Funny, I just recently read an article in Time magazine discussing how we’re not ready for a pandemic, go figure. The author in this particular article is quite right… it only takes one person (or in this case a family) to potentially infect dozens of others who then go on to infect the rest of … Continue reading “How Easily Ebola Turns Into A Pandemic (link)”
Practical Preparedness – Planning by Prevalence
When we jump on preparedness sites, sometimes we’re immediately struck by the enormous loads of things to buy, do, and learn. We immediately start hearing about WROL, battle rifles, ammo counts in the thousands, pressure canners, INCH/BOB bags and locations, pace count, and primitive skills. World- and nation-altering events such as nuclear war, internet-ending viruses, Nibiru, Agenda 21 and NWO, and the like pop up. They all have their places, but sometimes things get missed and it can make for a very overwhelming introduction. It can make it hard to prioritize where to spend our time and financial budgets even for those with experience and years of exposure to the prepared mindset.
To make it a little easier to prioritize, we can work in stages. We can look at what is most likely to occur in the near future and our lifetimes, and use that information to help us decide where to focus our time, efforts and resources.
In permaculture, planning is based on zones. The basic premise is that you start at 0 or 1 with the self or home, and move outward through 2-4 and eventually into Zone 5. The inner rings have the most immediate contact with the resident, while the outer rings are visited less frequently. Other systems also use similar ring concepts of involvement, frequency and impact.
The same can be applied to preparedness, just like we modified a Health Wheel to fit our particular interests and needs. In this case, instead of looking at the frequency with which we’ll make contact with an area, we’ll be looking at the frequency with which things occur and impact our worlds.
Like permaculture, I’ve gone with five general categories. In this case, they are: Daily, Seasonal/Annual, 5-10 Year, Generational, & Lifetime/Eventually/Maybe. There are some examples for the average Western World resident. Later in the article there’s a few tips for planning for and around those most and least-prevalent scenarios.
Zone 1/First Ring – Daily Occurrences
Daily emergencies are those that strike somebody somewhere every single day in our English-reading modern life. While some affect larger groups, these tend to be personal or family related items. They’re the kinds of things the neighbors might not even notice. Some examples are:
- Layoff, cut hours, cut wages
- Major bills (roof, medical, HVAC, veterinary)
- House fire
- Major injury/developing disability
- Theft, burglary, mugging
- Vehicular accident & malfunction (temporarily removing transportation)
- Temporary power outages (hours to 1-3 days)
- Personal physical altercation (mugging, home invasion, the drunk at a bar, date rape)
- Missing person(s), family death
When considering the financial aspects of preparedness, also consider the things that might not affect jobs, but do affect our income and-or our ability to offset daily costs. For instance, an injury that prevents gardening and picking up overtime or a second job as a stocker, pipe-fitter, or forklift driver, or a developing disability that renders an arm/hand weak or unusable and prevents needlepoint, canine grooming, or weaving.
Zone 2/Second Ring – Seasonal/Annual Occurrences
These are the things we can consult our Almanacs and insurance companies to consider. They regularly tend to affect a larger number of people. It might be a block or a street in some cases, parts of a town or county, or might impact a whole state if not a region. They’d be things like…
- Busted water mains
- Boil/No-Boil water orders
- Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes
- Wind & thunderstorms
- Significant or extreme snowfall
- Summer drought
- Temporary outages (2-5 days)
- River ice lockups and floods
- Active shooter or bomb threat, terrorist events
Let’s hope that last stays firmly in the “annual” category or shifts back to the third prevalence ring for most of us. Let’s also acknowledge that in some places and nations, it’s already more common to be caught in crossfire of some sort than it is to live peaceful lives, and for some of them, it’s as or almost as common as paying monthly bills or going out to eat.
Zone 3/Third Ring – 5-10 Year Occurrences
These are the things that happen regularly, but infrequently. Some occur on cycles. Some, as with the natural disasters above, are a nearly predictable cycle. Some aren’t really predictable, per se, but as with tornadoes in one of the nations’ tornado alley or hurricane-prone areas, you learn to expect them. We can expect them to affect a larger area or more people in many cases.
- Natural Disasters from above
- Major industrial or business closures/layoffs
- Drought (personal & widespread impacts)
- Widespread livestock illnesses (such as the avian diseases that pop up regularly)
- Temporary outages (3-14 days)
- Changing life phases (child-birth & toddlers, school-age kids, driving-age youths, empty nests, retirements)
- Fuel cost cycles
Zone 4/Fourth Ring – Generational Occurrences
The span covered by the term “generation” tends to change if you use the strictest definitions. Most account for a generation to cover about 20-30 years. Some examples of things that very much tend to be generational include:
- Major wars (mental & physical disabilities, income effects good & bad)
- Recessions, depressions
- Fuel cost cycles (more extreme)
- Serious multi-year “weird” weather (droughts, floods, late or early springs)
- 25- & 50-year flood levels
- Some diseases
Zone 5/Fifth Ring – Lifetime/Eventual/Possible Occurrences
A lot of these are going to affect not just a region, not just one nation, but many. In some nations and regions, they may fall under the fourth ring of prevalence instead of the fifth. Some of these are also the big-fear “gotcha’s” or clickbait types that seem to draw folks in. Some are truly believed in, and I try not to judge people on what they believe. Poles have shifted in the past, Yellowstone has erupted, we’ve had serious solar effects on power, and asteroids have struck our earth. Will they happen again in our lifetime or eventually? Some almost certainly. Some are a firm “maybe”. Some are … possible.
- Great Depression
- Devastating Midwest seismic activity
- National or global pandemics in the Western world
- Major Ring of Fire activity
- Significant volcanic eruptions (the atmosphere-blocking ash type)
- Major global climate change (for the hotter or colder)
- EMP, devastating solar activity
- Nation-crippling electronic-based virus(es)
Alternative Scale Systems
Like permacuture’s zoning, the business world can also give us some scale systems to apply. High-probability, high-reward, urgent-response items are given priority, while lower-chance and less-likely risks are tended to later. We can create the same for our preparedness.
Another way to look at the five rings would be to apply a timespan for event duration. Perhaps 3-7 days, then 3-6 weeks, 3 months, 6-12 months, and 18-months+.
Like using prevalence, using time spans creates a measurable scale that works off a “most likely” basis. Most of us, at some point inside 1-5 years, will have some sort of financial upheaval or power outage that makes the supplies in the first few rings useful.
Ensuring we have everything we need to cook, clean, stay warm (or cool), and pay bills for those periods will keep us more balanced in our preparedness, and make us better prepared for the things that are MOST likely to occur in our near future and our lifetimes.
Applying Prevalence Rings
It’s inarguable that if you’re ready for the New World Order to freeze the planet and then send out FLIR drones to drop nuclear bombs in the midst of a planned or unplanned foreign-nation bank account hack while satellites are inaccessible due to solar storms’ interference, you’re pretty much good.
That’s not a particularly practical place to start and it might not be the best plan for resource allocation unless everything else really is covered.
There are a world’s worth of things that occur on a small-scale, inside homes and towns, that happen a lot more frequently than the dinosaurs and mega-mammals die out.
I see an awful lot of people hyped on one thing that can go wrong and might one day go wrong, but they exclude all kinds of things that do actually happen.
They forget that we sometimes have disasters that mean daily life is taking place all around us, or in the rest of the county, state, nation and world. They neglect fire extinguishers and smoke detectors for the sexy-cool aspects of preparedness like the rifles and Rambo knives.
Fact is, most of us will experience something from the first tier or two in our lives at least once, and for some of us, they’re regular parts of life.
In many cases of upheaval and crisis, we’re still going to want electricity, most likely.
We will still have a job or need to find a new one, will still be expected to present ourselves showered and with money to receive services, will still have doctor’s appointments, hunting and squatting in county-state-national parks will still be frowned on, and combat gear in the streets will still be the exception rather than the rule.
In some cases, the duration of our life-altering events might only be a few hours or days. However, in many parts of the world, those hours or days can be seriously inconvenient if not downright deadly. The ability to keep a CPAP machine running, repair a down or wrecked vehicle, and continue on with life after a squirrel invasion or a tree comes down is just as important as defending the home from looters and making beeswax candles.
Being able to repel the zombie horde does me little good if my vehicle is in poor repair on a daily basis and leaves me stranded on my way to work. 5K-10K rounds of ammo times my 7 platforms sounds nice, unless I don’t keep oil, coolant, jumper cables and fix-a-flat or a mini air compressor in my vehicle so I can limp my way home to them safely – on a daily basis.
Prioritizing instead of jumping willy-nilly – and tracking instead of continuing to add to whatever my favorite prep stash is – can help prevent daily disasters from truly causing upheaval.
Overlap Between Rings
The nice thing about seriously assessing what is likely to go wrong based on prevalence in the past is that we can sometimes make just little twitches.
We don’t have to be ready for all-out neighborhood wars over food, grazing rights, and tickets to the Earth Arks to create that overlap.
A bug-out bag serves as a shelter-in-place kit as well as a “standard” wildfire or hurricane evac kit. Having a month or two of food (or far more) means we can also weather a big bill because we can skip buying groceries.
Image: How’s your insurance coverage?
Preparing by Prevalence
Resources like the Ready.gov site and our insurance carriers can help us determine what goes wrong in our area. We might be well served making maps using the information they give us about regular, fifty-year and hundred-year floods, wind storms, and snow/hurricane routes to apply to our walk-out and drive-out plans.
We can also use their information – like, what is the number-one thing that causes job-loss or vehicle and home damage in our area – to make sure we’re buffered against it.
Pat’s preparedness arc and the article about a balanced wheel (especially the comments) may help even longtime preppers better assess where they stand, and focus or refocus on any gaps between normal daily life and the return of the Ice Age, Dust Bowl, total economic collapse, and other extreme events. They – and the standard FEMA/Red Cross recommendations for 3-7-10-14 days of supplies – can be excellent starting places for beginners.
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When I read the title of the referenced post I thought this was about making a first aid sling… not a weapon, lol. Anyway, now that my misunderstanding is cleared up, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a DIY paracord sling like what David used versus Goliath… “There is a nice and easy … Continue reading “DIY Paracord Sling: The Weapon, NOT First Aid (link)”
If you suffer from foot pain and don’t want expensive custom orthotics you might do something *crazy* and try a $100 pair of wool socks from woolfresh.com. Apparently, they also help to eliminate foot odor if you DON’T wash them! Who knew? Here’s his review after about a week of straight use…
Well all love our bug out bags, firearms safes, and hidden caches, but is your nightstand ready to help you survive an emergency in the middle of the night? If not, you’d better think twice because there are plenty of items you can and should include at your bedside so you can grab them at … Continue reading “Is Your Nightstand Ready For Survival? (link)”
This idea has been around for some time, it seems, but if you’re looking to NOT have to deal with bicycle flat tires consider a (for 26″ tires). They’re certainly more expensive than a traditional inner tube and obviously you’ll need to purchase the correct size for your bicycle but knowing that you won’t be … Continue reading “No More Bicycle Flats (video)”
Following is an exhaustive list of prepper and survival schools… a good 99 schools by my count, in fact. Many school are local so be sure to look for a course near you… there are even courses listed if you live outside the continental U.S. They cover a wide range of survival skills, though most … Continue reading “99 Places To Learn Survival – Ultimate Prepper Schools List (link)”
I didn’t realize there were so many potential helpful “remedies” for exposure to radiation. That said, they shouldn’t be considered equals either and, of course, it depends on what radioisotope you’ve been exposed to. Regardless, radiation safety seems to boil down to (1) NOT being deficient in vitamins and minerals in order to avoid unwanted … Continue reading “16 Remedies for Radiation Exposure (link)”
As much as FEMA gets a bad wrap when SHTF, they are THE go-to agency when it comes to localized disaster response. With that in mind, it may be a good idea to know how to “speak their language” in order to facilitate said disaster response. Of course, there are other reasons to do so, … Continue reading “How To Flag And Tag Your Home For FEMA (link)”
In other words, are you prepared? Let’s take a quick peek at some of the things that you can do to ensure that when something happens, you will be ready for it.
It’s far more likely to encounter a little emergency than a major movie-style event. So what to do with the big pile of food, gear, etc. that represents an investment of time, money, and storage space?
By: Tom Chatham As Russia prepares its people and military for possible nuclear war with the U.S. the American propaganda organs are busy selling the notion that everything is just fine. While Russia has been building fallout shelters for its people the U.S. government has been building FEMA camps for theirs. It just goes to […]
Catastrophe can strike at any moment. Are you prepared? Are your kids? You need to evaluate your current survival plan and update your emergency preparedness kit. You don’t want to be caught without some of these must have items to survive disaster.
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You can still have some level of preparedness without going to the lengths that some of us choose to do. Granted, you are only going to be as prepared as the level of time and energy you put into it, but something is better than nothing.
Understanding Potential Disasters
What are the potential disasters that we should all be preparing for? The list of potential problems is very long, and even the most exhaustive listing will surely miss any number of disasters that may occur. Disasters are, by their very nature, quite unpredictable.
Generally speaking, most disasters will probably fall into at least one of four categories:
1- Personal Disasters such as a house fire, job loss, financial problems, unexpected death of a close family member, disease, or disability. Typically. a personal disaster only directly affects you and your family.
2- Local and/or Regional Natural Disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, wildfires, floods, volcanoes, earthquakes, or epidemic disease. Typically, these will affect a larger number of people – an entire neighborhood, community, town, or region.
3- Global Natural Disasters such as an asteroid or comet strike, supervolcano, global epidemic disease, or a new ice age. Affects the entire world to some extent.
4- Societal Disasters such as civil unrest, wars, economic downturns, economic collapse, political collapse, loss of freedoms (police state/martial law/dictatorship)… Affects may be local, regional, national, or global.
You will face two distinct challenges related to any disaster, which will likely require different plans, skill sets, supplies, tools, and equipment.
1- Surviving in the midst of a disaster – During a disaster you will have chaos, confusion and panic, as well as immediate physical dangers. You will need plans, skills and supplies for your immediate and short-term survival. Water, food, medicine, first aid, shelter, warm clothing & blankets, the ability to make fire, the ability to hide, and the ability & tools to protect yourself are some of the things you may need in the middle of a disaster. You will also need the ability to remain calm, stay focused, and maintain a positive attitude.
2- Surviving in the aftermath of a disaster – After the immediate crisis is over, when things have calmed down somewhat, and most immediate physical dangers have passed, you will still need to survive the aftermath of the disaster. This aftermath may be relatively short-lived, such as the aftermath of a tornado or wildfire, or it may be extremely long-lasting, such as the aftermath of an economic or political collapse. This may require a large quantity of stored supplies and/or the skills, tools and equipment needed to produce those supplies yourself for an extended period of time.
Results of a Disaster
A disaster usually will result in the temporary or permanent loss of many of the “comforts of civilization” we are used to enjoying. Comforts of civilization are those things that are provided to us by modern civilization that we tend to take for granted. It would be difficult for most modern people to provide many of these things for themselves, especially without learning new skills, stockpiling tools and supplies, and preparing well in advance for their loss.
These comforts of civilization we may lose include:
* Readily available running water that is safe to drink.
* Readily available food from stores and restaurants.
* “Flush and forget” human waste disposal.
* Modern medicine and health care.
* Readily available electricity for lighting, heating, cooling, cooking and hot water.
* Readily available natural gas for heating, cooking and hot water.
* Readily available liquid fuel for cars, trucks, tractors and planes.
* Instant long distance communication (phones, email, etc.).
* Ready access to education.
* Ready access to emergency services such as fire, police, and paramedics.
* Most modern luxuries (television, IPods, computers & the Internet, etc.)
* Ability to spend money without having it (credit cards, mortgages, installment plans, etc.)
Too often disasters also involve the loss of life, such as the hundreds who died due to Hurricane Katrina, the hundreds of thousands who died due to the 2004 tsunami, or the tens of millions who died during the Holocaust & WWII.
Disasters can also lead to the loss of certain fundamental (inalienable) rights. This loss would, of course, be both immoral and illegal, but may occur because of the imposition of political correctness, a police state, martial law, or even the development of a dictatorship. The rights which may be lost include:
* Loss of Privacy.
* Loss of Freedom of Speech.
* Loss of Freedom of Religion.
* Loss of Freedom of the Press.
* Loss of Free Assembly.
* Loss of Freedom of Movement.
* Loss of Self-Defense Rights.
* Loss of Due Process.
* Loss of Parental Rights.
* Removal of children from your home.
* Confiscation of land, firearms, knives, personal property, or even your stored food, water, and other supplies.
In making your preparedness plans, you need to consider all four categories of potential disasters, both the immediate and long term survival needs of each, and all the possible results of disasters. Detailed planning, rather than hit-or-miss stockpiling of food, guns, and other stuff, takes time, but will go a long way towards ensuring the survival of you and your family/community.
The tips below will help you begin the process of preparing for the worst day so that you will be better equipped to come through with everyone intact.
You can react in a logical and helpful manner in spite of your initial emotional state. With some practice, you can prepare now so that when emergencies happen, you will be able to lead and less likely to panic later.
This is an interview with “Eve Gonzales of TradingPostInTheWoods.com [who] talks about her experiences responding to the most catastrophic disasters in recent times. She talks about what she has learned and what you should do to get prepared now.” This is…
Just yesterday we had another power outage. There’s just something about rain, winds, tall trees, and above-ground power lines that don’t mix. 😉 Granted, power outages are relatively common where we live and though it only lasted for a handful of hours,…
If you’re a few days behind on your to-do list and can’t seem to recover your home from its constant disarray, pat yourself on the back. Because you’re doing it right — motherhood is tough.
(Just a typical day around our home 😉
You’re not alone though, busy moms barely have enough groceries and juice boxes to get through the week, let alone enough food storage and water to survive a major catastrophe. But keep in mind, properly planning protects your family for any type of disaster or emergency.
Is Your Family Prepared?
Use the following infographic as a guide for testing your survival skills and learning the survival essentials that can keep your family safe for the unexpected.
13 Questions Every Mom Should Ask Herself…
1- Can you find food?
2- Can you prepared food?
3- Can you grow and farm food?
4- Do you have enough food stored for a year?
5- Do you know how to find water?
6- Do you know how to purify water?
7- Do you have water stored for a year?
8- Do you have a bug out location?
9- Are you able to build shelter on the go?
10- Can you accurately shoot a firearm?
11- Can you maintain and assemble firearms?
COMMUNICATION & SUPPORT:
12- Are you able to communicate by primitive methods?
13- Can you coexist with others in a survival situation?
What’s Your Survival Score?
Don’t beat yourself up if you failed miserably. I scored 7/13 ( 54%) – and I was even being generous with my answers 😉
Of course you don’t need to be proficient in each of these areas (I have yet to meet someone who is), but it gives you some things to consider when coming up with your family preparedness plan.
Only you know what’s important to help prepare your family, but I encourage you to figure out what that is and start doing something about it!
Because most likely – no one else is going to be doing it for you!
Share your survival score below, and let me know what preparedness goals you’ve set! I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours 😉
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