Escape plan test

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.

Be safe and healthy my friends. Be sure to follow our blog for more informational articles.

Ralph Tcat

Basic Survival Gear for preppers.

It’s no secret that they’re are thousands of article’s out there about what’s the best Firearms, Knives, or any other item to inflict great bodily harm to have in a doom and gloom scenario. And tons of survival gear.

But let’s be realistic. When disaster strikes, you could possibly be far away from you’re survival gear and military grade arsenal. That ten year supply of freeze dried food won’t do you any good when you’re on a business trip or vacation fifteen hundred miles away from home.

So now what?  If you are thinking like a true prepper, you know to take advantage of what is available in you’re immediate surroundings.  Basic survival gear doesn’t have to be complicated.

Everyone’s definition of what they need will greatly differ depending on who you are talking to.  For my immediate go to necessity item’s, they include a multi tool and a portable water purification system.  These two items alone can greatly improve my chances of survival in the initial onset of peril.

Food definitely is comforting when you’re stomach is empty but without water you will surely perish quickly.  A good multi tool is easy to carry either on you or in luggage and will have several items installed to help in foraging and scavenging activities.

As for water purification, I invested in a Berkey water purifier.  The Big Berkey is perfect at home and camping.  For home use,  the money I saved over one year buying bottled water paid for it.  Having piece of mind knowing that if the power goes off for an extended time that I’ll be able to filter water out of a pond, lake or ditch if need be.  I use it to filter all city water now that I drink.

The Sport Berkey is perfect for those away trips.  It’s a water bottle and small enough to fit inside my overnight bag.  I even use it when I’m just out and about.  I’m always prepared in the event that water isn’t abundant.  The filters last for about seven to eight years and they’re cheap.

I always have my concealed firearm and CCW license on me.  But unfortunately there are times when I can’t have it such as flying or going into areas where it’s not permitted.

Keep in mind that what I’m talking about here is being caught off guard when you’re away from stored supplies, a bug out bag or anything handy where you’ve saved in preparation for just such an event.

Another issue to consider is where you are and what is the climate.  A winter coat may be a more important item to someone in one location and DEET may be more important to another in a different location.  If the peril is bad enough, supplies may not be readily available because of looting and severe damage to that area.

I remember a friend of mine told me stories about Homestead Florida when Hurricane Andrew hit that area back in August of 1992.  He was in the National Guard and was activated to respond to the area for security details.  I’ll never forget how he explained the landscape from the effects of the Hurricane.

Literally thousands of acres had been stripped of everything.  Even the street signs were missing at the street corners.  No power or lights.  He explained how it was like the wild west with people running around with shotguns and handguns on they’re sides.  Trying to protect whatever personal property they had left from looters.

The rationing of food, water and other necessary supplies to thousands of displaced desperate people.  Robberies and killing over the simplest items that we take for granted every day.  The many wounded, dead and sick from unsanitary conditions with raw sewage and unclean water.

Now try and imagine the same scenario but instead of being confined to just a couple of counties within a state to being spread out over multiple states from some type of SHTF situation.  With this frame of mind, you soon realize that what you have with you at that time, is going to determine you’re survival until meeting up with the next obstacle.


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