posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 04:19 PM
As most of my waking hours are spent at work, I'm going to assume this happens when I'm at work, on a weekday.
So, regardless of the specific situation, I've pretty much got a strict protocol I'd follow.
1. Immediately head home, trying to beat the traffic jam.
2. While in the truck, heading home, call my wife, and tell her to expect me, (and start turning on the handheld radio every hour for 10 minutes, one
hour from now (if cell phone isn't working or lines are jammed). Plan is that once close enough, I'll reply back and we'll coordinate from
3. Also while driving, send a mass text to certain friends and family, the short and sweet SHTF-Assemble text. They know what it is. Hopefully,
they'll take it seriously, as I won't worry about trying to reach them again until I'm home.
4. My wife and our ranchhand are home, so they have things to do while I'm on the way. They worry about following up and coordinating with our
friends and family. They also (if able) make last ditch runs to the local gas stations and fill up on gas, any empty propane tanks, and anything
we're short on. If it really isn't in a panic, hit the local grocery store too. (it often takes time for people to really realize something is going
on).... If they are able, go get a bunch of horse feed and hay, pet food.
5. Once home, contact anyone who hasn't responded, tell them to get on the way, and let me know if they take a different route. Close and lock all
6. Fill up the main water barrels, any other water containers from the well.
7. Get the generators prepped, ready to go.
8. Coordinate with the neighbors (much easier to do on a rural ranch than in the city, where you don't even know them). Still tricky though,
depending on how well they are prepped. Being in the country, they're more self-sufficient, but the longer the event, the more dangerous this
9. Organize the armed patrols (24/7). Assign tasks (working in garden, defensive patrols, taking care of horses/pets, cleaning, cooking, store
10. Prep all sleeping areas for who made it there.
11. Start planning/rationing meals.
12. Stay together, stay hidden, stay safe.