Survival means having a plan. In real life you don’t last long without thinking ahead.
Planning for circumstances changing should be done now – here is how to do just that. Having a plan of action is critical in emergency situations, no doubt, but how do you put one together? What should it include? Where do you start?
Well, a step-by-step approach to dealing with any emergency is something that can start small and basic, and grow over time. It is something that will need to be developed and revised again, and again.
Start with the basics
Knowing if you are staying put or bugging out will be a big factor in your plan of action once the proverbial “stuff” hits the fan. So determine what level of crisis will deem staying put vs. leaving. A simple power-outage will likely mean staying put for a few days with on-hand rations and supplies. But, if a war comes to your town through a man-made event like civil unrest, or a natural occurrence like a tsunami or earthquake then knowing when to split and when to stick around is crucial. Ask yourself the question of “how long can I last staying put?” this will deem if you need to bug out.
If you do need to leave, where would you go?
Having a destination planned out is another crucial point to be figured out ahead of time. If you are packing up and getting out, then others will as well so count out the hotels and campsites – those may be long gone and you probably would not want to go there anyway, right?
What would your supplies include
This is well covered in other sections so a list is not needed here, but make sure you think about how your plan deals with traveling, storage for short and long term turmoil, shelter, medical supplies, defense strategy, and of course food and water.
How and whom to communicate with
Your survival plan will need to address who you will need to communicate with and how this can happen. Make and assumption that the normal means of communication are down – what will you do? What if someone you thought would be with you isn’t? Make sure everyone who is included in your planning knows what to do. Like call home via CB, or meet up at another location. Have a basic system of words for “I need help”, “stay away” and code names for locations in case anyone is overheard. Does this seem silly? It may be, until it comes in handy. This is all about prepping, so prepare!
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