Preparedness Methodology – Part I: Fundamentals


Even though my blog is mainly oriented towards gear, I believe that the foundation to any form of preparedness has to begin with something completely different. In this article I will walk you through the steps to take in order to become an effective ‘prepper’. I have divided the fundamentals into four parts:

1. Mindset
This is without a doubt the first step to becoming a prepper. If you realize that there are risks and threats that you should prepare for and if possible avoid you have already taken the first step in the right direction. You need a keen eye and a sharp and creative mind. Think outside the box and understand the fragile nature of our society. Plan ahead, see options and opportunities. When you go to the grocery store, do you look for things you might need in a crisis so you can find it quickly if you’re in I hurry? Do you plan alternate routes to and from your place of work? Do you have a plan if something happens to your home?
When you have the right mindset you will also learn what you need to improve your level of preparedness.

2. Knowledge
Knowledge is an important part of your preparedness and fuses with your mindset. It helps you understand how risks happen and what to do when they happen.  Knowledge is mostly theoretical, and examples could be geographical knowledge like routes, possible shelters or how ice forms on a lake. Knowledge helps you make good decisions and what you need to approve in the next step.

3. Skills
This is the application of stuff you can read about but not use without practical experience and/or training. With the right mindset and knowledge you will have an easier time identifying skills you need to improve. You may learn animal tracks from a book, but you will need the skill to track. You cannot learn martial arts or hunting only by reading about it, you need training and practice.

4. Equipment
Even though I and many others tend to focus on equipment this is the last step for a reason. Equipment is force multipliers, they can help you greatly but they multiply your mindset, knowledge and skills and without the first parts their effectiveness will become slight at best. A hunting rifle is an excellent tool, but if you don’t foresee that you will need to purchase ammunition prior to TEOTWAWKI, you don’t know how animals travel or how to lure them to you and don’t know how to shoot or take care of a killed animal the hunting rifle won’t do any wonders. You cannot multiply zero.