by Jeff Mills
When I hear someone say “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” it makes me wonder how small the stuff is that they mean.
I consider some of the small stuff pretty important and sometimes if added in with other small stuff, it can become downright huge.
- Are there cough drops for the sentry on a LP? Sunglasses and a ball cap for the gal on OP?
- Are there fresh batteries in your weapon lights?
- So you have a primary and secondary “blank” (firing position, escape route, route to BOL, etc.). What about a third option?
- What was the pass-phrase (not password!) for I am in trouble when communicating with your group?
- I thought you added the fuel stabilizer to the stored gas months ago- what’s the big deal?
- I took a First Aid course when I was in the Boy Scouts. How much could it have changed since then?
- I wear contacts. I won’t need glasses in a “blank” (SHTF, economic collapse, etc.) situation.
- I live in a city, why do I need to learn to read a map? Use a compass?
- My BOV is a modified 4×4, with camper shell, extended gas tanks, zombie proof windows and an air horn. Why do I need spare parts if my BOL is within xxxx miles?
- Of course my kids will behave during the emergency in the car! They won’t be scared, worried, have to pee, get hungry, need their stuffed animal, DS game or anything else. They won’t affect my concentration on the road, the rioters or the map!
I am sure there are many, many more that will come to mind if you just think about it. I sweat the small stuff because the lives of my family could depend on it. A spare drive belt for the truck could spell the difference between having all of the items packed in the back of the BOV and having to grab the BOBs and walk to the BOL exposed to the teeming masses. Who is providing security for you while you are changing the belt or a flat tire?
I have tried to instill in my wife the need for her to have at least three routes home from her office in case in an emergency a particular route has been closed. We rotate items in and out of her GHB so that the snacks are fresh, the map is accurate and she has decent clothes and footwear to change into from her business attire.
We have discussed what she should do in case of mobs in the streets. I have found a couple of places to rendezvous with her in case she cannot get home. We have a plan to collect the kids from school in the event of an emergency and what to do afterward.
The kids have BOBs that have at least one stuffed animal to ensure they have a comforting familiar item from home in case we have to leave. They are still pretty young so they should listen to me in an emergency situation as we have gone over a few potential events such as tornadoes, fires and hurricanes. They helped with the fire evacuation plan and posted it on the back door so they see it everyday before they leave the house.
My point isn’t that we need to freak out about every little thing (I really don’t care that the color of my daughter’s BOB has pink piping, but I do care that it can hold up to rough use)- we need to examine the small stuff to make sure we are not caught off guard and unprepared. There is too much at stake.