One of the scarier situations for a prepper is when the family is scattered to the wind. When everyone is close to home it’s easier to keep them safe and secure but what is a prepper to do when the chicks start leaving the nest? Two of my three kids are no longer living at home. Daughter #1 and Air Force son-in-law husband live just outside a major military base, have good heads on their shoulders and are financially secure enough take care of their own preps…not to mention that Uncle Sugar takes care of his own. What to do with Daughter #2 though…she’s away at college, lives a distance from future son-in-law who’s also in college and they don’t have the storage capabilities, financial resources or experience to go it alone. If a situation comes along that puts Daughter #2′s security or wellness in jeopardy then I’ve got to get her home safe and sound. I’ve equipped her (mentally and materially) with what she needs to get home but the best laid plans can go awry so I’ve come up with a Plan B…the Prepper Blood Chit.
Despite its ominous sounding name, a Blood Chit is nothing more than a notice, usually written in several languages that’s carried by Aircrews, Soldiers, Marines and others forced to operate in or over dangerous territory. When the crew is shot down or individual gets separated from their unit then the Blood Chit helps the person seek aid form locals in order to make their way safely back to friendly lines or a safe location.
The concept of the Blood Chit is dates back hundreds of years to monarchs or influential persons providing letters requesting those reading to render assistance to the carrier. President George Washington gave a letter like this to a French balloonist in 1793 who didn’t speak English. That letter was addressed to “All citizens of the United States” and encouraged the readers to assist the balloonist with his return to Philadelphia.
Later in World War I the British issued their pilots operating outside Europe with Blood Chits they called ‘ransom notes’ which offered a reward for returning the airmen unharmed to the nearest British outpost. U.S. Pilots flying for the nationalist Chinese (the Flying Tigers) against Japanese forces before the U.S. entry into World War II carried similar Chits.
Depending on the situation Chits are written to appeal to patriotism, humanity, greed or a combination. The U.S. takes its Blood Chit commitments so seriously that in 1993 we paid $100,000 to the son of a North Korean civilian that aided a downed B-29 crew in July of 1950. U.S. pilots and crew members in Vietnam carried Blood Chits written in 14 languages that declared:
I am a citizen of the United States of America. I do not speak your language. Misfortune forces me to seek your assistance in obtaining food, shelter, and protection. Please take me to someone who will provide for my safety and see that I am returned to my people. My government will reward you.
The U.S. still provides certain servicemembers and others pre-printed Blood Chits when they operate in many locations (or situations) around the world. You can read more about the history of Blood Chits at the Marine Corps Press’ site.
While you could use the Prepper Blood Chit concept for a number of situations including a Bug Out Situation I’ve developed this concept help get Daughter #2 home safely from college. While its easy to travel half way across the country in just a day right now… there are situations that could make travel difficult or even dangerous. A word of caution before we proceed…the trick is to create and if necessary use the Prepper Blood Chit that helps your kid get home safe and doesn’t make them a target for kidnapping.
When creating your Prepper Blood Chit you should incorporate the following elements:
The bearer of this document (whose picture appears on the back of this card) is my precious daughter, NAME who’s been studying at ___________ University. Please assist my daughter with food, shelter, transportation and additional aid to help her return home as quick as is safely possible. Please treat him/her as you would your own daughter.
While all assisting NAME with her safe return home will be rewarded if you are able to bring her home to TOWN & STATE you will be rewarded with your choice of: $1,000 Cash, 20 Troy Ounces of .999 pure Silver or two weeks of food.
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.
SIGNATURE & Name
Just because your loved one has a Prepper Blood Chit doesn’t mean they have to use it at the drop of a hat. Develop ‘Rules of Engagement’ with your loved one that specify the types of situations will necessitate the Chit’s use and methods to ask for aid. These Rules of Engagement will vary quite a bit depending on geography, environment, and resources including your loved one’s age, experience, street smarts, etc.