Part 4: To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question

To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question…PART 4

by M.B.

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3

      WhereWhere will we meet if separated before, during and after an event? A minimum of two Rendezvous Points (R.P.’s) per time period would be good (a main & an alternate), remember that it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. So 2 places to meet before an event (if we’ve been warned through the Emergency System), 2 for during the event (if we’re able to travel) and 2 for after the event (in case we were never able to meet up before or during).

      How – How will we let the other know if we are at or have been at predetermined location? A mark or sign of some sort would be good to figure out & agree upon. Some suggestions are:

  1. 1.     = Here
  2. 2.     = Came-Left

SAFE:

Color –WHITE OR GREEN (This could be a piece of cloth or something hung outside)

Mark– Plus sign (+) OR  Up Arrow

UNSAFE:

Color-BLACK OR RED

Mark– Minus sign (-) OR Down Arrow

Safe and unsafe refer to the conditions at the rendezvous point.

Came-left = Assume the conditions are unsafe and move on to the next R.P. If location is marked unsafe & abandoned, a double arrow pointing which direction we went in should be used as well.

Remember to just keep it simple.

How long to wait for arrival of others? It may depend on when separated. Take into consideration terrain, resistance, load, etc. However, if you are at an R.P. & safe just stay put if you can & wait.

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Again I say: Consider that no matter what the event starts out as; at some point the immediate threat will be MAN in some form, i.e. looters, military, police, desperate people, etc. Be prepared.

Since I mentioned looters I will discuss a large group of people to be aware of & they are the “have not’s“.  When the SHTF, the “have not’s” can become the “haves” quickly and they know that. Be prepared for them to seize their opportunity. Proper preparation can help you avoid being in their line of sight. Imagine that there is a catastrophe. Everyone who isn’t prepared will be rushing to the store to get supplies. Stores will be quickly overrun & supplies will be rapidly depleted. Lazy, broke or “prudent” individuals may be waiting for someone to do their shopping for them. I’m just sayin’.

** The “Have-nots” should not be confused with the “Unprepared”. The unprepared will be looking for help the have-nots will be looking for victims. **

P.P.P.P.P.

 


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5 Comments

  1. MB, great points. Our recent discussions have focused on how I would protect myself/our location if DH isn’t here. We have a couple of potential BOL so your triage system makes a lot of sense (I’m thinking your have EMS/medical training, as do I)Will take this blog to heart

  2. IF you are hitting the stores for last minute preps, don’t go alone. This should be a minimum of 2 people, preferably 3 or 4.

    Have your lists of ‘get this ASAP items’, 1 (armed if necessary) stays with the vehicle, the others go in and pick up the items,(at least 1 ‘lookout watches for trouble’), and return to vehicle with the last minute supplies. The same ‘shoppers’ load the vehicle and all head back to home together.

    On the way, look WAY DOWN the road for changes indicating a block or checkpoint. TURN AROUND and find another way at the very first sign of change ahead. DO NOT FOLLOW detour or checkpoint signs – you cannot guarantee you will be allowed to pass, or that the people manning the point are not going to take everything by force.

    You need to think through all points ahead of time. Have you taken the time to actually travel between points via MULTIPLE ROUTES? Do you have more than one ‘wait it out’ locations on the routes?

    Better yet? Get what you think you may need in the future TODAY. Don’t risk everything by waiting. As in the article: Have a plan, know what to do, what to look for, and be ready to do it. Think of what could go wrong, and plan for that, too.

    Most of all, don’t ever become a refugee. Then you place your fate in the hands of people that won’t have your best interests in their minds.

  3. Having been in the Army I know that during any kind of SHIF situation a lot of people are going to loose it. The best thing to do is prepare and plan and practice again and again until you can do it with out thinking.

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