For our ancestors, general preparedness was nothing more than daily life and not a SHTF-driven activity like it is today.
They did most things by themselves with little to no help in order to survive and thrive. Nowadays it seems that preparedness is classified as something extreme by mainstream society.
This happens because most people have no idea of what being prepared means actually. They always go and look at the extremes of this lifestyle and classify every prepper as a conspiracy nut job or fearful person.
Even if we are the crazies, you often see people running around and asking for help when a natural disaster occurs. They ask for handouts, and they turn violent when the authorities can’t or won’t help them. It looks like most of these folks fail to see the big picture.
History has shown us that the government simply doesn’t have the capacity and a proper preparedness plan for them. What it does have; however, it’s a general plan for the masses. This means that most people (including you, the reader) might not be amongst the lucky ones to get that needed help. If you want to have a fighting chance, you need to prepare yourself for any type of disaster you believe the future may throw at you.
I’ve said it before, and I can’t stress this enough, when it comes to emergency preparedness, a little common sense can go a long way. Even the most basic preparations you make can change the outcome of almost any crisis scenario you may think of.
Even so, common sense is not always enough for people, and many people will end up asking when does all of this emergency preparedness stop?
Since the answer to this question may vary from one person to another, the answer I personally provide is always the same: when you consider yourselves being self-sufficient and you no longer depend on others for providing the basics (but also the comforts) you need to live a full life.
This article aims to teach people about the various levels of preparedness, and it will provide some clear answers to those new to the game. We can classify it as one of the need-to-know basics of emergency preparedness. You will learn the four levels of preparedness so that you can select which one is right for you and your family.
Before we go further, I think we should make clear from the start that emergency preparedness is not a big mix of everything as some would want you to believe. Not everything can be bought or stockpiled, and it takes a long time to achieve a level of self-sufficiency that will help you survive no matter what.
This is the level of preparedness that is designed for minor disasters, and oftentimes, the duration of the event is no longer than two weeks. We can include here severe weather type events, or for example, a regional blackout.
Ice storms, floods, heavy snow are all filed under this category. These events disturb the normal functioning of high public targets, such as utilities, hospitals, fire and police stations, etc.
During this level, the main priority is to keep up first responders and hospitals, and most resources will be focused on those ends. Your household will have to wait until those services function as they will do on a daily basis. Until that happens and help will be heading your way, you will be on your own.
To survive for almost two weeks without electricity or water, you will need to have a good amount of supplies. The best thing, if we can call it that, about this level of preparedness is that you may already have some of the items in your home.
This level of preparedness can usually last a month or so, and here we have all sorts of events that will disrupt or break the supply chain. For example, a hurricane or a massive flood will cause road damage over vast areas, and certain regions will become isolated from the rest of the world.
The supply trucks will stop coming until the roads are cleared. The same goes if a blackout or gas crisis occurs. The items you need won’t be delivered anymore, and you have to work things out for yourself.
This level of preparedness requires the same things from level one. However, you will need to scale it up and to be one the safe side, you should have twice as much.
The events we covered in the first two levels of preparedness are becoming more common than ever, and chances are that every American will experience something similar in their lifetime. The best thing you can do is to prepare for them and learn from the experience to improve your prepping plans.
This level includes events that many folks think won’t happen, and when it does, they will have a significant impact on their lives for three months or so.
A good example here would be Hurricane Dorian and the disaster it caused in the Bahamas. We can all see the aftermath of such a catastrophe and how it changes the lives of people. You may have forgotten about it since the media has shifted its attention to something else, but for those people, the ordeal is not over.
Keep in mind that during a level 3 event, in theory, there should be some form of government that will provide assistance (like FEMA). They should come and help, and they will usually deliver food, water, and other items.
Don’t miss the opportunity to resupply your stocks, no matter how well-prepared you are. Taking supplies from the authorities will help stretch yours, and even more, it will make you look like one of the crowd, one of the helpless ones.
This is the extreme part we were talking at the beginning of this article, the type of events that people tend to believe we are all prepping for. Regardless of the general opinion, a level 4 event is something that can last a year or so before it starts to unwind. Such development has a turning point that settles the fate of the affected. Chances are, things might not turn to the way they were before the event and it depends on the effects the events caused.
Such an event could be an economic collapse (like it happened in Venezuela and it’s still happening) or war with other nations (not necessarily a new world war). In this scenario, help is certainly not coming, and any remaining form of government that is still functioning will concentrate all the resources on defending the country.
You can imagine that in such scenarios, urban environments will become death traps and once the resources are cannibalized, the remaining survivors will migrate to other regions. These types of events are creating what we call “domestic refugees” and there’s no way these refugees could be accommodated in other regions without creating conflicts.
If you plan to prepare for such an event, you should make plans to live in a location far away from densely populated areas. If having such living arrangements is not possible you should at least have a bug out location that can sustain you and yours for a long time. Focus your prepping efforts on your bug out location and make sure you have a bug-out strategy if you are forced to evacuate.
These are just a few of the needs for a level 4 event, and the list is far from being complete. As I said before, during such an event you will at some point have an idea if things will get back to normal or not. Your ultimate goal during that time is to become self-sufficient.
The information provided in this article is an excellent starting point for every prepper that needs to find his way into emergency preparedness. The recommended preparations can be scaled based on the type of event that is most likely to occur in your area.
An emergency situation will always occur no matter what reassurances the authorities provide. They will happen regardless if you plan for them or not. Rather than waiting to see what will materialize, learn to preparer properly and find a way to stay in control.
Bob Rodgers is an experienced prepper and he strives to teach people about emergency preparedness. He quit the corporate world and the rat race 6 years ago and now he dedicates all his time and effort to provide a self-sufficient life for his family. He loves the great outdoors and never misses a chance to go camping. For more preparedness related articles, you can visit him at Prepper’s Will
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