What Is A Bug Out Location?

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.

What Is A Bug Out Location

Your bug-out location should be someplace that you and your family feel safe. 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.

What is a Bug out Location and Why Do You Need One?

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 absolutely certain that your family knows where you’re going. If you and your teenage kids are separated, they won’t know where to head 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.

Why set a bug-out location?

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.

Place Extra Supplies Along Your Bug Out Routes and Secondary Paths

A bug-out situation is an event that you hope never happens, but you do want to be prepared for. That means that you should plan for every contingency. That includes making sure that you have extra supplies hidden along with your bug-out route as well as along secondary paths.

The benefits of a cache

Having a cache means hiding supplies or anything else that you think you might need in case something happens to the supplies you already have. In the blink of an eye, you can lose important supplies or even everything if you’re ambushed or you have to flee from an animal attack.

Without supplies, your odds of surviving diminish. Most preppers understand that a cache is a plan B in case plan A gets derailed. It’s also something handy to have in case you run into a situation where you use up your supplies faster than you estimated that you would.

Hide your cache well

You need to make sure that your cache is well hidden and protected by the elements. That means you have to use the right container to keep your cache safe. You can use plastic piping for this purpose.

You use wide plastic piping, fill it with some extra supplies, then cap it off. You can also use any storage box that’s waterproof and rust-proof. Put whatever you think might come in handy in the container, then seal it up.

Be thrifty with your cache

To save on costs, some preppers will take those large water containers and load those with items like extra first aid materials or survival supplies like water sanitation methods and extra ammo.

You can also use small or large storage bins, but you need to make sure that you find a hiding place above ground since storage bins can break down when stored underground.

Protect your supplies

Whatever material you choose to use for your cache, you want to make sure that it offers as much protection for your supplies as you can get. You want whatever you choose to be able to withstand temperature changes as well as rain.

What to store

Some preppers store basic things in a cache like extra clothes, shoes, weapons, tools, a way to create a shelter, and other items needed to survive for a few days. Others hide canned food and water alone – or these items in addition to extra supplies like maps, knives, or paracord.

Map it out

You’ll want to keep in mind when hiding a cache that the area where you place the storage container can change over time. What looks one way will look different three months down the road.

That’s why you need to create a document where you list where you’ve hidden your cache or caches. By hiding a cache or two, you’re taking extra steps to make sure you’re protected.

These tips should help you not only figure out a bug-out location for your family, but stock things up along your route to make the emergency situation a little smoother.

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How to Prepare Your Family For a Flood

How to Prepare Your Family For a Flood? If you live in a flood plain, it makes sense to prepare your family for the potential of a flood. Floods can be extremely damaging and deadly if you’re not careful.

How to Prepare Your Family For a Flood

Just ask the people who live in parts of Texas and Louisiana right now. Making sure that your family is as best prepared as they can be maybe one of the most important things you can do for them. Take a look at these 15 tips to prepare for a flood:

Steps to Prepare for a Flood

These steps are a combination of things you can do way in advance and as soon as you get the flash flood warning.

Before the Flood: Prepare Your Family For a Flood

Flood Insurance

Most people who live in a flood plain know that you need to have flood insurance, but if you don’t? Get it today. Flood insurance is not available through your insurance company and instead is offered by the government at a very affordable price.

This is certainly the number one item on your list if you live in an area that has been known to flood. If the worst case scenario hits, you will be protected.

Prevent water from entering your home

If you are expecting heavy rains or storms to hit your locality, particularly if you live in a flood-prone area, you should cover your doors, or even windows, with metal sheets, sandbags, or plywood. You can also use silicone sealant to ensure that water will not enter your home.

Some of these things you should have on hand, especially if you live in a flood-prone area.

Shut off your utilities

You should remember to turn off all your utilities, such as gas, electricity and even water, at the mains. You should also remember to unplug all your electrical appliances and store them at high places, on the second floor, if possible.

Be mindful of your appliances and furniture

You need to ensure that your furniture and appliances are kept in high areas or upstairs. If you do not have a second floor, you can just raise such items on blocks or bricks. Be sure to remove carpets, curtains, and even internal doors. Store them all in high places to ensure that they are protected from water.

Fire safe box

I realize that a fire-safe box is for fires, but most of the good quality ones are also somewhat watertight. Keep certified copies of your important documents and flash drives with your family photos inside of them just in case you lose your other copies. It may not protect them.

Important papers, pictures, and other personal items really should be placed on higher ground, particularly on the second floor of your house. If not, you should put important papers on sealed bags to ensure that they are protected from the impending deluge.

72 Hour Bag

If you live on a flood plain, you may very well have to evacuate quickly. Having a well stocked 72 hour bag is a MUST! Your bag needs to include 3 days change of clothing, quick food, water, medicines, personal documents (certified copies), cash, debit or credit cards, and anything else you might think you need. Too many people have been left with nothing because of a rising flash flood to skip this step.

Check the perimeter

Make sure that all objects outside your house, such as rakes, are kept in a safe place. Floodwater can easily float these items, which can pose danger to others.

Raft or canoe

I know it may seem excessive, however, in a flash flood, you may not be able to get your car out of the driveway (or even get to your car for that matter). Having something you can paddle out in could save your life in case the water rises too quickly.

Lifejackets

Along with the raft or canoe, you need to be sure that you have a lifejacket for every single member of your family. If something would happen and they couldn’t get out of the water, they would at least be covered that way. It really could be the difference between life and death for them.

Use the Top shelf

The words top shelf doesn’t apply just to liquor. Keep your important documents and a few days of food and water on a top shelf for storage in case of rapidly rising water.

Also look for anything that is poisonous. We tend to keep those items under our kitchen sink, but we certainly don’t want those toxins getting into the water, should it enter your home. If you have pets? It would be a death sentence.

During the Flood: Prepare Your Family For a Flood

Use a weather radio

Information is crucial during situations like these so a hand-crank weather radio is a must-have. Thus, you need to always listen to the radio for announcements and updates. Be sure to cooperate fully with local authorities and emergency services. If they require you to evacuate, follow them and do not dillydally.

Burn Daylight

Since electricity will almost certainly be unavailable, you must ensure that you do all the things you need to do during the day. It is much more difficult and unsafe to do things in the dark.

Stay Inside

Just because you made sure all sharp implements were pretty much nailed down, it doesn’t mean that all your neighbors did the same thing. Be sure to stay inside your house. There may be objects floating in the water, so do not attempt to swim through it.

Floodwater can kill, especially when it is raging, so do not attempt to go out. It is important to note that rapid-flowing water that is six inches high could make you fall, while two feet of water could make your car float. You can either be swept away or be knocked over by objects that are in the water.

Avoid the Water

Floodwater may be dirty and contaminated with sewage, so you should avoid contact if possible. It would be a shame that you survived the flooding but fell ill because of contaminated water.

Keep off the roads

River bridges, sea defenses, and riverbanks are very dangerous places to be in during floods, so be sure to steer away from them if possible. There have been many cases wherein floodwater has destroyed or collapsed bridges and defenses.

These 15 tips aren’t complicated to do at all, but they could not only help you save your precious documents but your life as well. If you live in an area that has flooded in the past, you can bet that it will again at some point. It may not be tomorrow, but it will happen eventually. Making sure you’re prepared for that possibility isn’t a bad thing. It’s just plain smart.

Strong tropical storms and hurricanes often cause flooding, even in areas that are not prone to such an event. With the extreme weather conditions that we are facing today, everybody should be prepared for anything, particularly flooding.

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How to Prepare Your Family For a Financial Emergency

How to Prepare Your Family For a Financial Emergency? To prepare yourself for financial trouble, you need to have at least 3-6 months’ worth of expenses saved up.

How to Prepare Your Family For a Financial Emergency

When I say expenses, I mean your bare expenses. Take all of the luxuries out of your bills and you’ll know exactly how much money you need to survive each month.

How to Prepare Your Family For a Financial Emergency

How much do you have in the bank right now? No wait, don’t tell me. Instead, just look for yourself. Then ask yourself one question:

“What would happen to my family if all of my income sources went away?”

Do you have an answer? Is it a bad one? Is it a good one? Would your family be able to survive only on what’s in your bank accounts right now?

If you’re like most people, the answer is, unfortunately, “probably not.”

Why you need to save money

Preparing your family for a financial crisis is honestly the single most important prep that you can do. You can prep all you want for weather-related incidents, but in truth, if the weather is bad enough, all of your preps might not make a difference.

Failing to prep for a financial crisis though can literally tear your family apart at the seams though. Loss of income can cause loss of your home, kids going hungry, marital fights, and more.

So how do you protect yourself?

You save. It really is that simple.

What are your expenses?

Your basics are household costs, food, utilities, and any school costs that your kids have. Everything else should be considered a luxury and if you’re living with no income coming in, unable to be paid for.

These are the items that you pay extra to have in your life so if you don’t have extra money coming in, then doesn’t it make sense that you can’t have extra items in your budget?

Three to six months is the absolute minimum that you should have, but if you want to be really prudent about it, save a year’s worth of expenses. Loss of a job can sometimes be a very long situation and if you have a year of expenses in the bank, you’ll know 100% sure that you’re covered.

Building an emergency fund is critical for financial security and, more importantly, peace of mind. Many Americans admit to being kept up at night, losing focus at work, and even struggling with anxiety because of financial stressors at home. If you’re one of them, I hope I can help you find peace in building your emergency fund – even if you don’t have loads of extra money just sitting around.

Prepare Your Family For a Financial Emergency: Evaluate where you’re at.

3 Steps to Build Your Emergency Fund FAST

In the financial world, everyone talks about getting out of debt, buying a house, and building an emergency fund. Whether your emergency fund is a “baby” fund at $1,000 (the bare minimum), or looks more like $10,000, evaluating where you’re at and setting goals will help you achieve them much faster.

Prepare Your Family For a Financial Emergency: Evaluate where you’re at.

You can’t move forward unless you know where the starting line is. The baseline is where you’re at right now, with everything else being UP from here. Start with an evaluation, and be honest with yourself. If you’re spending way too much money on fast food or makeup, don’t beat yourself up over it – just fix it.

To do a thorough evaluation, check your bank account, Paypal, Cash App, etc. This includes prepaid debit cards or any other accounts you may stash and spend money from.

How’s your money situation? Is your income higher than your expenses? How much extra do you have each week, or each month? Write all these numbers down, as they’re equally important in figuring out where you’re at, and fixing the leaks. We’ll talk about that in a moment.

I like to print off my bank statements and go through everything line by line to see where my money is going. You can print 1, 3, 6, or even 12 months off at a time. It all depends on how in-depth you want this financial audit to be.

Check out these great books to read on how to change your financial situation:

The Simple Path to Wealth and Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. They are both worth looking into.

Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover Live! – 7 Baby Steps – this is a great video to watch!

Prepare Your Family For a Financial Emergency: Fix the leaks.

After I’ve printed off my bank statements, I go through and highlight necessary expenses in one color, and unnecessary expenses in another color. This is an easy way to see what’s going on at a glance. I like to call unnecessary expenses “leaks”. If you want your boat in tip-top shape, you must repair all the leaks!

How often did you purchase fast food? How expensive was your last date night? How many last-minute grocery trips did you take because you didn’t have a meal plan? How many times did you buy a soda or snacks from the gas station? How many coffee runs did you make?

Everyone has their own budget leaks, so take some time to sit down and figure out what yours are. While going through your bank statements, the leaks will usually become clear pretty quickly! Many of us have expenses each week, or even every few days, that we don’t consciously take into account when evaluating our financial situation. These are the most dangerous leaks, because we don’t even realize we have them!

Fixing the leaks is a must, no matter how much money you make – or how tiny the leaks may seem at first. If you add up all the “little” leaks over a 6 or 12 month period, you’re going to notice your boat is sinking much faster than you may have realized. Either way, the leaks need to be patched, right? Small or large, they’ll still cause problems.

You don’t have to go from 100 all the way down to 0 overnight. What I mean is, if you’re used to a coffee run every morning, you don’t have to quit cold turkey. Buy coffee to make at home and see how close you can get it to what you’re used to. Then, start cutting back.

You may realize you like the coffee you make at home even more than the stuff you get at the coffee shop. I know when I cut back on coffee runs, I loved that I could make it at home and choose my favorite brand of syrups. Plus, plant milk is an additional $.60 when I get it added to my coffee at Starbucks. At home, I can have a gallon of it and it’ll last forever! 🙂

Next, we will talk a little about adding income to your budget. Even if you make a large salary, you’ll need to fix the leaks to find extra money to build that emergency fund.

Prepare Your Family For a Financial Emergency: Fix the leaks.

Prepare Your Family For a Financial Emergency: Make more money.

Building an emergency fund comes down to a simple principle: more money in, less money out. If your income isn’t already covering your bills with some left over to add to your emergency fund, changes need to be made. The good news is, these changes aren’t painful. The bad news? You’re not going to build your emergency fund overnight.

There are hundreds of ways to make extra money to build your emergency fund faster. Whether you start a blog as a semi-passive long-term income stream, or you deliver for UberEats after your 9 to 5 job, the amount of extra income you can earn from a side hustle is endless.

Even if you can cut expenses, most likely you’ll still need more income. YouTube is a wealth of information, complete with full videos (all for free!) about how people just like you and me became millionaires because of their side hustles. While the millionaire life isn’t everyone’s goal, you can easily make an extra thousand dollars a month (or more!) with side hustles.

The next steps…

No matter how intense you are with fixing your financial leaks or making more money with a side hustle, your journey is your own and you shouldn’t feel bad about any setbacks.

Life happens, things get in the way, and paying off debt can be painstakingly slow. However, you’re on the right path and you CAN do this! Keep reminding yourself of that! Negative self-talk can set you back even more, so keep it positive.

As I said at the very beginning of this post, not preparing your family for financial stress and trouble is just asking for trouble. If you don’t feel as if you can save even 3 months’ expenses, that’s fine. Just try to do something. A little bit in the bank is better than nothing in the bank.

 Leave me a comment and let me know what your emergency fund plan is! I’d love to hear it.

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