July 4, 2022


Self reliance and independence

Should I Bug In or Out

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Should I Bug In or Out.
Bob Hawkins “The APN Report“ Audio player provided!

Should I Bug In or OutThat statement is actually too simple to be accurate, there’s way too many variables that weigh in, but the gist of it rings true… If given a choice of bugging out or bugging in, I’d bug in, knowing I should go.
I’m recently back from a delivery trip, taking stock up to Virginia and the NC Outer Banks. A short haul that lead me into some of the most populous, as well as the most remote portions of the Eastern Seaboard. Along the way I took in my experience as a way to gauge what it would take to flee an area, if there was GOOD reason to get out.

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Traveling up into the Chesapeake Bay region of Norfolk had me dealing with tons of early Monday-morning traffic, on crowded super highways, that despite no real congestion, still took me twice as long to navigate than what it should. Even in pre-dawn hours, the freeway speeds were half of what was posted. Cars & Trucks were everywhere. Later in the morning, getting into the upper stretches of the Outer Banks, found me in a total nightmare of summer tourist traffic. From my first delivery in Virginia Beach at 9:30 AM, to my last delivery in Rodanthe NC on Cape Hatteras at 9:30 that night, it was like driving all day, down a narrow crowded driveway instead of a State Highway system. Plus, both sides of the road was full of pedestrians, joggers, bicyclists, & rollerbladers. On top of that, there was rain. Indeed, a VERY fun trip.

But I gave me perspective. It presented me a glimpse of what road conditions would be like if there was an emergency that turned everyone into evacuees, myself included. It made it glaringly clear that a snap decision to stay or go has VERY serious consequences, ramifications that carry far beyond the question of getting gone quickly. HOW & WHEN to do so is more important questions to answer.

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