Have you heard the term BIBO? It stands for Bug in, Bug out. That’s a perennial question for preppers everywhere. On this week’s DestinySurvival Radio, I share part one of a two part conversation with Bill Cirmo of BIBOOutfitters.com to talk about the ingenius BIBO number system he’s devised to help you decide whether and when to bug out. You’ll also hear a little about his ingenius survival trailer that can help you get out of Dodge.
Bill is intelligent and articulate, and I didn’t have to ask many questions. He took off running with his well thought out answers. I think you’ll appreciate what he has to say, and I encourage you to listen to our conversation this week and next.
Who is Bill Cirmo?
He wasn’t finding what he needed for his particular situation, so he came up with both the BIBO number system and his survival trailer to meet the needs of his own family and those who live in urban and suburban areas.
Bill realized that few people have the financial ability to move to a farm in the woods, and even fewer have the physical ability to live off the land. So he came up with a blueprint designed to work well for individuals, families, and the mature or elderly.
He grew up as an outdoorsman in the mountains and forests of New England, and that taught him the meaning of “poor planning produces poor performance.” He discovered that the ‘trial and error” teaching method had a very long learning curve. So he gained knowledge and skills by seeking out the advice of those with experience.
Bill says his formal survival education began while training to qualify as a Combat Pilot in the US Navy. He qualified as a Patrol Plane Commander and Mission Commander flying the Navy’s P-3 Orion aircraft, flying missions against the ever present threat of the soviet nuclear submarine force during the height of the cold war.
It was the extensive training by Navy Water Survival and Air Force Jungle Terrain survival specialists which honed his skills in the physical and psychological aspects of survival. He says this training prepared him to survive a crash landing while flying missions from the arctic circle in Iceland to the rain forests of South America.
Then Bill left the Navy to pursue his love for the aquatic environment. He became a USCG Master Captain and Master Scuba Instructor and operated dive charter boats throughout Florida and the Bahamas.
Bill says he’s the ultimate entrepreneur. His latest endeavor was to use the skills and knowledge he acquired as a Building Contractor to design and patent his unique Bug-Out Survival Trailer. He markets and sells this trailer through BIBO Outfitters Inc.
As if all that weren’t enough, Bill is a qualified FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor, and he enjoys the calm and serenity of flying over the Florida countryside. He lives with his wife and best friend, Sherry, in Jacksonville, FL.
Who needs a BIBO Number?
Three out of four Americans live inurban or suburban areas. That’s where the bulk of preppers comes from. Many are middle aged, have children or elderly relatives living with them. In other words, there’s a family unit to be taken care of.
Also, many urban preppers have pets, are physically active, and they take medications out of necessity. They may have a certain amount of knowledge and skills, but haven’t had much chance to put them to practical use.
Bill wrote his book to meet the needs of urban preppers and give them options for preparedness. But, as you may have discovered for yourself, there’s so much information out there these days, it’s hard to sort through it all and know what’s relevant. Whose guidelines do you follow? What lists of supplies do you need? Thus, Bill has devised the BIBO number system to cut through the clutter.
What can you expect when a disaster takes place?
- Initial stage (First 3 days)–Denial and anger
- Extended stage (first 30 days)–Bargaining and depression
- Sustained stage (Beyond 30 days)–Acceptance
Where does the BIBO Number fit in?
There are times when a bug in plan won’t work well in an urban or suburban area. Yet bugging out can be plagued with several sticky complications, too.
That’s where the BIBO number comes in. It helps you analyze and plan. You score yourself in categories described in Bill’s book. You’ll be able to determine how prepared you are with the personal readiness index, and you’ll be able to know what you’re up against with the threat index. You’ll have a handle on whether, when and where to bug out.
Bill starts with primary categories, which include…
- Bug-out Location
- Bug-out Vehicle
- Bug-out Route
- Physical Attributes
- Knowledge and Skills
- Equipment and Supplies
Here are a couple of examples of what you’ll be considering when you evaluate your supplies. Is your storage food designed more for sheltering in place or traveling? If you have a pantry full of jars of canned produce, it’s not as easy to transport as packaged, freeze dried food. If your water is stored in 55 gallon barrels, you won’t be able to take it with you. You may want to have at least some of your water in 5 gallon containers.
How can you sort all this out?
Incidentally, don’t be intimidated by the fact that the book has 73 chapters. They’re short–a couple of pages or so–which allows you to eat the proverbial elephant one bite at a time.
There’s more, but…
Your BIBO Number: A Sub(Urban) Prepper’s Guide is available in e-book form and will be available in print soon, if it isn’t already. You’ll find it on Bill’s site. Or you can click the image above to go directly to the page where it’s featured.
Any comments on what you’ve read above or heard on this week’s show? Share your thoughts below. Have you already tried Bill’s system to work out your BIBO Number? If so, how helpful is it for you?