Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Real Life Survival - When All Else Fails

There will be times when your best efforts and planning will not be able to get you safely through a crisis. This is when you will need to be ready to improvise alternate plans and adapt them to the current situation. This is when experiences and skills will become your most valuable resource.

In a crisis, we all like to believe we’ve covered all our bases but unfortunately this doesn’t always hold true in a survival situation. We sometimes get blown away by any number of little kinks that develop in our plans and we need to be ready to improvise and adapt to the current situation to solve these problems.

Haste Makes Waste

Normally, it won’t be necessary to scrap your plans entirely. Sometimes a simple modification will get you back on track. A good example of this is your bug out plan. Sometimes a minor adjustment is all that is needed before you need to switch to your alternate bug out plan. Don’t abandon a perfectly good plan if it only requires a simple modification. Weigh your options before you change to a totally different plan. This will also cause less disruption and confusion for everyone involved. Remember, a good plan is a terrible thing to waste.

He Who Hesitates Is Lost

Waiting too long to decide if a change is necessary can have severe or even deadly consequences. Sometimes you will have to adapt quickly to a change in your circumstances to avoid a small problem becoming a major catastrophe. This is where the leader of your group must be ready to act decisively to maintain the safety and security of everyone involved.

Being prepared to adapt to changing circumstances should be a crucial part of your plans. When all else fails...find another solution by improvising and adapting to the change.

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

Waiting to see if things improve is a MAJOR risk, but sometimes, it pays off.

Some years back, during Hurricane Rita threatening Houston, some relatives of mine debated evacuating inland. They lived in an area which did not flood, but would likely be cut off for days if the area received a lot of sudden rainfall (Houston is bayou country and can be flooded pretty quickly).

Well, they decided to stick it out and as the results seen on route to Dallas, they saved themselves some major headaches. Then again, a direct hit on Houston might have done them in.

Ken said...

...have a plan B and C, for every plan A (it's o.k boys and girls, if your plan has multiple plan A's)'s all moot without practice, here's a good tip, plan a weekend trip, and have your spouse remove three 'things' from your gear, their choice, after your ready to go(don't peek)...see how you do.

The Survival Knife Guy said...

Great post! Also, if your plan fails, never lose hope. Stay calm and positive. Clear your mind first so you could think of what you need to do properly. And remember, when you plan, always anticipate all the things that might happen if your plan fails so you could prepare a plan b, c and so on.

Brigid said...

Excellent advice, as always. Nothing planned works as planned, you have to be able to adjust, quickly and in the field, to survive.

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