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August 21, 2009

Reader Question: Creating A Bug Out Location

Dear KPN,

I own about 125 acres in northern Kentucky. I need help or advice to possibly create a bug out location there.


Thank you for the question. Bug out locations are a great thing to have, and with that much land the possibilities are endless. Bug out locations can be used for a variety of purposes. Anything from a weekend getaway to a secure and secret location for your preps in case you have to evacuate your home. Evacuation is a real possibility and you might have to due to virus outbreak, chemical spill, fires, or riots.

The first thing you need to do is asses what you already have. Is there a clean drinking water source? If so then focus on water filtration. Purchase a Berkley Light water filter with plenty of filter replacements. If not water should be first on the list. A well would be great if you could afford it. Wells can provide endless amounts of water and could really come in handy in a pinch. If a well is out of reach then some sort of secure structure must be constructed on the property to store your water storage along with food and other supplies needed.

Metal buildings can be built for fairly cheap. Something large enough to store however much food & water you think you might need (I would say a year to be safe), weapons, flashlights, batteries and any other supplies. I think that most of it depends on your budget, how much effort you want to put into this, and how long you want it to sustain you and your family if you had to be there for an indefinite amount of time. The most important parts to consider would be food, water, shelter and safety. Consider your budget and your short and long term plans for the property. If nothing else make it into a camping spot for the family!

I hope this helps!