Cache Points Part I
Caches usually correlate to a definition such as a collection of the same type of items stored in a hidden or inaccessible place. Caches are used to conceal items, usually pertaining to logistical needs for whomever is hiding it, which in this case is you for the safety or your loved ones. Think of it as a hiding space for your goods, a place only you or your group members know the location. It’s a hidden space typically placed under the earth but can be any spot you need or want it to be. It must be a place out of sight in a location no one will stumble upon. This is unconventional thinking for those extreme situations, like the no shit “SHTF,” when there’s no reasonable method (aka stores) to get resupplied with food, water, ammo, fuel and other goods. Most preppers don’t think about their home or general vicinity of their home as a needed cache point; however, there’s merit for a cache point near your home in case of fire or other destructive home related event (tornado, flood, etc.). In this case, having a cache where you can have some clothes, money, and personal items is a good idea when tragedy strikes.
As you continue to add to your personal security posture and gain knowledge of the skills required to be a good preppe,r you’ll eventually need to make an evacuation plan to get you well away from your current location. This is considering that your home location is no longer viable for you and your loved one’s safety. It may require moving anywhere from ten to a thousand miles away depending on what the crisis is. The first thing you need to examine is where is a good place to evacuate. Do you have a family cabin somewhere? Do you have friends in other regions of the United States? Are you just looking to get away in an emergency and plan on living off the land in a secluded place? Once you have decided where you’re going, note that a primary site and alternate site is also a good idea. Once you’ve got that down, take a realistic look at where and what you need to cache along your route. We’ll leave route planning out of this for now, as that’s an entirely different article, so for the sake of this article you have your route in place. Of course, there are pros and cons to how far your evacuation location is, so think about access to fuel. If it’s a real SHTF moment pulling into a gas station is not a likely option and if it is, stopping may expose you and your loved ones to unruly situations, which you would rather avoid.
Since you’ve already got your Go-Bags (72 hours) and your vehicle Go-Bag (72 hours) you can survive on what’s on hand until you reach your bug out location. Worst case, if you’re driving coast to coast you may need to put a resupply cache along your route. That being said, it may impossible to realistically take the time to find and cache gear 1000 or 1500 miles away from your home. In the case your evacuation route pushes you past the 800-mile mark you may want to beef up your Go-Bags with more gear, especially fuel in the vehicle. Factor in that most cars will get anywhere from 400 to 600 miles on a tank of gas.
As a prepper, no matter where you are in your plan development consider a cache plan. There are certainly some indicators of when and how things are going around us; however, you really never know where you’re going to be when an event happens that demands you leave the area you consider home. This requires thinking about that hasty departure from all you know. If you had to leave right now, you’d only have what’s on you and what’s found along the way. The advantage of using a cache is that it provides a known pre-staged resupply point. Whether you’re trying to hide your guns and ammo from thieves, from bad guys, from an oppressive or occupying government, or just want things in place to recover from a disaster, having pre-placed, replenishing supplies can mean the difference in your self-preservation
The use of a cache may seem a little too cloak and dagger and truly it’s a little forward thinking but is this not what you are striving for? Pre-staging or hiding equipment, supplies, documents, and money in advance of an operation or as a contingency plan incase things go wrong has been an important part of military and espionage operations ever since people started planning operations. Properly placed and retrieved items can help resupply you clandestinely, extend your search for a suitable location to resettle, and essentially assist in evacuation. Given that in the SHTF situation, you won’t have access to anything. Ponder the thought that as Americans, we’ve grown used to having anything we need with little effort. And, SNAP!... the world as you know it is gone within seconds and your life becomes who you are and what you have at that moment in time.
To ease your mind, there are also several situations that may not be SHTF incidences but still require you to live off of what you currently have or have cached away.
Below, you’ll find a few real possibilities from both ends of the spectrum.
► You live in an area prone to the occasional flooding, tornado, earthquake, or hurricane. Your home and its contents have been destroyed and or your home has been placed off-limits while you were away due to an event. Such situations don’t permit access to your things, but hopefully you’ve had time to grab your Go-Bag or have your car with your vehicle Go-Bag in it. If you had essential items placed in a local cache (or even in a distant one) you could rest easy knowing you have access to water, food, fuel, and money
► The other side of the spectrum is a total collapse of society. As in, you need to gather you and your loved one and get away, NOW! As you enact your evacuation plan you soon realize gas stations are already closed and grocery stores are empty. Luckily, you’ve pre-placed some fuel, food, money, and clothing along your route so when you head out, you’ll be able to get to this stuff and continue your journey to safety.
► The worse side is that society has failed and there are riots, criminals, and other dangerous types lurking about. This could be due to any number of reasons, such as a large natural event or due to a long-term SHTF scenario. As you’re preparing to leave the area, or along your journey, imagine a large group of animals trying to survive find you. You escape with your life but they take everything from you and you’re left with only the clothes on your back. To save your life in that moment, you relinquish what you have as you know a well-stocked cache point is nearby so you’ll soon be resupplied with your goods.
Stay alert, stay alive!