Basic Necessities are, the minimum you need to survive. You can change you to family or what ever other group you want to include there, but the Basics are just that, the minimums. So start off with the things we know are necessities. Food and Water. You need enough food to support you or your group for how many days? What are the conditions upon which you will have to survive? In city or out in the country? Can you cook, or plan for the worse case scenario? Do you know where you are going to go if all heck breaks loose or is it just luck you are depending on?
So what is my opinion? For me and my family, we will be looking at worse case scenario. Our goals to reach that point is to document what we feel we need for one week at a time and that is what we will build up. Every month we will build at least one week of the Basic Necessities for a worse case scenario. So what is first on my list? Communications. Rechargeable batters, LED Flashlights, walkie talkies, one cell phone on at a time, charging via a solar panel setup. Worse Case Scenario means no water, power, or security. If our plan is to take the four wheel drive out to a place in the country, how do we keep someone from taking it from us? Are you willing to shoot someone to protect your family?
All things have to be planned out. What are your personal ethics in times that are down right ugly? Can you maintain them and protect your family? Not an easy question for many, but for me the answer is straight out yes, I will protect my family and that is not against my moral code of ethics. I will do the same today. Where are you going to store your food and supplies? At home? At your Safe House? Best advice is a little at both, but a majority at a storage facility prepaid a year at a time. Maybe more than one depending on how many people you are setting your location up to support.
Who is in the chain of command? Who is the leader? These are serious questions you MUST ask yourself or your group and document these. Someone said that they were going to rotate the responsibility. I shook my head and when asked why I said "If the chain of command is not structured and maintained, there will be a breakdown. Consistency Consistency Consistency. I can not stress that one word enough. Everyone needs Consistency. Your family does and your bigger, multi family group definitely does.
Over this next week, make a list of what you feel are your basic necessities are and check back to see what I have listed. What do you have listed that I don't? What do I have listed that you don't?
From the Desk of J Albert