Forming and Testing your Escape Plan
If you are one of us that believe in the Boy scout motto “Be Prepared” then it would be reasonable enough to believe you have an escape plan. But have you ever tested it.
When I worked for a Community College in Orlando Florida, we were conducting mass shooter training preparedness class taught by a Security Supervisor named John and he had a good point. It’s not enough to just have thought about it or even having a plan.
Test The Escape Plan
When it’s your butt on the line you need to do more than game plan. “You need to test it”. You need to destroy it. Punch holes in it and exploit its weaknesses then start over. They’re will always be some short coming, an unforeseen event or obstacle which will reveal itself.
During my time in the military we would train and prep for missions, give Operation Orders (op-odr) execute the mission. When it was over, conduct a mission debriefing. Each time if you were honest with yourself and your team, you would find those little things that popped up and created problems. Rarely does anything in life go flawlessly.
Lessons Learned from Trial and Error
One time the Sheriff’s Office I worked for conducted “Perimeter Training” for its patrol units and with each sector, it would go as scripted until it was my sectors turn and we punched hole through it. Each “Bad guy” fled from the stopped car (Traffic Stop Scenario) and ran as hard and fast as they could.
They went to ground and escaped the perimeter which angered the command staff instructors because we did not follow the script. Our Bad guys were motivated individuals who worked in a high crime area and knew how the game was played in real life. We learned from it and responded accordingly and that is what you should do with your plan.
Consider the Unexpected
I use to work in Volusia County Fl and worked in Orange County Fl which was separated by Seminole County, usually a 30 to 45 min ride one way each day usually an uneventful journey until a multi vehicle car accident involving a dump truck shut down both sides of Interstate 4.
I worked afternoons in Orlando always left early for just this reason but on this particular day there was a minor accident on SR 17-92 and County road 415 was having bridge construction which brought that route to a stand still.
Long story short it took me 3 hours to get to work and that was with leaving early. As you see there’s only three direct routes from Volusia to Orange County and each of them had their own issues.
Consider Bugging In as an Option
I read about those Preppers who plan to escape away from the big city when the time comes but you must remember your not the only one with that plan. Just watch the news when Florida is having a hurricane.
The television shows both sides of the interstates are bumper to bumper traffic. The outer perimeter gas stations have run dry. The Hotels have raised their rates and are booked full. The local grocery store shelves are empty.
You may want to think your plan more thoroughly because unless you left several days before, you will be one of the people sitting in that traffic jam. Food and Supplies Stockpiling is always something to consider for just such a situation. Give it a thought.
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