When we start prepping, it usually happens because our eyes have been opened by something we’ve seen or experienced. Maybe you’ve just been through an earthquake or a tornado. You look around, and have a terrible revelation: If something happened, you might not make it. What if there were a run on the stores and you had no food or water for you and your family? What if roads were washed out and you couldn’t even get to to the store?
You vow to make an emergency preparedness kit. You begin by researching. Then, the veil is further lifted as you pour through article after article about all of the terrible things that could possibly happen. Panic sets in. Get more food stored! Get medical supplies! What about water? HOW IN THE WORLD AM I GOING TO TACKLE ALL OF THIS!!!!
Take a breath.
Congratulate yourself on taking the first step toward preparedness for an uncertain future. Just knowing that you need to start is a HUGE step. But the lifting of ignorance can be powerful and overwhelming.
There is no way you can be prepared for everything, and be prepared by tomorrow. This is a journey. And every journey needs a map, or you will get hopelessly lost (just ask how I know).
The map below is by no means complete, but it is a great starting place. It starts with the most likely events, and trickles down to those less likely, but possibly more catastrophic events. The levels also build upon one another such that the skills and gear you acquire at earlier levels apply to later levels as well. This makes it possible for you to prepare for the most likely scenarios, while also making further levels more achievable. Sweet.
I’ll present one example here (more below):
Say you are preparing for level 1: job loss
You decide to store 3 month’s worth of staple food items in case you can’t afford to shop for groceries like you normally do.
Later, when you are preparing for say, level 2: Earthquake, you realize, “Hey! I already have 3 months of food stored away! Huzzah!”. Maybe you’ll put away another 3 month’s worth of food.
Then, when you are later preparing for Level 3: Economic collapse, you have 6 month’s worth of food already! Yay you!
So, without further ado, here is the map:
As you can see, each level has some sub categories. Feel free to add subcategories as you see fit for your geographic location and life circumstances. My suggestion is to pick one of the Level 1 subcategories and go for it! You will find that preparation for your chosen subcategory will most likely help along your preps for the next subcategory, and for all the levels that follow.
Here are a few examples:
In Level 1, you prepare for robbery or attack by learning Karate. That would certainly help on levels 2 and 3 if food ran out and otherwise pleasant folks were trying to steal from your larder.
In level 1, you build yourself a nice first aid kit. This will come in handy if a Level 2 or 3 disaster occurs, and a trip to the emergency room is out of the question.
Or, in Level 2, you prepare for power outage by learning to use a few electricity-free tools such as a manual drill or a dutch oven. That would prepare you for Level 3, EMP/CME.
We usually feel pretty scared and overwhelmed at this stage. Try to keep in the back of your mind that our preps should help us feel more secure, not less. Every little step counts!
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