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Readiness Matrix

from Survival Blog:

If you are reading this, you are a member of a relatively small, unique group of people. You have pulled your head from the sand and are no longer blinded by Normalcy Bias: the belief that tomorrow will be like any other day, week after week, year after year. You see the signs and know that the relative tranquility we have enjoyed won’t last. You feel deeply that preparation is essential; you want to live.

There are a lucky few, with a stone castle and mote high in a mountain retreat, who clutch their custom AR-15s to their chest while watching for the sky to fall. However, most of us get up and go to work every day, grateful to make it home to put another day to bed. We know we need to do more to prepare, but how?

I am in awe of the vast knowledge base in the prepper community. Never have people been so creative and inventive, open sourcing their ideas to help others. Personally, I marvel at the ingenuity shown toward self-reliance. However, being prepared is more than having a ready bug-out bag and a tricked out emergency escape vehicle.

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1 comment to Readiness Matrix

  • Ed_B

    “When the ground starts to shake, the sky starts to fall, and you start running, what you have in your pockets or purses becomes your only physical resource.”

    Hence the need for a bug-out-bag in each vehicle we own. A good selection of supplies can be put into a backpack that will keep a person going for at least 3-4 days. Give yourself those 3-4 days in which to work out a solution. It is amazing what one can put into a backpack that only weighs about 15-20 lbs. yet is everything one needs to survive until one can get home or to their bug-out location. There are many great articles written on what such a bag should contain. Read several of these and then formulate a plan for the best items to have for your situation.

    “Nobody has enough ammo to defend a homestead in a major population center.”

    I had to chuckle a bit at this. I personally know a guy who has 50,000 rounds of ammo stored. When I questioned him on this large amount, he said, “Hell, I know a guy who has twice this amount of ammo”. Seems to me that either of these fellows has what could be called a s**t-load of ammo… easily enough to defend a fixed location for YEARS.

    “A thoughtful selection of gear, good physical fitness, and really good shoes are essential.”

    I could not agree more with this. Especially the parts about physical fitness and good shoes. Having some really good boots IS a terrific prepper item. Walking long distances doesn’t have to be a painful event. Having great boots that fit well and that will keep our feet dry is essential to surviving most any SHTF scenario. So is being in shape and able to walk for miles, when necessary, without severe discomfort.

    “The same family on bicycles can travel a hundred miles. Bicycles outfitted with a trailer or saddle bags can cover that hundred miles and double the amount of supplies to support your relocation.”

    The bicycle is an often over-looked survival item. Equipped with a couple of wire baskets, one on each side, and maybe even one in the front, a bike can be a real work horse. A good mountain bike that is heavily built for rough terrain and some storage capacity should work well in many SHTF scenarios. Don’t forget a good tire pump and a tire patching kit. I hadn’t thought of having a trailer to add to this but that could be good too. That could be used effectively around the homestead in many ways.

    “Many people may choose to make a stand, no matter the circumstances, as long as they die on their own ground. I can appreciate the sentiment, although futile. If you want to live, mobility is life.”

    Another way to look at this is to understand that if you have years of prepping done and virtually everything you need to survive a SHTF scenario, leaving that behind is a decision that is likely to have terrible consequences. There are situations in which one might very well have to do that, such as when a natural disaster is headed your way or if a large enemy force is approaching your position. At any other time, a person is likely better off to hold their ground and drive off any marauders. One can also bail out temporarily and then ambush those who have taken their place. This can work especially well if the owner has cached weapons, food, water, and medical supplies in locations that only he, his family, and his friends know about. No one will know this place better than its owner, so he can exploit its weaknesses and use its strengths against an enemy that does not know these things as well as he does. Above all, be flexible in your thinking and do not discard ideas that might be good in the right situations.

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