5 situations that can ruin your survival plan
There is a saying in the army: no plan survives contact with the enemy. Of course this involves an enemy as a person, but we are taking in consideration here that the main enemy is nature, war or societal collapse.
Most of the time when there is a natural disaster hitting, in about 20 seconds all your plans can be useless. That’s not to say that we should’t plan and train anymore. We should, and try as much as possible to anticipate the changes in scenario that we can face.
The survival plan you make must have some backups, and from my experience I share with you here 5 situations that can late or ruin your escaping plans.
Facing the general evacuation
I remember that during the Hurricane Rita in 2015 there was no general evacuation. But an estimated 2.5 million people hit the road ahead of the storm’s arrival, creating one of the most insane gridlock in U.S. history.
More than 100 people died in this exodus. Fights broke out on the high way, heat killed dozens and a bus carrying 37 nursing home evacuees caught fire. 24 people died.
These kind of situations are hard to manage and calls for action. What do you do in such a scenario?
Do you obey the call to bug out or do you try to take shelter and ride it out?
My opinion is to think at this before facing a 100-mile-long traffic jam. Think about the alternative routes you can take or simply make an evacuation plan to the closest bug out location. If you have an emergency shelter make sure that you can rely on it, you have enough food and it’s easy to access with your family.
Natural disaster is bigger than you expected
When hurricane Harvey hit Houston, over 1 million people were evacuated from their homes. Watching those images and having in mind what chaos can generate such a huge displacing I asked my self a question:
Where there any preppers in that situation? Did they followed the survival plan and used the skills he/she learned?
What about the others? How many of them were unprepared?
We all talk about bug out locations, survival plans and relying on limited resources. But how many apply all these?
Houston area is place that is hit all the time by hurricanes and I am still wondering about the big number of people that are not ready. I have a friend that lives there and after Harvey he realized that a boat can give him a big advantage.
So he invested about $150 on a rubber boat.
Do you have one?
Someone from your family gets hurt
In most of disaster scenarios things happens very fast and requires a lot of action. All these reactions, the intensity of the event – it may be an earthquake or a blackout – demands physical activity and this increases the chances to get injured.
If there is no hospital around, no 911 and no available transportation, how will you get or give medical care?
The best scenario is that your neighbor or someone in your group have some training in this field. But when this is not available, a minimum stock of medical supplies can save you some time.
This is why I say that every time you have the opportunity take minimum medical training courses. Learn to rely on yourself because in these scenarios it may be the only option you can find.
You loose your stockpile
An important part of my survival plan is having a backup for my stockpile and that includes also a minimum gear. As prepper, we rely on our gear and it’s an important asset that you must protect.
But what do you do if your stockpile is damaged by water, fire or stolen?
Do you have an alternate cache of supplies? Can you rely on it to move from home and be secure at least 72 hours?
This is one of the reasons why I have also an upgraded version of EDC in my car with a knife, a paracord and some extra clothes. It’s not much, but in case I have no access to my house I know I can rely on something.
My plan is to finish a new bug out location and have there everything I need in case of an exit. This second option will make everything easier in the future when I will need to leave current location.
Someone turns against you
In situations that push everybody to extreme, certain tensions can change a lot of things. Even in war or just a simple survival situation, hunger, fear or survival instinct can turn your best friend in your biggest enemy.
Fighting together and trying to survive can put any relationship under stresses that you’ve never encountered before. Any disagreement can lead to fight and even a split of the team.
People tend to transform and get irrational in these scenarios and you must be careful how you manage all these. I always say that is easier to survive in a community – but that community must be build on the go and have its members prepared and ready to be a team to the end.
When not trained and worked together people tend to forget about friendship and teamwork.
That’s why I always say it’s better to prepare and train your family first and then integrate strangers in the community. Best option you have is to rely on your neighbors first and create small communities.
These are the ones that will have the biggest chances to fight disaster scenarios.
Note in the end
Know your location as much as you can and learn the evacuation routes. If it’s necessary make a B plan and discuss it with your family and community. In case of SHTF if everybody knows the plan it’s enough to just text ” Go there, meet me at…”.
In most of the scenarios family is separated and 90% of time you must act quickly. Act like a leader and define jobs and responsibility before something happens. If all falls, a secondary plan like “we will do this” will just give you directions then trying to wing it.
Train and teach others. Learn herbal medicine and stay updated with survival tips. Read books and keep your brain alive as this is the best weapon you have. Fitness your body too, get off the couch and exercise.
Too many people can’t walk a mile without being out of breath.