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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