Any survival plan must take into account the health of the people the plan is expected to help. In our case we are on the back half of life and cannot be expected to have the same stamina as our children. Planning for our senior years is a reality we can no longer ignore.
We recently participated in a simple 5K. I hesitate to call it a race as we certainly did not approach it as such. I actually wanted us to participate in the event to gauge our ability to walk that distance and to judge our conditioning upon completion.
We survived. That is about as much as I can say at this point. We did not die from the experience but we certainly could not have gone much further and we certainly would not have made it carrying any supplies of any sort. What this event proved to me beyond any shadow of doubt is that we are not able to safely “bug out” if we had to. We realistically could not make it to the next town without issues. Heck, I am not sure we could make it out of our own town! Bugging out is simply not an option. In a lot of ways this does simplify the situation in that we do not have to spend a great deal of time coming up with a bug out plan.
Now that we have determined that we are sheltering in place we can plan accordingly. This decision now allows us to focus on the specific needs that older people have. Things like:
Plan To Live
Seniors must take time now to look at their daily needs. Then plan how to continue living without power and resupply for at least 7 days. Doing so will make the difference between living through the disaster or being a statistic.