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Bugging Out & Relocating

Bugging Out & Relocating

When I started in preparedness, I tried to “take-in” as much information as I could.  I still do  when it comes to finding articles to post on Prepper Website.  But lately, one person in the preparedness community that I have come to really listen to and respect is Fernando Aguirre (aka Ferfal).  I think that Aguirre brings experience and insight that many in the United States haven’t experienced, especially when it comes to urban survival and economic collapse.  I haven’t finished his first book yet, Surviving the Economic Collapse, but from what I have read, I would already recommend it.

Aguirre is a proponent of “bugging-in” when you can.  His first book deals with this extensively.  However, his most recent book discusses “bugging-out.”  He has first hand experience in this too, as he recently left Argentina.

Aquirre shares some info about his new book below…

Bugging Out & Relocating” is the “homework” I did for leaving Argentina.

This is about what I actually did, picking up a couple suitcases each, leaving everything behind and moving to a country I had never set foot on before. I basically did so by doing what I explain in this book. Surprisingly, it worked out pretty well. Some friends have told me about how “lucky” I was leaving Argentina just before it got even worse after Cristina Kirchner’s reelection. There’s always luck involved, but it was a lot of careful planning, researching and knowing the red flags to look for so as to know when you have to leave.  In this book I explain the criteria used, both for choosing a country and for knowing when to leave, some of the best options in terms of countries to relocate to, the various charts and rankings I took into consideration as well as plans laid out in case we had to bug out ahead of time within Argentina. I’m not much of a writer but I believe in the information provided in this book because it did work for me and maybe one day it will work for you too.

I wrote “Bugging Out & Relocating” because it applies to everyone, even if you’re not planning on going anywhere and you’re happy where you are, or even worse, if you think you’re already at your Bug Out Location (tip, such thing is not possible, when you live there, its no longer a potential BOL ) .

My first book, “The Modern Survival Manual”, was intended as a modern day, urban survival manual but it was clearly geared towards bugging in, staying put and getting by as best as you can, but as I explain in that same book, sometimes you don’t have an option, sometimes the only thing left to do is leave. I’m talking here about anything from a house fire, flood, various natural disasters, war, slow social collapse or a good old foreclosure. This book is about you not getting to choose if you stay or if you go.

This book is divided in two parts. Part I is about being ready to bug out when you simply have no choice but to evacuate. Anything from a house fire, flood,  hurricane or any other disaster that forces you to leave your current location. Part II is about Bugging Out Abroad, and extreme case of bugging out where you have to leave the entire country behind, either because of clear, direct threats or because of a slow degradation of quality of life. Here I cover some of the possible countries, include several charts and rankings to help make up your mind about any country not mentioned and I go a bit into relocating within USA as well.
Hope you guys enjoy it and let me know what you think once you get the chance to read it! Thank you all so much for your support over the years. I can’t thank you enough.

“Bugging Out & Relocating” is about what to do when staying is not an option. House fires, floods, storms, war or social collapse among countless other potential disasters may leave you with no other option but to leave. In his second book, Fernando Aguirre again writes from his personal experience and shares with the readers the research and criteria he used himself when he decided to leave everything behind. In this book you will find recommended countries, U.S. States and advice on Bugging Out both locally and Abroad.

 

Aguirre blogs over at The Modern Survivalist.  He also posts many helpful videos on Youtube.

 

Peace,
Todd

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Friends in Low Places or People You Can Count On When Your SHTF!

Friends SHTFI like to minimize risk. I don’t do extreme sports and I don’t usually like to take chances. So, when we decided to visit my eldest son in Branson, MO, who is doing a Summer Project with Campus Crusade for Christ, I made sure the ABS system and Traction Control were fixed, the oil was changed and the tires balanced and rotated on the Griswold mobile! I also double checked my car emergency kit and bought some better jumper cables to leave in the vehicle.

The trip up to Branson was mostly uneventful. We were packed: the wife, two teenagers, 1 of their friends and my parents. The kids slept, listened to music, played on their phones, tooted and we enjoyed the scenery, especially the mountains. I don’t usually have my Google location service turned on, but I turned it on in Little Rock, Arkansas. And wouldn’t you know it, the Google Map APP took us directly to the hotel without fail. We checked in, drove to the spot in front of our room, I put the van in reverse to straighten out and that’s when I felt the pop! I put the van in drive and it wouldn’t go! After a few moments of panic and messing with the shifter, the kids and my dad pushed me the 5 feet into the parking space.

We arrived around 2:45 p.m. and had tickets for the Southern Belle Showboat at 4 p.m. I asked the front desk for a few numbers to some cab companies and had two cabs pick us up in time to make our reservation. While we waited, I texted my mechanic and called a friend from church who works in parts at a Chevrolet dealer here in town. While I was doing all this, I found out that the closest Chevy/Saturn dealer was in the next town.

I explained to my friend and my mechanic friend (through text), that the van was still in gear and that the shifter was free flowing. After I turned the van off, I couldn’t turn it back on because of the failsafe that the van has. My Chevy dealer friend informed me that a small dealership would probably not have the part I needed, but he said that he could overnight it to them if I needed it. This was Sunday, that meant that the cable wouldn’t get to the dealership till Tuesday and then it would have to be installed. We were planning on leaving Tuesday morning. As it all sunk in, the stress: physical, mental and financial, were all starting to pile up!

We attended the Southern Belle Show and called cabs to get back to the hotel. I immediately started looking up car rental places online since we were going to need something to get around in. And, I also started looking up possible reasons why my Saturn Relay would do this. At around that time, my mechanic friend called and told me after thinking about it for a bit, it was probably the shift cable. The cable snaps on top of the lever that switches the gear in the transmission. It is held by a grommet that can eventually deteriorate. If I could get the cable to sit on top of the lever and then zip tie it in place, once I get the van in gear, it would stay there. He told me that I should look under the van, on the driver side, by the brake booster, I couldn’t miss it. As he was telling me this, I rolled my eyes.  Even with the fix, did I want to drive all the way to Houston like this?

After a few minutes of thinking about it, I decided to try and get my fat butt under the van enough to see the piece he was talking about. My car kit has a cheap fleece blanket I bought during Christmas clearance for $1.99. I unrolled it and laid it down under the van. I grabbed my Waka Waka Solar Lamp for some light and started “playing mechanic.” It didn’t take long to locate the piece. I moved the lever to the park position, placed the cable on the lever and wouldn’t you know it, the van started and I was able to put it in to gear and reverse. However, when I moved it to drive, the cable fell off. I was going to need to zip tie the cable in place.

The hotel provided some zip ties and my son was able to get under the van enough to get the zip ties tight. Once again, I got in and started the van and I was able to reverse and drive! I felt a big sigh of relief, however, the stress was still there. Did I want to risk traveling back from Branson, going through the Ozark Mountains with this fix? I’m talking about 600 miles, 10 straight hours! I was really worried about the road from Harrison to Conway. It was very windy, had some steep hills and not a lot of room for roadside repairs. If the cable was going to pop-off gear going up a mountain, it would most likely be during this leg of the trip.

Top View of the Fix.  Notice the Arrow.

Top view of the fix. Notice the arrow.

 

This is a close-up shot. Top view of the fix.

This is a close-up shot. Top view of the fix.

Well, we risked it and made it back in one piece. We stopped once for gas. I shifted into neutral and turned off the car. It started back up with no problem. We stopped to eat, but I never took my foot off the brake and we ate in the van on the road! I knew we were going to be good when we hit a BIG bump crossing over a bridge and the zip ties held. Although it was nice to visit with my eldest son and to see Branson, the trip was very stressful for me. But I was grateful for knowing others who could help me when the chips were down.

We always hear that SHTF doesn’t have to be the End of the World. A SHTF scenario can be a scenario that only affects YOU or YOUR FAMILY. Now, to be honest, this wasn’t a true SHTF scenario. The cost was only extra money spent. But, if you are in a situation when you don’t have the extra money to spend on what is needed, then things can become very depressing and more serious.

Some Take-A-Ways

It’s always good to have people you can go to for help. I was grateful that I could call a few people with knowledge about cars and car repair, especially people who knew I was in a bind and who were thinking about my situation while they were back at home. In a SHTF scenario, you should have people you can count on. No one knows everything! It is important to build networks of people that you can trust. But remember, to have friends, you have to be a friend and help others too.

When you have to risk, try to minimize the risk. My mechanic friend told me that the worst case scenario if the zip ties came off was that I would have to just put some new ties on. Of course, he wasn’t thinking about the terrain in the mountains. So, we tried to minimize the time and effort that it would take by purchasing a good jack and stands. If we needed to get under the van again, it would be a lot faster than struggling with stretching and contorting under the van.

Having tools is always helpful. I was glad to have a cheap blanket to use. I didn’t take work clothes and I really didn’t want to mess up my “vacation” clothes. In reality, this wouldn’t have been a big deal, but still. The Waka Waka Solar Light was very helpful too. It shines a lot of light and I could set it down and aim it where I needed light.

Just be prepared for CRAP to happen. We can live in fear and worry all our lives. There is always “something” that could ruin our day, month or year! When we live in fear, we live in stress and that isn’t good. It’s better to try and make the best of it. This is easier said than done, but I have learned that it becomes easier if you put things in perspective. Just knowing that, “it’s just money,” or “it’s just a missed appointment,” or “it’s just time,” and that everyone is safe and healthy is key to your overall outlook.

And for your viewing pleasure….

 

 

 

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EDC KNIFE & BOKER – SHOUT OUT

Boker

As an elementary assistant principal, I’m around a lot of kids and parents; a ton of moms with kids in Kindergarten.  I live in a pretty middle of the road, probably leaning more to the conservative side in speaking of politics.  So, knives and men who carry knives aren’t that rare.  However, I’m still an administrator in a public school and there are some who might not accept my preferred choice of EDC knife.

My choice of EDC knife is my Leatermen Wingman.  I still sometimes carry my Kershaw Shallot with finger flicker, but I just found that I was going back to get my Wingman from my bag more often to fix basic things around the school.  I only carry my Wingman on Fridays when I’m wearing blue jeans and a school tshirt.  The Wingman is usually covered up.  But I’ve had some 5th graders notice it…

“Mr. Sepulveda is that knife?”

“It’s a multi-tool.”

“Yes, but don’t most multi-tools have a knife.”

“No, not ALL multi-tools have a knife.”

I didn’t lie, but I didn’t talk specifically about my Wingman.

Regardless, when I’m not wearing blue jeans, I like to carry my Boker Urban Survival Knife.  The Boker Urban Survival Knife looks like a pen.  So no one really notices it as a knife.

I wear the Boker so much that the clip has loosened up.  The clip is the piece that looks like a pen cap.  It became so loose that it was falling out of my pocket. I bent it back, but it always loosened up.

I recently contacted Boker and they sent me a replacement!  So, I have to send a little shout out to them for that!

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1. That’s the Boker Urban Survival Knife.  Notice the end that looks like a pen cap w/ the clip.  It also has a thumb flip that makes it easy to open up.

2. This Boker came with a different cap that you can switch out if you like.  This cap is a glass breaker.

3. The old clip.  Notice how discolored it is.  This is the piece that Boker replaced.

4. Tool – This is the tool that is used to switch out the different caps.

5. Tool – This tool tightens up the screws that hold the Boker together.  I haven’t had to use it yet.

Although it isn’t a multi-tool, this Boker has come in handy many times opening boxes, etc…  I believe that every one should carry a knife with them….men, women and children…it’s a tool!

 

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Surviving Open Waters in a Bug-Out Boat

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Todd’s Note: This is a guest post.

Safety-conscious people prepping for a survival situation usually have a bug-out bag and vehicle packed and ready to go on the quick. The ideal choice for a bug-out vehicle is a small RV with enough power and versatility to provide adequate shelter and transportation in an emergency scenario. And sometimes, a more compact and affordable version—think converted van or bus—can be equally as effective. But what about a bug-out boat? In some cases, it’s the perfect solution.

Bug-Out Boats

For those who live along the coasts or around the Great Lakes, a bug-out boat is a great option. Boats offer a quick escape while providing plenty of room for storage and survival essentials, should a high-risk scenario occur. A boater education course in Wisconsin, along with a sense of adventure, can give you the ultimate bug-out conveyance. Bug-out houseboats can be found for prices that are comparable to that of RVs, and the advantage of having a boat is that it provides the opportunity to physically remove yourself from nearly all human contact with little effort. Surviving long-term on a small boat has advantages over land survival, but also comes with caveats of its own.

Staying Afloat

We’re only human, thus the number one priority in open-water survival scenarios is to stay above water. Magician David Blaine held his breath for 17 minutes on the Oprah Winfrey Show, while world record holder Tom Sietas clocked over 22 minutes submerged under water. Unfortunately, the average human can hold their breath for only one minute.

The more floatation devices there are on the boat, the more safety and peace of mind it brings to occupants. Each person should have their own life vest, while two inflatable life boats should be located at opposite ends of the vessel. They are lightweight, inexpensive, and take up little storage space. Your boat should also be equipped with life preservers and a rescue line. A man overboard may be stricken with panic and thus too strong for another swimmer to rescue immediately.

Always try and relax when overboard. The human body can naturally keep itself afloat with the nose and mouth above water as long as one remains calm. Lie on your back or use the face-down survival float, depending on water and body conditions. Help yourself relax by lifting your head entirely out of the water whenever possible to take a breath. Prepare your family with several floating techniques through open-water swimming lessons which are offered across the country.

Defense

Another beneficial part about bugging out on a boat is that you’ll be able to spot potential enemies before they make contact. Defensive 12-gauge slugs are available in sizes big enough to damage another boat that gets within a 30- to 40-yard range. Parts kits are also available online for a build-your-own M79 grenade launcher — these are inexpensive, legal, and though they should be used as a last resort, they can potentially save you and your family from an unfortunate encounter at sea.

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Angry Woman Speaks the Truth?

abI first heard of Ann Barnhardt when she folded her company, BCM in 2011.  Quoted in an article on the Blaze website,

“The reason for my decision to pull the plug was excruciatingly simple: I could no longer tell my clients that their monies and positions were safe in the futures and options markets – because they are not. And this goes not just for my clients, but for every futures and options account in the United States. The entire system has been utterly destroyed by the MF Global collapse. Given this sad reality, I could not in good conscience take one more step as a commodity broker, soliciting trades that I knew were unsafe or holding funds that I knew to be in jeopardy.”

Since shutting down her company, she can be found online discussing the economy and matters of faith.  She is very outspoken and a strong proponent of her Catholic faith.

I recently watched a video that was recorded in December 2012.  In the video, she talks about the US, taxes, faith and our duty as Christians.  I feel there is a lot of truth in what she says!  The video is 1 hour long and full of thought provoking ideas and actions for the liberty minded person.  I challenge you to watch it all the way through the Q & A section and then share your thoughts below.

 

 

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