PREPS: Disaster Preparedness – Which Strategy Is Best For Me?


The combination of recent disasters on American soil and a multitude of movies and reality TV shows have finally gotten the attention of many Americans. And now questions are starting to circulate; the most common question I am hearing is ‘what’s the best strategy for me’? The fact that people are now asking this question for the first time offers hope for many because when there are more people who are prepared, there are more people who have the option to help others.

The simple answer to the question, ‘which strategy’ is; ‘the strategy that actually keeps you and your family safe and alive and is sustainable long-term’.

The survival strategy that you choose is a function of your own risk analysis, which poses some potential pitfalls in finding good information. And once you are accurately informed, what do you honestly believe can happen with realistic odds calculated?

Prepping is not a trendy hobby. It requires some real soul searching as to what you really believe, and then, what you’re willing to do. If you hedge your bets on proper preparedness, then you also hedge your odds for survival.

If you are truly serious about surviving a serious event, then you have to start-out with a strategy that has the least amount of intrinsic or built-in risks, which would require you to implement a whole bunch of ‘work-arounds’ just to deal with the risks that are inherent to a flawed survival strategy. This is not a good beginning…

First of all, if you’re serious, start out by not choosing a strategy that is premised on some disaster event that happens every 10,000 years or more, or that places you and your loved-ones in a survival location equivalent to downtown Baghdad. I am constantly amazed by some Preppers who think that they can survive a shootout with thousands upon thousands of evacuees who will surely overcome their fixed-location survival base, regardless of training and preparations… even a company of U.S. Marines could not withstand wave after wave of these many thousands of desperate people! And the whole notion of bugging-out in the company of thousands of armed desperate evacuees is rife with serious risks; in a large-scale disaster, there will be no orderly supervised evacuations. This is an example of an obtuse work-around that is a function of choosing a lousy survival location (a poor compromise). Too many so-called ‘experts’ are encouraging such lunacy, and they will end up getting a lot of people dead.

If you really want to survive, you have to, among other things, avoid the dangers of combat at all costs, even if that means changing lifestyles and moving while you can relocate intelligently. There’s no gain without some pain.

Short-term localized disasters while devastating, are nothing compared to a large-scale long-term disaster. And the people who are properly prepared for such a long-term disaster also happen to be well prepared and equipped to handle any short-term event, but that doesn’t work the other way around! People who are well prepared for short-term events are not properly prepared for a long-term large-scale event!

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There is no shortage of fools providing information on what you ought to be preparing for, and even after the lesson of December 2012 (‘end of the world’), there is still no shortage of people who are listening-to and accepting that kind of so-called ‘advice’.

History is one of our best teachers; however too many people fail to actually study history. History also helps a reasonable person to calculate the mathematical odds for the reoccurrence of various natural and man-caused disasters. The good news is that many serious scientists and historians have already done the math for us. By studying these results we can quickly establish our own particular risks with reasonable accuracy.

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Updated: February 22, 2014 — 12:16 am

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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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