Lessons learned from the Puerto Rico Disaster: Cash and knowing when to Bug Out

Dear FERFAL: Have you keeping up with the Puerto Rico disaster?.

Lesson learned:

1) Bug out

2) Have a lot of liquid assets available (Cash)

3) Generator, runs out of fuel, then you have hundreds of thousands of individuals with the same problem!

4) You can’t have enough food or water.

5) You may think that you’re prepared, but nearly a meter (39 inches, for my fellow Americans)of rain change all that. Look at number one.

6) In one evening your back in the early 1900.

7) Save your money for bugging out.

8) Just bug out!.

I’ll keep you posted.



Hello Maria, thanks for those points.

Not surprised to see you mention and insist on the importance of cash and bugging out to safety.

These are essentially the two biggest points during these worst case scenarios. Supplies are important, food, WATER, generator, fuel, but when that water keeps raising and destroys everything in its path you just understand your life may be the next thing you lose.

So when it comes down to it, it’s a)Bug out! And save your life and the life of your loved ones.  b) Have the cash to get back on your feet. That money is all too important for rebuilding, getting things fixed and pay for those million things you just couldn’t prepare for.

For getting ready to bug out and evacuate when these disasters hit, when you have hours, minutes or just seconds to escape, check out my book “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying Put is not an Option”. Floods, fires and a variety of disasters affect people that believe they have prepared, but in fact they only prepared for what they HOPED they would be facing one day rather than true disasters.

Since we’re talking cash. How important was cash in Puerto Rico? Well, it was so important that extra cash had to be rushed to meet the surge in demand. “Demand for cash is extraordinarily high right now, and will evolve as depository institutions regain power, armored car services are able to reach branches, and ATMs are once again active,” said the spokeswoman of the New York branch of the U.S. central bank.

Cash demand soars in Puerto Rico after hurricane hit ATMs, card systems


Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”



Lessons learned from the Puerto Rico Disaster: Cash and knowing when to Bug Out — 4 Comments

  1. 4) You can’t have enough food or water.

    This is not necessarily correct! If you just had a year or even six months supply of emergency food, you would still be in a good position in Puerto Rico. Also a good water filter such as a Berkley would be necessary. With 39 inches of rain you could also capture a lot of water, before it’s contaminated. You have to be prepare to operate and survive in that 1900 world.

    Bugging out works only if you have a place to go, and the money to do it. Unless your independently wealthy you will run out of money with no job. You’re now a refugee!! I can only imagine the logistic of bugging out from an island along with three million others.

    Bugging out also only works if you can see the future and know exactly what is happening. Hindsight is always 20/20 and it’s a lot easier to say what you would have done after the fact.

    Bottom line is most people will never have enough money for a long term bug out. You should however be ready to leave in events such as the wildfires we’ve seen out west, and even then you may only have minutes.

    • So you cant get a job wherever it is that you bugged out to why excatly? This is what millions have done throughout history.
      You’re a refugee if you have no plan and no assets. You dont need to be a milionaire, just reasonable savings to move and get back on your feet.

      • True you can always get a job maybe, but we’re talking about the PR event. Some people will jump up and say you should bugout but are clueless what that really means, especially from an Island the size of PR. Its not as simple as driving into a neighboring country. Also when you inject a large number of refugees into an area, the job market in all likelihood would support it. We only have to look to the history of bugging out throughout the world. There’re many refugee camps throughout the world that were established half a century ago and are still in operation. So, yes being rich or reasonably well off is important. If your not you will just be herded into one of these camps for the poor and with no work/hope.

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