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E. Roosevelt on Planning – Today’s Quote

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. Eleanor Roosevelt FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

How Long To Prepare For?

In the article, Introduction to Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine we briefly discussed the ten fundamentals of preparedness, how they overlap and interact as well as how each fundamental has four aspects.  Today we’re going to establish some conventions to aid us in our future discussions of how long to prepare for. I’m working on a probability model (if you’re a mathematician and want to help please contact me) to help those readers that are mathematically inclined chose how long to prepare for…but for today’s discussion we’re going to simplify things a little and talk about preparedness time horizons.  For convenience, I’ve broken the time horizons down into ‘Preparedness Levels.’ While there’s no reason a person, family or group couldn’t prepare to different levels in different fundamentals…you should keep in mind that your overall preparedness level is that of your ‘lowest level’ preparedness fundamental.  For example:  if your family is prepared to Level III, Weeks in every fundamental except Health (where you are prepared to Level I) than your overall preparedness level is Level I, Days. Aspects of Full Spectrum Preparedness Fundamentals Take a look at the graphic to the right to remind yourself of what the aspects of the Full Spectrum Preparedness Fundamental are.  You can review the 10 Fundamentals of Full Spectrum Preparedness HERE if need be or look at the Graphic towards the end of this article..  Keep in mind as you read about the Preparedness Levels that different aspects become more or less dominant at different Preparedness Levels and factor that into your preparedness planning. Preparedness Level 0, Unprepared You and your family are unable to get through the next 72 hours without making purchases, borrowing from others or seeking charity.  Perhaps your life sustaining prescription is about to run out, your pantry is almost bare or you don’t have a source of safe, potable water...

Beatles Tribute Bands and Preparedness

Recently my wife dragged me to a performance by a Beatles Tribute Band.  I’ve never really understood the concept or appeal of tribute bands.  It seems to me the whole reason for being a performer is to create something new or unique.  The idea of a band performing night after night in character…recreating copies of past performances just never made sense to me.  Keep reading to find out what Beatles Tribute Bands and Preparedness have in common.  I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the show but found myself actually having fun…then it hit me and I finally understood tribute bands.  Tribute bands implement the plans others have made that have been proven successful.  A tribute band skips the whole, uncertain alchemy of song creation and interpretation.  They even get to skip the step where a band builds rapport with an audience because they operate on the goodwill the original band already created.  A tribute band skips the creation steps and jumps directly to implementation ..they’ve got it easy. Unfortunately as preppers we’re not as lucky as tribute bands.  We can’t just find a successful plan and mimic the same old song to achieve success.  Individual situations vary just too much.  Initial skill sets, geographical differences, support systems, logistical challenges, physical abilities, family support, anticipated disasters and financial resources all vary too much for us to be able to adopt someone else’s plan. There are a number of off the shelf preparedness tools on the market and they can be instructive to read, but no prepackaged plan can truly fit your situation.  I’ve looked at some of these preparedness plans and found them to be one or more of the following: Too Simple Too Complex Too Expensive Too Time Intensive Too Bulky (takes too much space) Too High Profile (remember to be a stealth prepper) Too Naïve Too Optimistic Too Pessimistic...

White on World Change, Good Times and Planning – Today’s Quote

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and to have one hell of a good time. Sometimes, this makes planning the day difficult. E. B. White FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

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