Happy Wednesday all!
So my father (who is also of the prepper mindset – it’s nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of) and I were sitting around jawing over a snort of single malt a couple days ago. The conversations ranged all over, from the upcoming hunting season, to my soon-to-be arriving new son, to, of course, prepping. We learned a while ago that yeah, it’s great to have guns and ammunition and outdoors skills (Dad trained us well in those departments from a very early age – my brother and I could start a fire outside when it was wet with one match before we were in the first grade), but, as we grow older, and our respective families grow and spread out, moving to new houses in new towns further away, we need to have a plan in the works for an emergency contingency.
Makes sense, right? We all want to be together in case of the S hitting the F, to be able to draw on the immense bond and comfort that is family. We originally had plans all set up that were pretty basic, like “if A happens, then we go to M and pick up S and go to Z” However, as we sit and watch the news, shaking our heads, and realize that there are more scenarios out there than we could possibly dream of, we had to simplify. It boiled down to “If anything serious happens, we will all communicate, agree this is an issue, and meet at point X with what we need.” That’s it…it’s a vague battle plan, but unfortunately, sometimes you have to adapt on the roll.
With this general plan, as we developed it over another two fingers of scotch, came the sudden and drastic conversation-stopper of a realization: a disaster will come at the worst possible time. Yeah, it’s a no-brainer, but it hit like a ton of bricks. I’m sure a lot of people prep thinking that immediate disaster will come when everybody is at home, after a nice yummy meal, while everyone is watching TV and the kids are on the floor playing with crayons: The TV announcer bursts over the reruns of “Seinfeld”, and he says, “sorry to interrupt George Costanza, but, well, gee whiz, looks like the bombs are on their way! Good luck everyone!” The father puts down his pipe, gets up, stretches, and says, “Okay, kids! Let’s go to the basement!” And everyone merrily goes to their safety. Doom averted, everyone lives happily ever after eating Spam and baked beans, watching “Seinfeld” on DVD with a generator-powered TV.
Sorry, wrong answer. What I’m sure will happen is this: I’ll hear on the radio at work (25 miles from home) that something has happened. Everyone in the world simultaneously has to get home. I run out the door with my truck keys in one hand, cellphone in the other. Gotta call Dad. Gotta call Mrs. Warrior. Gotta call my brother. We all gotta meet, right? That’s what the plan was. Shit. all cellphone towers are down. No way to call anyone. I get about a mile down the road before the traffic sets in, everyone doing the same thing I am. I fight my way down back roads, maybe even trails, to get to my wife’s work. She’s already left. Where did she go? Home? To my work to meet me? To the school to pick up our son? She didn’t leave a note. Then I remember Dad is away in Connecticut at a trade show. Do I need to get his stuff too and then go to the meeting point? Do I go home, where my wife may or may not be, get my mobile preps, then head to the meeting point? Do I wait for her? Do I pick up my son at school? Which classroom is he even in? Did they send them home or keep them at school?
Tick, tock. Tick, tock.
Granted, short of nuclear/chemical war, an invasion by another country, or an EMP blast, there are very few scenarios that would pop up that could effect my life that quickly, that drastically. But there’s just no way of knowing, is there?
Anyway, this was just supposed to be a short post (got carried away) about the fact that I need help…and if I do, I’m sure others out there need it too. How do we stay in touch when the chips are down? Having a plan helps, but as I just tried to illustrate, well, the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. Everything these days revolves around cellphones as communications hubs, and I think that is a very, very weak link. What can we do beyond that? Smoke signals? Walkie-talkies? Tin cans on a string? What are there for options out there? What do you guys use? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated…let’s knock this one around a bit.
Stay safe out there!