TIPS: The Best 5 Bug-out Locations in the US


  • Written by Chris Black
  • Posted on February 4, 2014 

bugoutIn the survivalist parlance of our times, when we’re using the term “bug out” we’re referring to getting away  from danger after a society collapse scenario or a natural/manmade disaster .Getting away  ASAP from the big bad city if anything nasty happens seems like the right thing to do. After all, who wants to fight with the hordes of hungry and desperate people, not to mention the gangs of criminals, looting and fighting for the last supplies? If society collapses, regardless the reason, big cities will look like Dante’s Inferno in no time, mark my words folks (just think about the aftermath  of Hurricane Katrina). And don’t count on the police to help you out if disaster strikes; they will be out there protecting their own families, not you.

Now, if you’re a rational human being  and you’re preparing for the worst, bugging out from your current location implies that you have a place to bug out to in the first place. Also, even if you’re living in a  small city/rural area, if you are within 100 miles from a highly populated city, like NY for example, it would be a good idea to think about a bug-out location for you and your family.

Just think about it :  if shtf, there will be myriads of people leaving the big cities  and heading to suburban areas/rural communities in the proximity  in no time, on foot or by car. Hunger is the most powerful incentive, it started revolutions and it still does, just think about it.  Hard fact : suburbs will be over run as soon as cities go out of supplies.

If you don’t live in a white picket fenced- heavily fortified rural/suburban community, guarded by killer drones and protected by heavy artillery, you should think about a bugging out location, just like a city dweller.

Anyway, regardless of your current location, the fundamentals when picking out a BOL are the same.

Also, you must educate yourself in acquiring survival skills (living off the land, using a weapon, not just owning one, learning the basics of agriculture, you got the picture) along with stockpiling stuff. The Romans had a saying, it goes like this : “Omnia mea mecum porto”, it means “all that’s mine I carry with me”. This should be the motto of any survivalist.

 Now, getting back to our business, here are the top 5 bugging out locations in the US :

– The Mid South and especially the East of the Mississippi River is one of the best places to retreat, if you’re living in the eastern half of the US.  But, you should avoid the New Madrid fault zone (check that thing on google, it covers areas from of Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee), one of the biggest earthquake-happy fault zones in the country.

 –The Great Plains is not a bad choice either, especially if you’re into agriculture and growing your own food. Again, you should stay away from the New Madrid fault zone and keep an eye for tornadoes (think Tornado Alley). Population density in the area is low in most parts, and that’s great for a BOL.

The Northwest is arguably the best BOL in the United States, being populated by huge numbers of freedom loving Americans and being blessed with a great number of lakes and rivers and also with abundant wild life. Think Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, even eastern Washington (not urban places, that’s a no brainer). In lots of areas the population density is low and you can also grow your own food/live stock.

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Updated: February 9, 2014 — 12:17 pm

The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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