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Friday, February 20, 2009

The Flexible Prepper

No, not doing back bends and splits and such but being able to change your plans or directions as problems or opportunities present themselves. Have you ever planned to leave your home to go somewhere and at the last minute someone shows up at your house? Of course you have. Have you ever planned on being at a specific destination at a set time and somewhere along the way things happened that were out of your control that kept you from arriving on time? Of course so. It happens to all of us all the time. There are many obstacles that can and do block our intended path that we can not avoid even with the best planning.

Enter, Plan B. Evaluating and reevaluating both known and unknown risks is what makes us a Prepper. It's best to always have a backup plan, several are even better. It's good to remember that an opportunity may present itself that may make our situation better too. Only through constant evaluation of our present situation can we recognize these "new opportunities".

Example: For reasons beyond my control I have to Bug Out. I have no intention of leaving my home and property for any reason but, I do have several options if I do. (Note: Several Options) Mother Nature can change things in a hurry, wildfire, tornado and flooding are just a few of the things that could change your plans of staying put. I have no control over these and can only change my plan if I am to survive. (Surviving is at the top of my plan) On the way to my chosen Bug Out location I get news from a friend that lives nearby that my location has been compromised. Either burned to the ground, swept away by flood waters or occupied by persons with much larger guns and hands to use them than I do. Time to be flexible and evaluate this situation. I decide to proceed to one of my several other options or bug out locations. Along the way I encounter a group of survivalists/preppers that are friendly toward me and offer to let me join them. They reveal to me that they are on their way meet up with an even larger group that are working their way towards a secure location. Once at this secure location we will have food, water, shelter and arms to better defend ourselves. I offer to tell them of one and only one of my bug out locations. When supplies run low we can send a small group to my location to gather supplies. I tell this group of only one of my possible locations so that if things are not as planned at our new destination (the secure location) I will have my other covert locations available to me.

This is a perfect example of what it means to be flexible. Assessing your situation and leaving yourself other options in case you run into obstacles along the way will make your chances of survival much better. So please leave a little room to be flexible when making your plans. It could be the difference between life or death.

This is Bullseye...OUT !!!

Original: http://americanpreppersnetwork.blogspot.com/2009/02/flexible-prepper.html