The purpose of the EDC is to stay in a constant state of logical and critical thinking. Utilizing only the resources around you. Ask yourself; how can I fix, complete, or survive life or death situations? Two concepts to keep in mind when choosing and using your EDC gear are Lateral Thinking and P.A.C.E Report.
Lateral Thinking: An Alpha should use lateral thinking to move from one known idea to creating new ideas. Four types of thinking tools.
- Have multipurpose items that can help change how you figure things out.
- Question the question and rearrange the pieces for the scenario.
- Pretend you were someone else trying to solve a problem. Say, if you were a soldier or a scientist, how would they escape from a hostage situation?
- Consider real world restrictions, resources, and support.
P.A.C.E Communication Plan
Primary: The first considered and most often an efficient way of completing the objective because you’re communicating.
Alternate: The second route to take to accomplish the same task. Usually initiated in conjunction with Primary, just in case.
Contingency: This method is not the quickest, cheapest, nor easiest in comparison to the first two methods, but can complete the objective in an acceptable manner.
Emergency: This is the last resort and usually has the longest delay, highest cost, and most significant impact.