What’s in a plan?

Prepper Planning
Plan A, Plan B you read  it all the time regarding prepping especially the planning for the famous (or infamous) BUG OUT option.

What’s in a typical preppers plan?
An emergency plan lays down procedures for handling both sudden, unexpected, or developing situations. The idea is to reduce the risk of injury, to survive the actual event, and to maintain life until the situation normalizes.

So how do you go about to make a plan?
In prepping it’s an educated “guess” to what could happen in abnormal natural events, man-made disasters (CBRNE), economic, or social collapse. (To name a few). Some get all complicated and use “manager speak” type risk assessment grids to determine what to worry about first i.e.

OK, it sort of works. I’ll give you an example
Fire 1
Flood 2
Theft 2
Wind Damage 3
Economic Collapse 4
Winning the lottery (Heart Failure) -100


The plans specify how you intend to cope with the scenario you thought of.
Once you’ve worked out the how then you assemble the means, exercise to iron out any problems, sit back and wait. The good preppers then carry out regular exercises and reviews to cover eventualities like roads closing or whatever.

That sounds OK as far as it goes yet I’m a believer in the saying:-
“no plan survives contact with the enemy”
or one of the many variations on this theme including
“In real life few plans ever work as it was intended”
but never forgetting
“To wreak a well thought out plan just add the authorities”.

A survivalists point of view.
Yep they plan too, but in much broader brush strokes.
Most aren’t bogged down with the fortress mentality** most preppers are locked into.

A quick note **
I use the term FORTRESS MENTALITY a lot when talking about preppers.
In this context a prepper usually equips their primary residence, FORTIFIES IT against intruders, and lays in supplies to last out whatever event has happened
Money permitting they also try to have an alternative “bug out location” (BOL).
This secondary location allows a prepper to move into another fully stocked,
PRE-FORTIFIED structure. Problem is that calls for either two complete sets of equipment and supplies OR (worse case) a requirement to move LARGE amounts of equipment and supplies to the alternative location ON THE RUSH.

Mobility is one of the keys to success for a survivalist, they achieve this as they aren’t usually laden down with loads of supplies or equipment, just the essentials.

And finally
Both preppers and survivalists are planning for uncertain times.
In today’s volatile climate you’d be pretty stupid not to YET it’s going to be a personal judgement call on which philosophy (or is it Ethos) you follow.

For me, “her and the dawg” there is little in our home to worry about so we have opted for the survivalist approach.

Prepping by fortifying a structure, filling with supplies and equipment, and hoping everyone or everything will just leave us alone is one of those things we call a HIGH RISK strategy.

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3 Responses to What’s in a plan?

  1. We’re doing a mix of strategies. I am not a fan of the bug-out location. The risk of leaving one fortress to get to another seems very risky to me.

    We are one fortress preparing to be on foot if we have to. God pray we never have to…


  2. ldunnjr01 says:

    I love that Matrix (I plan to incorporate into ours) and like most individuals our matrix would be a little different than what is listed above. I hope people take that into account. Where I am at strong winds and tornadoes are more like to happen than a finical melt down – which is possible.

    To be honest our house is a harden fortress but because of our travel it will most likely “not” be a Bug-In location. “ALMOST” everything we need is carried with us (urban/rural) for our survival in the area we live in. We know and we practice our plans. Because of this we are able to create items that we are not carrying for our comfort.

    An untrained fighter is going to buckle with the first serious punch she/he receive. A trained fighter is going to roll with and adapt to the situation she/he is placed in.

    Therefore create your plan, practice your plan, modify your plan, practice your plan and be “flexible” with your plan because like my buddy from across the pound wrote above “no plan survives contact with the enemy.” If we got the knowledge (foundation) and skills (training) our chances of survivability will be much greater than the lazy neighbor down the street with years worth of food and no plan.


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