Today, I wanted to discuss the Rule of 3’s, but not the standard Rule of 3’s.  These are my additions to the Rule of 3’s that I see as making a difference in deciding to preserve yourself in a SHTF in the suburbs or an urban setting…

Any survivalist, military personnel, or someone schooled in the value of self preservation should know about the “Rule of 3’s”  If you don’t, Google the “The Rule of 3’s” and sift through all the posts that come up on it.  I am not going to get into it here.  However, I have been giving some thought to some additions to the Rule of 3’s in a SHTF situation in the Urban or Suburban environment.  Here is what I am coming up with.

When the SHTF in the suburbs, “my opinion” is the following from three (3) seconds to three (3) months post SHTF:

  • From the time you learn of a SHTF or are involved in a SHTF, you have three (3) seconds to make a decision to mobilize based on your SHTF planning.
  • If you panic in a situation you have three (3) minutes tops to STOP and get back on track with a decision.
    • Sit
    • Think
    • Observe
    • Plan
  • You have three (3) hours to coordinate with family or your team to decide to bug out, bug in, or meet at your rendezvous location to take the next steps in your mobilization plan.
  • You have three (3) days maximum to reach your first safe Cache, Bug Out Location, Fall Back Location, or destination for psychological safety, to implement the next phase of your planning.  If Bugging In, you have three days to coordinate with family, take inventory of your preps, and make sure your plan is workable during the duration of the SHTF situation.
  • You have three (3) weeks to get used to the new situation you are in, come up with a new plan of action, or continue on course with your existing plan creating normalcy in your life/lives whether bugging in or in a new environment after bugging out.
  • You have three (3) months to be in full swing with your new plan and new life post SHTF, whatever that may be…

The only part of this that can be redundant is to STOP.  Everything else is “go forward” and in a SHTF, you cannot go backwards, so your plans must be solid before the SHTF.  You may modify your plans, but modifying plans suggest operational awareness of what is going on around you.  Admittedly, some of my plans are not as solid as they should be in some areas.  But, in the event of a SHTF, my extension of the Rule of three’s above will help me shelter in of get the hell out of Dodge to safety.

Of course, much of this is dependent on the type of SHTF situation you are in.  You have to decide for yourself what is permanent or semi permanent…

Making a Situation Manageable

If this is a little much for you to fathom, try breaking down the three days into three hour increments and compartmentalizing the situation.  Do the same for three weeks, break it into three day blocks to make decisions or to set mini goals to keep you going if you are a little overwhelmed, etc., etc…

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