When Your Bug Out Location Becomes Ground Zero

You’re a prepper, so you’ve got your bug out bag and survival plan all set to go for when the sh*t hits the fan. You even have a bug out location picked out that is …

You’re a prepper, so you’ve got your bug out bag and survival plan all set to go for when the sh*t hits the fan. You even have a bug out location picked out that is as far away from any major population centers as possible. But what if that’s not enough? What if every single one of those places turns into ground zero? What are you going to do then?

1. What is the most essential item to store in a bug-out bag?

2. Do you trust your government enough to be declared a “called out” area if needed?

3. How important are first-aid supplies when preparing for any kind of disaster?

4. Would it bother you if nuclear weapons became present in our lives again, and we were one of the countries that manages them?

5. If you had to evacuate due to an emergency, would you relocate or bug out?

The worst news after a natural disaster is finding out it destroyed your Bug Out site, the place you spend countless hours and money making for an escape. It’s gut wrenching to know all that work has gone to waste because of something as unpredictable as Mother Nature. After spending so much time on one location, I can’t imagine what would happen if this happened in my area!

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The most disappointing thing about disasters is when they destroy our own personal bug-out sites we invested plenty of time and effort into securing: places where people could go should society collapse or natural calamities strike. If one becomes targeted by a catastrophic event like these then it really hurts; All the hardwork goes down the drain with no way back up again

On Sunday night, April 30th a tornado hit Durant in Mississippi. The storm front brought winds of over 100 mph to the town and surrounding area. This powerful twister destroyed one house with its intense wind speed, leaving behind only rubble for bystanders to pick through.

Durant, Oklahoma was in ruins. The city had been torn to shreds by a tornado and still showed signs of recovery weeks later when FEMA decided not to help them out with any storm relief funds or low-interest loans for businesses that were destroyed during the disaster. With no other options available, residents flocked back home as soon as they could; but without government assistance from either state level or federal levels these people are left completely on their own to rebuild what once felt like a thriving community.

The northwest corner of the site butts up against the city limits, but it is protected by a natural timber barrier for several hundred yards including a thick, wet swamp. Lucky enough, none of four structural cabins were directly hit from all that residual wind damage in high twisting winds – despite their close proximity to any one storm’s damaging tornado which came and went too quickly.

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There was a large tree thrown into the middle of camp, littering our entrance with limbs and debris. Upon entering, we were met with an oppressive smell that reminded me of when I went to visit my dad’s family in South Carolina last summer – it smelled like old rot. It took us two hours just to get through the first few hundred feet because there were so many trees fallen over as if they had been purposely planted by some twisted gardener who wanted these giant plants all on top one another for display or something else sinister.

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One of the victims in this tornado’s path was a forest, which took an extensive beating from being uprooted by powerful winds. While many trees were spared due to their height or location, two that collapsed on either side blocked off the main entrance and twisted up trunks made for poor timber. A couple foresters surveyed what remains after surveying damage with no good news about salvaged lumber as most oaks are now unusable boards thanks to twisting fibers inside bark caused by strong wind actions during disaster time. The future is uncertain but it seems like there will be plenty out here who can help rebuild our tree houses and plant some new ones too!

I’m a country girl at heart, and I know how to take care of the land. When we discovered that many trees were laying all over the property, it was clear they needed help. There are two problems with this: firstly there is no high log count in order for logging companies to come into harvest them. Secondly our forested areas would be completely blocked off if any wholesale timber clearcuts had been made; what’s worse than being stuck on your own lands? And as though those weren’t enough challenges already, about 80% of all access trails across the entire property have fallen down due to downed trees blocking ATV travel!

A lot needs done around here but luckily my husband and I live up north so everything doesn’t turn

We need access to nearby hunting and fishing opportunities as part of the Bug Out camp long term survival prospects. Decision-Making Priorities. The prepper team is still seeking solutions to downed timber issues at their campsite, but it has been decided that a clear cut would be too damaging for this forested area with all its wildlife habitats so they are waiting until nature takes care of some things on her own by letting these trees rot or get blown over naturally in storms before clearing them away themselves – something will have died from disease anyways given enough time if left untouched like this! First on the “To Do” list however after cleaning up around our site is making firewood out of fallen off branches found along trails where we can safely chain saw without causing

The ATV trails are a clear link to the outside world for those who come and go. Losing them would be more than inconvenient, it could make things dangerous! Our chainsaw wielders will have their work cut out for them with downed trees just as they do at home of course – but we need that accessibility…so stay tuned while Mother Nature deals her next hand and see how she does this time around.

Usual Suspects.

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The site we have been using as a base of operations is not only the perfect shelter from any harsh, natural disasters that may occur. It also provides our group with recreational activities and opportunities to find food in case anything else happens. Considering this tornado was so devastating for us, it has opened up some interesting points worth contemplating about what could happen if an SHTF event ever occurred – such as another storm like this one (although hopefully without all the damage).