Prepping For the Elderly – Grandma’s Bugout Bag and Our Unrealistic Expectations
Even though I’m not a huge proponent of “Bugging Out” during a disaster scenario, I do think it’s important to have numerous bugout plans and the required resources on hand in order to affect an efficient and safe evacuation if it becomes necessary.
I have numerous bugout plans depending on the situation at hand, and I’m sure you do too. In fact, if the discussions on social media are indicative of anything, it’s that bugging out is the go-to plan for a lot of preppers for most major disasters. However, I do think that a lot of people tend to have tunnel vision when coming up with bugout plans and don’t think about a lot of the practicalities or other considerations that could seriously disrupt their plan if they ever had to use it.
One of these considerations is elderly family. I think there are a lot of preppers out there with elderly family that have overlooked what would happen to them after a serious disaster and haven’t included them into their plans.
Prepping for the elderly is something that doesn’t get talked about very often. If it does, it’s usually in articles talking about stocking up on prescriptions and making sure they have plenty of stored food and other supplies. Some articles I’ve found even talk about making bugout bags for your elderly family, the best firearms for elderly family. Essentially they’re the same prepper articles you see everywhere, but have “..for the elderly” added in a few times in the text.
That’s all well and good, but I think it’s time that someone brought the subject of prepping for the elderly back to reality; so before you make your final decision on how much weight great-grandma is going to be able to carry in her bugout bag, you might want to read on.
When most people talking about bugout plans they’re usually referring to the classic, “S*** HAS HIT THE FAN!” type of scenario, so for the sake of argument, we’ll focus there for today.