Where to go if you have to bug out

In this week’s mailbag I’ll mention my choice for a good propane generator along with how you can ease yourself into first time gun owning.

I’ll explain when it is legal to pull a gun on someone in your home along with suggestions on where to go if you need to bug out.

I’ll discuss how long water is good for when stored and lastly, how to keep your smartphone secure.

Let’s dive in…

What do you think is a good propane generator?

– Margot W

Answer: The propane generator that I own is the “Sportsman 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator.” This generator cost me around $700 at Home Depot. I’ve used it multiple times and it’s served me well.

I am a gun advocate but I have never followed through on buying one because it isn’t something I have grown up with, so it seems it would be more of a hazard than a help.

– Theresa M

Answer: It sounds like you just need to get some training to get comfortable with guns. I’m sure there’s a local gun store near you that offers classes and I would sign up for those.

A gun is a good form of insurance (especially for home defense) so I would get trained and have one just in case.

In the case of Wayne Newton, would pointing a gun at the intruder and threatening them if they harmed the dog be wise, or would that leave Mr. Newton with the charge of brandishing a weapon?

I’ve always heard it said that you don’t pull a gun on someone unless you intend to shoot them. So what would be the appropriate response in this case?

– Ron R

Answer: In most states, dogs are considered property, meaning defending your dogs is different than defending the life of a human being. So, in most states, you can protect another human with your gun, but shooting someone over the dog would be illegal.

I agree, you don’t pull your gun unless you are ready to use it. In the case of Wayne Newton, the intruder was threatening Wayne’s wife with a tire iron, so Wayne would have been justified in shooting the intruder.

What ideas for a bug-out place do you have for someone who has no family or other land to run to? Should I go deep into forest and camp or what?

– Lincoln F

Answer: I would recommend camping in a nearby national park or somewhere in the woods. However, there are two things you need to take into consideration which are, is it a busy camping season? And will the disaster that forced you to leave your home, reach the campground?

Camping is a good solution for a short-term bug out scenario. But also, there are plenty of places in the U.S. where you can buy a few acres of land for dirt cheap and you might want to consider that.

How long does water stay fresh and a drinkable in storage? When does it become stagnant?

– Andy S

Answer: The amount of time the water will stay fresh completely depends on how the water is stored. In other words, if you store the water containers in a cool, dry place, the water will stay fresh longer than if you stored it in a garage that’s not temperature controlled.

So, I definitely recommend storing water in a place such as your basement because the water should last years. (If you did store it in a place such as a garage that can get very hot, I would check the water every 30 days to see how it looks and tastes.) Personally, just to be safe, I like to put fresh water in my containers once a year.

Wondering if you can share ideas on how to keep my smartphone info/searches secure. I currently use Disconnect search engine but it takes me to a site that already knows who I am! Any suggestions you can post would be appreciated.

– Paul L

Answer: Just like you should use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) when on your computer, I recommend doing the same thing on your cell phone. If you are browsing the Internet on your smartphone, you should use a VPN such as TunnelBear. Also, use a search engine such as Duck Duck Go that doesn’t track you.

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