Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The G.O.O.D. Plan - Get Out Of Dodge - Part 1

Well I guess it is time to get my book out in the public eye. So, I will start posting parts of my book, when I can. Let's see if this works. 

I started working on this book in December 2009. By December 2010, I had a copy ready to print. Paladin Press in Colorado, USA was interested in printing my book once I signed over all my rights. At this time I still do not feel inclined to give up on having my book published. But, I prefer to have it published on my terms. For example, I do not want to lose my rights to this material. But, if you promise not to try to steal my material and call it your own, I will start to post the book in pieces on my blog.

I wrote this book because every brochure you ever read tells you to make a plan. But no one ever shows you what the plan looks like. This is not a survival manual per se, more of a manual to plan your family's evacuation, should you ever need to. I hope this is of some assistance.

This is copyrighted material. I am the copyright holder. I am extending viewing privileges to you the reader. You may read this but you cannot copy this material and reproduce it and sell it. You cannot take it to the printer and have it printed. IF, any publisher would like to work with me to have a printed version made, please, email me at:  . Thank you.  Mountainman aka V. Andrew McMillan.

Sorry Folks, could not get my cover to paste. So, we carry on.

I may have found copies of my Cover and Back Cover to post: Fingers crossed this will work. Yes!!


Table of Contents



Terms and Definitions

When to Enable The G.O.O.D. Plan

The G.O.O.D. Plan
  • Individual
  • Family
  • Community
  • Personal Defence
  • Scenarios
Safe Zones
Standard Operation Procedures (SOP's)
Threat assessment
Practice & Drills

It's Over, Now What?

Going Home

Starting Over

The Review

Restock & Prepare Again


Table of Contents

Appendix A – Sample G.O.O.D. Plan
Appendix B – First Aid Kit List
Appendix C – Disasters & Man-Made Headaches
Appendix D – Intelligence
Appendix E – Defensive Techniques
Appendix F – Convoy Driving Techniques
Appendix G – Skills Assessment
Appendix H – RV Survival Kits
Appendix I – Long Term Survival Considerations
Appendix J – Contingency Plan
Appendix K – Health & Fitness Considerations
Appendix L – SERE Food Plan For Consideration
Appendix M – Communications Plan

References & Bibliography
Sample Forms (Deluxe Binder Edition Only)

Bonus Material DVD/SD Card
Books & Manuals (From Free Web Sources)
  • Army Combatives 2002
  • Combat Skills
  • Garmin Rino 530Hcx Manual
  • NIJ Battery Guide
  • Scout Platoon
  • US Army NBC Manual
  • US Army Ranger Handbook 1992
  • USMC Wilderness Medicine Manual
  • USMC Scouting & Patroling Manual & More
  • Leupold
  • Fulton Armory & More
Diagrams & Photos
Emergency Preparedness
  • Disaster Prep Handbook & More
  • GOOD Escape Pack Gear List
  • GOOD Safe Zone Needs List
  • GOOD Cache List
The G.O.O.D. Plan (Get Out Of Dodge) in PDF (e-Book)


This book is dedicated to the late Mr. Fred Allan, my English Instructor from Grade 8 to Grade 10 at C.S.S.

Thank you for pushing me when I needed a push. I will be the first to admit I was not a strong English student. Thanks to your mentoring my writing skills improved.

I wonder if you would be surprised that I have written a book?

Rest in Peace. Thanks again.


This is my first attempt at writing a book. This particular book, The G.O.O.D. Plan (Get Out Of Dodge), could have been written by any number of current or former military persons. But, I guess it was left for me to write. I hope I have done this topic justice. Planning to evacuate is easy to say, but it is a whole lot of work to build a successful plan.

The author would like to be forgiven for being belligerent at times. This writing style was chosen to drive home important points of survival. Situations that cannot be imagined in our day-to-day lives, must still be prepared for if society dissolves or during a crisis situation.

The author would also like to recognize that the group most likely to purchase this book, is most likely the group that needs this information the least. So, please help those that need this information the most, give them a copy or lend them your copy.

If any Subject Matter Experts or dedicated readers have any constructive feedback for the next edition, please forward suggestions to the author:

Thank you for purchasing my book.

V. Andrew McMillan



Welcome to the G.O.O.D. Plan. If you are reading this you may foresee a need to GET OUT OF DODGE and you want to know how to prepare for that day.

The G.O.O.D. Plan is an evac plan. It will be part of your family's emergency preparedness plan.

These days we are faced with threats to our freedom and safety from every side, be it, religious extremists trying to share their suicide bomb with us, dirt bag criminals trying to rob us blind (or worst), or unstable governments losing their nuclear weapons to terrorists. Today is a dangerous place for law abiding, peace loving citizens. So, what is a good guy to do?

Well, first you have to be skeptical of the world around you, quickly followed by being skeptical of the information you receive about that world. Is the source trustworthy? What angle are they providing the information from? Who benefits? You the viewer? Or some corporate client?

Additional information is provided to help your planning process. Including sample scenarios, gear lists, threat assessments, possible terrorist targets and a sample G.O.O.D. Plan.

The G.O.O.D. Plan requires you to have solid information from a trustworthy source. To Get Out Of Dodge, you need to be on the road before anyone else knows there's a problem.

will help you
to be ready and packed and on the road
before the panic starts!

Terms & Definitions

Get Out Of Dodge – A phrase from the Wild West. Meaning to leave town before the shooting started in Dodge City.

P.O.L. Point – P.O.L. (petroleum, Oils, & Lubricants) storage point. Best made with a bermed earth bank around the perimeter & lined with heavy plastic. Jerry cans should sit in drip pans. Drums & barrels should sit on stands with drip trays under spouts. Assorb-all available for spills. Fire extinguishers and shovel at fire point close by.

Billy Can – A Billy Can is a large metal. It can be used to boil water, melt snow or heat soup, stew or coffee. A heavy gauge can, such as a 100 oz ketchup can. A lid from a large coffee can makes it more useful. The addition of a pot gripper completes the Billy Can. This removable handle makes moving or pouring much easier.

Opsec – Operational Security. Need to know, others are not told. “Loose lips, sink ships” Effective Opsec keeps you and your family invisible, which is good.

GMRS – General Mobile Radio Service. Compact 2 way radios. Channels 15 – 22. 1.0 – 5.0 watts.

FRS – Family Radio Service. Compact 2 way radios. Channels 1 – 14. 0.5 Watts. Short range radios.

VOX – Voice Activation System. With headset, allows hands-free radio operation. Very useful on foot patrol or convoy duty.


When to Enable The G.O.O.D. Plan

This is the part of converting gut feelings and accurate intelligence into a time to act. There are no guarantees in life, lest of all when your and your families lives are on the line. The importance of good, solid information can not be overstated.

The worse that can happen, is you enact your G.O.O.D. Plan too early. As long as, you refrain from killing anyone on your evacuation you can turn your oops into a valuable, real-life training scenario. Don't give in to the feelings of, “I screwed up.” Instead, look at it from the point-of-view of, “I jumped the gun. If this had been the “Real” time to use this plan, I could have succeeded better if we had done this....”

When the time comes, you will know. You will be ready. You will keep gear in your vehicle. You will keep your vehicle's fuel tank at least half full at all times. You will have an escape pack for each member of your family ready incase you have only minutes to evacuate your home.

I know this, because you are reading the G.O.O.D. Plan. You are reading this because you want to be prepared. You just need a little push in the right direction. You are planning and have been for a while now. You want to get yourself organized and ready. That time is NOW!

Time to enact the G.O.O.D. Plan is when civil order is just on the verge of collapse. The trigger event is not important, it can be a natural disaster or a man-made tragedy. Time is your greatest challenge. If you have enough warning you can survive any event. The challenge is being able to succeed when there is not enough time. That requires pre-planning and preparation. You have to be ready before there is an event to prepare for.

Prepare now. Survive later.


The G.O.O.D. Plan
  • Individual
  • Family
  • Community

The G.O.O.D. Plan can be tailored to meet your needs. Are you solo or do you have a wife and kids? Is there an extended family member to care for? Or are you a member of a group or community that plans to tough out whatever comes, together?

The tailoring process can also be done as your needs or commitments change. You can grow your plan from yourself, to when you get married, when you have children or are caring for a parent.

It is a lot of work to build the perfect plan. too bad, the perfect plan rarely works perfectly.

Start today, and you can have a G.O.O.D. Plan in a few hours. These will not be easy hours, but when the chips fall, these hours could be worth your life or your family's lives.

Enough talk, let's get some action!

Safe Zones
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's)
Threat Assessments
Practice & Drills



This is what you are doing right now.

You need to know what to do in any natural disaster that may strike your neighbourhood. You need to know what to do in the event of a man-made disaster. And, you need to know what to do in the event that a war-type incident breaks out near you.

You also need to scale your plan to the number of people it will include. You can just multiply the individual gear for each member or you can have a base amount of personal gear and share the group gear split equally between each member of your group.

You also have to determine the worst case scenario. If your worse-case scenario is a planet killing asteriod impact on the planet earth: your plan may just be to get the family together for one last BBQ and a few (a lot of) Beers.

Next your plan needs to determine if you will shelter-in-place or escape to a safe zone. Where would your safe zone be? Is it a safe distance from where you currently live? Have you moved to an area, that allows you to shelter-in-place so, your home is your safe zone?

Do you have the supplies of water, food, fuel and defensive stores to protect your supplies from looters? Do you have shelter from the elements? How about shelter from fallout or other forms of radiation? How long will your water and food supplies last before you need to replenish them? Where will you get more supplies from? What if the government is not able to help the citizens of your country?

These are tough questions. If you are thinking about them now, you may have a plan to solve these challenges before they drop in your lap. That is the largest part of the planning phase – think about what obstacles will be in the way of your survival.

Your plan needs to outline:

  • Where to meet up – at least one close to home & at least one alternate outside the disaster area
  • Who is your contact person and what is their phone number (all members will message through this person)
  • Where do you store the escape packs
  • How will you travel – alternate travel mode
  • Link up plan incase family members are separated when the disaster strikes
  • G.O.O.D. Travel routes
  • Location of caches along G.O.O.D. Travel Route
  • List of gear and supplies
  • An address book with current information
  • Copies of all personal identification, insurance, driver's licenses, passports, banking information, and credit cards
  • Medical plan – triage, medications, treatments
  • Convoy driving plan – stay together no matter what
  • Map to safe zone – alternates as well
  • Priority of work at the safe zone
  • When is the emergency over
  • Return home plan
  • Recovery Process
  • Review & modify your G.O.O.D. plan
  • Resupply plan

See sample plan in Appendix A

As you can see the G.O.O.D. Plan contains a lot of personal and confidential information. Some of this information will not want to end up in the wrong hands. The criminal element will use this information to rob you blind and the law enforcement agencies would throw you in jail for planning to deal with trouble during periods of extreme lawlessness. So, my recommendation is once you and your family have made your plan, keep it safe and secure. Review it at least once a year. Update it as needed. Keep it current, because when you need this plan to work you will not have the time for updates.


This is a subjective area. The reader will have to use their personal knowledge of their climate, terrain, and seasons to modify the following lists of equipment. These lists will try to address the needs and give specific examples. The extremes between summer and winter will mean long lists. The most important aspect of items is to satisfy more than one need or feature. Versatile and durable are key.

When creating your escape pack try to acquire the best quality items you can afford or build at the time. Upgrade on an as you can basis. In this game, quality matters. Your life depends on the item to work when you need it and there is no going to the store to exchange it for one that does.

Personal Escape Pack

Quality Backpack – Military Alice packs, McHale Custom Pack
Shelter – SilTarp, Tent, Bivy Bag, Shelter-half
Water Bottle/Hydration system – Military canteen, Platypus, Camel Back, Naglene
Camp stove – pocket rocket and fuel canister
Cook set – stainless steel or titanium. 0.5 l pot & 1.0 l pot, or a pot set that will also hold your stove and fuel canister stacked inside
KFS – Knife, fork & spoon – Stainless Steel
Pot Gripper – aluminum
Sturdy Belt knife – Mora, Kabar, Cold Steel, Gerber, Buck
Fire starter kit – matches, flint & steel, lighter, tinder, Magnessium bar, match case (plastic, waterproof)
Sleeping Bag – The Best You Can Afford
Ranger Blanket – A.K.A Poncho Liner
Rain Poncho – Light Nylon Military Poncho to work with liner
Set of Clothes or Flightsuit – Think BDU's
Poly-pro Lohn Johns and Long sleeve shirt
Underwear – x2 pair
Socks – x2 Poly-pro liner socks & x2 Wool Work Socks
Boots – Sturdy. Danner's. Bate's. Matterhorn's.
Jacket or Anorak – Gore-tex shell + Light warm liner. Fleece.

Boonie Hat – for sun and rain.
Toque – for cold and snow. Balaclava if in the North Country.
Gloves – Leather. Shooting. Working. General Protection.
Gloves – Fleece. Warmth. Dexterity.
Mitts – Gore-Tex Shells. Wear over fleece gloves.
Mitts – Down. For extreme cold.
Sunglasses or googles – uv protection. Snowblindness.
Food – For at least 24 hours. 72 hours is better.
See appendix L – Cat Food Diet.
Brew Kit – Tea or Coffee, sugar, salt & whitener if needed.
First Aid Kit – Build your own or purchase a good one.
See Appendix B.
Shell Dressings or Pressure dressings – Large x2.
Water Purification tablets – x24 Tablets.
Sleeping pad – 3/8” or 1/2” thick. At least 48” Long, 72” is Better. Must have in winter, cold climates, or at altitude.
LED Flashlight or headlight – Use common batteries, AA or AAA or Lithium CR123A.
Spare Batteries – use one common type if possible. Aa or aaa.
Portable radio – am/fm/weather. Eton. Grundig. Crank-type.
Solar type. Have common battery back-up.
GMRS/FRS Radios – At least 2. For communication on the run.
Whistle – Fox-40. Storm.
Multi-plier type tool – Gerber. Leatherman.
Climate kit – Bug juice, mosiquito coils, sunscreen, lipbalm
Copy of ID: Driver's License. Passport. Insurance. Credit cards. Birth Certificate. Marriage Certificate.
Cash – $1, $2, $5, $10, & $20's. At least a few hundred in small bills or coin. Gold and diamonds are good, too.
Spare Credit card.
Prepaid Fuel Cards – Choose a common petro company along your G.O.O.D. Route. $100 worth, depending on route.
Route Map(s) – Road and foot. Compass. GPS. Pencil. Ruler.
Notebook – In Ziploc bag.
Extra Ziploc bags – Medium. Large. Heavy duty freezer type.

Pack all items in dry bags, garbage bags and/or ziploc bags; before putting into your escape pack. This will keep everything weatherproof until you need it. In addition, because everything is sealed, your pack will float.

If in a group ensure all packs have the same type of items in the same general area:

  • First Aid Kit is always in the top pocket
  • Whistle is lanyarded to the right shoulder strap
  • 1x shell dressing is taped to left shoulder strap
  • Kitchen kit is in the left exterior pocket
  • food for 24 hours is in the centre exterior pocket
  • Fire starting kit, toilet paper & brew kit in right exterior pocket
  • extra stove fuel in red dry bag in main bag of pack
  • Winter gear is packed in a white dry bag
  • summer gear is packed in a green dry bag
  • bug juice, sunscreen and mosquito coils are in a double set of ziploc bags. In pocket under the top pocket
  • Extra food (in ziploc bags) in a blue dry bag
  • large compression bag at bottom of pack:
  • sleeping bag
  • ranger blanket
  • bivy bag or tarp
  • tent and sleeping pad sandwiched between bottom of pack and the compression bag
  • Water bottles in pouches on left & right sides of hip belt.

You pack the same so you can find items in your pack in the dark. Also, in an emergency, you will be able to find the required items in your friends pack without a light or delay. Their life may depend on you finding the right item at the right time, so your life will depend on your friend finding the right item in your pack if the situation was reversed.

is a
Group Survival Technique


  1. This is a pretty good post, and helpful for those looking to bug out into a camping type environment if SHTF. I live in NC which is centrally eastern located in the US. I have several "within 100 miles" camping type bug outs, but I'd prefer in a serious SHTF situation to just go enjoy a spare bedroom or couch with family. I have family and friends in every direction that I could go to if needed. I have family in NY, a friend in FL, a friend in OK, and family in CA that I could relocate to for upto or potentially over a month if needed. Each of my out of state family and friends are well off into the prepping lifestyle also so I could go there knowing my family is in good hands and I'd except any one of them to my home without an argument if an emergency arouse.

    1. I live in NC as well. I live in one of the 3 counties (Guilford,Mecklenburg, Wake)in NC that was listed in the article "Map: Where You Don’t Want to Be When It Hits the Fan". This has pushed me into overdrive to be as ready as possible to bug in because of the population density. I have a few bug out options but nothing will work as good as banding my neighborhood together to keep out "outsiders".

  2. Sounds like a good book to have!

  3. Thank you so much! Now, we finally have a starting point to begin making an actual plan instead of just mulling over the possibilities.

  4. Well thought out plan. Good goals and great ideas.

  5. This book seems well thought out and thoughtfully put together. I would love to add it to my small but growing prepping library.

  6. Very well thought out book! You have done a great job!

  7. This is really extensive! Good lists! Looking forward to reading more!

  8. Thank you All,

    For visiting and posting. Have a look around the blog and see if there are other posts you may also enjoy. Use the control box at the top right, if you click on 2013, you should be able to scroll through all the posts.

    I look forward to picking a winner for the free download of a copy of my e-Book, from those who are posting a reply.


    V. Andrew.

  9. This has a lot of great info and lists....awesome. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. All the info we need! Thanks for lists too! Even if I don't win the giveaway, I think I've finally found a good way to tie in and up all my prepper practices!

  11. These list were awesome! I checkedx off everything on your list to make sure I had it..and guess what? I did! Yay for me..haha. I appreciate your list because it is always best to check and double check again. I thank you.

  12. Sounds like a book that everyone needs to own.

  13. I like what this is saying... I want more!

  14. This is very well thought out. Thank you for taking the time to compile this info.

  15. God bless you....this is a wonderful piece of did a lot of IS very well thought out. We appreciate this work and you.

    KUDOS and THANK YOU!!!

  16. Incredible, Great Job. Looking forward to the continuation.

    This contains the info we need all in one place!
    Thanks for lists they are very comprehinsive!
    Even if I don't win , I think I've finally found a good way to measure all my prepperations!

  17. Afternoon All,

    Thank you for your objective and kind comments. Sounds like my book is helpful.

    For those visiting from the American Preppers Network, or being redirected here by other blogs due to the contest at APN, time is running out to post a comment to qualify for an entry in the free e-Book give-away.

    I do thank each and every one of you for dropping by for a visit to my blog.

    Is it just me, or can you feel the tension building as we near the end of the contest??

    Prepperations - love it. We better have you contact Webster's to add it to their dictionary.

    The sprint for the finish will be starting soon...........


    V. Andrew.

  18. Howdy Folks,

    The sprint for the end has begun. Less than fives hours until we close this contest down. The winner will be posted on The American Preppers Network. Of course, I will post the winner here as well.

    Thank you to everyone for being a good sport and visiting my blog and your interest in my book.

    Talk again real soon,


  19. The cash in the bag I had never really thought about. It would be good to have small amounts of cash rather than a handfull of twentys. It might be a good idea to have it in a couple of places to not give away how much money you have in your pack.

  20. SummerRae,

    After much consideration and contemplation on your comment I have come to the following:

    1) If you need money during an evac, it will most likely be needed for a highway "toll" or fuel. This "toll" may or may not be legitmate, but may need to be paid to proceed. Also, any last minute fuel top up's may be at inflated prices. If you are evac'ing for a true SHTF scenario, paper money will likely be worthless in a matter of months. The objective early in an evac is to get to safety as quickly as possible.

    2) If on the otherhand, you are going to an evac centre you may want to have multiple stashes of "mad money". Goodness knows in the confines of an evac centre there will be at least one person stuck there who has sticky fingers.

    3) We both agree, small denomination bills and coin will be more useful than $100's, $50's or $20's. Of course, a bit of gold jewellery or junk silver coin may be useful.

    Thank you for posting your comment.


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