The 4 Phases of Preparing For Disaster

May 10, 2016, by Ken Jorgustin


‘Disaster’ is a word that really has a broad meaning. Just exactly what is disaster? We tend to use the word very loosely and we fit it in to a variety of contexts.

For your overall preparedness for ‘disaster’ you might consider breaking its meaning down into four stages or phases – making it easier to plan for…




Preparedness and preparation begins with the acceptance that risk does exist, and enough such that it warrants action to prepare.

Risk Awareness motivates into action.

During the preparation phase we determine and examine our current situation and state of readiness (or lack thereof), and then consider contingencies to various scenarios which may disrupt our lives.

Preparations vary widely in scope, resources, and acquired knowledge, and at a minimum are focused on the basics which include generalities such as shelter, water, food, and security.

The stage of preparation (for disaster) is enormous and is where most preppers remain in their thought process and actions. It may seem as though we’re never prepared enough… and thus we continue our efforts to ‘be ready’ for what may come.

There’s nothing wrong with this. It is logical.

But there’s more…



Preparedness for disaster not only involves one’s preparations, but recognizing the warning signs may provide a tremendous advantage.

If we’re all too busy ‘with our noses to the grind stone’ we might not have the situational awareness to recognize the clues that may be indicating impending disaster (or the increasing risk thereof).

Disaster may come on slowly or it may ‘hit us over the head’ with the suddenness.

For example some natural-disasters are forewarned by technology (weather radios, media reports) and will provide time to take action for those who are aware (severe weather, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires) while other natural- disasters occur instantly with little or no warning (earthquakes, tsunamis, X-class solar-flare CME/EMP).

And then there are the warning signs of disaster from the standpoint of mankind. Things like economic/financial (collapse), politically motivated/induced chaos, wars.

Some warning signs are subtle. Others are ‘in your face’ although often unrecognized by the dumbed-down masses.

Our modern world and ‘the system’ that we live in is designed to keep us distracted from the recognition of true reality. By merely ‘knowing’ that this is the case will help open your eyes to the warning signs around you…



The shock and impact of disaster itself.

By attempting to understand (ahead of time) the many affects of disaster’s immediate impact will help in your own preparedness for it.

If you’re camping or traveling and drink contaminated water, the impact of getting ‘Montezuma’s Revenge’ will be pretty debilitating. So perhaps a water filter on your trip will be a good idea…

The impact of an evacuation order will mean clogged main roads. So you might plan ahead alternative routes of back-roads to get out of Dodge… or get out before the masses.

The immediate impact when the sheeple realize that their grocery store shelves are thinning will rapidly lead towards panic buying and shortages. So having your own deep pantry will avoid being caught short…

The impact phase of disaster may be frightful and shocking to the unprepared. This may result in their inability to take action, delayed reaction, and may lead to to poor decision making during the time of crisis. Many will do nothing while they wait for help.

Understanding the immediate impact of a hypothetical disaster scenario will help you better prepare. Understand and predict the immediate reactions of the unprepared.



After having considered the effects of the disaster’s impact itself, you then need to consider the aftermath.

It may be short, long, or in-between. Think about how the aftermath will affect and/or change your life…and for how long. Prepare for it.

Think about what will you need to have done ahead of time to survive the aftermath. Think beyond just the supplies, the preps, the stuff… do you have the skills and ability to implement your survival?

For serious disaster, the unprepared will falter and fail during a long aftermath. Without help they will be desperate and doomed. Will this affect you? Yes, it certainly may (in more ways than one), so analyze it and do what you feel compelled to do about it.

The generalities above will hopefully break it down into chunks for better consumption 😉

It’s all food for thought…