able to reach your stocked cabin, disasters never happen at people’s best convenience.
Your cabin could be within a quarantine, or you missed your bug-out window, and the freeways are hopelessly gridlocked.
That’s why you need to have backup plans.
Assess the area you live in, and see if there are locations where you can go if your designated spot is unusable.
If owning multiple properties isn’t in your budget, look at public spaces that could be underpopulated during a crisis, or perhaps abandoned private property.
Entirely empty office buildings are commonplace in urban sprawls.
Also, it’s a good idea to have backup options in each direction.
Pull out a map and see if you can identify strong bug-out locations whichever way is convenient.
And it’s in your best interest to be able to shuffle locations constantly if need be.
You may not be able to set down roots in one location because certain factors make it temporary, so have an idea of several temporary spots to work into a rotation.
Your original bug-out location might eventually become accessible, so temporary spots are great ways to tide you over in the meantime.
Finally, if you’ve acquired the requisite skills, living on the go or impromptu wilderness survival is an option if your chief bug-out location isn’t an option.
Perhaps you have a fully stocked RV, or you’re adept at homesteading from scratch.
That will give you more avenues to explore when the SHTF.
While these suggestions might lead you to think it’s not worth it to invest a lot of time and money into a specific bug-out location, that isn’t the case.
More than likely, you will be able to access your ideal spot eventually.
However, prepping exists for a reason.
Make sure you’re prepared until more manageable conditions present themselves.