The Prepper Protection Process – Role of Prepper Protection

The Prepper Protection Process – Role of Prepper Protection

This four article series on the Prepper Protection process is based upon and adapted from the military concept of protection as described in U.S. Army publication  ADP 3-37, Protection.  Today’s article focuses on the Role of Prepper Protection in the Prepper Protection Process and will be followed every other day by another entry including articles on the Prepper Protection Principles, the Prepper Protection Function, and Integrating Prepper Protection Into the Preparedness Process

Prepper Protection: A deliberate process and collection of tactics, techniques and procedures synchronized and integrated to create a secure environment (or retreat), preserve life as well as conserve and safeguard the resources necessary for survival.

The Role of Prepper Protection

FortressProtection is a continuous activity that integrates the prioritization and direction of assets as well as tactics, techniques and procedures in a synchronized manner in order to protect life and those assets necessary to support and preserve life. Proper application of the Prepper Protection function will not only help you identify and counter threats and hazards, mitigate their effects but will also help you survive in rapidly changing security environments.  This Prepper Protection process will serve you equally well no matter the security environment from today’s status quo up to a full blown Road Warrior situation (where did they get all the gas to drive around the desert looking for… gas?).

In military operations the goal of protection is the integration and balance of protection with the freedom of action but Prepper Protection is more focused on the preservation of life and prepper assets.  While the military leader must be able to switch from the offense to the defense and back, the prepper must maintain the operational and mental flexibility to transition from bug-in to bug-out activities and all the situations in between as the situation dictates.

Prepper leaders should become familiar with the Prepper Preparedness fundamentals, their environment as well as their physical and personnel assets in order to clearly articulate their concept of the protection operations in terms of time, space, purpose, and resources. Prepper Protection involves the following three steps:

  1. Identify threats and hazards.  This may include environmental threats (heat, moisture, fire, weather, etc.), human threats (vandals, thieves, begging acquaintances, organized gangs, etc.) and even internal threats from those unable or unwilling to adapt to the new realities of food rationing, operational security concerns and sanitation requirements.  Both hazards and threats can damage your chances of survival by affecting your equipment and/or personnel.  By identifying hazards and threats  and implementing plans you may be able to keep those hazards and threats from damaging your survivability or hurting your people.

Hazards are conditions and situations with the potential to cause illness, injury or affect the equipment and supplies necessary to survive.  Hazards exist regardless of human actions although they may be residue or residual from human actions.  Lightning is a hazard to life and property (causes fire and electrocutes) but so is an oil slick if you’re traveling in/on a vehicle.  Even a light rain can be a hazard if you fail to bring delicate electronics in out of the weather.  Wildlife from the smallest West-Nile carrying mosquito to the largest bear are potential hazards depending on where you live.  Hazards may be exploited by friendly or hostile groups.

Threats are an adversary’s potential to kill, hurt or destroy your personnel or critical equipment/supplies.  You must plan for potential threats as well as anticipated threats.  Threats have a human component.  If a hostile group exploits a hazard to attack then that hazard also forms part of a threat.

  1. Implement control measures.  Control measures are those actions you take to prevent theft, damage or injury to people or critical property.  Some examples of control measures are treating an outbuilding with a flame retardant, setting up a guard, keeping the existence of a food cache a secret, locking doors, enforcing sanitation rules to keep water from being polluted, etc.


Whenever possible the prepper should prevent a hazard or threat from materializing in the first place.  This may take many forms including:

  • Vaccination from disease
  • Training your family not to leave valuables (either financial or survival) where they can be taken.
  • Building with fire resistive materials


Deterrence reduces the potential of an action occurring including:

  • Visible security measures like cameras and guards may deter the opposition from attacking…don’t look like a soft target.
  • Putting up no smoking signs around fuel storage
  1. Manage capabilities to mitigate the effects on your survival resources and people.  Mitigation involves reducing the extent of damage or injury that has taken place.  Some examples of mitigation efforts include emplacing a burglar, fire or smoke alarms; sprinkler systems; having an on-call reaction force or providing first aid training and supplies.


Mitigation is the activities and efforts you take to minimize the damage from an attack or a hazard speed your recovery from the event that you couldn’t successfully prevent, deter or defend from.  The goals of mitigation are twofold…limit damage and return to normal operations as soon as possible.  Some examples of mitigation activities include:

  • Storing duplicates of critical equipment and supplies in multiple locations
  • Installing fire suppression systems or mounting fire extinguishers in multiple places around your house or retreat.
  • Obtaining advanced medical or first aid training and stocking appropriate supplies

Simply put, after you identify threats and hazards you implement control measures to prevent loss and mitigation efforts to reduce the extent of losses that have/are taking place.  Don’t forget to include accidents, health threats and natural disasters in your Prepper Protection protocols.  Control measures and mitigation efforts may include both active security or defensive measures and passive security/defensive measures.

Active Security:

Check your local laws but in most areas of the U.S. you are still allowed to defend yourself and your family…if I lived in an area that didn’t legally support my natural right to self-defense I might rather risk the legal consequences than the life of a family member.  That said, here are several active security measures that I might consider depending on the security environment I was facing:

  • Obtain the training and licensing necessary to carry a weapon.  Note that training required to get the license isn’t anywhere near adequate for the responsibility of carrying a lethal weapon so seek additional training by someone like Prepography contributor, Infidel.
  • Learn unarmed and less lethal (mace, tasers, etc.) defense and combat skills.
  • Maintain a ‘security force’ trained to detect, interdict, disrupt, and defeat threats or react to hazards (if necessary due to a complete collapse of our legal/justice system).

Passive Defense:

Passive Defenses are your first line of defense if you’re unable to prevent or deter the threat or hazard.  Many passive defenses work to an extent even when they aren’t watched…but work much better when they are monitored.  Some examples of passive defenses are:

  • Security barriers including locks, fences, concertina wire, vehicle barricades and walls.
  • Wildlife fences around your garden to protect your food supply.
  • Electronic Surveillance or Intrusion Detection
  • Booby traps are dangerous, illegal and won’t discriminate between your children and your enemies.  Even if the security (and legal) environment was VERY degraded I can’t imagine using booby traps without multiple warning signs in several languages.
  • Emergency action drills and response to reduce the loss of personnel and capabilities
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