This is a guest post and entry in our non-fiction writing contest by Mike B
The idiom ‘God is in the details’ expresses the idea that whatever one does should be done thoroughly; i.e.-details are important. This is especially true for preppers. While I prefer to hope for the best, I also prepare for the worst. And when I mean worst, I mean the absolute WORST CASE SCENARIOS. Down to the very last detail.
One of the biggest mistakes I made in the beginning of prepping was thinking in terms of generalities. Like “I’ll be fine if (fill in the blank catastrophe) happens because I have food, water, security (and all of the other things we have stored and gathered for when TSHTF)” in our home. What I didn’t think of was the details…MINUTE details. I was ignorant of this. So I decided to write this message in the hopes that it may help someone who is new or may not have thought about “the details”.
No matter what you are preparing for, whether it’s a massive solar flare that knocks out the entire grid all over the world, a huge EMP, a nuclear war, economic collapse that makes the Great Depression look like Disney World, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, whatever the case may be, we all have something in common and that is we are preparing for something catastrophic.
So let’s say it’s 7:00 pm and you and your family have just finished eating dinner in the comfort of your home and in an instant, what we have all dreaded (but have prepared for) happens. But no big deal, right? We have prepared for this, right? Maybe. Hopefully. But let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that when TSHTF, it’s going to happen at a time when it’s convenient for us. That’s what I let myself mistakenly and shortsightedly believe in the beginning. OR that we would have ‘x’ amount of time to do what we had to do for last-minute preps.
Now let’s say it doesn’t happen at a time of our convenience. Let’s use my plan for an example. I plan on bugging in and have prepared to do so. But what if TSHTF at 10:00 am on a weekday instead? Well, for me, this changes EVERYTHING. If something happened in an instant that caused widespread panic and chaos during this time, my plans change drastically. And accordingly, I have adjusted and planned for this in “detail”.
Instead of being in the comfort of my home, my wife would be at work and my son at school. I have NOW made plans for this. We have agreed that acquiring our son and getting him home is the most important and most sensible thing for me to do on my part. I don’t work and his school is only four blocks away. My son knows if something were to happen he is to remain at school until I arrived to take him home. I feel he would be safer to wait at school for me to come get him than trying to wander home amidst crazy lunatics.
Of course, even only four blocks away, you never know what can happen so I would be bringing with me my handgun and a small BOB. Anything can happen, even just four blocks away. I’m not going to make the mistake that everything will go well in that short distance. Better to be safe than sorry—“details”. At the same time, my dogs would be at home while I was gone and if anyone tried getting in…well, I feel sorry for them.
At 10:00 am, my wife would be at work and if she was not able to drive home from work (say an EMP hit and the car doesn’t work or for any reason for that matter), I have put a spare bike in the trunk of her car, with a small BOB with just enough supplies to get her home. I don’t want her bag to be too heavy and slowing her down (speed is of the essence since we are bugging in). Her work place is approximately two miles from the start of a bypass that ends about a mile from our home and that very few people use.
This bypass would get her home very fast and would be the safest route. If she is accosted by anyone on her way home, I have included a few “repellants” in her BOB to ward off anyone foolish enough to come near her. But again, “details”. If she was overrun by a mob before she could get to the bypass, and they took everything she had, she would still use the same route, but by foot. This is dangerous, but her best option left. If this route became absolutely compromised, she would then take an alternate route to my mother’s home which is a detour off of the bypass.
It would probably be close to sundown by the time she arrived there, so I have stored extra bikes at my mother’s home for her and my wife to ride to our home from there the following day just before sunrise. And I have stored another BOB there as well. Again, “details”. Everything down to the minute detail. I’m planning for the worst case scenario.
Some of you are planning on bugging out because you have thought about it and came to the conclusion that it would be the best course of action for you. But what if you can’t bug out? What if your home or apartment building suddenly is surrounded by mobs of people and you can’t get out? Or worse yet, you are at work, which is hours and miles from your home, and you can’t get get to your BOB and head for the hills? Do you have a friend who lives nearby that you could stay with until things settled down?
Do you have a building cased out ahead of time near your work that you could bunker down in for a little while that most people wouldn’t? What if you ARE at home and on your way out the door, several people jump you and take everything you have. What now? Have you planned for this? Do you have another BOB at another location to help you survive, or have another plan for this situation? DON’T assume that everything is going to go exactly how you hope it will….because it may not. And if not, then what are you going to do?
Don’t just assume that everything you have planned will go accordingly so. If you think this way, and something happens to disrupt or deter your plans, you will be in bad shape. I can’t stress that enough. Don’t just make plan “A”. Make plan “B”, “C”and on and on. A LOT can happen in minutes or just a few blocks. PLAN what you are going to do, but with several alternates just in case.
“God is in the details”. Plan accordingly.
This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest where you could win:
First Prize) Winner will receive a Nomad – 1 Person Standard Survival Package courtesy of Shepherd Survival Supply, a One Month Food Pack courtesy of Augason Farms, a $150 gift certificate for Remington Ammo courtesy of LuckyGunner.com and a EcoZoom’s Versa Stove courtesy of EcoZoom stoves. A total prize value of over $875.
Second Prize) Winner will receive two (2) Rothco Sure Paks With Heater courtesy of Camping Survival, a Wise Food Vegetable bucket courtesy of LPC Survival and a Wonder Junior hand grain mill courtesy of Kitchen Kneads. A total prize value of over $509.
Third Prize) Winner will receive 3 – 27 Variety of Non Hybrid, Heirloom Non GMO Survival Seeds, 2 – Fruit Pack of Non Hybrid, Heirloom Non GMO Survival Seeds and 2- First Aid Kit with Sutures in a Waterproof Resealable Bag courtesy of Be Prepared Now. A total prize value of over $215.
Contest ends on March 30 2012.