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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Survival Operating Procedure (S.O.P.)

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S.O.P. is an acronym for Standard Operating Procedure.  We are going to put the SurvivalCache spin on things and change the term to Survival Operating Procedure to help your family with Emergency Preparedness.

The idea behind using an S.O.P. is that it outlines the steps that would be taken in an emergency and lays them out in a way that can be practiced and repeated easily in an emergency. Very similar to rehearsing a fire drill.
By Josh, The Survival Kid –

The Scenario:

For this example I am going to share my family’s S.O.P. for an emergency evacuation of the home,Bug Out Bag or “Bug Out”.  For this scenario, lets say that there has been an event in town that is causing civil unrest.  Things are starting to heat up with rioting in the streets and mobs of protesters.  My parents are not sure how much longer it is going to last, so they decide we should pack up our belongings and “Get Out Of Dodge”.  Time is always of the essence once these decisions are made and if we are going to beat the crowds we must move fast.  Our family’s goal is to be packed up and on the road in less than 15 minutes.
By dividing the house into three key areas such as kitchen, bedrooms, and garage, we can divide up the work load.  Below is an example of my families “Survival” S.O.P. or Standard Operating Procedure.

KitchenBug Out Plan

The kitchen detail is in charge of packing up all of the food and cooking utensils in the house and loading them into the Bug Out Vehicle.  The kitchen detail is headed up by the lady of the house because she knows her way around the kitchen the best.  She is aided by one of the younger kids to help her move stuff around.


The bedroom detail is in charge of packing up the contents of the bedrooms.  They pack the Bug Out Bags (B.O.B.s) from the individual packing lists, they pack all of the school books, the guns and ammunition, the indoor tool box, and the family first aid kit.  The bedroom detail is headed up by Dad and one of the older children.  After packing up everything from the bedrooms, they are also responsible for moving it out to the B.O.V.


The garage detail is in charge of packing up everything that is stored outside. They grab the Family Survival Plangardening, camping, and shelter bins from their shelves, they pack up all of the tools from the workshop area, they load the family chickens into a crate, and also grab the chicken food. They then move everything into the B.O.V.  I head up the garage detail, because I am in charge of maintaining the yard and garage and know where everything is.

The S.O.P.

Here is what the actual S.O.P. looks like. We keep laminated copies throughout the house, so that in a time of crisis everybody knows what to do.
Kitchen Detail: Mom, Joey
Bedroom Detail: Dad, Caleb
Garage Detail: Josh, Luke
Kitchen Detail:
*Tip – Keeping food in trays or Storage bins saves a lot of packing time.
Bedrooms Detail:
  • Pack Bug Out Bags from individual packing lists
  • Pack guns and ammunition into appropriate cases
  • Pack books into plastic bins from packing list
  • Pack indoor tools from packing list
  • Pack family first aid kit
  • Pack Survival Binder
Garage/ Outdoors Detail:
  • Pack “Shelter”, “Gardening” & “Camping” bins
  • Pack chickens into crate. Pack chicken food
  • Pack outdoor tools into plastic bin from packing list
  • Pack water jugs
  • Pack propane tanks, gasoline, and kerosene jugs
Share your ideas for your emergency SOP in the comments below.
“The Future Belongs to Those Who Prepare”
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  1. Very good post. I saw this when it was on Survival Cache. It is a very good plan. Keeps you going in the right direction when things get hairy.

  2. Bugging out is problematic. Can you really take everything you need in the family car or trailer or whatever you are going to use to bug out? What happens if you get stuck on the highway, break down, run out of gas, robbed, etc.

    I like the idea of a cache or multiple caches using 5 gallon buckets. Food, clothing, tent/tarps, cooking utensils, etc. can all fit into five gallon buckets and be prepositioned. Splitting the cache between two or more locations provides insurance in case one cache is discovered.

    This doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't still take as much with you as you can it just provides options in the event things go bad.