Preparedness Series Overview
First, there are about 2,000 articles on Modern Survival Blog which cover a wide variety of topics! Use the SEARCH functionality (in the MENU area) and browse the categories.
This series however is designed to specifically address the most important topics within preparedness. And I have split the series into four levels ranging from Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert.
Get started at Level 1 preparedness. It’s easy. And move on from there (Level 2 is easy too).
There really is no clear road map out there. Though I am attempting to provide one here! You might be wondering about priorities or maybe you just don’t want to make any costly mistakes that you might regret later.
Well here’s my own guidelines for preparedness. I will be writing an ongoing series of article topics as we progress.
Here’s the basic overview for each level:
Prepping & Preparedness Level 1 (Basic)
Being prepared for 1 Week
This is the most basic level of preparedness and the easiest to achieve!
In fact it’s so easy that you have little excuse not to get it done. It won’t cost much money. It won’t require any special skills beyond having some common sense.
Level 1 preparedness will cover you for the majority of the “most likely to occur” emergencies or disruptive events in day-to-day life.
Sadly, the majority of Americans are not even up to Level 1 preparedness. Most of modern society live a lifestyle of “here and now” consumption and keep only enough food on hand (and consumable supplies) to last just several days. That’s it…
Additionally most people have a strong normalcy bias that supplies and services will always be readily available. The thought of preparedness does not enter into consciousness. Don’t let that be you!
For the newbie I recommend the simple guidelines as linked below within a series of tailored articles for Level 1 preparedness.
Prepping & Preparedness Level 2 (Intermediate)
Being prepared for 1 Month
There are disasters that come along once in awhile that can be very disruptive and affect someone (or a region) in very difficult ways. While these events may be less likely to occur, the fact is they can happen, and do happen.
I compare this level to being prepared for something like a major weather event that leaves the infrastructure of a region badly damaged for a period of several weeks, or even up to a month.
No electricity. Supply chains disrupted into the area. People maybe stuck in their homes for awhile without a working infrastructure. Things will get fixed, but it’s going to take some time. It’s not the end of the world. But it won’t be easy for several weeks or longer…
A major regional earthquake could fit into this category too. I wonder how many who live along major earthquake fault zones are adequately prepared? Probably not too many…
There are a number of additional and important concerns beyond Level 1 preparedness when considering disruption for several weeks or a month. I will be discussing them within article topics related to Level 2 preparedness.
Prepping & Preparedness Level 3 (Advanced)
Being prepared for up to 1 Year
The period of time ranging from 1 month to 1 year is a very wide range. I chose this wide range as one preparedness level. When you are preparing for disruption (collapse) beyond 1 month and into 3 months or more, you are essentially in the same mindset and same “mode” of survival.
If you’re reaching into your preps due to a Level 3 event, there has been some serious collapse / SHTF that has occurred! It may seem VERY UNLIKELY for this to occur. But one never knows…
This will be nothing like Level 1 or 2. It will be downright dangerous. The uncomfortable reality will be that many, many people around you may lose their lives.
I believe that many current preparedness-minded people who have been at it for awhile are somewhere within this category, Level 3. When preparing for contingencies during a period of societal collapse, there are lots of very serious topics of concern. I will be writing about them as we delve into Level 3 preparedness.
Prepping & Preparedness Level 4 (Expert)
Time period: Self-sustaining (or as close as one can get)
Self-sustaining (definition) : maintaining or able to maintain oneself or itself by independent effort | a self–sustaining community
Level 4 is the ultimate in preparedness. To transition from being supplied and secured for 1 year to actually being relatively (and truly) self-sustaining is huge, and VERY difficult.
To prepare at this level implies that you’re preparing for a colossal disaster.
Level 4 preparedness may also be motivated by the desire to live a self-sufficient lifestyle and the satisfaction that goes along with being independent from external systems that everyone else relies upon to literally keep them alive!
When you think about it, many of our ancestors were Level 4 preppers by default! It was just the way it was if you wanted to survive. Today, most everyone in current modern society would surely perish without our current infrastructure, and wouldn’t have a clue what to do if that infrastructure went away…
Articles within Level 4 preparedness will get into the topics of “getting off the grid”, self reliance, self sufficiency, and the major issues surrounding what it actually takes to make it on your own (or as close as one can get).
Links to Articles in this Series
LEVEL 2 PREPAREDNESS
Preparedness Level 2 OVERVIEW
Water Storage & Availability
Water & Food
Electrical Grid Down For 2 – 4 Weeks
Security & Situational Awareness
Additional Supplies & Gear
Dealing With The Unprepared