I find it extremely interesting that our soldiers are concerned and planning how they are going to get their families out of Europe.

Is war with Russia that close?

08 FEBRUARY 2015

Survival February

 American Mercenary
Normally we would be a week into living off of stored food, testing our preps. This year got derailed by German shopping and the situation with Russia, so our preps are for the first time going to be focused on the real world task of evacuating my wife and children.

My boys are 4 and 5, although the oldest will turn 6 this month. My wife is on the petite side, so humping a 55 pound ruck isn’t in the cards.

If someone were a good staff officer, they would be asking the questions….

“What does a mother and two young children need to go from Germany back to the United States in a relatively rapid manner? And failing the ability to get to the states, get to relative safety?”

The answer to the first question is an airplane ride. It can be military or civilian. If it is military she needs the ability to get to an airbase where planes are taking on passengers and heading west across the Atlantic. If it is a civilian plane she needs access to enough funds to purchase a ticket.

If a plane ride out becomes an impossibility, then France or the UK is the best bet for relative safety. At this point getting the car ready to hold enough supplies to get from here to a ferry point to go to the UK is a completely valid solution. Once again, a bunch of cash to pay for fuel and a ferry ticket, along with some food and other incidental emergency supplies is the basic need for survival.

To address these two scenarios, we are in the process of putting together tailored packages of supplies. If all she can grab is a 3 day bag and get on a bus heading west, then everything she needs has to be in that bag (cash, passports, food, hygiene, first aid, motion sickness pills, etc). If she has to get in the car and get out that way, then the 3 day bag plus the car package (extra food, extra fuel, extra clothes, extra blankets, etc). We have friends in the UK and it could serve as an intermediate staging area for onward movement back to the United States.

To address the German shopping reason, it is still relatively simple to grab a bunch of rice and beans in a German supermarket. We know how to do that, but it is not a useful survival experience to live off rice and beans. Since my wife has a food allergy it has made purchasing safe foods in bulk very problematic (yes it is a wheat allergy, yes it has been confirmed by actual blood tests, it is not all in her head). So stocking up on foodstuffs has been much more difficult simply due to the language barrier and that Germans aren’t hypchondriacs like Americans (thank you all hypochondriac Americans who ensure that gluten free options are available damn near everywhere in the US).

We could stock up on already made survival packs bought online, but we decided not to go that route and really try to figure out how to do it in Germany, or at least prove that we can’t do it on the economy.

In other news, the exchange rate with the Euro is down to very favorable rates, so stocking up on cash is going well.

And for those who remember the mandatory dependent evacuation plans of the Cold War, those have not been a requirement for at least a decade, so this is entirely part of our internal prep plans. It would be nice if the DOD managed a centralized evacuation plan, but I will not count on it as the numbers are just too large and the available resources are just too small for EUCOM to do much other than issue advisories and act as control points for rationing seats on flights.

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One Response to I find it extremely interesting that our soldiers are concerned and planning how they are going to get their families out of Europe.

  1. Arminius says:

    My father was stationed in Germany in the 1970s. My mother had always planned to walk to Switzerland with two small boys (my brother and I). Walk at night, hide during the day. She knew that the ports and airports would be among the first targets in case of war.

    During my tour in Germany, we had mutual friends in Bavaria that became surrogate grandparents to the children. That became my family’s evac location in case of trouble. They would have blended right in.

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