One of the most common questions I get about their survival program is…
“How can I rally my family back together if we’re
separated in an attack or disaster that comes
This is a great question because those initial moments of an “instant crisis” create a lot of confusion and panic.
If you and your family are out of your home and an attack or some disaster happens (like a bombing, tornado, flash mob, etc.) it’s possible you could all be separated by a stampeding crowd or just doing different things in different locations.
As a father myself, I don’t want to imagine being separated from my children or spouse when they need me the most.
The thing about most emergencies and disasters is that many of the “normal” methods of communication we take for granted (like cell phones) have the potential to stop working.
Here are some tips for you and your family to prepare for an instant disaster scenario…
- Work out your rally point, your bugout routes, your supplies, and everything else you need BEFORE the emergency. Communicate this plan with your family. Test them on it. Drill them on it. Make sure they now how the plan goes into effect, where they’re supposed to go, and how they’re supposed to communicate with each other.
- Implement a system of alternate communication. There are lots of ways to do this. Family members can leave signs or coded messages for each other, as long as these are kept simple. Even colored bandanas can be used for this (red means “go to the rally point immediately,” while a white handkerchief might mean, “wait at home until we come back”). A good pair of handheld radios is one way to stay in touch at short ranges if the cell phone grid goes down.
- Make sure the roles of each of your family members, and their responsibilities, are clearly defined. That way you won’t have different members of your family “team” working against each other.
Most people don’t think about survival strategies like these.
They think that they’ll just call up their spouse on the phone and give each other instructions… that the kids’ school will have the right plan to get them to safety… and that everyone will just “know” what to do.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Assume the worst – a complete clusterf*ck – and have your own rally plan in place ahead of time.
Start now to make sure you are staying prepared.