Bug In or Bug Out – How Can You Know for Sure? (Part 2)

Bug in or bug out? Everybody who’s written a book or has a Web site on prepping has an opinion. There are lists galore. How do you decide what to do, and when?

Bill Cirmo says if you’re prepared to bug out, you’re prepared to bug in. Think about that a minute.

Bill has devised a system to help you plan and analyze whether and when to bug out. He was my guest on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio, and you’ll hear part two of our conversation about the BIBO number. You’ll also hear more about his ingenius survival trailer package to help you get out of Dodge.

I shared Bill’s credentials in my previous post about last week’s show with him, so I won’t repeat it all here. In summary, Bill has combined his many life experiences to bring a new perspective to prepping. He has an impressive resume which includes having been a combat pilot for the U.S. Navy. After leaving the Navy, he became a USCG Master Captain and Master Scuba Instructor. He operated dive charter boats throughout Florida and the Bahamas. He’s also a flight instructor, and he’s been a building contractor.

He’s written a book called Your BIBO Number: A Sub(Urban) Prepper’s Guide, which explains the BIBO number system for suburban preppers. Bill has also designed and patented a unique Bug-Out Survival Trailer. He markets and sells this trailer through BIBO Outfitters Inc. His Web site is www.BIBOOutfitters.com.


Your BIBO Number - A Sub(urban) Prepper's Guide


How do you know when to bug out?

First, ask two important questions. How ready are you? What threats do you face? As you figure out your BIBO number, you’ll be able to find answers.

There are two important BIBO number categories to help determine the threat index. One is your geographic location, which includes your local terrain and climate. The other notable category is society factors, which includes population density and the demographics of that population.

Several factors come into play. Is your area heavily industrialized? Is there a nuclear plant within 20 miles? Is your city a college or university town? Is a military base nearby? Is there potential for terrorist attack?

The nature of an event helps you figure out your threat index as well. For example, an earthquake would be a “fast burning” event, while a hurricane would be a “slow burning” event. What kind of events are you most likely to have to deal with?


Where do you bug out to?

Bill says you don’t have to purchase land with a cabin in a secluded spot. Maybe you could work something out with relatives or friends. Or consider public lands, such as national forests. Either way, the ideal is to have at least one location plotted out in all directions from your home.


What about the bug out survival trailer?

My late friend Gerald Franz often devised clever and devious ways to escape in the event of trouble. I think he would have loved Bill’s survival trailer. Response at prepper shows and expos has been very favorable, too.

The trailer is a patented design and offers flexibility when you’re considering your BIBO options. It’s a small cargo trailer specifically designed to help urban preppers bug out or bug in. You can purchase it fully loaded with supplies, which will get you through 30 days, or you can purchase the shell only and supply it yourself. The fully loaded trailer enables you to use wind and solar power, too. Details are on Bill’s site at BIBOOutfitters.com.

This trailer will come in handy for when you don’t have enough room for survival supplies in your house or apartment. It can serve other purposes, too, such as for weekend camping trips. Unload the prepping supplies and pack as needed for the family outing.

It’s different than an RV trailer and is small enough to fit into a residential garage, which will keep it out of sight, allowing you to practice Op Sec. It can be towed by a small SUV or van–a family vehicle. If necessary, you can roll it by hand, in case you need to hide your supplies quickly in an emergency.

If you want, you can put bug out bags in the trailer. You can store alternate means of transportation, too, such as bikes and even a canoe. That way, if you have to abandon the trailer and go on, you’ll have the means to do so.

Incidentally, religious organizations and corporations have found uses for the survival trailer as well. If you’re interested, get details on Bill’s site.


Find out more

Hear the conclusion of my conversation with Bill Cirmo by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for January 15, 2015. (Right click to download.) Find out more at www.BIBOOutfitters.com.

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.

If you have any thoughts about what you’ve read above or heard in this week’s show, feel free to leave a comment below.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a bug out survival trailer, ready to go whenever you are? Would you get one that’s fully loaded? Or would you customize yours with your prepping supplies?


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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.