Getting Out of Dodge – Nowhere to Run? Nowhere to Hide?

When chaos hits and you’re getting out of Dodge, is there nowhere to run? Nowhere to hide?

In the past few years we’ve heard more and more about the government’s capabilities for spying on you and me. Surveillance seems inescapable. Old time communists and fascists would have killed for the technology and means of control in place in the U.S. today.

I’ve seen viewpoints about surveillance on both ends of the spectrum. Some say, “I have nothing to hide.” Others say, “I want to get so far under the radar that they’ll never be able to take me to a FEMA camp.”

As a result, from time to time I’ve asked DestinySurvival Radio guests–both on and off the air–questions like:

  • Is it possible to drop completely out of the system?
  • Is it possible to get far enough back into the woods when SHTF happens that no one can find you?

After consulting with other preppers and some of my show guests, I’ve come up with a few answers. And a few more questions, too. I’d really like your perspective as well. Feel free to leave a comment on anything you see below.

Bad news and good news

The bad news is that if the powers that be want to find you they can.

But the question is, will they? And Why would they want to?

Here’s the crux of the matter. Are you considered to be a high value target? Are you someone on whom Uncle Sam would want to spend valuable resources?

The good news is that in the midst of anarchy or chaos, Uncle Sam may very well not have the resources to track you and me down. Or they may have bigger fish to fry. If you don’t want to be found, hope and pray for a sea of red tape and special incompetence.

Should you take to the woods?

What if you get out of Dodge by taking to the woods? Do you have the wilderness survival skills to do that? Would you be able to get by until things died down?

As Jim Cobb stated on one of my DestinySurvival Radio shows, he knows people who could indeed live in the wilderness if need be. But they have a better plan.

What about you? Do you have an alternative location where you could hole up for a while? What about with other family members or friends?

Will sheltering in place get you killed?

By now you’ve probably seen all the arguments about whether or not crazed gangs will come around for your preps. And if they do, will you be ready for them? Are you prepared to fight to the death?

But what if it’s government officials who come around to confiscate your storage food if martial law is declared? Does that mean you shouldn’t store any? Does it mean you shouldn’t grow some or all of your own food?

Perhaps authorities will offer the average Joe and Jane food at their community emergency centers (read FEMA camps). You’ll be left alone to eat up your storage food, assuming you can defend your supply.

Or you may want to do like Riverwalker suggested to me in one of our conversations. Wait in line for food and water with the losers when the relief supply trucks come around so you don’t stand out. You don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you’ve got a supply of storage food and water.

Not everyone I’ve spoken to agrees with that idea though. You’ll need to ponder that one and decide what you’ll do.

But what happens when you run out of your prepping supplies? Will you be one of the stragglers to the local emergency center?

The bottom line

It pays to be little. Especially in the eyes of the powers that be. And as my dad used to tell me, “You’ll be all right if you keep your nose clean.”

Well, maybe. This simply isn’t the world we lived in ten or even five years ago. So contemplating these questions isn’t extreme or paranoid as some might think.

Of course, much depends on the nature of the calamity we’ll be faced with. This is one of the things that makes prepping a bit like pinning Jell-O to the wall. Will a major natural disaster create chaos? Or will it be a total societal breakdown?

We need to think and talk about any and all options.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.