The Prepper Protection Process – Prepper Protection Function

Today’s article is the third in 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 the Prepper Protection Function within the Prepper Protection Process.  Previous articles in this series examined the Role of Prepper Protection and Prepper Protection Principles.

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.

Prepper Protection Function

The Prepper Protection function is the actions, related tasks and systems prudent and necessary to preserve your family or group survivability, integrity as well as safeguard those assets (home, retreat, stores, equipment, etc.) necessary for survival or that will increase the likelihood of your survival

Some of these actions or effects may be achieved through the integration of the following elements of power to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your Prepper Protection plan.

  • Area Security:  Securing your immediate environment.
  • Employ Safety Techniques:  Implement common sense safety procedures including the wear of appropriate personal protective clothing/gear/equipment (safety glasses, chainsaw chaps, sunscreen, long sleeve shirts and pants, etc.)
  • Implement OPSEC:  OPSEC stands for ‘operational security’ which is knowing what to keep secret and actually keeping it secret.  This can also involve camouflaging or concealing important and critical items so they are less likely to be targeted.  Read The CARVER Method for Preppers to learn more about how to identify those assets in most in need of protection.
  • Utilize Intelligence:  Intelligence is developed from the collection, processing, integration, evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of the information available.  Put another way, information from different sources and methods (of collection) is processed, integrated, evaluated and analyzed/interpreted.  For (simplified) example: the information that a blue motorcycle with a sidecar is headed towards your neighborhood is combined with the information from a reliable neighbor that he saw a blue motorcycle with a sidecar pass through two nearby neighborhoods just before they were attacked by the Galloping Goose outlaw biker gang which is combined with a report from another friend who saw a blue motorcycle with a sidecar within the camp of a motorcycle gang a few miles from your neighborhood on his UAV’s camera becomes intelligence that states ‘we are about to encounter scouts from the Galloping Goose gang at…’
  • Implement Physical Security Procedures: Physical Security involves measures designed to deny unauthorized access to facilities, equipment and resources. Read Part 1 and Part 2 of the Prepography article Physical Security and the Forms of Protection for additional information.
  • Support the Rule of Law.  In a lawless society the strongest and best organized have the ability to do with the weak and the minorities as they will.  Over and over throughout history we’ve seen what happens when rule of law breaks down and ‘strong men’ step into the power vacuum,  Support the rule of law by upholding and following the law to the greatest extent possible to survive even if you find yourself in a lawless society…just don’t expect the other guy to do the same.
  • Conduct Survivability Operations:  Survivability Operations is a military but very appropriate way to describe fighting positions (foxholes), the hardening of structures, camouflage and concealment…basically anything that increases your…survivability because you’re harder to see or harder to hit or harder to sneak up on.  You should continuously improve your position as time allows.  Additionally, don’t overlook your position’s signature as seen from the air.  Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s/RC planes & helicopters) are cheap and the optics available now are lightweight, inexpensive and exceptional…even night vision capability isn’t unusual anymore.
  • Protect Health:  Make sure that your security plan accounts for environmental threats to health (heat stroke, hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn, etc.) as well as hygiene requirements (don’t put your observation point’s latrine adjacent to the pond that serves as your water source.
  • Prepare for Unconventional Threats & Weapons:  Depending on your location, situation, potential threats and the intelligence you’ve developed prepare countermeasures and contingencies for unconventional or non-typical threats such as:  Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, Improvised Explosive Devices, dump trucks ramming your barricade, the opposition’s use of captured military weapons, etc..
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