What is a Bug out Location and Why Do You Need One?
Have you ever heard of a bug out location? If not, you might be surprised that people actually plan stuff like this. A bug out location is a location, a house, a business, or a piece of property that your family can go to in case you can no longer stay at your home.
Your bug out location should be some place that you and your family feel safe at. Whether you choose a friend’s house, a family member’s house, a 2nd home that you own or even just an empty piece of property that you may own, you need to do two things. First, get permission. Obviously if you own your location, you can skip this step. If it’s someone else’s home or property, be sure to ask so there aren’t any issues. Next, you’ll need to make absolute certain that your family knows where you’re going. If you and your teenage kids are separated, they won’t know where to head for if they don’t.
So by now I’m sure you’re asking why you need to have a bug out location. The answer is easy.
Without a second location for your family to go to, any emergency could separate you. If you have a fire and the family scatters, you have no way of making sure that everyone gets out. If you have a flash flood and don’t meet up, you haven’t got a way to check. The same goes for winter weather. What if your husband is trapped in the ice and snow, but you’re at home? With a bug out location, you know exactly where he will head to; either home or your bug out location, whichever he is closest to. Either way, you’ll know where to look for your family if they get separated.
Your bug out location doesn’t need to be some out of the way cabin in the woods (although it certainly can be if you want). The best location for you and your family is a place that everyone is comfortable with and knows how to get to.