Don Williams, Jr
American Novelist and Poet, b.1968
Step Eleven: Going Mobile
No one wants to be mobile during a crisis or have to vacate their home either. However reality and logic tell us that we may very well need to be mobile at some point during a crisis, if for no other reason than to get to our retreat.
Since our Crisis Plan needs to balance some basic human traits it must consider the worst possible scenario when it comes to mobility:
- We are not home when the crisis occurs or must vacate our retreat
- Our usual route is not available
- Our usual modes of transportation are not available – we are On Foot
Suddenly that 5 to 10 minute drive from the grocery store to home is a 5 mile long obstacle course. To all of you in the prime of your life, this may not seem like much, but to the rest of us this is a life threatening gauntlet!
If we prepare and plan for this worst case scenario, then we reduce this major hit to our survivability quotient. By planning for the worst here we can even increase our survivability quotient when luck is on our side and we can use our vehicles, usual routes and don’t have to walk!
Think about it: It is far easier to adjust a plan that has us on foot for a “good case” scenario where our vehicles and routes are available … Than it is to adjust a plan that has our vehicles and routes available and then we are faced with the “worst case” reality of being on foot!!
Think of football teams; they not only practice the passes and running plays; they also practice what to do to minimize the fumbles and interceptions too. The really good teams do this almost instantaneously and seamlessly so that they rarely get a major hit from the fumble or interception.
The next few steps will be a brief overview of some things we can do to help us through any worst case mobility scenario. (Go-Bags, Supply Storage, etc.)