How Prepared Are You REALLY? The Prepper’s Objective Self-Assessment
How Prepared Are You REALLY? The Prepper’s Objective Self-Assessment by 1stMarineJarHead for The Organic Prepper
As humans, we tend to look critically at others but not ourselves. We look past things about ourselves we could or need to improve on. Some even blatantly ignore these things. (Caveat: Not everyone looks past or ignores things they could improve upon.)
As I look out the window, I see the fields covered in about four to five inches of snow and the thermometer hovering around the low 20s. This time of year is when I like to do an annual Objective Self Assessment. I say “Objective” as this is a totally honest and even brutal assessment of myself.
What does this Prepper’s Self-Assessment entail?
I begin by asking myself a few questions:
- What went well this year, and why?
- What did not go well or even failed, and why?
- Have I improved upon my strengths?
- Have I worked on my weaknesses?
- What new skill sets can I learn to improve my prepping?
To get a better handle on it, I use lessons learned in the USMC when addressing a humanitarian crisis. Categorization made the situation more manageable. We broke it down like this: Food – Water – Shelter – Security. Providing the refugees (for lack of a better word) those essential elements gave them what they needed for basic survival.
Applying that type of management when assessing my own prepping has made it easier for me to be genuinely objective. During one of my previous assessments, I identified a lack of medical training as a weakness. So, I saved up funding and took vacation time from work to attend a night course to become an EMT-B. Then, I took it a step further and participated in the NOLS Wilderness EMT course. (Here’s an article on the most important medical skill to learn.)
How do you break it down when it comes to prepping?
The question is how to apply that type of management to prepping. We don’t have a nation’s logistic network to bring food, tents, medical supplies, and security? How do you make this assessment when it is the prepper and their families and what they have on hand?
Short Term: Daisy has mentioned the need for a well-stocked pantry many times, including how to build a 30-Day emergency food supply fast. Building a good pantry when you are tight on funds can be difficult, but it can be done. You can feed yourself and your family from a well stocked pantry, with some imagination and a few good recipes.
Medium Term: Anything from a small seasonal garden (even when you think you can’t)to stocking a years’ worth of MREs for every family member can get you through for a while. However, what happens when the gardening season is over? After eating MREs for a year, even rationing them, the supply runs out at some point.
Long Term: A multi-year endeavor. Not only in the sense of growing food but how can you increase your food production?