So, I've been reviewing my SHTF plan. We've got tall mountains with about a million little bolt holes about 20 miles to the west. My original thought was Bug Out at the first sign of real trouble, like mushroom clouds on the horizon, collapse of the grid or similar. My plan was to load the dogs, food and water, hardware and ammo into the truck, jump on the Highline Canal trail, which will keep me off the arteries that are sure to be clogged with unprepared, panicky yuppies, thereby avoiding most traffic jams. Drop by my buddies house, (He'll be more ready than I am) collect him and his family and, if necessary, shoot our way out. I've biked the entire canal trail so I know I'd be able to pick our way west out of town to one of about a dozen secure places you can only get to with 4X4 that I'm pretty sure no one else would think of. From there, we head about three ranges in, dig in and lay low. But, that's got some holes. I've got 3 months worth of food I can load in about 5 minutes. I've got 4 long guns and 2 pistols, couple minutes to load. Eight 50 cal sized ammo cans. likewise. Three dogs that head straight for the truck as soon as the door opens. It's the water that is my concern. It's gallon jugs sealed with duct tape. They're heavy and there are more than 100 of them and if it's going down, I can't see getting that much weight, moved out of the basement, (through the light well) into the truck, in less than 20 minutes. Tick Tock. Tick Tock. Add to that the fact that what if the emergency involves an EMP and the truck's useless. I've got the 4-wheeler and the little trailer but that seems like a last resort, relying too much on what I can scrounge once I've made it out. It also offers less protection than my SUV. So I'm asking myself, what's wrong with hunkering down, seal the house and give it a month or so to settle down. I'm far enough out from Metro that if the unrulies torch the city, I'd not likely to be overly affected. My street is long and has no outlet so I'd have very little through traffic and have enough of an arsenal, and can hit long enough that I'd probably be able to hold off anything short of an organized, armed effort. That's supposing I can't escape notice, which would of course, be my primary goal. My basement is poured concrete and, while not lavish, would offer some protection. After the dust settles, load the trailer, and make my way west. I'm sure that has some holes as well so feel free to poke as many in it as you wish. I'll be doing the same thing. I feel like it's becoming more and more necessary to plan this out.