How to Create Your Prepping Plan

Creating a prepping plan is an important first step

The most significant contributing factor to creating a robust prepping plan is your mindset. Having a proper mindset is the initial requirement to overcome any challenge. Admitting that you need to be better prepared is the first step towards appropriate prepping plans. Since you’re reading this, it’s probably safe to assume you’ve admitted your needs or are almost there.

Identify Your Risks

Now that you have your mindset taken care of, you’ll want to identify your risks. Your risks may include child safety, home security, a large-scale, long-duration event that shakes society as we know it, or anything in between.

Regardless of what you determine your risks to be, your next step should be ranking them by likelihood. In other words, evaluate your risks from the viewpoint of which is most likely to occur.

Once you have the likelihood of risks ranked, you will need to rate them by their impact, should they happen. By identifying, classifying, and evaluating your risks, you will be able to deal with them logically and efficiently.

Plan Your Preparedness

Once you’ve synthesized your risks, you can begin planning your courses of action to achieve your risk-related goals. Ultimately, your goal should be to eliminate risk or, at the very least, minimize it as much as possible. If, for example, you live in a floodplain, you may not be able to stop a flood. However, should you elevate your home, you may be able to minimize the impact of a flood.

When planning to minimize or eliminate risk, you should do so utilizing the backward planning method. With this method, you will start with the ultimate goal of reducing or minimizing risk. With that goal in mind, you will identify everything possible to achieve that goal.

In the example of a house on the flood plain, you may include elevating the home, installing a dike system, or creating a plan to evacuate or move valuables to a higher location, or evacuate them completely. Regardless of the course of action, all should lead to improved preparedness by minimizing the risk.

Decide Upon a Course of Action

With your risk mitigation plan in place, you can then evaluate which are the most achievable and effective actions possible. A chief consideration will be to decide which are most time and resource-efficient. After all, there are only so many hours in the day and so many dollars in the bank account to achieve your goals.

Determining which courses of action are achievable and practical is not a complicated matter. For example, you may not have the resources to raise your home or to install a dike system around it. While those actions may be unattainable, you can plan for the moving and the evacuation of your family and its heirlooms.

How Do You Eat the Prepping Plan Elephant?

I know all of this can be intimidating. How do you plan for and address all of your risks?

That’s simple: do the best you can and take it one bite at a time. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your preps be completed in a day. Have patience, formulate the plan, and work the plan.

There are all different levels of emergencies for which you may wish to prepare. Start simply and work your way up. Here’s an example.

Let’s assume that your course of action is to become self-sustaining for one month. That is, you and your family will be set to survive without any outside resources for 30 days. To achieve that goal, determine your two most significant concerns: having a month’s supply of food and water.

Should you take the time to buy and store a months’ worth of food with no consideration for water? No, because you need both water and food to survive. So what should you do?

The answer is to build your preps in tandem with one another. Rather than holding back on other preps until one is completed, take small bites out of them both simultaneously. This will provide you with an increasing but continually improving level of preparedness. Take a look at this article about the pillars of preparedness to help yourself be in balance.

The Bottom Line on Building a Prepping Plan

By completing your smaller, more immediate goals, you will find that you attain regular wins. These more frequent successes will build your confidence and reinforce that you are moving in the right preparedness direction. Additionally, they will allow you to become prepared more quickly to deal with the more likely short-term scenarios, should they occur.

Therefore, while you are creating a prepping plan for a 30-day event, you may find yourself ready should a seven-day event happen. In my opinion, that’s pretty awesome and makes you a lot more prepared than most people.

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Brian Duff

Brian's preparedness career began at sixteen and included professional roles as a lifeguard, firefighter, paramedic, Special Operations team leader with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, Diplomatic Protection Specialist, and international security director. He's managed medical clinics in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, provided high-threat diplomatic protection in Iraq and Pakistan, advised a rebel army in Africa, oversaw U.S. embassy security in Baghdad, and directed a premiere tactical medicine training facility. Brian is an expert in Security, Crisis Management, and Preparedness Mindset and hosts the Mind4Survival podcast. He holds a bachelor's degree in Security Management and an MBA in Information Technology Management.

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