SPG 014: What is a Strategic Prepper?


When many get involved in preparedness they approach it with no plan. Most of the time we just buy what we can and when we can.  As a result, many of us are partially prepared in many areas instead of being fully prepared in the important areas. In this episode, I will talk about what a strategic prepper is.

What is a Strategic Prepper?

The Strategic Prepper has a plan

  • instead of just winging preps, the strategic prepper has a plan that they stick to
  • In order to develop a plan you have to know what you are prepping for
  • This is why a threat assessment is important
  • Conducting a threat assessment helps you to accurately identify a threat and prioritize your preps according to that plan
  • There are 3 different levels of threats that we need to take into consideration including personal, local, and regional/global
  • some personal threats include job loss, car accidents, robbery, etc.
  • these are threats that directly affect you
  • local threats could include hazardous waste spill, civil unrest, high crime areas, etc.
  • regional/global threats include threats such as nuclear fallout, economic collapse, war, etc.

Assess the risk of those threats:

  • in The Strategic Prepper, I not only get into how to identify threats but I also talk about how to assess the risk of those threats
  • it is important to understand how much of an effect each threat will have
  • once you weight those threats then you are able to prioritize your preparedness plan around them
  • you don’t want to spend all of your money and energy preparing for a low level/non-existent threat when there is a higher probability of a more severe threat affecting you
  • when assessing the risk you want to take into consideration 3 things: severity of the threat, likelihood and onset time
  • For example, if you live in the southeast of the United States a hurricane is a threat that you have to consider
  • how severe could a hurricane be?
  • it depends on how strong a hurricane is
  • if it is Category 3 or weaker storm then the likelihood of you dying is lower than it would be for a category 5
  • either way, you will need to prepared for each
  • we have seen catastrophic hurricanes like Katrina where hundreds of people lost their lives directly because of the storm
  • then there were hundreds of more people who died from indirect causes such as civil unrest and starvation
  • next, you will consider the likelihood of that threat
  • in the example of a hurricane, it is probably very likely that you will be affected by a hurricane living in Florida
  • in comparison, if you live in Florida then it isn’t as likely that you will be affected by an earthquake
  • then lastly, you will need to consider the onset time associated with each threat
  • the onset time is the amount of time that you have to prepare after the occasion happens
  • in the example of the hurricane, we typically receive news of the hurricane forming off the coast of Africa a week or so before it could potentially land
  • so that would be the onset time
  • you typically have a lot of onset time when a hurricane forms
  • in comparison to a home invasion, you don’t have much onset time
  • typically once we realize that someone is breaking into our house we only have a few seconds to react and prepare
  • so those threats with lower onset time will be prioritized higher in your threat assessment

    Prioritize the threats:

  • In the companion guide to The Strategic Prepper I provide a companion guide that contains a worksheet to conduct your threat assessment
  • once you have identified and assessed the threats you now need to prioritize them
  • you will want to place the threats with the highest score followed by the lowest
  • this will tell you what threats you need to focus on first
  • you should prioritize your purchases and training around these threats
  • once that is finished, you need to focus on one threat at a time
  • that way you are fully prepared for each high threat instead of partially prepared for many threats

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