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Written by Martin A. Banks

One of your biggest choices in an SHTF scenario is whether to stay or go. While there are multiple advantages to bugging in, doing so isn’t always practical if flames devour your home or your immediate area descends into chaos, such as when natural disasters strike. What factors can affect your mobility when bugging out, and how can you address them?

Some matters lie firmly within your control, like carrying the right gear, while others, like impassable roadways, require quick thinking on your feet. What should you consider in advance?

Here are five factors affecting your mobility and how to manage them.

1. How Quickly You Act

The first 72 hours following a SHTF scenario are the most critical. People take varying amounts of time to emerge from their shocked states, but once they do, things quickly become more hazardous — and frustrating. Do you remember how quickly toilet paper flew off store shelves in February 2020?

Sometimes, mandatory evacuation orders give you no choice but to bug out and little time to grab your things and go. Otherwise, you must consider the following factors affecting your mobility:

● Road closures: Government officials could cut off escape routes to quarantine disease, for example.

● Traffic jams: Many preppers boast about taking to the backwoods during SHTF. Few consider how they will get there once traffic turns every 2-lane country road, let alone freeway, into a parking lot.

It helps to run through potential scenarios with your loved ones

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