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30 minute warning (are you a survivor)



Stop everything.

Ask yourself, at this moment right now, are you ready for disaster Randomness to visit?

This will be the perfect time to test, because you didn’t see it coming, like many circumstances in real life.  You had no warning, yet here it is with you in the cross-hairs.

This will be the perfect example for you to reflect and examine what you could have done up to this moment, and in real time present, how ready you are.  That moment is here.  In this episode of ESCAPE, lets assume disaster is upon us, so now you get to realize how well you are ready for the big moment.

You may be in your vehicle waiting at soccer practice, in you bathroom on the porcelain throne, in the kitchen, at the office, in bed, wherever…

Use your CURRENT present location as you read this.

For this to be an effective exercise don’t cheat, you will only be cheating yourself if you know what i mean.

After you go through the scenarios, reflect on how you can be pro-active in the future, and gain some insight

As you go through the examples we lay out,  consider these and other things that pertain to you:

  • Do you have an exit plan?
  • Can you be on the road / trail in minutes to beat the wave of congestion?  What alternate methods of travel do you have and do you have set way-points to meet if you are separated from your group?
  • Are you planning on staying put, or bugging’ out?
  • What do you have with or near you to help?
  • Can you contact family or friends to coordinate? do you have a contingency already?
  • What is your fuel, water, food situation for today and days or weeks ahead, and do you have an emergency means to procure them further?
  • What items, equipment, skills and knowledge have you built up?
  • What do your surrounding conditions offer you, can you problem solve creatively?

Lets Start the clock count-down from 30 minutes to minute zero when disaster strikes.  Mentally walk through what you would do if given 30 minutes to prepare based on what you have in reality.   and…Begin

(You have 30 minutes for EACH scenario below.  write down on paper or mentally walk through each scenario in real time if possible)


Scenario A:  A ballistic nuclear missile / Meteor / “Dirty bomb” warning is issued.  The only information you have is the pending impact will be WITHIN a 25 mile radius of your current position

Scenario B:  An aggressive microbial outbreak is finally announce when the holding area is compromised.  Insiders had no choice but to notify the public after the breach.  It was located in a nondescript facility WITHIN 3 MILES from your current location ( or in the next largest town ).  An estimated 15,000 animals are infected, ranging from birds to cats, dogs and various wild animals.  Before the report it was also estimated that at least two dozen people working at the facility had been exposed.  At minute 25, those of you within radio/device or television range are informed that the animals were quarantined due to the discovery of a new strain of Rabies.  Drug experiments backfired creating a hyper aggressive strain instead.

Scenario C:  Solar Flare ( coronal mass ejection; or CME), or a situation of massive power grid and GPS / communication outage.  Lets assume that everything will be down for a period of a weeks to 2 months.  When the grid goes off-line, normal life alters…  ATM’s, banks, food stores, communications, electricity, gas pumps etc etc.

Remember sometimes it is best to observe and react DIFFERENTLY then the herd.  If the SHTF and you plan on using the roadways it makes a lot of sense to have BOB’S  ( bug out bags, or “go” bags) and resources ready to go.  Most people are reactive, not thinking through clearly so they will be jumping into vehicle quickly.  Then there are planners who are not ready.  Time management counts, they will be well equipped but stuck with the congestion sometimes.

Then there is you;  hopefully adaptable and ready.  You have your necessities and a means to make options for yourself…  Seems like the best way to thrive and survive any dilemma or disaster is actually a quality you posses ⇒ adaptability.   Compliment this by having useful resources and you are in a powerful place.   If for no other reason then remember this;  Many times we have no idea of specific threats and conditions right away:  Who, What, Why, When, and Where.

In our opinion

The more options of resources (r) the better.  The more adaptability (a) to conditions the better  = The more resilience,  & longevity ( “x” factor ).

r + a = x

When you combine  R + A,  you have an effective force multiplier.  Like a game of chess with more individual moves and combinations than the stars in the night sky

Great.  So OK, disasters are a fact”  of life.  they show up with and without warning.   Monday through Sunday.  And so does real life.   The real best part of it all is this:  These same ideas and perspectives are easily applied to real life scenarios EVERY DAY…  Be ready to adapt during your interview, on the job-site, in your home.  What you become is an asset, someone to be looked up to.  A person with use, knowledge and purpose, or an effective guardian or leader, not to mention you can handle things and make the best of a given situation.

What are your resources specifically and what do you use or want?   They can be knowledge, tools, skills, gear etc. :

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Comment with us and the community on how well you think you would do and why.   We are all in this together, even if only some of us get it.

  • What would you like to see that you don’t have?
  • What is in your kit?  What would you recommend to be ready?  Your favorite items and gear?
  • Do you have a vehicle EDC, personal EDC etc?
  • If you have an ACW kit, how have you used it to get you out of a jam?  E-mail Pictures, or post to Facebook  stories of real life use of our gear, and we will slot you if for a possible replacement of the item for FREE as thanks.


Lastly, on a different note… What would you do in a morale dilemma?

The scenario:

1.  A train is coming down a tunnel at high speed.  The track comes to a “Y” in front of the train.  On one branch of the “Y” is 3 strangers.  on the other is one stranger.  Neither can escape if a train comes down their track.   You have control of the lever.  What way do you send the train?

2.  The same train is on a single track, with 3 strangers about 300 meters down track.  You are 100 meters away down track from the train, and 200 meters up track from the group.  There is one person in front of you on a shallow ledge, if you physically push them off they will be struck and cause the train to stop due to the train’s safety mechanism.  What choice would you make?

3. Using the above 2 examples, what would you do if you knew the group? if you knew the single person?  What if either or was very close to you ( a parent, sibling or loved one)?.

Thanks from the ACW team.   help us continue to support our members the way it should be done!  great items, resources and unyielding care and service!  ( the purpose we are here ).  Keep spreading the word, join the website, check in on Facebook!

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Acw “Escape !” (episode 1) < click here

“Acw Escape, part 1”.

What would you do? Challenge your wits in our escape scenarios. We Rate, review & discuss your answers.

Parking your vehicle on a logging trail in an Evergreen Forrest, you are looking for a great spot for a hike.   You take your backpack and head out for an easy 3/4 mile ( approx) hike to a clearing you can see at the edge of a small river slightly below your current elevation that looks interesting.  it is the Beginning of November, unknown weather forecast.  You did not take a compass bearing before you went down to the clearing because it was so close and wouldn’t take long, easy as pie like you have done before many times.

To save weight you leave heavier supplies you would normally take on an overnight-er or longer exposition.

Nearing your Target area you see a curious nests in a larger tree closer to the waters edge.  Maybe it’s a great chance to get eyes on a hawk, eagle or owl?  Makes sense to hang out to see, so you take a comfortable seat on the opposite sided of the 60 to 75′ wide clearing.  you find a decent rock as a backrest,  drop your pack and probe your pack for a snack as you wait.  You try to call a friend to see whats up for later in the day but there is no reception.

Your vehicle is somewhere to your 4 to 6 o’clock direction behind you, as a confident guess in your mind.  The once or twice you turned around you assumed it’s position but looking back upwards, through the pine boughs and green peaks, it’s impossible to see far enough.  Fuck it, No big deal.

A Windy light snow quickly and quietly moves through, nothing major but you are pretty experienced.  You get up, zip up, secure and slide on your ruck sack.  Before you head back up you walk to the opposite clearing for one close look at the Mystery nest from below.  Hard to see much.  Time to return to your vehicle and head out before the trails and roads get nasty so off you go,  back past the other side of the clearing, and up the very slight gradient of the slope.

The sky is darkish and grey for the most part, the time now about 3:30.  The snow is giving a beautiful frosty filter to nearby trees, any sunlight mixing through in patches gives a warm comforting effect, but reminds you without any sunlight it would be a less than awesome trip back.

After 20 minutes it becomes a full blow white out blizzard, 15 to 25 mph gusts, and almost completely dark.  You decide to use your best guess at direction and continue another 30 minutes but to no avail.  Temp is approx 30 to 35 deg f. as far as you can guess,  Starting temp when you parked your vehicle was 41 degrees according to your dashboard readout.

Some snow pack was on the ground originally, maybe 2″ deep and sporadic.  accumulation now is additional 3″ fresh fall.  While navigating through and around some small saplings you slide down a 4′ slope at maybe a 30 deg slope, nothing crazy, but at the bottom your slide is slowly halted by a slushy patch under the snowfall that messes up your footing and sends you down to the side of your ass for the last 3 feet into about 18” of water.  Probably the edge of a beaver pond or marshy overflow of the small river.

Your left side up to your ribs is completely soaked, your right side to the thigh.  You can’t be too far off the logging trail?  your vehicle must be very close…

  • Please reply as to what action you personally would take to make it out.  Feel free to include your own skills and actions following the pause in this scenario.  There is no one correct answer in most cases, and try not to nit-pick the scenario or start new threads.  We will later take the comments and thoughts and our own matrix to give a closing pros and cons on actions, rate the serious players in likely-hood of success, and or close the story or add additional conditions.  O.K.  Have at it and get Drinkin, er Thinkin’…     ( for acw team members we also have a free clue:  check out the fine print if you can find it in your Acw field manual…).


Environment / Surroundings :

Common alpine Forrest.  November, present day, low 30’s degrees F.  Northern US / southern Canadian type zone.  Mid day, partly cloudy, 2” semi hard snow pack over 50% of ground, wind calmish. Ground cover, some hardwood varieties, semi rocky, mostly mature and young evergreens.

           This exact moment :

On your side with your lower body wet.  No injuries. on hands and knees looking Above to about 4’ is the top of small embankment where you slid from. Snow falling and blizzard conditions, 3 to 5’’ total snow coverage, dark skies just before sunset ( guessing 4:15 to 4:30 time), semi open area with sparse trees and flat ground beyond in the direction you were sliding, flat ground with very random incline on all other sides. Some visible rock formations all directions. 50 minutes currently into your exit back to your vehicle.  visibility 10 to 20′ average.

 Personal State :

            Current Condition :

Current personal condition is good health and energy, normal hydration, fair spirits, wet on left side past hip, right side to thigh. Footwear 80% water saturation.  ( if you wear w.p. shoes, than your total foot /sock water saturation is less than 30% on right foot and 60% left ).

            Possessions :

Wearing your normal good hiking shoes, insulated, long underwear, blended material socks, jeans, t-shirt ( cotton), long sleeve thermal (poly cotton), synthetic hoody sweatshirt, nylon belt, wallet ( whatever you normally carry), cell phone with 80% charge ( no signal before), knit hat.

Ruck sack contents: 1 bottle of drinking water ( 12 oz. ), Flashlight, bag of trail mix, gloves, 2 small zip ties, small set of binoculars, extra cotton t-shirt, leatherman multi tool, Ziploc bag with emergency contents ( magnesium fire starter, reg book of 18 remaining waterproof matches, whistle, 3 .22 caliber cartridges, 2 sheets waterproof paper 3” x 4”, pencil with eraser, compass, pain pills)

Threats / Misc :

Your current threat is with the elements. You’re wet and disoriented due to the weather/visibility.  You don’t remember if you told anyone where you were going exactly.