Do you ever get frustrated trying to explain the fundamentals of preparedness to people?

In this episode on the Fundamentals of Preparedness

  1. What is Emergency Preparedness
  2. Why is Emergency Preparedness Essential
  3. Preparedness Survival
  4. Viking Preparedness

What is Emergency Preparedness

So, when talking about the fundamentals of preparedness, we need to know what emergency preparedness is.

To be prepared though, you must first understand what preparedness is.

Next, you need to know why emergency preparedness is essential.

Then, when you do, you'll be on your way to knowing how to prepare for disaster by knowing how to prepare for an emergency by using a Viking preparedness mindset.

It's then, after working to achieve an understanding of the what, why and how of preparedness that we're able to arrive at the center of the prepper universe, the emergency preparedness and the fundamentals of preparedness.


Preparedness Defined

When working to understand something, it's usually best, to begin by defining whatever it is you want to understand better.

In this case, defines preparedness as "the state of being prepared; readiness."

In other words, the preparedness is your ability, based on instincts, knowledge, and personal effort to be able to face the adversities of life with skill and confidence, which together help improve your chances of successfully overcoming the situation.

Just think about the stories of people who weren't prepared and how you don't want to be one of them.

Fundamentals of Preparedness |Five Areas of Preparedness

When it comes to the fundamentals of preparedness, there are five critical areas, which are:

  1. Mindset
  2. Situational Awareness
  3. Safety
  4. Shelter
  5. Sustenance.

I'm not going to get into those now because I'll be covering each one of in more depth in future posts.

Why is Emergency Preparedness Essential

Also, just as important as understanding what preparedness is, we need to understand why emergency preparedness is essential.

The reason why emergency preparedness is important is two-fold.

First, helping others who are in need is a crucial part of preparedness that humans have practiced throughout our history.

The fact is that more often than not, we, as preparedness minded people end up helping others out during disasters and other difficult times.

Why is that?

Well, that's because as members of the preparedness community, we tend to be more aware, more ready, and better able to avoid personal disasters that others may not.

Preparedness Survival

Next, when we are personally involved in a difficult predicament, we've moved into the arena of preparedness survival.

In other words, it's time to use our skills, knowledge, and instincts to successfully move past or deal with the problem, whatever it may be.

It's when this happens that all of the time you put into your preparedness will pay off when you are successful at minimizing or altogether avoiding the effects of a disaster.

It's because of our enhanced ability to help others while also reducing or eliminating the adverse effects of a disaster that impacts us and demonstrates why emergency preparedness is essential.

Viking Preparedness

Just as critical as knowing why emergency preparedness is essential is the need to know how to prepare for a disaster.

When it comes to preparing for a disaster, I like to use the term and mindset of Viking preparedness.

I use the term Viking preparedness because I believe that you'll be hard pressed to find a group of people who symbolize the prepper mindset more than the Vikings did.

After all, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica (yes, I'm quoting Encyclopedia Britannica), archaeological discoveries prove "that the Vikings had indeed explored America some 500 years before Columbus’s arrival."

Now, let's take a second to think about this.

We're talking about the Vikings; a group of people who, without knowing what they would run into, decided to sail across the Atlantic ocean in tiny, wooden boats. When I say small, I mean boats that were usually less than 60' long.

I doubt there is much chance that had the Vikings not prepared properly, they would have never made it back home to tell their story.


Three Areas of Viking Preparedness

Now, with that, we should discuss the three areas of Viking preparedness.

First, Viking preparedness focused on personal preparation, which is the ability of a person to deal with their individual difficulties.

These personal difficulties ranged from minor inconveniences that could add up when sitting in a small wooden boat out in the middle of the ocean, to overcoming disastrous, life-impacting problems.

Next, every good Viking had to be ready for natural disasters, to be able to deal with Mother Nature and all that she could through at people 1000 years ago.

After all, it was not like the people 100 years ago could pull up a seven-day weather forecast on their smartphone.

Nor would they receive an alert when a natural disaster was headed their way.


Zombie Preparedness

Lastly, Vikings had to have a mind for Zombie preparedness too.

Now, don't go rolling your eyes at the mention of zombies.

However, back in the Vikings, might-makes-right world, everyone was a threat.

A person did not have to be a direct, violent threat to bring about a disaster.

Instead, they could carry sickness and disease such as the flu, which could wipe out an entire population.

Additionally, people from outside a Vikings social group also competed for the limited resources of the time, such as food.

It's also good to remember that just like bites from zombies, even a small cut back in the Vikings day could prove deadly.

So, yes, having Viking preparedness requires you to be up to speed with your zombie preparedness.

So, the next time that you're thinking about how to prepare for disaster think about it from the aspect of Viking. You'll be happy you did.

In the end, it's only after working to achieve an understanding of the what, why, and how of preparedness works that we're able to become more safe, secure, and self-sufficient.

Now, before we get going, if you know of another group of people who had the same type of preparedness mindset for their times as the Vikings did, please leave a comment below and tell me about them.

Prepper History 101 | Quote of the Day

Today's quote is from Petra Nemcova, Petra states,

"We cannot stop natural disasters, but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn't have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness."


Never forget, you’re just one prep away.

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Stay safe, secure and prepared,



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