Chance favours the prepared mind – Louis Pasteur (1822 – 1895)
To improve your chances you need to plan when the pressure is off. This means that you have to be prepping before an event and sure enough you are. You are putting aside food and water, planning for your BOL or planning to stay at home and you are gathering all the information that you can on surviving after an event.
To make the most of your environment though you need to start looking at resources around your home or your BOL. It is easier than you think and I’ve talked about it before. Get two maps for the local area. The first one covering the mile around your location and the second one covering up to 15 miles around your current location. Put both up on a wall.
I use the local one to record all the local information. Detail about surrounding houses whilst the larger scale map is used to highlight areas of interest. Using a combination of Google Maps and simply walking and driving around I can identify the areas of interest and then highlight them on the maps.
The first thing I put on the small map is entry points around our street. I live in a cul-de-sac and although the road only has one entry point there are access points all the way up the road, some even could be used by cars. I mark off where I will have to secure to stop this. I also mark off areas of interest where I can find items I should be out scavenging as soon as I can. Where some neighbours keep fuel, others have gardening kit, polytunnels, fish ponds, fencing, water butts, etc. Who have homes that are of interest, greenhouses, garages with equipment or items such are radio gear, firearms (sadly none of my neighbours) or anything that will help us in the uncertain future. One of my neighbours has a wood stove. Do I move in there or not?
On the larger scale map I put builders yards, allotments, public houses, shops, medical centres, farms and other items of interest. These items range from the location of streams, wild bees, mushroom deposits to rabbit warrens, pigeon roosts and areas where sheep, goats, chickens are currently held. Although I may be too late to acquire some of the livestock because I’ll be keeping my head down there are tools and other equipment stored there that may be left behind that is of interest.
Of course the tricky part is making your move quick enough to get the resources whilst keeping your head down and keeping yourself safe. My view is to err on the side of caution. I ensure that I prep enough food so I don’t need to go out but I weigh this against the capability of acquiring a breeding pair of ducks or goats. It all depends on the situation on the day. Can’t plan for everything. The chances are I could get there much quicker than someone just wandering around looting at random because I have prepared beforehand.
Do everything you can to improve your chances and you will benefit from this investment.