Today, we will explore scheduling a fire piquet/security piquet at your bugout location and what will factor into an effective program with the available resources at your command.
There are many factors that will impact the effectiveness of your fire piquet/security piquet program at your BOL. Not-the-least of which, is how many persons can you muster for piquet duty?? The next most limiting factor is, in how many directions does your piquet need to keep a watch on?? I am assuming that all BOL's want/need 24 hour coverage a day, every day.
This first chart will show how many, can control, for how long. One note: The final column shows the maximum number of OP/LP's (observation post/listening post) that can be manned at minimum levels; the duration when maxed out is only for days, at most.
As you can see in this chart, when you have only a few persons to provide security for your BOL, you will not last very long before a lack of sleep/recovery will make all of you very vulnerable. You either need to increase your numbers of persons or limit the number of directions that must be observed and/or defended. Mutual aid agreements with neighbours or being a part of a community may offer solutions to very small groups.
To help visualize this process I have drawn a simple map (below) which has a small town or village that is located near a more major roadway. For the ease of labeling the main road runs North/South. The town/village is entered from the North and exited from the South.
To protect a town like this will require 3 security teams. I will provide 2 staffing options for each of the three teams and provide sample schedules to man the required positions. As this is a sample with no known real example, this will be a pure planning exercise and those leaders out there who will have to use these samples, understand that you will have to mold these samples into your reality. Understand the concepts and you can adapt these ideas to fit your needs.
First questions for this exercise: What will I need to provide an effective fire piquet and security piquet?? How many persons do I require?? Where do we place them?? Who will control them?? How do I schedule for this??
Welcome to Sample Town, population 350.
|Sample Schedule 1|
|Sample Schedule 2|
Similar to Teams One & Two, Team Three will live in the bunker at the Command Post. When not on-duty, Team Three will sleep, eat, rest near the CP. When needed, Team Members will work the CP, whether scheduled or not.
So, there you have it.....a basic understanding of scheduling for fire protect and security at your bugout location. If you want to minimize hazards and risks at your BOL you will adopt some sort of fire protection/security protection program. In the event of SHTF or TEOTWAWKI, this WILL be your insurance program. It will be paid in hours served not in dollars & cents. The new economy will not have fiat currency.
Plan to survive and we will see you on the other side!!
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