Monday, March 6, 2023

5 Levels of Preparedness

By Tim Gamble

There are five levels of preparedness. We can be on any level, or working on several levels at the same time. But as I see it, we should always be working to increase our level of preparedness. And, no, we will never be totally prepared. And that's okay, as long as we keep doing the things we need to do. Think "constant improvement."

1) Basic - This is the most basic level of preparedness that everyone should strive for, prepper or not. This is the commonsense life stuff everyone should do, such as having a spare tire and knowing how change it, having few hundred dollars in savings "just in case," not letting the gas tank hit E before filling it up, having some basic first aid supplies, having several days worth of food and water in the pantry, having a flashlight and battery-powered radio in case the electricity goes out, making sure the smoke detector works, having a fire extinguisher in the kitchen... Sadly, I doubt that half of the people are actually prepared to even this most basic level. 

2) Beginner - This is the level most people think of when they here the word "prepper." Stockpiling a month or more worth of food and water, as well as other supplies. Having a robust first aid kit and knowing how to use it (which may even mean taking a course). Having a month's worth of expenses in a savings account, and a few hundred bucks hidden at home for when the ATMs are down. Maybe doing some gardening. Maybe even actually working on our health and fitness. At this level, many folks will start to think about possibly having to bug-out one day. They may even pack a bug-out bag and decide on a possible destination (Grandma's house? Cousin Eddie's farm? Uncle Frank's fishing cabin? A park campground?). This level works well for many short-term disasters, but may leave a lot to be desired for longer-term emergencies. 

3) Intermediate - Now we get serious about preparedness and survival for both short-term disasters and long-term emergencies. Recognizing the possibility (probability) of longer-term problems, preparations at this level include expanding our stockpile of food and other supplies to last six-months or more. Developing the ability to collect and treat water. Expanding the garden. Maybe start keeping chickens, if we can. Increasing our emergency savings. Maybe adding some junk silver, just in case. We realize that in many potential scenarios, we will be responsible for our own security. Guns & ammo, training, and "hardening" our homes against bad guys become more important. Similarly, we also realize we may need to become responsible for our own medical needs, increasing our first aid and medical supplies, taking courses, maybe getting into herbal medicine. We also begin to recognize the need for other folks (MAGs, community) for our survival and start taking our first tentative steps in this direction. 

4) Advanced - Advanced preparedness is about building alternative systems. At this level, we realize that no matter how much we store, we will need to eventually replace what we use up. We also realize that to truly protect ourselves and our loved ones, we need to get out of the worldly system as much as possible - to be independent from the world's agricultural, healthcare, financial, educational, entertainment, and other systems. For many, this may mean moving to a better location, homesteading, homeschooling, getting out of debt, self-employment, encouraging local agriculture, and building communities of like-minded folks. It may mean leaving progressive, liberal churches in favor of home churches or other groups of serious followers of our Creator and Messiah. It means becoming as self-reliant as possible as individuals, families, and communities. 

5) Resistance - The Resistance level is not actually about protecting ourselves. Instead, it is about protecting the future of our children and grandchildren by fighting back against those who want to fundamentally change our world, permanently creating a tiny overclass of privileged elites, with a tightly-controlled underclass of state-owned slaves (us) that has no real power, freedom, or economic opportunity. Sadly, we are well on the way to this new reality. 

       Article: Ways to Resist the Global Elites 

What level are you on? What level do you want to achieve? What are you doing to increase your level of preparedness? 

AD:  Total Resistance - The classic study on resistance & underground operations, by Swiss Major H. von Dach. Recommended by Pastor Joe Fox (aka Viking Preparedness). 

AD:  Resistance Operating Concept (ROC) - Another great resource for resistance & underground operations. Recommended by both Pastor Joe Fox (aka Viking Preparedness) and Bear of Bear Independent. 


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