Building Your Bug Out Network

Building Your Bug Out Network: Who You Need by Your Side

Hank Robertson

There have been times of chaos in the world in the past that have suddenly uprooted people from their normal way of life. When the SHTF, you have to bug out if you want to survive. You need to start building your bug out network today.

But the people you choose to bug out with matter. Your survival could depend on who you’re with. It’s a smart idea to build a bug out team. These are people who can contribute to the well-being of the entire group.

That may not be family members. Sometimes people feel a sense of responsibility that if someone is family – even distantly related – they “owe” it to them to take them along when it’s time to bug out – or they feel obligated to watch out for their work colleagues.

If you have a family member who you love, but you know that person is prone to panic and will cause chaos, trouble in the team, and likely get you killed, you have to keep in mind that your first responsibility is to yourself and any young children – not adults who are old enough and physically capable enough to care for themselves.

In a chaotic situation, not everyone you like is a good choice to bug out with. These might be people who didn’t bother to prepare so now they’re going to be a drain on your resources.

They don’t add anything to the team effort. You don’t owe your neighbor, your work buddy or your acquaintances anything when survival is on the line. You want to avoid taking people who will add to the chaos, who won’t help out and who feel like it’s everyone else’s job to take care of them.

You want your bug out group to consist of like-minded people who are prepared. This is why you need to network with other preppers. By being prepared and connected, you can not only bug out safely and efficiently, but you’ll be able to establish a solid way of life when you reach your bug out destination.

Look to connect with other individuals who have something to bring to the group. You want to make sure that the other person’s personality will fit – as well as their skills. You don’t need any troublemakers – the kind of person who wants to always argue or tries to cause rifts in the group. You want people who are mature enough to work together without stirring up drama, complaining, whining, or who seem to stay in a state of constant offense against someone else.

Nature can be unforgiving, especially in a bug-out situation. Having experts in outdoor survival skills within your bug-out network ensures you have the knowledge and capabilities to navigate and sustain yourself in various environments. These individuals can teach you essential skills such as shelter building, finding food and water, navigation, and wilderness first aid. Their expertise can prove invaluable in ensuring your survival during an extended bug-out scenario.

During a bug-out situation, personal safety and security become paramount. Including individuals with a background in security and defense in your bug-out network can help protect you and your loved ones. Former military personnel, law enforcement officers, or individuals with advanced self-defense training can offer invaluable advice, tactical support, and help assess and mitigate potential threats. Their presence can greatly increase your chances of surviving and successfully navigating through dangerous situations.

In a bug-out scenario, access to medical care can be limited or non-existent. Having medical professionals within your bug-out network can be a game-changer. Whether it’s a doctor, nurse, or paramedic, their expertise can save lives during emergencies. They can provide immediate medical assistance, treat injuries, and offer guidance on handling illnesses or medical conditions. Including medical professionals in your bug-out network ensures that you have someone capable of providing critical care when conventional healthcare is unavailable.

Building a reliable bug out network is essential for any emergency preparedness plan. By including the right people in your network, such as family members, close friends, neighbors, medical professionals, security and defense experts, and outdoor survival experts, you create a powerful support system to lean on in times of crisis. Remember, being prepared is not just about having the right supplies; it’s about having the right people by your side when it matters most.

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