There's an interesting conversation going on over at The Other Ryan's blog.
Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest.
It started out as a discussion on sorting through your gear and supplies to see what you really needed to keep and what you could get rid of. Part of it deals with the time honored concept of "Bugging Out" or "Getting out of Dodge." Some people will have to do that if something horrific comes down the pike. If you live in an apartment (like my kids) you aren't going to live there long once the power goes out. No power means no air, no heat, no water, no nothing. So we have equipped them with the basics for fleeing the city, and thanks to good friends they have people who will give them shelter to the West, the North, and of course down South if they can make it there.
But I'm not bugging out. There are a number of reasons. One, the honest truth is that neither my wife nor I are in any shape to travel any distance carrying our gear on our backs. We are old. It happens to everybody if you live long enough. I'm not ready to sit under a tree and sing my death song like Soaring Eagle, but I recognize my limitations. Second, I've been doing this for thirty years. I live in an ideal retreat, it's set up for long term living without using outside infrastructure. I couldn't possibly move my equipment or supplies out of here with the vehicles I have. Even if I could, I doubt a truck heavily laden with food and other desirable items would get too far with an old couple driving it no matter how well armed they were. Then there's the intriguing question of where I'd go? If this mountain top on the backside of nowhere is untenable, where's the destination?
There used to be an expression in the Marine Corps that fits this situation. If things were desperate, if a unit was trapped or had to hold a specific piece of ground no matter what, then the order was "die in place." In Viet Nam, which was before my time, relief forces would often find that written on cardboard from c-rat cases where a unit had been overrun. Men would stick the little signs in the ground facing the bad guys. I had a company Gunny who told me about doing it himself, though in his case they held out. In my case, it applies to my bug out plans. If the wife and I can't make it here, we sure aren't going to make it along the road with the Golden Horde. Our best shot is here.
The History Channel program below is the most interesting I've seen about what happens when people stay in their urban or suburban homes instead of getting out ASAP when things start to go wrong. It's a good show, and well worth the price of the DVD if you can find one. Amazon may have it.