When it comes to SHTF and collapse situations, the typical plan is to hide out somewhere in a shelter or base of some kind. Bugging in, as most people call it, is a great way to survive many dangerous situations, especially if it's durable, hidden, or isolated.
However, there's always that small possibility that things go awry, and what could be worse than becoming ground zero? It's quite unlikely, but still possible that where you planned to hide out ends up becoming the place where all of the dangers are originating from.
So, if this does happen to you, make sure you know how to handle the situation! Check out this great guide on handling your bug out location becoming ground zero, thanks to the folks at Survival Cache.
Initial Damage Assessments
Where to begin. We were on the ground in camp soon after notice was given by a local contact of the suspected damage. The front secure gate was not damaged, but the main road in was littered with limbs and timber trash. Upon entering camp, a big oak tree was pushed over right inside the camp area with the oak root ball leaving a huge hole that was full of water from the rains. Two other trees downed in the camp blocked the main camp circle drive and even walking was difficult with all the tree trash thrown everywhere.
Two foresters were dispatched for assessments to the timber damage. The news was not good. Most of the big oaks lying on the ground now had trunks twisted by the wind action of the tornado, thus ruining the tree to be used for board timber. Once the internal fibers of the trees are twisted like that, none of it can be used for construction lumber.
The other issue involved property wide access trails. Virtually every trail had trees of some size pushed over blocking ATV travel across the entire property. This was not acceptable at all. We need access to nearby hunting and fishing opportunities as part of the Bug Out camp long term survival prospects.
The prepper team is still seeking solutions to the downed timber issues. A prevailing idea now is just to leave the downed timber alone and to let nature take its course. This is rather than having the entire forested areas further ruined by a clear cut timber harvest. First on the list of “To Do” is to clean up the camp site area. The downed trees there and on nearby trails can be cleared with a chainsaw and turned into camp firewood. We have to have clear movement access around camp.
Next is to clear primary ATV trails, again by sawing downed trees to allow easy passage via ATVs. Trees too big to cut with a chainsaw will have to be moved by a tractor bucket and/or the hiring of a dozer to push the trails clear. This means money of course with funds not being recovered by the downed timber. Mother Nature dealt a lousy hand of cards on this one.
Events like this are heartbreaking to say the least. However, recovery of the Bug Out camp is paramount. The site serves us not only as a secure escape location, but also recreational opportunities and also a feasible way to secure supplemental foods via hunting and fishing.
So, if your safe bug in or out location becomes compromised or threatened due to various threats, these are the steps you need to take! If you follow the plan detailed here, of assessment and decision-making, you'll be able to recover a lot better if this does happen to you. That way, survival can continue as planned!
To learn more about these steps and this specific story of a bug out location being destroyed, please visit Survival Cache.
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