The Prepper Protection Process – Integrating Prepper Protection Into the Preparedness Process

The Prepper Protection Process – Integrating Prepper Protection Into the Preparedness Process

Today’s article is the final in a 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 Integrating Prepper Protection Into the Preparedness Process.  Previous articles in this series examined the Role of Prepper ProtectionPrepper Protection Principles, and the Prepper Protection Functions.

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.

Integrating Prepper Protection into the Preparedness Process

Prepper Protection should be integrated throughout the preparedness process to provide synchronization to the efforts and the integration of protection capabilities. Prepper Protection function tasks are incorporated into the process in a layered and redundant approach to complement and reinforce your protection actions to achieve your protection goals.

The Preparedness ProcessPLAN

Planning is the first step toward effective protection. Prepper leaders consider the most likely threats and hazards and decide which personnel, physical assets, and information to protect. They set Prepper Protection priorities and adjust as the situation requires.  Effective Prepper Protection schemes and risk decisions are developed based on information and developed intelligence that comes from knowing your personnel, the environment and to the greatest extent possible, the opposition even if your only opposition is hungry refugees.  The prepper leader’s situational awareness and identification of key assets to protect is also advised by techniques like the CARVER method.

The more deliberate the planning process the better the process will assist the prepper leader not only with discerning preventable hazards but also dividing threats into those that may be deterred and those that must be faced with appropriate security or defensive measures.

The keys to protection planning for preppers are:

  • Identifying threats and hazards
  • Assessing the threats and hazards to determine relative risks
  • Developing preventive measures
  • Integrating protection tasks into a comprehensive plan of protection that includes mitigating measures.

One tool that may help in this process is developing a prioritized list of critical assets that should be defended given adequate assets.  By prioritizing the list you will be better able to allocate limited assets against the most important assets or systems nodes.


During the preparation phase, protection should focus deterrence, asset development and training.  Protection activities should be implemented in overlapping layers and depend on the security and legal environment.  Where rule of law still applies a store owner may have a locked door, bars on the windows, motion activated outdoor lighting and a central station alarm system.  In a lawless environment that same store owner’s protection activities might expand to sleeping in the store or standing on the roof with a shotgun as many Korean grocers did in Los Angeles during the 1992 riots. 

Active defense measures serve to help you take control of the environment and deny the adversary the ability to seize the initiative.  Active defense measures may not be appropriate or legal in an environment where you are still ‘protected’ by the rule of law.  For example, an active defensive measure is standing on top of your store with a shotgun or conducting armed patrols of your environment.

Passive defense measures fortify your family, group and assets against the effects of threat and/or hazards and aids in the rapid mitigation of those effects that can’t be deterred.  For example, locking your door, installing bars on the windows, keeping the location of your stockpile a secret, etc.

Some additional steps that may be taken during the preparation page include:

  • Revise and refine the plan…it’s a continuous process remember…
  • Determine information requirements and seek to fill information gaps.
  • Emplace systems to detect threats to the critical assets.
  • Employ operational security (OPSEC) measures.  If no one knows of a critical asset, no one will target that asset.
  • Continuously improve survivability positions.
  • Develop and expand personal networks by building relationships and developing a positive reputation.
  • Train and rehearse.
  • Implement additional measures to reduce vulnerability such as building redundancy.


Prepper leaders decide, direct, lead, assess, and provide leadership.  As the security environment and situation changes the prepper leader interprets information that flows from numerous internal and external sources and adjusts the tempo of operations as well as the prepper rules of engagement. One of the constants throughout preparedness activities is the need to maintain continuity of the protection tasks to safeguard personnel, facilities and stockpiles/assets. In the Execute phase, Prepper Leaders implement and supervise control measures and allocate resources sufficient to ensure continuous, layered protection and the rapid initiation of mitigation activities.

No environment is without risk and successful preppers must be able to operate within risky environments by prudently selecting the appropriate risk management option (avoidance, transfer, mitigation and assumption).  Rapid decision making, prioritized asset utilization (including the leveraging of technology), layered protection activities and the selection of the appropriate risk management options all help protect what is important to the prepper but he/she must also be flexible and adaptable as environments and security situations change rapidly.

Additionally, within the Execute phase of protection activities preppers and/or the Prepper Leader should also:

  • Ensuring that the protection focus supports the prepper leader’s intent and concept of protection.
  • Review and update changes to control measures and physical boundaries in order to increase protection and reduce the risk of fratricide.
  • Monitor the employment of security forces, identify gaps in protection or the development unintended patterns which might be exploited by adversarial forces.
  • Reinforce relationships with like-minded individuals from neighboring areas and coordinating activities as appropriate.
  • Monitoring personnel health both within and outside the scope of your protection activities.


Assessing protection is an essential and continuous activity that occurs throughout and advises the other three phases of the prepper protection process (Plan, Prepare, Execute).  Assessment involves the continuous determination of progress toward accomplishing your protection tasks, achieving your desired protection condition, or achieving your desired protection objectives. Assessments are based on observations, situational awareness informed by information received and your own intuition. Assessments are the adhesive that holds the preparedness protection process together and assists the prepper continual process improvement.

In addition to reshuffling protection priorities as needed, assessments should also identify:

  • Opportunities to improve protection
  • Emerging threats & hazards
  • New or overlooked vulnerabilities
  • Status of protection assets
  • Effectiveness of protection activities
  • Additional resources capable of being used to enhance protection
  • Protection assets that could be more effectively utilized


Prepper Protection is a critical function involving something no less important than keeping those you love and what they need to survive safe.  I hope that this adaption of the military concept of protection serves the preparedness community by helping preppers and prepper leader better synchronize and integrate a proper prepper protection plan.

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