Originally Posted by txpossum
It seems that "bug-out" bags are a must have fashion accessory these days. Don't get me wrong, I have one in each of my vehicles, only I refer to them as my "get home" bags. I am frequently working in Pittsburgh, but live about 65 miles north of the city. My concern is getting back, as I have made the decision to try to get by at home in most SHTF situations. My stuff is here; my water supply is here; my ability to grow food is here. It is difficult to imagine a situation where I would be better off elsewhere.
But, for those of you who do feel that the best plan in a real emergency would be to leave your current location and go elsewhere, how may of you have a specific destination in mind?
TxP, you may be right about bugging-in, and you may be wrong. It all depends on what happens around you.
Are you downwind of any nuclear power plants like Three Mile Island? If so, that might become your need to bug out.
Are you near any railroad tracks? If so, then a chemical spill might become that reason.
Are you in a flood plain?
Is there a big freeway close to you?
Read 'One Second After' by Forstchen, and then make up your mind about it.
Ultimately we would need to have a good water source -- unpolluted -- and be able to grow vegetables, grains, and rabbits to survive a major disaster -- such as the kind that might reduce the population by 50% or more over time.
The book and its story pretty much discuss the whole event.
Bugging out from the US West Coast might be necessary to avoid an advancing army such as from China or Russia. In 1941 the risk was from Japan.
Bugging out from the US Southwest might be necessary to avoid the same thing from Mexico.
An approaching mega hurricane could force bugging out from the US Gulf Coast.
Generally speaking, anyone living within a few hours' drive from a major city might need to bug out to get away from the exodus of refugees and the criminal element.
There are lots of reasons.