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Writing your Survival Plan

One of the most overlooked aspects of survival preparations is the actual survival plan.

Of course most people have some sort of loose “plan” but often it isn’t written anywhere rendering it useless. Writing down your survival plan and having it available will prove to be invaluable when the SHTF and you are in emergency mode.

Imagine how easy it is to overlook items when you are running late for a business meeting. Dial that up to actual emergency adrenalin levels and see what you forget. Having a document to serve as a checklist will keep you in a focused mindset and potentially keep you alive.

When writing your survival plan it is crucial to remember a few key steps. First follow the K.I.S.S rule — Keep It Simple Stupid! Your survival plan should be easy to use, fast to put in action, and have as few points of failure as possible.

If you build a plan that requires a thirty step sequence to implement, it is guaranteed to fail.

Another key factor to consider is the expense involved in making your preparations; survival doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Design your emergency kit to be affordable and compatible with your day to day existence. Most people don’t have access to unlimited funding or own a survival retreat in the mountains. That’s ok!  Make your preparations to fit your lifestyle and budget.

The next few items to consider are overlooked by most everyone, yet they are arguably the most essential steps for the safety of you and your family. The need to design a plan that is adaptable cannot be overstated. Lots of survivalists, or “preppers,” forget this step!

Your plan has to be adaptable to most any situation.

What will your family do if you are away when an emergency or disaster happens? Who will take the lead? Does your plan include provisions on what to do if a disaster occurs during the middle of a work day when the kids are at school, and you and the wife are at work?

Unfortunately not all disasters have prior warning; we can’t plan on being at home with all of our resources when something does happen, so remember that we are making plans for survival of the worst case scenarios. A solid survival plan will have documented backup plans that should serve to mitigate the impact of being initially separated from your family.

Things to consider include having a planned primary and secondary rendezvous location and established wait times for each location. Also consider developing a covert means of signally your arrival or departure from locations. After carefully developing a plan it is now necessary to document the plan in writing and to communicate the plan to your family. Make sure everyone knows what the plan entails and what to expect when it is placed in action.

Make a couple of copies of your plan and put them in a secure, but retrievable location (your bug out bag is a good choice). As your situation in life changes don’t neglect the need to go back and revise your survival plan as needed.

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