I started Prepography to encourage self reliance, help people get started prepping and help established preppers get to the next level in their efforts. I believe that when our family, friends and neighbors are better prepared…so are we. To this end I’ve been working on the next step with a small group of like minded preppers. Our goal is to develop a conceptual framework to codify and help you direct your own preparedness efforts. We call this concept the Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine.
Before we discuss the Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine in detail let’s break it down and define it:
Therefore, the Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine is a conceptual framework that provides the complete range of related, overlapping concepts required for individual, family or group readiness.
Full Spectrum Preparedness is being developed as a doctrine applicable to all preppers at all preparedness levels in all geographic areas. Full Spectrum Preparedness was created because other preparedness ‘programs’ are one or more of the following: too dogmatic, too simple, too complex, too expensive to implement, too focused on a particular type of calamity or are too reliant on situations that aren’t universal (owning a farm, having unlimited storage capability, etc.).
Full Spectrum Preparedness is a cognitive model to help you become better prepared based on your own analysis of the risks you may face. We’ll delve deeper into how to evaluate threats in another article, but it’s important that you know that Full Spectrum Preparedness isn’t a one-size-fits-nobody program but a doctrine built on ten preparedness fundamentals. These fundamentals will form the basis for an open dialog you can have with your family or preparedness group. This doctrine is a perpetual work in progress and I encourage you to contribute to the dialog both in your personal life and on the pages of Prepography.
The ten preparedness fundamentals provide the conceptual foundations for Full Spectrum Preparedness as well as providing the basis for an efficient and effective preparedness plan. Ultimately, it is your family’s application of these fundamentals that will enable you to build resilience and allow you to survive and possibly even thrive in adverse situations. Although you don’t need to prepare to the same level in each of these fundamentals, keep in mind that many are mutually supportive or complementary.
As you begin thinking about each preparedness fundamental, consider that most of the fundamentals have four separate aspects that can compensate for one another to a certain extent:
We’ve made Full Spectrum Preparedness as simple as possible but there are still ten overlapping fundamentals that are required to replace modern society’s lifelines. The following is a very brief introduction to each fundamental. We will revisit each fundamental over the next few weeks in a bit more detail. Remember, many of the fundamentals are mutually supportive and a deficit in one fundamental may hamper you in another or several others.
I use the following mnemonic to keep the fundamentals straight. Compare each letter to the keywords in bold above: S2HTF3-WC2
Those familiar with other preparedness ‘programs’ may look at this list and claim that we’re missing functions that are common in other plans…but if you look closer you’ll see we’ve got it covered. An example of a ‘category’ in most other models that we don’t use is “Fuel”…but if you look closer you’ll see that we’ve got fuel covered by what it’s used for…is it fuel for cooking (Food), Transportation, or Water purification or heating/protection from the elements (Shelter).
We’ve spoken previously about self reliance and preparedness being a journey…on this journey, Full Spectrum Preparedness is intended to be your roadmap. This brief introduction should get your creative juices flowing and help you plan your trip. In fact, think of this introduction as the key to that map. Check back frequently as we further explore Full Spectrum Preparedness.