Emergency Action Plans for DEFCON Levels

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Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:33 am

The topic of establishing Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) for personal and family use came up in another thread. I am posting the EAPs my wife and I currently have agreed upon based on the different DEFCON levels so that others interested in doing something similar can use them as a point of reference if they wish. Nothing I'm posting should compromise our security. I am always re-evaluating these plans, so comments and suggestions on improving them are welcome.

When developing an EAP, keep in mind that the goal is to think things through now, while you're calm and have access to unlimited information to assist you. The whole purpose of an EAP is to allow people to follow pre-established steps without having to try to think through panic. A properly designed EAP will quickly walk the reader through the steps they need to protect themselves while still leaving room for deviation from the plan and improvisation if the situation calls for it. EAPs should be both brief and descriptive, allowing the reader to absorb the most information in as short a time as possible. There should be an EAP for every natural or man-made threat that exists in your area. For instance, in Indiana, EAPs for tornadoes are the most common in homes and businesses. They should be clearly labeled and easily accessible to every member of the family.

Practice runs should be conducted from time to time. My wife and I use brief power outages and camping trips to this end, notating problems we have that would be serious in an extended disaster, and fixing those problems before the next dry run. About five years ago a massive blizzard hit Indianapolis, resulting in loss of power at our house for 72 hours with -20 wind chills outside. We implemented several parts of our Shelter In Place EAP and we were extremely comfortable for the duration of the power outage. However, the experience still revealed several minor weaknesses in our plan that would have become major inconveniences in the event of a long-term SIP scenario. Those were corrected in short order after the power came back on.

So, here are our current DEFCON Level EAPs. All of this took several hours of research and work, spread out over a few months until I had a finished product.

DEFCON 5 Normal peacetime level. No nuclear threats exist against the United States.
  • No deviation from normal daily activities
DEFCON 4 No imminent nuclear threats exist against the United States. However, geopolitical situations require increased intelligence gathering efforts and heightened security measures.
  • Review DEFCON 3 EAP
    Inspect and clean weapons
    Review current status of all emergency supplies and note possible issues that need addressed
    Vehicle fuel tanks no lower than 1/2 full at all times
DEFCON 3 No imminent nuclear threats exist against the United States, but hostile military action against the United States or US allies is a distinct possibility. U.S. military forces are on a heightened state of alert in anticipation of mobilization. Air Force strategic assets must be ready to launch operations with 15 minutes notice.
  • Fill vehicle fuel tanks and maintain no lower than 3/4 full at all times
    Install topper on truck and prepare it for evacuation supplies to be loaded
    Review DEFCON 2 EAP
    Review Shelter In Place and Evacuation EAPs
    Increase emergency food and water supplies if possible
    Rotate and increase battery supplies if possible
    Rotate, replenish, and increase reserve fuel supplies if possible
    Increase ammunition supplies if possible
    Inspect radiation detection kit and dosimeters
DEFCON 2 There is a significant risk of major military operations against the United States and/or US allies, including the possible use of nuclear weapons. Force readiness increases to just below maximum levels. All combat forces are readied for major operations within six hours.
  • Fill vehicle fuel tanks and return home immediately for emergency discussion and planning
    Vehicle fuel tanks to remain full at all times
    Maintain regular communications via text, phone, or radio
    Withdraw cash from bank
    Weapons loaded and ready to fire at all times
    Prepare radiation detection equipment for use and deploy dosimeters
    Review DEFCON 1 EAP
    Prepare and secure shelter and house for extended shelter in place
    Implement Shelter In Place EAP if appropriate
    Reinforce basement shelter area if appropriate
    Cover windows with boards if appropriate
    Prepare and load vehicles for quick and extended evacuation
    Implement Evacuation EAP if appropriate
DEFCON 1 Use of nuclear weapons against the United State and/or US allies is imminent or ongoing. Military at maximum readiness and prepared for immediate action at all times.
  • Continuous communications via radio
    Prepare for possible EMP effects
    Implement or continue to implement Shelter In Place or Evacuation EAP based on nature of threat
    Avoid all nuclear target areas (See EAP Nuclear Target Maps)
    Weapons loaded and carried ready to fire at all times
    Deadly force used against potential threats
Using the NukeMap utility at nuclearsecrecy.com, I have created several maps for our Evacuation EAP showing potential nuclear targets in all states between home and our bugout location, with a pre-planned route that avoids potential blast zones and major interstates. All travel is on local highways or county roads for as long as we are able to drive, and I try to store enough gasoline to get us there without needing a gas station. Rotating that much fuel on a regular basis is not easy. Below is an example I have edited to remove starting location, and our final destination is on another map. Blast radius is based on 500 kiloton airbursts and targets are derived from several different sources. Assuming normal traffic patterns, we can be out of all potential Indianapolis blast zones in about 15 minutes from the time we leave, possibly less if I use the emergency lights on my truck to run traffic lights. With the exception of Lafayette, Indiana, once we are clear of the Indy danger zones, we never come close enough to any potential nuclear target to worry about anything except possibly being blinded by a detonation, and our EAP has a contingency for that.
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Everyone is welcome to copy as much or as little of these plans as they wish to assist with developing your own EAPs. Please feel free to post questions, comments, and suggestions.
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Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:44 am

Thank you ;)
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Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:50 am

Thankyou so much this has been an enlightenment of a horrible situation and I'm sure a great wake up call to lots of followers. As you commented any suggestions i personally would move possible emp to defcon 2.Otherwise considering your location and blast zones and easier access to guns the information provided is very informative and extremely valuable. Thankyou so much for this insight. 😉

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Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:56 pm

Yingyang wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:50 am
Thankyou so much this has been an enlightenment of a horrible situation and I'm sure a great wake up call to lots of followers. As you commented any suggestions i personally would move possible emp to defcon 2.Otherwise considering your location and blast zones and easier access to guns the information provided is very informative and extremely valuable. Thankyou so much for this insight. 😉
I'm glad you found it useful. :)

Not a bad suggestion on prepping for EMP at DEFCON 2. I'll review that and possibly work it into the next edit of the plans. Thanks!
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Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:58 pm

So uhh
What if you're British?

And you don't have any firearms?

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Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:03 pm

Train wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:58 pm
So uhh
What if you're British?

And you don't have any firearms?
I'm aussie strong gun laws not easy to acquire gun here either. So my choice was bow and arrow and very happy. 😉

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Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:13 am

Yingyang wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:03 pm
Train wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:58 pm
So uhh
What if you're British?

And you don't have any firearms?
I'm aussie strong gun laws not easy to acquire gun here either. So my choice was bow and arrow and very happy. 😉
Having killed large game with both I think I would prefer a clean shot from rifle than any hit with a bow. Something prime evil about a stick with three razor blades slicing through you that gives me the shudders!
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Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:58 am

Train wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:58 pm
So uhh
What if you're British?

And you don't have any firearms?
First rule of a survival mindset: Focus on what you have to work with, not on what you wish you had to work with.
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Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:05 am

RiffRaff wrote:
Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:58 am
Train wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:58 pm
So uhh
What if you're British?

And you don't have any firearms?
First rule of a survival mindset: Focus on what you have to work with, not on what you wish you had to work with.
Thank you riff raff i do agree as firearms are to hard to acquire in australia for hunting and self defense i prefer a gillie suit and bow that way ammunition is not an issue and giving away position. I like quiet and patience much more satisfying and safer.😊Besides prime evil is the likelihood considering the topic.

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Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:14 am

Yep, I live in a city with VERY strict gun laws, even though I'm in the U.S. All the prepper sites seem to assume everyone has easy access to weapons though! They never tell you what kinds of weapons to have on hand if you live somewhere guns aren't allowed. All I can think of are baseball bats, pepper spray, and carving knives...

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