CP – a SHTF Blog minion loyalist – is asking for reader feedback. Whereas Rawles does survival consulting for astronomical fees, here at this site our fee is FREE. I’ll offer my immediate thoughts and invite readers to do the same.
I would like your thoughts on something. When it comes to bugging out it’s all about having you’re gear ready to go at a moment’s notice, practicing the skills now so you have them when you need them, etc. There’s a plethora of information out there.
There is something that I haven’t seen covered though. Bugging out with disabilities. For SHTF/TEOTWAKWI/WROL scenarios, I have at minimum a general idea of what I would do in certain situations. The worst case is really bugging out, grabbing my INCH bag and booking it to a buddy’s place, possibly grabbing my brother along the way.
However, one of my best friends is blind and I haven’t had the chance to ask him what he thinks about prepping/the state of the world today. I have no idea what I would do if I had to bug out and take him with me….and I’m worried that if I don’t think about it, then no one will. One big issue is his dog, I love his dog to death, but it doesn’t obey off leash. I just wanted your thoughts on how to talk to hi about it and perhaps what kind of accommodations/ plans can be made? I’m seriously stumped, short of carrying him which I can’t do.
I live in the city, in the dorms/apartments. There’s a national park area nearby I can go into if we need to, though I’d probably be heading my my parents who live around 300 miles away. More than a bit of a hike, I know, but they are the closest. Depending on the situation, I might have to move on to a friend of mine who lives around 700 miles from them (out west).
Thank you for not being an “I only care about me” prepper. Your interest in caring for friends and family is what we need more of in the prepper community. I think the first, most obvious thing is to talk with your blind friend about his/her own security. The recent, tragic events in Japan provide an excellent opportunity to ask the “what would you do if” question. Offer your bugging out assistance and sincere interest in helping.
But before you build a bug out plan, I think the first thing you should consider are the parameters around when/if bugging out makes sense at all. What are the threats to your location that would require bugging out? Would bugging IN be more prudent?
I’m not saying that you should only plan to bug in. I think particularly where you live in the city you need a contingency plan. The national park idea might will probably present problems. How long can you realistically stay there before needing food and supplies? If it’s next to a city, how many other people do you think will flock to the park? It could be a dangerous place.
Traveling by foot with a blind friend and his/her dog will present serious challenges as I’m sure you’re aware. My first step in the bug out plan would be to leave fast – by car – if possible. Don’t wait around thinking “maybe it’ll improve” – particularly in this case.
I may have dug at Rawles in the opening of the post about his consulting fees (partially joking and partially jealous), but Survival Blog has covered prepping/disabilities a few times. I don’t recall anything recently about helping people that are blind, but you may want to conduct a keyword search at his site in addition to whatever feedback you might get here.
Blind people have hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. What you’re trying to isn’t impossible, it’s just challenging. Thanks for the note.
– Ranger Man
BTW: what’s WROL?