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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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About Aaron

Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear and author of The Strategic Prepper. He has been involved with preparedness since 2009 after feeling the effects of the financial crisis that affected most of the country. Aaron also volunteers with CERT (community emergency response team), ARC (Amateur Radio Club), Red Cross and currently studying to be a certified NRA instructor.