For the newcomer to prepping and preparedness it may become overwhelming or even intimidating to venture down the road less traveled.
It may seem like there really is no clear road map out there. You might be wondering about preparedness priorities. Maybe you don’t want to make any costly mistakes that you might regret. Maybe you just want some ideas to get the wheels turning.
Well I’m going to spell out my own version of a road map for prepping & preparedness in an ongoing series of article topics which will come under one of four major categories or “levels” of prepping and preparedness.
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, despite the easy to attain objectives, the majority of Americans are not even up to Level 1 of prepping and preparedness. A large percentage of modern society live a lifestyle of “here and now” consumption and most only keep on hand enough food and consumable supplies to last 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 prepping and preparedness does not enter into consciousness. Don’t let that be you!
For the beginner prepper I recommend simple guidelines discussed within a series of tailored articles here on MSB. I cover topics that will enable a level of preparedness that will set you up for success and to easily advance to the next level.
Prepping & Preparedness Level 2 (Intermediate)
Being prepared for 1 Month
There are disasters that come along once in awhile that are very disruptive and can affect someone (or a region) in very difficult ways. While these events may be less likely to occur, the fact is that they can happen and do happen.
I compare this level to being prepared for something like a Hurricane Katrina event where the infrastructure of a region is badly damaged for a period of many weeks, a month, or even a bit longer.
People had no electricity. Stores were damaged and closed for a long time. People were essentially trapped in their homes without a working infrastructure. And it wasn’t going to be fixed in just a few days…
A major regional earthquake would likely 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 when considering preparedness for several weeks or a month. I will be discussing them within article topics related to “Prepping & Preparedness Level 2”.
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 because 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 prepping and survival.
If you’re reaching into preps due to a Level 3 event, there has been some serious SHTF that has occurred. This will be nothing like Level 1 or 2. It will be downright dangerous. The reality will be that many, many people around you may lose their lives.
Reaching a level of preparedness to survive many months, a year, implies the notion of a very, VERY serious disaster. Although a disastrous event of this magnitude may seem much less likely to occur, is it really?
I believe that many current preppers 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 “Prepping & Preparedness Level 3”.
Prepping & Preparedness Level 4 (Advanced)
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.
Ironically it may also simply imply 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 “Prepping & Preparedness Level 4” 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).