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Joey Cromer

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Bugging out with a disabled person???
« on: July 20, 2016, 09:11:00 pm »
 Due to recent events a lot of friends and extended family have contacted me about being prepared,  when I bring up the topic of "bugging out"  very few people want to give up the illusion of safety at home. My best friend is a widow with 2 children 12 and 14, one girl, one boy she also has CP (cerebral palsy) her legs are affected she can walk with the assistance of crutches. I've never came across a topic of bugging out with a disabled person (s).  At what point should I say to "Okay, it's time to go"? I know when I'd leave but due to her disability she is slower than everyone else and needs help with Hills and getting up and down. How should I approach finding out when I should leave?

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Re: Bugging out with a disabled person???
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2016, 01:40:36 am »
Bugging out with a disabled person(s) is harder, if an event has already happened. Awareness is key. You ideally,  would want to bug out BEFORE,  it becomes necessary.  If leaving before hand isn't an option,  you would probably have a "window" to get out while everyone else is trying to figure out WTF! 

That's 1 of the hardest questions to answer... the WHEN. ...it's different for everyone,  each event would have its own factors, as well as it's own "window of opportunity ".   When you feel unsafe. When you feel things are getting out of control.  When you think it's time. 

When you're in a fire, you don't wait to feel the heat before getting out. When you're drowning,  you don't wait until your air is gone before getting out of the water. When you "feel" it's time.... it's probably the time to make a move.

Sorry, I can't be more honest than that. Awareness is more important than timing. If you think it's time,  then it's time to put your plans into action.
Lack of planning on your part, doesn't constitute an emergency on my part.

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Re: Bugging out with a disabled person???
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2016, 09:23:10 pm »
Joey, I know the feeling. My youngest daughter has osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bones is the common term). She's small, fragile, understrength and unable to walk on her own. But she is sharp as a tack, and very full of life and personality. She's confined to a power chair which affords her tremendous mobility, but when the SHTF that mobility is gone, and she feels she's a liability.
Well, anyone who has been in the military know you leave no one behind. Period. Like John said, give yourself a little extra time, a cushion. Watch the news a little more intently. See if you can find any accounts of SHTF scenarios in other parts of the world. Get a 'feel' for the possible time table of events. It's not a burden, it's a challenge, and what Prepper isn't up for a challenge?
Also, explore options to help with mobility. Is your bug-out vehicle practical for a disabled person? What if a vehicle is not an option? I know my daughters chair will only last 8-10 under heavy use before needing charged- I'm currently looking into small solar panels to help maintain the charge. Aside from that I've working on a wagon to pull her in, perhaps a rickshaw type cart for larger companions. It's would limit your mobility, but increase your carrying capacity. I'm also working on a framed back-pack idea, trying to make a secure seat for my daughter (advantage of her size).
I guess my point is; don't think how hard it make bugging out, think OPTIONS. It's as fun and rewarding as prepping itself.

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Re: Bugging out with a disabled person???
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2016, 07:40:43 am »
It sounds to me like you are doing well that the folks you're coaching are now prepping. Bugging out is a bad idea without clear plans of where to bug out to. I would encourage them to simply agree with each other to provide a home to each other in the event one is forced to evacuate their home, e.g. a house fire. At that point all that is left is getting from one location to the other.

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Re: Bugging out with a disabled person and/or a medical necessity...
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2016, 08:29:57 pm »
I'd like to add a challenge here...my DW (Dear Wife) is diabetic. Medications only last so long. Thankfully, she has a few weeks worth of 'stuff' to fall back on...but it has to be kept cold until used. Now, after lots of research, I've found all kinds of homeopathic remedies to keep her sugars under control once the meds run out, and I've already got some of those items in the preps. But here is the bigger challenge...lots of our food preps are high in carbohydrates...which is great for lasting energy, but also raises blood sugar levels as the body consumes the carbs.

If any of you here have a family member that needs regular medicine...have you found an alternative source for it yet? If not, start checking!

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Re: Bugging out with a disabled person???
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2016, 11:53:14 pm »
It's good that you're thinking about this in advance of a real situation.  I'd have to say what type of bugging out you intend to do.  Sounds like you're going from house in an unsafe location, to another house in a safer location.  If you're talking about going into the woods or some place without resources needed to take care of a disabled person...well...they're not going to be able to do that.  If you're going to bug out, do it quickly and as soon as you can.  Otherwise, perhaps you should consider bugging in.  There's a lo of variables but in the end, it's really up to you.

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Re: Bugging out with a disabled person???
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