Event Triggers

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We all have a plan. We all know where we’re going to go or what we’re going to do. Your plan might be to take off to that bug-out off-grid property 3 hours from the city. You might plan to fortify your property and house, making it more defensible.

As we live through this slow-moving societal collapse (and make no mistake – it IS collapsing), the issue is when do you trigger your plan? When do you begin fortifying? When do you bug out? In a resistance to tyranny scenario, when do you fight?

I’ve been paying attention to conversations between others on social media (much like the FBI) and it seems that everyone is asking these questions, “WHEN?”. The only answer I see bandied about is “Not yet”.

Well, that may be true, but there is danger in waiting too long. I’ve seen it repeatedly…people wait too long and find themselves trapped.

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Russo-Georgian War

Even after a crisis develops, people wait too long. On August 9th, 2008, Russian Forces invaded Georgia by air, by sea, and by land. In the City of Gori, civilians took their time leaving, because the Georgian Army was re-grouping there and they felt they would be protected. The civilians woke up on the 11th to find that the Georgian Army had abandoned the city. This caused all the civilians to try to flee, which led to a massive traffic jam, preventing anyone from leaving. There were many civilian casualties on the highway south of Gori.

This also happens during hurricanes here, all the time.

We’ve even seen it during the George Floyd Uprisings of 2020. Business owners and residents decided to “wait and see” and then found themselves trapped, because the events unfolded too fast. Some were killed because of it. Still others were forced to defend themselves and found themselves charged for resisting the Uprising.

The time to implement your own plan is a personal decision, but I want to nudge you all a bit and say you need to err on the side of implementing the plans early, rather than adopting a wait and see attitude. It is better to have started a response plan and not needed to than it is to not implement the plan, when you should have.

For example, if my bug-out plan is to leave the area, but I wait, I may very well find the route jammed with others trying to flee or clogged with protestors. On the other hand, if I leave, drive up north, and it was later found that I didn’t need to, I can just drive back. The same is not true if I should have left but didn’t. I may never get out then.

The biggest risk is just like I always point out, the second and third order effects. If I wait to leave the area before a hurricane, to see how bad it’s going to be, and the hurricane is bad, the power will be out. That’s a second order effect. The third order effect is that I won’t be able to get the gasoline I need to leave, because the gas station will not have power to pump it. Another third order effect will be roads blocked by trees.

Let the environment be your guide. Currently, there is a mass reduction in police and fire personnel on-going due to vaccine mandates. The media isn’t telling you about this but check around social media. Today, thousands of NYPD and FDNY staff protested because as of today, they are mandated to get the vaccine. These thousands are willing to quit rather than take the unapproved vaccine. Officers and Fire/EMS personnel all over the country are leaving.

Consider what that means for rule of law. There will be less police and fire personnel to respond. Hospitals are firing staff. There will be less medical care available. The media is spinning this as “Employers are now getting 99% compliance with the vaccine mandate”. Of course they are, because they fired everyone who refused, taking them from 60% to 99% overnight.

What does the Great Book of Tactical Wisdom say?

The prudent see danger and take refuge,
    but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 22:3

Personally, I’m moving to half implementation. I guess using the Naval roots of the Marine Corps, I’m setting Condition 3, Wartime Steaming. I’m getting everything 50% ready, and increasing the readiness to go to Condition 1, General Quarters/Battle Stations.

Gear is all staged and ready, and the full ruck is no longer in the closet, but staged in the office. The car has extra emergency gear and defensive tools ready. Every radio is charged, and everyone is carrying a radio. All fuel storage has been rotated and refreshed/refilled in case they are needed.

I am paying more attention to all sources of information like radio, media, and police scanner traffic. I am reaching out to the rest of my preparedness team, and we are having daily check-ins, rather than weekly.

A good idea is to schedule a video call with your team in the next few days and set some early triggers that will put emergency plans in place. Some people, who live in more rural areas, might already be in full crisis mode, ready to accept other members as things progress.

As an example, I checked in with some folks that I had already arranged to be used as a way point/stop over point should I have to head north. They let me know that they have set up their gate and perimeter alarms, and gave me a radio frequency to call on, so that they can come down to the gate. They don’t have to worry about their neighbors, so they stepped up to be ready to help the rest of us in our travels.

Your group might need to be at that point to. Consider what could be implemented today without causing the neighbors to report you to the FBI. Could I stage blocking bars near my doors inside the hours, to be ready in minutes? Yes. Could I start parking at the very end of my driveway, creating a makeshift gate, rather than pulling up to the house? I sure could. Small things that will make going from 0 to 60 much easier can be done right now.

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Note also the language being used. In the current supply crunch, the media is suddenly talking about people “hoarding”. Not “stockpiling”, not “stocking up”, but “hoarding”. They’re all using it. That’s because “hoarding” during a crisis is a federal crime. If they can say people into preparedness are “hoarding” the food and contributing to the shortage, they can bring the Defense Production Act into play and seize your food, even though you bought it all years ago.

How do you combat that? Simple, spread that food around to a few locations. Find other places where you can store. In my example, I was already planning to head to the cabin, so I took a couple loads of the food there. Others are in other places, spreading it around for security.

Give portion to seven, yes to eight.

For you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.

Ecclesiastes 11:2

The other change in language is that we have switched from calling January 6th an insurrection to calling it either a WAR or act of terrorism. That should be setting off alarm bells and moving you up your alert status. As I keep telling you, if the government is declaring war on you, shouldn’t you prepare for war?

The push back I get from people is “I wasn’t there on Jan 6th; they aren’t talking about me”. No? Read the DHS advisory on potential domestic violent extremists, who they did publicly declare war on. It lists “people concerned with their rights”, “People who are preparing by stockpiling food and supplies”, and “people who believe in upholding the Constitution” as potential terrorists who need to be monitored. THAT’S YOU.

Meet with your people and decide at what level to up your readiness to and what will trigger the implementation of the plan, with or without a proclamation from the group.

I hope this gave you some ideas.

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Published by JD

I am the author of the Tactical Wisdom Series. I am a personal protection specialist and a veteran of the US Marine Corps. I conduct preparedness and self-defense training.

2 thoughts on “Event Triggers

  1. You’re right on the money. I’m thankful I live rural and don’t have to bug out. I’m in the middle of recovering from hip replacement surgery. I could no longer put it off. I didn’t want to be laid up due the surgery in a shtf scenario. If the collapse will hold off for another couple of months I’ll be good to go.

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