A Survival Master Plan (SMP) is the guide you set for yourself and/or your family as to what you will do when situation A comes up and what to do next. A proper PMP is all about redundancy in case your first choice fails.
The key to a successful Survival Master Plan is that everyone in the group knows it backwards and forwards through drills and discussions. It is recommended to educate yourself on survival camping skills for the basics needed to round out the plan.
Disaster comes in many forms, and each master plan builds on the other. If all you did was food storage for the biggest part of your preparations, you have created a safety net for yourself in the event of something as simple as loss of your job. Finding work can be tough and unemployment if available only goes so far.
The Survival Master Plan is the master list of instructions to follow and is based on the contingency at hand. Example, if you are faced with a hurricane, you can expect power and water to fail, but depending on your shelter, you should be able to ride out the storm's aftermath just fine. In this case, your Survival Master Plan is simple as it requires you to have done the food and water storage ahead of time and all that everyone needs to do is get to the prime location and wait until its over.
On the other hand, civil unrest is a quagmire of unexpected and unknown intensity. In this case, you decide if the home is defendable or not, and even if it is, where would you go if forced to leave. You need at least two solid backup locations to head for and depending on the path may require overnight stays. These locations should be mapped out in advance.
The master plan has to be built around your and/or your families daily activities timeline. If you travel 30 to 40 miles to get to work every day, you need to carry enough emergency tools, supplies, and protection to ensure you can return back to your prime location regardless of what happens.
A Survival Master Plan consists of several components to be fully effective. It starts by answering the following questions:
The word sustainable in this case means any method that will replenish what you consume. Simply put, sustainable food sources are a vegetable garden or vegetables growing on the back porch if that is all the room you have. Depending on where you live, fruit and nut trees should be planted as well. Sustainable water is simply setting up rain collection or access to underground water that is available by a hand pump or bucket.
To develop the master plan, answer the questions above fully and depending on your answers, write down what is required. The master plan will be a list of required supplies, locations, and instructions on what to do if ....
Finally when setting up your Survival Master Plan, make sure to take into account those items that are not long term and figure out a method not to need them. Gasoline is a perfect example as it lasts no longer than one year before it turns to varnish. Bulk storage of gasoline you wouldn't use for over a year will be wasted.
If you expect and plan for the worst case scenario, the odds on your survival increase exponentially. If you head towards the doomsday end of the spectrum, then the answer is quite simply, "What would the Pioneers do?"