One very good way to help stay on top of your preparedness readiness is to schedule regular meetings with your spouse and/or your family (or group). This of course predicates that your spouse and/or family is ‘on-board’ with the notion of preparedness…
For the sake of discussion lets say that everyone involved is ‘on the same page’. Lets talk about the advantages of having occasional preparedness meetings…
First let me say that this does not imply or prerequisite that you be ‘hard core’ preppers. Not at all. A meeting is just that – a joining of the minds, opinions, and thoughts of several people about a given subject. You can take it as deep as you want, or simply keep it light.
One great advantage of a preparedness meeting with your spouse (for example) is that it keeps you both verbally communicating about the subject rather than making assumptions about what the other may be thinking or planning.
Mrs.J and I have occasional meetings about our preparedness, seasonal goals, etc.. I must say that it really helps because bouncing ideas or thoughts off another critical-thinking person can reveal holes or flaws in one’s plans and it can also solidify or validate that you’re on the right path of agreement, as well as discovering additional aspects that you haven’t thought of…
Some thoughts regarding topics of discussion:
Discuss the ’30-thousand foot view’ of current events at a global and national level with regards to potential risks or dangers which may have some impact on your lives in the near or distant future.
Discuss ‘what if’ scenarios for various levels of collapse, and how you would cope with each – given your current situation (whatever that is).
Discuss your wish-list of the things (goals) that you would like to accomplish. Then prioritize them based on your own instinct of what needs to be done first, second, etc..
Discuss your current food storage. Evaluate what you currently have and how long it will last. Look for additional ways to diversify it. Think about nutrition in addition to calories. Variety. Shelf life. Food rotation. Are you using (consuming) and subsequently replacing your food storage? Etc..
Discuss your security. Based on where you live may require adjustments depending on the level of collapse. Run through various scenarios and imagine how you would stay secure in your person and your belongings. Look for gaps.
Discuss OPSEC (operational security). For example, how many people (and who are they?) who know that you are prepared and are self-reliant at heart? Will this be a potential problem post-collapse? How to mitigate?
Discuss your financial situation. It’s different for everyone, but the topic is very important.
Discuss the category breakdown of your preps. Do you feel that you’re covered (to an extent) in high-level categories? Do you need to apply attention to one or more of them?
Discuss your skill sets. While no one person can know everything, are you able in one or more practical skill categories? Do you have interest to investigate additional skills? Do you know others who may be a value asset during post-collapse because of their practical skill sets?
There are so many things that you could discuss, but the point is that it’s a good idea to do it – because it helps keep you on track and to motivate to accomplish your goals.
What about your ideas for discussion points during a preparedness meeting?