Quote# 63417

About once a month me and my family have what we refer to as "bug out drills". We time the drills to see just how long it takes for us to assemble our gear, get ourselves dressed, and actually make it to our temporary bug out location which is a couple of mile away. The exact day is never known in advance by our children, as we want the drill to be as real as possible.

If you've never done this, you'll be amazed at the things you'll forget to grab, how long it actually takes for everyone to get dressed from a cold start, and the amount difficulty involved in carrying a fully loaded pack through the underbrush. Afterwards we have a little picnic made from our rations before heading home.

At first none of us enjoyed it, but after a few drills it became something we all began looking forward to.

LLoyd45, Above Top Secret 30 Comments [6/22/2009 1:16:10 PM]
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Have a bugger off drill.

And you definitely forgot to grab your medication.

6/22/2009 1:21:20 PM


Don't forget the essentials: 1 mile of duct tape, a resevoir of bottled water, and industrial stregnth tin-foil suits; they keep the alien brain waves from penetrating.

6/22/2009 1:39:34 PM

You laugh now, but when the alien mutants reveal their plot and come for you, you'll sing a different tune!

6/22/2009 1:42:37 PM

Dr. Novakaine

The things some families will do to create entertainment in a bad economy. Well, it's definitely cheaper than a trip to Disney World.

6/22/2009 1:57:04 PM

Nathan the Wise

Oooh, your kids are gonna hate you when they get older.

So, what are you hiding from, exactly?

6/22/2009 1:59:35 PM

D Laurier.

I remember the cold war.
We had idiots like this who thought that China was going to invade us sometime next week..

6/22/2009 3:11:26 PM


Okay, I'm going to go against the grain here and say that if this were coming from anywhere other than ATS, it wouldn't seem that extreme to me. Lots of people make a point of being prepared for a survival situation- whether it be induced by natural disaster or, as I'm sure is swimming around in these guys' heads, teh ebil gub'mint.

Being prepared isn't a bad idea. Hell, the radio stations here constantly play commercials (sponsored by the local government) to the effect of "Do you have enough food, water, and candles/flashlight batteries to last three days? Where would your family meet up/retreat to in the event of an emergency?"

6/22/2009 5:06:38 PM



It's one thing to be prepared for disasters if/when they hit. It's another thing to believe that society is going to collapse and it is therefore necessary "bug out" of society.

6/22/2009 5:28:46 PM

Diogene's Barrel

i had to 'meh' this one because although they are panicking over made up reasons, it's actually a good idea to have an emergency plan.
Im sure that there are plenty of katrina victims that wished they had the resources and know-how to mobilize their families and move them somewhere safe.
you would be surprised how long it takes to mobilize, equip, and move a group of even four people.
pretty soon you find out what you usually forget, or spend a lot of time looking for, or who has to piss frequently.
I guess it's the lingering effects of the cub scouts, but i like to feel prepared for the worst.

6/22/2009 5:50:03 PM

Diogene's Barrel

damn. lumberjack beat me too it.
oh well.
i'd like to add that no one should be prepared for a zombie outbreak. i'm going to need you to distract the horde.

6/22/2009 5:52:37 PM


Nah, just crazy prepared. I have an emergency escape plan of my own. It's pretty simple, get some canned meat, dry bread, booze and a simple but effective firearm. Put them on a big motorcycle and full throttle out of there. When the night comes, put on NVGs.

6/22/2009 9:43:21 PM


What is it that your worried about hiding from?

Is going out into the open without concealment really that great an idea if your "hiding"?

If your so paranoid why don't you have a hidden saferoom or bunker on your own property?

Do your kids think that your as crazy as we do?

6/22/2009 9:54:13 PM


Concurring on the whole "Contextually Crazy." A bug-out plan is usually a good thing to have, and it has a number of real-world uses (see: Hurricane Katrina.) Now, bugging out because the aliens have landed? that's a bit... off

6/22/2009 10:00:06 PM

Tolpuddle Martyr

...and ten years from now one of your offspring suffering from chronic anxiety disorder will show this post to his therapist...

6/23/2009 5:54:39 AM

The aliens are supposed to be better than us in many possible ways, why would this affect them.............ok, let's forget it.

6/23/2009 7:16:06 AM


Thats how you spend your family time? By scaring the shit out of your children? What the fuck is wrong with you?!

6/23/2009 9:20:30 AM

Pule Thamex

What happens if disaster happens? What happens when the rations run out? What happens if all plant and animal life is destroyed or poisonous? What happens when you've eaten all the other poisonous survivors? What happens when you've eaten all of your poisonous family? What happens when you've eaten both of your own poisonous legs?

No. Too many unanswerable questions. Your best bet, after all, is to join one of the flying religious orders. At least one day, soon in fact, you can calmly float above it all.

6/23/2009 9:37:44 AM

Fine if you're preparing for a natural disaster. Not for a zombie apocalypse or anything.

6/23/2009 10:27:48 AM


Wait, how is this a conspiracy thing?

6/23/2009 10:51:23 AM


Yes, being well prepared for disasters and emergencies is a very good thing.

But this is on ATS, guys. To them, Illuminati world takeovers, Reptilian alien invasions, Masonic zombie attacks, etc. are plausible emergencies and completely reasonable to anticipate.

6/23/2009 2:04:42 PM

David B.

"At first none of us enjoyed it, but after a few drills it became something we all began looking forward to."

And that, my friend, marks the day your insanity became 'clinical'.

(I mean, there's nothing wrong with being prepared, but the tracers are in the water dude, running for your "bug-out" location just means they can take you and your family out nice and clean and make it look like a camping accident.)

6/23/2009 2:58:33 PM

Doctor Fishcake

Taken out of context, this isn't fundie.

It is on ATS though.

6/24/2009 2:15:11 AM


Those poor children. It must suck a lot of have a paranoid nutter like Lloyd for a dad.

6/24/2009 7:58:56 PM

/head shake

Those kids are going have interesting stories to tell when they grow up...

6/25/2009 12:42:49 PM

Someone call CPS. Please.

6/26/2009 6:04:18 AM

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