The Prepper Protection Process – Prepper Protection Principles

The Prepper Protection Process – Prepper Protection Principles

Today’s article is the second 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 Principles ion in the Prepper Protection Process and will be followed every other day by another entry including articles on the Prepper Protection Function, and Integrating Prepper Protection Into the Preparedness Process.  The first article in this series was on The Role of Prepper Protection.

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 Principals

FortressThe following principles of Prepper Protection provide a context for implementing protection in your preparedness and survival efforts including schemes of protection, and the allocation of resources.

  • Comprehensive. Prepper Protection should be holistic, complementary and mutually reinforcing.
  • Integrated. Prepper Protection is integrated with other preparedness and survival activities. Protection efforts work best when they are also integrated with the protection efforts of friendly, like-minded families and groups located adjacent to and near your family/group.

The best Physical Security and Protection programs take an integrated approach where each element is built to support and enhance the other elements of the system.  Remember to also integrate outside capabilities into your system when appropriate.  An example of integrating outside capabilities is making common cause with like-minded neighbors or perhaps making friends with your local sheriff’s deputy and asking him to stop in if there’s ever a vehicle besides yours parked in front of your ‘hunting cabin.’

  • Layered. Prepper Protection capabilities are arranged using a layered approach to provide strength, and protection in depth.

Protection should be layered to provide both strength and depth to your overall protection system as well as reduce the effects of a hazard or threat.  In a layered protection plan your most valuable assets are placed inside the innermost ring of protection.  Layered defenses apply to each sphere of vulnerability but is easiest to describe in terms of a layered defense…let’s use an ancient example:  Picture an ancient fortress or castle inhabited by a lord.  The lord has alliances or treaties with neighboring lands and spies who monitor those same neighbors.  His castle is surrounded by countryside whose inhabitants owe their allegiance to the lord.  These serfs or freemen report outsiders, crime, strange occurrences, etc. to the lord’s security forces that patrol that same countryside.  The lord’s castle has high walls…maybe protected by a moat.  Inside the castle’s outer walls is an inner tower…the last line of defense that protects the lord’s family, armory and most critical supplies.  Notice how this layered defense provides increasing levels of protection the closer one gets to the most critical/protected people and property.  Plan your layered protection as much like this layered defense as possible with numerous layers at increasing distances from your protected assets.

  • Redundant. Prepper Protection efforts will should often have redundancy built in to assure protection of critical assets or especially vulnerable points in systems.  One example of a vulnerable point in a system is a pump house over a well.  The water is necessary to maintain your family’s health and is relatively safe underground and in your pipes, but the well house is vulnerable to fire, theft, wind, lightning or vandals.

Your protection plans should also be designed so that if any one or two elements fail your whole protection plan doesn’t fall apart.  A simple example of a redundant system is having an alarm system but also having a dog that barks when strangers are on your property.  When building redundancy into your protection or physical security plans don’t limit yourself to a single ‘backup’ if you feel more are necessary.

  • Enduring. Prepper Protection capabilities are continuous activities, many of which must begin to take place long before what you might think of as the precipitating event.  For example, you should keep the extent, nature and your willingness to prep a secret from all but your closest confidants.

Protection efforts must be continuous and enduring but elements should be added or scaled back depending on the current security environment.  Additionally, you should plan for your security needs over the long run.  For example:  barriers used in your plan should be weatherproof and if you feel that a guard may be necessary to keep your family or property safe for days or longer then you must plan for three or more guards in order to rotate the responsibility and maintain vigilance and alertness.  Another example of enduring protection would be planting coniferous trees to screen your property instead of deciduous in order to provide year round screening.

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