When SHTF And You’re Away From Family At Work

When SHTF And You’re Away From Family At Work
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When SHTFWhen SHTF, and you are at work, forty miles from home. Crap!

And let’s say, for grins, it’s bad—apocalyptic bad.

We’re talking dirty bombs, terrorist nuclear strikes, biological warfare, a pandemic of some really nasty virus—maybe civil unrest turning to civil war—revolution—you name it.

Bad juju.

  • What’s your family’s survival preparation plan?
  • What if they have to evacuate their homes before you get home?
  • What is your plan to get home?

When SHTF the highways are clogged; bridges are down—gas stations are closed—people are stealing cars—it’s the Road Warrior out there—and you were having such a great morning …*sigh*.

Most families don’t have a solid survival communications plan—or an emergency plan of any kind.

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Whereas we cannot be sure the conditions we may encounter during an emergency, we can foresee some basic needs.

This is why we prep. This is why we stockpile food, medical supplies, and ammunition.

That being said, having stuff available is great, but it does us no good without family survival preparations and survival communication plan.

Pre-Planning Is The Key To Survival Preparation

Plan to survive, and you’ll survive the plan.

With no plans at all— you’re just rolling the dice and assuming you’ll know what to do on the spur of the moment when passions are heated, conditions are confused at best and the world is falling apart.

Deciding on a plan once you are in the thick of it and under extreme stress can only lead to disaster.

So let’s think about a few things.

You’ve got all your survival gear, extra food, bug-out bags and weapons in your home, a place in which you spend roughly 50% of your time.

Now the excrement hits the rotating impeller around 10 AM in the morning.

The kids are at school.

The wife is working in an office ten miles from home, and you are thirty miles from home—on the other side of Atlanta or Chicago or Los Angeles.

You are in a high-rise office building in Manhattan—and your family is out in the suburbs—an hour by commuter train. When SHTF:

  • How do you get home?
  • How does the wife get home?
  • Who gets the kids?
  • Are the roads closed?
  • Has martial law been declared?
  • Is mass transit likely to be running?
  • Is the city under quarantine?

You may have all the greatest contingency plans your imagination can conjure.

You may know when to bug out and when to hole up.

You may have food for three months or bug out bags packed and ready to go.

You may even know where you plan to go—but you don’t get on base without standing on home plate first.

  • How do I get to home plate?
  • What if I can’t?
  • What if the hometown is evacuated?
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Governement ShutdownGovernment To The Rescue?

Our first inclination is that the Government will take care of the wife and kids if the hometown is evacuated. Maybe.

Under normal natural disasters or even man-made accidents, FEMA or the National Guard will be there to help—eventually.

You might think you can always call the Government and find out just where the family is being housed post-evacuation. But what if the threat is much larger—nuclear war, biological attack, invasion, dirty bombs, revolution—the Government may or may not be the good guys and, frankly, they may not have the resources to account for everyone.

Did they during Katrina?  During the Korean War, and I’m sure in many wars, families were forcibly separated.

Sometimes it took decades (yes…decades) to find each other because the very fabric of society and communications was disrupted.

We currently live in an era where most people can hit a button on a cell phone and talk to his or her spouse in about ten seconds.

What if all that is wiped out by the electromagnetic pulse of multiple nuclear detonations?

You can walk into a Government building—assuming one survives—and ask for help from the surviving civil servants—but they may not have the resources to help you—partially because they are facing devastation in some manner as you are and partially because they are flooded with requests from everybody.

We live in a day where we expect our Government to take care of us—but they may be in no position to do just that.

So What Can We Do?Every Day Carry Survival Items

So we start planning and we Everyday Carry.

Look at a map of the area and examine the routes home, including alternate routes.

  • Consider how long it may take to walk that distance—days?
  • Do you have water and food on hand for a three-day cross-country trek?
  • Who is in a position to get the kids? Maybe a relative or neighbor who lives close by?
  • Do they know to get the kids?
  • If you walk for three days getting home to find the house empty, looted and your dog dead in the front yard—where do you go?
  • You think things are going to be the same after three days of anarchy?

By the way—all your food and weapons are gone, too—unless you hid some well enough.

At the very least figure out how you are going to get home and ensure once you get there—something useful will be there.

Know what your wife will do and have a list of places she may go. Know how you will get there. Know who will be traveling to whom, at least in the first few days or weeks.

If you get totally separated and it seems hopeless to find them—fall back on your three month, six month and one-year plans. What are these you ask?

Plan in advance that if the family gets totally separated—you will meet at some known location on the first day of each month at high noon for three months—the more remote the better.

If no one shows in the first three months, have another location set for the first day of the sixth month. If no one shows for that one, plan a location for the one-year anniversary at high noon at a third location.

When SHTF do not pick locations close to each other. If the first one sits in the middle of a radiation-contaminated dead zone—no one’s gonna show, okay.

Make sure the six-month and one-year locations are in very different locations and very different conditions.

The first may be ten to twenty miles from home, the six-month location maybe somewhere in a familiar small city a hundred miles away.

The one year needs to be even further—maybe the other side of the state or another state entirely—up in the mountains. Stay away from large cities.

The bottom line is: Make a survival preparation plan to meet up with your family when SHTF. Even if the majority mankind is back to using smoke signals and drums for their survival communications.

– “Just In Case” Jack

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