Guest Post: …On protocols

…On protocols

It’s day six of the collapse. The golden hoard from the city has yet to arrive. One of the city dwellers that arrived two days ago is tasked with burning trash. Sparks have spread and are now endangering the TAC shed where ammo is stored. All hell is breaking loose! The city folk are out of their depth. Things are about to get very bad. (This is actually a very mild example, but one which can easily occur)

Do you have a FIRE PROTOCOL?

A protocol is just a written plan of action to deal with an anticipated problem. If you have not thought through the above problem and made solid plans to deal with it, you may have very big problems, very quickly.

A written plan of action allows you to run possible scenarios and assign personnel and equipment to a pre conceived action to deal effectively with that particular problem. It is a component of training.

One of the main purposes of training is to take you to a place that you have not been before. Present you with a problem and allow you the luxury of figuring out the proper actions to deal with that problem without repercussions or injury. When the REAL problem actually presents itself, you will have been there already. There is no surprise; it is not something that you have not dealt with before. You have a confidence to address the problem and overcome it without panic or confusion. The more you practice that protocol the better prepared you will be to deal with that problem or even one similar to it. So protocol is a written preparation for dealing with a problem. PREPERATION, what we are all about here.

You might want to get yourself a 3 ring binder and begin to address and write down different problems and their safe, efficient resolutions. Your Protocol Book. Add to it and modify it as conditions and your abilities change. Then go out and train with your family or group, using it as a guide to training.

Some suggested protocols:

1) Fire fighting

2) Loss of emergency power

3) Loss of secure/safe water source

4) Contact while on patrol

5)  Sanitation procedures

6) Assault on perimeter

a) By vehicle

b) By multiple attackers

c) By standoff weapon

d) By sniper

e) By gas

f) By Molotov cocktail

7) Work injury

8) Firearm wounding

9) Death

10) Labor/birth

11) Local epidemic (isolation)

12) Approach by non-threatening strangers

13) Loss of food supply

14) Loss of ammo supply

15) Guard force operation

16) Patrol operations

17) Scavenging operations

18) Dealing with Government forces/representatives

19) Contact with other local groups

20) Escape and evasion and rendezvous

21) Recovering caches

And the list goes on.

I hope this has given you pause to consider your paper planning and preparation. All of the stuff in the world will do you no good if you believe that you will be able to effectively use it, while the sky is falling, with no prior planning or training. Get your survival protocols in order!

Regards, D.


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  1. My wife and I have a code word that can be used in conversation or stand alone comment to make the other aware of potential threat. We choose “Jack” since we have no friends named Jack it kind of stands out and it can be combined with something to give it meaning. “Hit the road Jack” is “it’s time to go”. “Call Jack” means call 911, etc. Hardly full blown protocalls but it works when you are walking around in a strange city or in a bar somewhere. It allows you to both come to the same alert level without saying or doing something that gives you away.

  2. IIRC this is an old Jeff Cooper or Mel Tappen trick. I know I picked it up decades ago. Easily incorporated into some of the hi-risk protocols listed above. It would be more useful to say “Where’s Jack?” than “Shoot these snot-rags!”and not tip them off. Seconds can count. Thanks for the comment. It seems folks are more interested in stuff than plans. Regards, D.

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