Civil Unrest: Bug-Out or Stand Your Ground?

Civil Unrest: Bug-Out or Stand Your Ground?

( – If you’ve turned on your television lately, been on social media, or don’t live under a rock you’ve seen that civil unrest has been ripping through the US. As typical with any crisis, you have two options: you can either hunker down and bug-in, or you can bug-out. Which is the best method in dealing with civil unrest?

Flying the Coop

If the civil unrest in your area becomes too bad, with rioting, looting, and even arson threatening your wellbeing, it may be a good idea to get out of Dodge. It’s likely going to be safer for you to be somewhere else. Of course, you don’t want to leave your home empty and basically open to theft, but your life and your family are much more important. If things get too bad, or you feel you can’t adequately defend your property, it may be time to bug-out.

Some cons to bugging-out include:

  • You’ll be on the move
  • A much smaller amount of resources
  • Your property is left undefended

On the flip side some pros are:

  • You can get away from the crowds
  • You’ll be in a safer area

Sheltering In Place

It is only recommended that you hunker down if you have the ability to defend yourself. You need to be able to recognize when things are going south, as well as know your limits. Now isn’t the time to be prideful. It can get you killed.

There are benefits to staying where you are, it is your home after all. There are also times when you need to realize that it’s not worth the risk. People may come to your home as a mob and with fire. You can’t defend a burning house. Consider whether or not it’s safer to stay or leave. If you or your family are directly in danger swallow your pride and take off.

Like bugging-out, bugging-in has some pros:

  • You have a shelter that you know
  • Bigger resource stockpile
  • You can defend your property

Bugging-in has its own set of cons too:

  • Direct risk
  • Looters
  • Victim of arson, leaving you homeless and needing to bug-out

Final Thoughts

There’s no surefire way to prepare yourself for civil unrest; things can change in a heartbeat. You need to be able to adapt and be open to both options. Your life and your family’s lives depend on it.

Each method has its pros and cons. It’s up to you to figure out which has more pros than cons based on the situation at hand. Of course, there is always the chance you won’t get to choose — you’ll be forced to take action. Whatever the case may be, you need to be ready. Both ways can prove to be dangerous, both ways could pay off substantially, it just depends on the situation.

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