Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Op Sec Operation Security

What is and why do you care about Op Sec? The more folks know about what you've prepped ~ the more vulnerable your family is.  My neighbors have NO IDEA I can feed my family of ten for an extended time frame.  When the whole world goes sideways I don't want to have to hurt people I know to keep my family's food supply safe.  Oh we'll have enough for barter and yes some charity too but I can't feed the whole world and we're working really hard to be able to prepare for OUR family.

Our military has provided the following as a "free to everyone" template to remind soldiers and loved ones of the importance of security.

I'd like to explore the following list with how it also applies to preppers: 
OP SEC Rules:
  1. Do not post exact deployment dates or redeployment dates [ DO not broadcast when your family comes & goes especially vacation schedules!]
  2. Do not reveal camp locations, including nearby cities. After the deployment is officially announced by Military officials, you may discuss locations that have been released, normally on the Country level. [Preppers Do not reveal your house layout, or your bug out location/ safe location]
  3. Do not discuss convoy routes (“we traveled through Takrit on our way to X”) [Never reveal your routes/have 3 ways to get every where]
  4. Detailed information on the mission, capabilities or morale of a unit [Do not disclose how complete your preps are/aren't especially to friends and neighbors!]
  5. Specific names or actual nicknames [Hence, I am The Prepper's Wife]
  6. Personnel transactions that occur in large numbers (Example: pay information, powers of attorney, wills, etc) [Ditto for preppers]
  7. Details concerning security procedures, response times, tactics [Ditto for preppers]
  8. Don’t discuss equipment or lack thereof, to include training equipment [Ditto for preppers]
  9. Don’t speculate about future operations [Ditto for preppers]
  10. If posting pictures, don’t post anything that could be misconstrued or used for propaganda purposes. A good rule of thumb is to look at your picture without your caption or explanation and consider if it could be re-captioned to reflect poorly on coalition forces. For example, your image might show your Soldier rescuing a child from a blast site, but could be re-captioned to insinuate that the child being captured or harmed. (it’s happened!) [Ditto for preppers]
  11. Avoid the use of count-up or count-down tickers for the same reason as rule #1 [Ditto for preppers]
  12. be very careful if posting pictures of your loved one. Avoid images that show significant landmarks near their base of operations, and black out last names and unit affiliations [Ditto for preppers]
  13. Do not, ever, post information about casualties (coalition or enemy) before the official release of the information. [Ditto for preppers]
  14. Do not pass on rumors (“I heard they’re coming home early”, etc) [Ditto for preppers]
If you have any questions, contact your (or your sponsor’s) unit OP SEC manager.
These OP SEC rules aren’t meant to limit your free speech or restrict your liberties- that’s exactly what our Men and Women in uniform fight to protect. However, they are designed to help ensure the safety and security of the Service Members in your life.  Remember, no matter your affiliation, status, rank or age- you have a part in the security of your loved one!  THIS GOES DOUBLE FOR PREPPERS



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