How to Bug-In: What You Need to Know to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster

Today, published an article I wrote title: How to Bug-In: What You Need to Know to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster

Hurricane Sandy is yet another sober reminder that none of us are exempt from disaster.  Sometimes, BUGGING OUT is not the best decision OR possible.  In this article I discuss a few thoughts about prepping for a potential Bug In Scenario.

Here is the link if you are interested in taking a look:

Thank you to Brett and Kate McKay for the opportunity.

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,




  1. Howdy,

    A couple of comments on your excellent blog post on art of manliness. The water bottles, 1 and 2 liter can be used to sterilize the water too. Just fill with CLEAR water and place in the sun for a few hours. The uv rats will kill all the micro organisms very well. Emergency candles are long lasting , even if they are only making lit against the darkness. Most are not refillable. I made some that are. I have one in the car, my bag, and around the house. Here’s a link. You may use it if you like.


    • Putting water in a clear bottle in the Sun is risky. Using 20 oz bottles – such as Sobe or Vitamin Water – safer than 2 liter because UV has less “width” to travel. It also needs to be bright, clear sunlight – and nowhere north of (about) southern Colorado or you won’t get enough UV. This can be done, but it requires research and care.

  2. Cool article!

    I’ve always been a fan of bugging in over bugging out, if possible.

    I mean… all my stuff is there.

  3. Great information. Hope that we dont face that kinds of disaster again.

  4. I find that growing your own food and stocking up on storable food is a great way to prepare for Bugging-in.

  5. One thing you should add is a light source…And loads of AA batteries…most things run on AA’s these days.
    Prepper friends who went through several weeks unpowered from Sandy said you can’t have too many AA’s

    Good article

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  7. I have lots of double and triple A batteries – AND a couple of GoalZero solar panels with battery chargers to keep my AA and AAA rechargables charged. I’m not pushing GoalZero – there are other brands, but I am happy with GZ. Rechargables offer the advantage of not needing as many batteries in your bag. I recommend at least 30 batteries – you may run into bad weather and be unable to recharge – or more if you are in an area (or season) where cloud cover is likely to be consistent. My GoalZeros have USB ports so I can use them to recharge any USB device – such as a cell phone, tablet and some of the newer flashlights and portable radios. They keep the batteries I use in my water purifiers in great shape – something that is of considerable urgency. For some reason (I read it but can’t find it now) precharged rechargables are allegedly onger-lasting than those that aren’t. I find Costco is an excellent source for GoalZero units (they tend to be seasonal) and all kinds of batteries.

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