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This page showcases the core of readers’ plan descriptions – in as much or as little detail as they see fit. We can see a bit of how their plans are structured, based on what they believe to be important. This should be fun! Everyone has a set of expectations and concerns, and their plans hopefully reflect those.
If you would like to share your plan, e-mail us at lp…ASurvivalPlan.com. Pull the three dots, and input the usual “at” sign (spam blocker). Most interviews happen via e-mail, and will require a few back-and-forth notes to flesh things out.
Questions we’ll start with are:
- How did you get started?
- What present conditions, and future concerns are driving your plan?
- What IS your plan?
- What unique actions are you taking…. things that others may not have considered?
What we will not publish is:
- your location
- unique identifying information (I’ll pick a name for you if you elect not to provide one…)
Pictures are welcome!
Pictures are certainly worth many words. If you would like to include photos, consider a few things. Don’t take photos that will make it easy to find your location. This includes photos that your neighbors might recognize. Why? Because they may not know you are a prepper, and you don’t need them banging on your door at a bad time, or spreading news and rumors about you. Shots of exterior features such as out buildings or the back of the house might be recognizable. Some photos might help people somewhat familiar with the area to zero in on the right place. Take reasonable precautions. After that, though, send them in!
How did you get started?
My entrance into prepping was from seeing the old 80s movie, “The Day After”. I didn’t get into it right away, but the explosions and scenes of destruction and death never left my memory. I saw “Threads” at a sister’s house a couple years later. I knew I’d be married one day, and have children, and the thought of my family being vaporized was just too terrible.
I guess you could say fear forced my thoughts. I would rather say that fear opened my eyes. Deadly threats do that to a girl.
It was the mid 90s before I was able to do anything that might scream “Survivalist!” I moved to a small town in eastern Washington. I set up a small accounting business, met my husband and had pair of very energetic girls. We both worked to save as much as we could for a number of years, and bought 17 acres outside of town, on a combination of hills and flat land. He knew how I was from the start, and humored me. He even justified going along with my long term plans to buy acreage by saying it would be good to have room to walk without coming to a neighbor’s fence. Well, it isn’t THAT big, but it is comforting knowing we can do as we please.
What present conditions, and future concerns are driving your plan?
I am concerned about EMP, like you are. And nuclear war. With more irresponsible nations building bombs, and raising kids to blow things up, I just think it will happen eventually. Sure, other things could happen to cause TEOTWAWKI. But none of them can do what these will, and we are able to deal with these.
We have a great life. Our kids are healthy and happy. They adjust to just about anything. We have stashed money away and can help them go for education elsewhere, if they really want to, but I don’t think they will. They say that mom has spoiled them to the good green earth (where we have green, can be plenty brown here!). I’ll take that as a compliment.
What IS your plan?
It’s not so much a step by step plan as a general direction. We have already accomplished a few things. First, we have a bomb shelter. Yep. A real good for gracious bomb shelter. It’s buried into a hill, can support the four of use for three months, and is protected against fallout. Built it from some old Civil Defense booklets, and DH’s good building sense.
We grow as much food as we can in our two green houses. They will soon be powered by a small solar setup, for the fans and automatic vents. We love solar, but it’s been expensive to buy. We add as we can. Right now, we can power our lights and radios. We raise chickens and goats for eggs and milk. The kids we sell for a little cash, and we trade extra eggs for meat from two of our neighbors.
Generator? Yep! Two of them. Bargain buys. Used is good, when it works.
Our well is pretty deep,.and we had to replace the pump last year. Our very next item to buy is a back-up pump. I’d love to power it by solar, but it’s more reasonable to use the generator. That’s why we have two of them, just in case. Our back up water supply is our neighbor’s well and spring. It’s not the best arrangement, not having control. But we have that option. In return, we watch over things when he is on the road and his wife is alone. We have promised emergency security if need be. She knows she can race over here any time.
What unique actions are you taking…. things that others may not have considered?
I don’t know, aside from the shelter. It’s pretty much plan as needed. Food, water, shelter, meds – check them off. Savings? Working on it more and more. Security? Um, yeah. We’re good there.
What I don’t see many preppers talking about is neighborhood. Our neighbors out here have large plots of land. We can see four of them. We SEE them regularly, or as often as can be called regular. All of us help each other out, visit and stay connected. It’s an active thing we do. I wish more could do that. In bad times, we feel pretty at ease that we won’t all end up eating each other! It’s good having friends. :)
Gold Digger is a man with quite a few ideas on how to take care of himself and his family. His plan is presented here only in part, because one component of his plan is not telling everyone everything. That’s a good idea. Here it is, sanitized of his own conversational tone (another method of masking his identity).
Gold Digger is a middle aged man with a wife and 3 kids in their late teens and twenties. His wife works part time from home, and he himself is a professional engaged in transportation. They have the usual debt of a mortgage, small credit card balances and a loan on a pair of 4-wheel ATVs… toys with a purpose. Their income allows for a modest amount of disposable cash each month, even with the downturn in his area of the transportation industry. Mrs. Gold Digger sells home made jewelry, and makes a decent amount of income with it.
They prospect for gold now and then, hence the name we chose for him. The hobby pays for itself, on good days. It more than pays for itself in other ways. The Digger clan camps out when prospecting, and because they have more than a couple claims, and have access to others (along with free panning – panning and “working” in open areas) they possess a wide range of options in location and micro environment. This gives them experience in living in the open, carrying equipment, choosing what to bring, and in dealing with each other under conditions that are no where near as cozy at home. The camping and working has “made” them, rather than “broken” them. Digger says that the single most important tool in his box, aside from his Faith, is the patience and understanding that comes with maturity. These things lead to a cool head, strong reasoning skills in the face of problems, and helped build a strong family.
How did you get started?
Gold Digger got his start in prepping, believe it or not, in watching the old B creature-feature movies as a kid. He would watch them in black and white on TV, and wonder how he would do things differently than the screen heroes. It became a game. Watch some corny flick, with impossible plots, and come up with something good. Eventually, this transferred over to war movies, Hollywood disaster movies, and then news stories about real disasters. His family never did do much of anything prep-related.
As he got older, he landed some jobs and made enough cash to go with family friends on camping trips, overnighters and some three and four day jaunts. Acquiring skills as he went along, he also started reading manuals by survivalists, as he could find them in old library book sales, and swap meets. His biggest concern, as a teen, was the threat of nuclear war, so he naturally gathered information concerning survivability from Civil Defense publications, other survivalists, and a few people he met along the way.
What present conditions, and future concerns are driving your plan?
Digger’s primary concerns are nuclear proliferation and economic troubles that may further erode his income and potentially lead to increased government control over what’s left of the economy.
What IS your plan?
From Gold Digger. “My plan? I have no PLAN. The reality is that I have several plans and plans in the works. Without a Plan B, you have no plan at all.” Digger makes a very important point. With just the one “plan”, some people think they have done their homework and have no further worries. They miss the point of planning in the first place. A plan is your own internal guide on how to deal with emergencies. Since there are more than a few conceivable emergencies, the plan must be flexible, multifaceted or just one of two or more designed to cope with what you can expect.
Gold Digger plans to bug in until his sixth sense tells him to leave. His home is enhanced with security screen doors on all standard entryways. They do not keep people out, but will slow them down long enough to respond. He uses a small collection of cameras to keep an eye on things outside without having to go to a peephole or a window. Everyone knows where the guns lockers are (yes, more than one) , and how to get into them quickly. The local police department knows him by name (in a good way). He has built up a store of the foods they eat sufficient to last 4 months or so… “maybe less, cuz we can get hungry at times…”
They are ready to forgo electricity. The 4 burner propane cooker has a supply of fuel that may last 3 months. A 4500 watt generator will provide power to the freezer and the backup supply for the security system. I asked him about the generator noise. He said that it’s not a concern, since most people in his area have them, and it really can’t be masked, so why bother? I asked him about the potential for bad guys to zero in on it and his response was, “If they are in the same boat, they’ll will suffer from the same shortages. That makes the battle field more level than some will admit.” I’ll admit that THAT has some merit.
If he needs to leave, he has a place secured on a pal’s parcel. His family can set up out there. His transportation for the bug out is provided by a large truck, four door, big block gasoline engine, towing a 24’ open trailer. The trailer will hold the food, gear and ATVs he plans to take with him. Gold Digger’s take on bugging out is that it will occur over three trips. “We can’t take it all, so we’ll come back. The best of the stuff comes with us on the first trip. We can make do with that. The rest is for later. If we leave soon enough, it won’t be a problem coming back once or twice more.”
If the Digger Clan can’t make it work at their primary BO location, they have back ups. Each of the mining claims can be reached via the truck, and two of them can be reached with the trailer in tow. The locations are easy enough to secure against casual intrusion. His plan includes stocking some items at each over this coming winter, when foot traffic is low, the ground is easy to work, and the measure of privacy is greater.
What unique actions are you taking…. things that others may not have considered?
The most unique thing that Gold Digger is doing, as agreed upon by him and myself, is that he goes about his preparations as if he were in the run up to a Hollywood style disaster, possessing special knowledge and forewarning. Some would say he’s in some kind of dream world. He says it creates a distance between possible events and his inner self. His preps and practices are real, but it’s as if he isn’t doing it, but someone else. That separation eliminates the anxiety he used to have back in the day. He says it allows him to live normally while considering, planning for and working against bad times ahead.
Run Silent has okay’d the use of a portion of his plan here on Survival Plan Blog. While the format of this presentation is not exactly in a step-by-step illustration, information within it shows that he has obviously put things together with a structured goal in mind. He is i the envious position of having little debt. This, in itself, is a major “action item” and achievement for any prepper. Most of his subsequent preps were checked off his list much easier than if he had a mortgage payment to make.
Bug In, or Bug Out? Building a Life Around Possibilities and Capabilities
Run Silent has a plan to stay put. His family’s home is in a great location, is nearly self sustaining, and has few security concerns. Still, he has a Bug Out plan that includes some alternative route options and supply caches. He is well prepared financially, and his home will be paid-off this year. His plan was developed years ago with a foundation that called for financial independence.
His Current Home
Run Silent spent 5 years searching for it, and just happened across it. He found it to be just right. It is bordered by public lands, and has natural defensive features that make it quite secure. Bugging out is not necessarily required. The home is along the military crest of a hill, and is located a couple miles from the road into that area. The hill has a steep decline on one side. On another side is several hundred acres of forestry land. Down the hill, which is can easily be defended from the house and other locations, is a stream with good fishing. The road to the hill is within the frontal defensive area. Portions of the road are bordered by vertical hill features, and there is more than one fall back position for defensive purposes along the route. From his description, taking the property would require a force with military training. Security for the home is partially provided by networked cameras, for viewing on site and also from anywhere on the internet. Imagery is stored off site, so in the event that the place burns down while they are away, or even if they are home…. the evidence is safe. The exterior doors are steel, with deadbolts that engage steel reinforced door frames. The one exception is the front door, which is solid hardwood. Within the house is a safe-room, and some of the other rooms are equipped with locks. Outside, motion sensors activate alarms, outside lighting and another set of alarms as visitors reach the property and get closer to the house. It is a layered alert system. Think of concentric rings, each with its own alert system. A fence surrounding the house is watched closely by dogs. The dogs can enter and leave the house at will.
Three propane generators, redundant.
They have a well that can be powered by two of the generators.
Several large and smaller propane tanks, the largest being a few hundred gallons, and the smallest of atypical RV size.
Wood and pellet stoves that can take over heating responsibilities if the propane runs out, or becomes unusable.
A garden, chickens and turkeys. Large and small game, and some small farm animals. Varieties of fish locally, and edible wild plants including berries, mushrooms and medicinal plants. The stores are kept deep and current, with regular upgrades, rotations and expansion. The storage areas include a stocked pantry and a storage shed for dry goods in food buckets.
Their Bug Out Plan is designed to enable egress under increasing levels of stress, and with proportionately fewer options. Initially, a travel trailer can be setup well within the forest as a remote living camp for as long as required. The route to this location makes use of a road that has long been abandoned. Along with the primary is an alternate destination. The entrances to both are concealed. Deeper penetration of the forest is possible, and with over 900,000 acres, and additional acreage from other public lands, the options grow quickly. The trailer is provisioned and ready to go. Stocks include food, clothing and fuel. As such, it is ready to go the moment it is required to do so. The truck carries more supplies, and backup transportation – a motorcycle. If the time is available, defensive equipment, additional supplies and wilderness trekking gear can still be added to the rig. If the trailer is somehow unable to go along, the truck itself can be loaded up. It is a heavy duty flatbed. The storage shed contents can be loaded on to the truck.
It’s not likely that the truck would be unavailable, but if it isn’t, then an ATV is the next choice. Their trekking gear and kits can be loaded onto the ATV. The least desirable option is moving on foot. However far (or not) they can move on wheels, when that option is no longer available, they are prepared to move by foot. The trails designated for bugging out are stocked with buried caches for resupply however the means of travel.
The caches include tools and equipment suitable for building and maintaining a shelter. Caches provide a means for securing their needs for shelter and food. Because they are remote and well planned, the caches support their survival efforts regardless of what they are able to bring. This is true for both routes to their remote locations. The routes to the BOLs are well planned. Parts of them are through private land. They are well covered with natural vegetation, some of it planted there by them years ago. Access through certain point along the way is controlled by them. The last, and most distant location is accessible only by foot. If they need to go there, there is serious trouble in the world. Events requiring them to head for it will likely have reduced their stores anyway. Hence the caches. Caches reduce the load carrying requirement of the family, and make available items that they couldn’t carry to begin with. One little trick to actually locating the caches, in the event that specific markers and identifiers are moved or destroyed, is the dogs. Within each cache is a package of dog treats. The dogs can whiff these out reliably enough.
Thank you, RunSilent.
I’ve known High Plains for a few years. He’s a man of integrity – open, sharing and caring. He has a broad base of experience, and shares that with others. When I decided to shift things into a higher gear, I reviewed my own capabilities. Seeing they fell short of my goals, and having come into contact with High Plains, I asked if we could meet. Since the beginning, he’s been a sure bet in my book. He offered to share these portions of his plans for all to see.
How did you get started?
My first exposure to being prepared for a specific event was when I helped my father clean out our tornado shelter and stock it with home canned foods during the Cuban Missile Crisis. My family was living a fairly self-sufficient lifestyle, with a huge garden, two milk cows, and twenty-five chickens. Plus we usually raised a couple of runt pigs to butchering size that we got for free from a swine farmer. Also often bought three or four goats to butcher each fall when we butchered the hogs and the beef calves from the milk cows. We froze and canned what we grew to get us through the winter. We bought staples such as sugar and flour in the large economy size. I learned to hunt for the dinner table and fish, while learning how to take care of myself in the wild.
We moved to a small town when I was fourteen and kind of lost touch with the prep lifestyle for a while. But, after reading “Alas Babylon” and “How To Survive The H-Bomb and Why” by Pat Frank, when I was fifteen, and learning that we were living on the site of one of the worst earthquakes in US history, and being on the edge of Tornado Alley, I began to collect Civil Defense information and started my first stockpile of food and equipment for use in the aftermath of an emergency. I’ve been prepping ever since.
What present conditions and future concerns are driving your plan?
The possibility of a nuclear war has always been the driving force for my preps. But as I learned more and more, I began to include in my preps items specific to a long list of potential events. A future war with China is one of my major concerns.
Weather and other natural disasters are also near the top of the list, for they happen on a near daily basis somewhere in the US. There are many not very likely events that I consider, but preparations for most of them fall under umbrella of general preps that I do. Right now, the US and world economies are a major concern, as is the increased tectonic activity occurring around the world.
What IS your plan?
My plan is fairly basic. I have basic living functions covered for several months. Food, water, heat source, light source, and so on, if I can stay at home. And staying at home (bugging-in) is my preferred choice.
I have located several places near where I live that are adequate for use as fallout shelters. I believe that I can get to one or the other of them in the event of a nuclear attack that doesn’t have me at ground zero of one of the warheads. However, if the bugging-in option becomes too dangerous, I have the means to leave (bug-out) to a more suitable, secure location.
The ultimate plan I am working on is to eventually live on a nearly self-sufficient working farm capable of sustaining not only my family, but a portion of the local community as well, for an extended period of time.
What unique actions are you taking… things that others may not have considered?
There really isn’t much in my preps that are unique. I do consider possibilities that others don’t. Some of those I am not going to survive and I know it, because of my specific circumstances. More importantly, I admit it to myself and go about preparing for those things I can potentially survive. But that doesn’t mean I don’t prepare for them in some way. I do.
I always try to keep myself in good standing spiritually. I consider it the ultimate survival prep. My spiritual health is a daily activity. I thank God every morning when I wake up for getting me through the night, and every evening I do the same for giving me one more day on the earth to do the things I love so much.
His Truly Unique Game Cart option, and His Bug Out Posture
The only other fairly unique thing about my preps is in my choice of last ditch bug-out method. While I have a small pack that would last me more than 72 hours, it is simply part of a much larger bug-out, evacuation, GOOD (Get Out Of Dodge), INCH (I’m Not Coming Home) kit.
That extensive kit is based on using a heavy duty game cart if I can’t use my very capable compact pickup truck. Rather than the less than twenty pounds I can carry on my back (I have severe back problems), I can carry in excess of three-hundred pounds of equipment and supplies on my game cart. That includes almost all of my wilderness camping gear, as well as prep specific items. With what I have on the cart, I can last for at least two months in getting to where I need to go, more if I hunt and fish on the way.
This is the game cart I recommend. It will carry over 500 pounds. Add the dual wheel option and you can go up to 700. I have the lighter weight version capable of 300 pounds, which is about my limit over rough ground.
The Bug Out Plan (Current)
If I have to leave the city, the hardware I carry on the cart provides physical shelter I need in temperatures down to 20 below. I have to pretty much shut down when temperatures get over 100, but I carry plenty of water for that situation. My evacuation path is parallel to two different rivers, on different sections. I’m never much more than a mile from good water the entire trip, except the short stretch where one stream veers off and the other one comes into being. I have the means to purify more than enough water to see me through the trip.
The food I carry is fairly compact, with high nutrition values for the weight and bulk.
- MREs for complete meals
- Mountain House Freeze Dried camper’s meals for variety
- Millennium Ration Bars (LP: or Millennium Energy Bars) for basic nutrition
- jerky for high protein
- pemmican bars for essential fats
- my homemade gorp (~equal amounts of premium mixed nuts, chopped dates, & M&Ms) for additional protein and comfort food
- Plain Hershey bars in cool weather …
- M&Ms and Tootsie Rolls in hot weather …
- and lastly, Snickers Powerbars for additional protein, vitamins, and minerals.
I spread the food out over the day, giving me constant energy. I usually start the day with a mug of Bigelow Earl Grey tea and end it with a mug of Swiss Miss dark chocolate hot chocolate for both comfort and warmth when the weather calls for it.
I have the means with me to hunt and fish, though both are low priority. Small game is scarce, as are fish here in the high desert. But there is plenty of big game if I choose to take a couple of days to stop, hunt, and process a deer or elk.
My budget is based on my fixed monthly income. Everything that doesn’t go to medical expenses and daily living expenses goes to preps. Right now that isn’t much, but I have much of the hardware acquired. I’m mostly working on consumables right now.
Unfortunately I’m not in great shape. Physical problems keep me from doing a regular exercise routine. I mostly do back strengthening exercises, and I walk twice a week. Mostly I watch my diet.
The lack of pain medications will be a terrible blow. Since I can’t get advance prescriptions, I’m limited to a month supply. By using OTC medications, I can stretch that to two months of bearable pain. After that, my only real hope is to find an alternative. I haven’t had much luck there. It’s one of the things that is in God’s hands.
Thank you, “High Plains”, for sharing with us!