Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about having a remote supply cache. Yep, I’m constantly trying to increase my knowledge of survival. (It never really ends.)
I try to keep up by studying what others are saying, reading books, trying new things and analyzing disasters. It is probably this last area, analyzing disasters, where I learn the most. Each disaster that happens shows us more and more of what we can expect to encounter ourselves, when and if we are faced with a similar situation.
Take the recent fires in California. First off, I have zero risk of a forest fire where I live (we don’t have any forests). Nevertheless, I still took the time to learn everything I could about what happened, especially what transpired in Paradise, California. There an entire town was wiped out by fire, which destroyed the homes, businesses, and property of the inhabitants.
I don’t know if there were any preppers in Paradise, but statistically, it would stand to reason that there were. After all, something like one in every 50 families in the United States has embraced prepping. So, if 1200 homes were destroyed, it’s fairly safe to say that 24 of those homes were occupied by preppers. I wonder how well those families fared.
Spreading Your Supplies Around A Bit
But I have to confess, if I had been one of those families, the only advantages I would have had over anyone else would have been that I would have had a bug out plan prepared. I also would have had gasoline for my cars and my bug out bag packed. I also would have had a prepared list of other things I would have taken with me. That’s it. Everything else that I’ve spent countless hours and dollars doing in order to prepare myself for a potential disaster would have gone up in smoke, just like everyone else’s possessions.
This isn’t the only time that I’ve been faced with such a realization. When Hurricane Harvey was passing through the Gulf of Mexico, there was a time, before it turned north, where it was heading right for my home. Fortunately for my family and I, it veered north, hitting Houston. But as I looked at the flooded homes of those people, I realized something. I realized that any preppers amongst them weren’t any better off than the rest of the people awaiting evacuation by the Cajun Navy.
The Basic Problem With A Remote Supply Cache
Here’s the basic problem as I see it. A lot of us have taken the stand that it is better to bug in than bug out. The reason for this is that most of us don’t have a prepared survival retreat to bug out to. Without that prepared retreat, we are going to leave behind our home, which can at least serve as shelter, in order to find shelter elsewhere. That’s not an ideal situation.
Notwithstanding, putting all our eggs in one basket isn’t a good solution either. This is especially true when you consider that disasters like forest fires, tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes can totally destroy our homes. If that should happen, as it did to the people of Paradise, California, then all our preps will be for naught.
I think I am like many other people in this. That is, I want all my preps with me so that if a disaster strikes, I’ll have everything I need to have in order to have the best chance to survive. Anything I have off-site might be inaccessible to me, thereby making it turn into just so much wasted money. That’s something I simply can’t afford.