Emergency Preparedness and Practical Survival

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.”
-George Bernard Shaw

Perhaps the Boy Scout Motto put it best: Be Prepared. By definition, life will be full of unexpected circumstances—times when we’ll find ourselves in situations we may never have thought we’d see. These are the times we will lean on skill, practice and preparation.

If there was ever a time more evident that the common man (and woman) had lost practical survival skills and needed them back, I’m not sure when it was. In the past 50 years, the average citizen has gone from capable to grossly incapable of providing a living for themselves and their family. Yes, we’re still capable of facilitating a living for our families—we can earn money to buy the goods we need. But what about when the power goes out and we can’t earn money as a computer technician? Or the bank fails and our debit card no longer carries those 1′s and 0′s? Or worse—when what money we do have is worth no more than the paper it’s printed on—are we still capable of providing that living for ourselves and our families?

The goal of BugOutBlog is to help you gain the practical skills you’ll need in the event of natural disaster, terrorist attack, governmental turmoil, economic troubles and job loss. We’ll be sharing real-world experience, skills, tutorials and reviews to help the average person prepare for, and survive, real-life emergency situations.

As I toyed with the idea of building this website and shared the idea with others, I came across someone who asked “But isn’t that what the tv shows Survivorman and Man Vs. Wild are for?” The question gave me a good bit to think about. Does the world really need another survival resource? Is there anything more to add to the galaxy of websites, books, television programs and manuals already vying for our attention?

My conclusion was that “yes,” there is more. So, we aim to offer more interaction, more accessibility, and a more common-sense approach to survival and preparedness. You can watch Bear Grylls eat a Rhino Beetle or see Les Stroud escape from lions in Africa on YouTube, but it’s on BugOutBlog where you’ll learn the skills that can help keep you from having to resort to beetle meat in the first place. We call it practical survival.

So welcome aboard. Bookmark the site, add us to your RSS feed, follow us on Twitter, let us know what you’d like to see, and please, share this site with your friends and family. We hope to be a valuable resource as we learn together about how to prepare for the worst—using a common sense approach, and real-life experience to explore what “practical survival” really means.

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4 Responses to “Emergency Preparedness and Practical Survival”

  1. jason Says:

    Hey- I’m looking forward to reading your site.

    I know the Man Versus Wild episode you were talking about, here’s a link to the video in case any of your readers want to see it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu3FlOksBjY

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks Jason- that was the video I was eluding to. Nasty stuff. Being practical (and honest) here, if it ever came to it, I’d probably starve first.

  3. Alan Says:

    These are good shows to watch at home.The problem with this is alot of people don’t have the skills to survive like this. When TSHTF alot of people are not going to know what to do in this case.There will be alot of people dieing when this happens!You people need to realize that when TSHTF there will be no government officials to help you.You are going to be on your own and will have to provide for yourself and family with no one to help you.

  4. admin Says:

    Alan- You’re absolutely right. Not only do most people not have the skills to survive like we see on Man Vs. Wild or Survivorman, but we also don’t have the military background, camera crew lifeline—or the time and money required to gain some of the skills shown on those shows.

    On the other hand, there are more practical ways to prepare for emergencies than some of the things you’ll see on those shows. It’s pretty unlikely that I’ll be dropped off in the middle of the Amazon with just a tarp and a knife. But there are skills I can develop that will greatly improve the odds of survival in my own area and situation. Those are the skills, equipment, and other practical preparations that we aim to cover on BugOutBlog.

    And you’re right—when it comes down to it, the government won’t be around to save us. Even if they were, relying on them certainly wouldn’t be healthy for the maintaining of our freedoms.