I'm not really what I would call a "prepper", because I haven't spent a large part of my income on stocking my home in the event the world goes to hell. Not yet, anyway. Most of my preparation has been in the form of organizing my thoughts and prioritizing my spending when I get back from Cuba to allow my family to prepare for the widest variety of scenarios possible (Don't want to end up with 10 tons of canned food, but no can openers or spoons. Not a literal concern, but you get my meaning).
With that in mind, I have a few categories of competency and preparation that may help other members organize themselves when deciding what to prepare for, along with a couple examples of each category, both skills and equipment. I have taken these categories from the military, which is all about organization. Why try to reinvent the wheel, right?
Shoot, Move, Communicate, Secure, Survive, and Sustain are the basic categories. A few pieces of equipment or skills for each to help folks understand:
Shoot: Weapons with adequate ammo, being able to engage looters or get clean kills on game animals
Move: Reliable vehicle with repair parts and fluids, being able to self-recover from mud and knowing how to traverse various terrains while dismounted
Communicate: Two-way radios, short wave radios, and signalling equipment. Having a system of hand and arm signals to communicate with other members of your group, knowing how to troubleshoot commo systems.
Secure: Physical barrier material such as fences, barbed wire, chains and locks. Knowing how to organize your living arrangements to allow rapid defense against attacks and maintain the best observation of your area
Survive: Not survival in the normal sense, this means being able to avoid or withstand physical damage, whether natural disaster or attack. Sandbags, extra lumber, camouflaging material for personnel and structures. Knowledge of structural reinforcement/repair, camouflage techniques, noise, light, and litter discipline when away from camp.
Sustain: Medical supplies, food, water, gardening tools. This is what most people think of when talking survival, having the skills to treat illnesses, injuries, or wounds, and being able to continually provide sutenance for you and yours.
Again, the equipment and skills I listed were simply examples and do not, by any means, completely cover all the items or skills needed.
I am awfully scatterbrained and I may have ADD, but OOH, SQUIRREL!!!! Just kidding. I find that while trying to determine what items I need to get to prepare my family, breaking things down helps me avoid becoming overwhelmed. Also, keep in mind that all of these categories can help if you are just preparing for bad weather. It can't hurt to have a few bundles of sandbags if you live near a flood zone or a few extra 4x4s to help shore up the storm shelter if you live in tornado alley.
I hope this helps and if nothing else, helps provide some lube for the mental masturbation of preparing for the zombie apocalypse.
"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
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