Friday, October 7, 2011

The Last Domino - Bugging Out - Part 2

You have your bug out bags in place, your supplies hidden, and you have a place to go. Now why do you pack what you pack in your BOB? Here is an excerpt from The Last Domino book to help you with that.

1. 2 weapons (gun with ammo, knife, etc)
2. Utility knife for carving, rather than for defense.
3. CB Radio or connection to your BBS network.
4. Medications and Medical supplies
5. New Currency (something that can be bartered for that which you do not have.)
6. 2 rolls duct tape
7. Matches and lighter fluid
8. Rope or cords preferably paracord. (see how to make paracord belts below)
9. Maps, GPS
10. This book and “Preparing for the Coming Collapse of the US Dollar”
11. Camp axe and shovel
12. Flashlights
13. Sleeping bag/tent
14. Batteries (preferably rechargeable)
15. Solar charger
16. Signal Devices – flares, mirror, or a whistle in a pinch.
17. Water filter
18. 3 changes of clothing, mostly outdoor gear, you won’t be needing a suit.
19. Sanitizer and soap
20. Medical Reference books
21. Water Purification Tablets

If you are living in an anti-gun city or state, get one anyway and keep it hidden. This is a matter of survival, not a political statement. If you do not have one and cannot get one, a tactical knife will be the next best option. The utility knife will have a screwdriver attachment, can opener and bottle opener with it.

Monitor the broadcasts on the CB radio, learn as much as you can about what is happening and where it is happening at before engaging others. Do not give away your location once you are secure. If you find a safe area, you want it to remain safe for as long as is possible. If you do not have a CB radio, they run about $50 for a cheap one at Walmart, get one now else you will be out of luck. At the very least a police scanner should be helpful, if they are even still in use.

Bring your bug out supply of medications with some additional antibiotics and pain medications if you can obtain them as in the previous chapter. Other medical supplies you will need include isopropyl alcohol, bandages, and iodine. Small first aid kits will have most of what you will need.

New currency could include the silver coins, gold, any one of new state supported currency that is not part of the Federal Reserve system. To date, Utah, Texas and Tennessee are just a few of the states considering an alternative to using Federal Reserve dollars. We will look at exchanging these items for assets later.

Duct Tape is a man’s miracle cure for whatever may ail him. It can fix cars, hang heavy equipment, secure an intruder to a pole or any one of a number of uses. If you can fit more than two rolls in your Bug Out Bag, do it.

Matches and lighter fluid are for those of us who have forgotten the Boy Scout, two sticks method of lighting a fire. You never know when a fire might be needed, so be prepared and stingy with its use. Strike anywhere camping matches are the best bet and dipping the heads in wax will keep them water-proofed.

Maps of your surrounding area already marked with a couple of safe routes out of town. Avoid tolls if possible, avoid downtown and areas where rioting is likely. This includes areas where there is a heavy concentration of grocery stores, malls, and pharmacies. We’ll discuss where you can go in the next chapter.

Have your Kindle or iPad or iPhone with you because you will want quick access to this information when your mind is more on getting out safely than it is on the steps you need to take. You should have all this prepared in advance anyway.

A camp axe and shovel are more for the practical things than for defense. An axe will fell a sapling with a little effort and a shovel can be used to build traps for small game, in case this is going to be an extended trip. A shovel is good for building latrines.

Survival and camping stores sell water filtration devices get a few to keep socked away in case you are housed in a less than desirable outdoors location with no access to the city water system. These are also handy in case of an Islamic attack on your city’s water supply. If you did what was suggested in the first book, “Preparing for the Coming Collapse of the US Dollar”, you would have a manual or electric well on your property, but if that isn’t possible, bottled water should suffice.

You will need three changes of clothing for three days on the road bugging out of the city. You aren’t going to be applying for a job or going on a first date, so make sure these clothes are comfortable and practical for outdoors use.

Bringing hand sanitizer and soap may be the last bit of civilization that you are able to keep with you. Have a few containers on hand just in case.

You may be saying to yourself, Dave, I’m just not an outdoors person like you. HA! You don’t me that well now do you? My idea of roughing it is a hotel room without HBO, but I realize the need to be flexible and to learn new things. If I lived in a city, I would know that after the collapse, that the next few months would be rather uncomfortable if I had to be in the woods. Yet you will still be safer than staying in the city. We are all going to have to get used to a new way of life. I happen to be fortunate enough to live in an area that is farm-like and affords us the unique luxury of already being where we would go.

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