April 3rd, 2011
So you are safe and sound on high ground. What’s next?
Do you have a rendezvous? Is there a place that you know to meet up with the people you care about? Do you have a couple fall-back places? A plan like this should be very simple. You don’t know what events will happen that will make the plan necessary so be ready to adapt it. No plan survives first contact with the enemy. It doesn’t need to be perfect, you just need to have one.
Do you and those you care about have a means of getting in touch? Always have a phone with you. Cell towers are likely to be overwhelmed with phone calls but text messages are much more likely to get through. Do you know how to send a text message? Do you know how to receive a text message? If you don’t know then make a point of learning how and then sending and receiving at least one text message a week.
We’ll look at other communications equipment but you need to know how to use it. We’re not looking to learn Morse code or anything like that but there are some basic essentials that you need to have covered.
In your gear you will have something to use for shelter. It may be a heavy-duty contractor’s garbage bag, it may by a Kifaru tipi. Regardless, You need to have tested it before you use it in an emergency.
Do you know how to improvise a shelter? Think about how you could find protection from the elements using what you see around you. If you are in the forest then think about using branches, boughs, and leaves. If you are in the city look for cardboard or even a recycling dumpster. Pay attention to what the bums, homeless, and mentally ill do for improvised shelter in the city (those are three distinct groups and should not be lumped in together).
Next we’ll take a close look at fire.