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It’s time to bug out

Apr 23, 2012, noon

By John Vestman

I am so tired of picking up the newspaper and reading of rising gas and food prices, earthquakes, volcanoes, solar flares and world disasters. I am equally tired of watching the evening news and wondering when Iran and Russia are going to invade Israel, or when Venezuela is going to launch a missile at America. Every time I talk to a friend or a neighbor, the topic of conversation is who’s slamming who in the ongoing political race, unemployment and the billions of dollars going to Afghanistan while our country goes broke. Something is going to happen to America and I’m not going to sit around and wait until it does.

A major disaster is going to happen. We just don’t know when. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough. I’m sick and tired of all the negativism, doom and gloom, and I’m going to start a new life instead of sticking my head in the sand and ignoring the warning signs. I’m a retired senior, in darn good health and ready to take on some adventure in my life. I’m joining the multitudes of other people who are bugging out.

Never heard of bugging out?

It’s a fairly new term, probably about 10 years old, but lately it’s been getting a lot of publicity. “National Geographic” has a weekly, one-hour program on Tuesday nights with real life people from all over the country who are exciting examples of bugging out. Bugging out is not about doom and gloom, nor is it Armageddon. It is a realization that with all of the world’s problems—countries facing financial failure, threats of wars, starvation, tsunamis, etc.—that things are changing and not necessarily for the good. Signs of some major world disaster are on every newscast and newspaper. Something is right around the corner and America is no longer exempt. Many seniors are preparing for that inevitable happening that’s going to destroy our food supply, water supply, and our ability to live and feed our families and ourselves. I’m doing something positive and I’m bugging out. I’m not going to get caught with my pants down with no T.P. or food.

This is a win-win situation.

When bugging out, you keep your existing home and take on a second life. You are doing something for you and your family that you can be proud of.

Think about this: If we have a national disaster or a complete financial melt down, all the money, silver and gold isn’t going to buy you or your family food, water, or a roll of toilet paper. Using just some of your money each month, you will be developing your bug out plan and possibly a remote bug out area.

In case of a national power outage due to solar flare or nuclear bomb, you will lose all electrical power. This means no electricity, no refrigeration, no cellular phones, no TV and no heat. All food and gasoline deliveries will come to a halt. All you have is what’s on your back, in your refrigerator and on your shelves. Here’s a short plan to get you started.

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