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Prepper Incremental Strategy
Now let’s talk about common sense prepping. Not going overboard or becoming obsessed, but rather build your preparations slowly over time. Few of us have unlimited funds to go out and buy everything we need at once. Therefore, we must organize, prioritize, and develop our preparations over time. I call this our Incremental Strategy Plan. As you read this book, you should develop your own plan. The following table is an excellent example to follow and can be tailored to meet your specific needs.
This table gives you several columns that represent the approximate times that you might be able to survive with no outside support. The columns and rows are in order of priority. Starting on the left is the minimum level of preparations that you should have. Start at the top row of the first column and work down. Once you achieve the first column level titled “0 – 25%, 7 days” then it is time to move across and start securing the second column of preparations titled “26 – 50%, 30 days.” Continue this process until you are comfortable with your level of preparation.
You will notice the first item shown in the first column and first row is Ammo and at least one firearm. It doesn’t matter what preparations you have in place; you won’t be able to keep them unless you are armed.
Prepper Incremental Strategy TableColumn 1st priority 2nd priority 3rd priority 4th priority
|Prep Level &Period of time:|
|0–25%7 days||26– 50%30 days||51 – 75%6 Months||76 – 98%1 Year +|
|Comment on potential cause, symptoms and consequences||Flu, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, chemical leak, wildfire. Power / water out a few days. Minor looting. Less than 1% population loss||Serious pandemic, massive chemical or radiation leak, wildfire, rioting & gang looting.Power / water out for weeks.Single digit population loss.||Social upheaval, terrorist or limited nuke attack, large organized gang looting. Indefinite power outage. Double digit population loss.||EMP, Economic Meltdown, hyperinflation,Organized Militia, possibly foreign “help imposing order”, confiscating weapons & supplies for the common good. 50+% population losses.|
|Security(1st priority row)||200 rounds of Ammo & at least one personal protection firearm. Solar Powered Lawn Lights that use AA Batteries.Crank radio & flash lights.Whistles for emergency communication.||Increase to 500 rounds of Ammo per firearm & at least 1 pistol & rifle.Add: Solar Powered Motion detection alarms (Home Brite) and Walkie Talkie Radios, CB, ham radios, trip wire, guard dog.||Increase to 1,000 rounds of Ammo per firearm.Add: at least 1 pistol & rifle per adult; Gen 3 Night Vision & a bullet proof vest for every 2 – 3 adults.||Increase to 5,000 rounds of Ammo per firearm.Add Bow & 24 Arrows for each adult; Black Powder Flintlock rifle & bullet mold.Also one Ruger or Marlin Stainless Steel .22 Rifle per Teenager.Gen 3 Night Vision (2).|
|Watch(2nd priority row)||Radio, TV, daily scouting in pairs / visit neighbors. Sleep with 1 eye open.||Night watchman||24 – 7 Armed Security Watch||Community Organized Constitutional law enforcement.|
|Air(3rd priority row)||Gas Mask per person. Recall smoke inhalation kills, not the house fire.||Add: Gas Mask for each vehicle & extra set of filters per family member.||Add: 2 NBC (Nuclear, Biological & Chemical) Suits.||Add: another extra set of filters and 2 NBC Suits.|
|Shelter(4th priority)||Stocked primary residence & backup tent. Outdoor barking dogs.||Add: Get out of Dodge (GOOD) pack; Neighborhood organized.||Add: remote retreat with underground shelter & sufficient fuel to get there.||Add: Security posts for community watch with good cover & communications. Restore utility services.|
|Water(5th priority)||1 gallon of unscented bleach per family and 7 gallons of stored water per person.||Increase to 30 gallons of stored water per person.Add: Water filtration.||Increase to two (2) gallons of bleach.Add: renewal water source – creek, pond.||Increase to four (4) gallons of unscented bleach.Add: water distillation.|
|Food(6th priority)||Kitchen pantry & cabinets well stocked with your normal foods, especially dried goods and those with long shelf lives. Have a small “practice” garden and a few hand tools.||Add: Freezer stocked with ¼ to ½ beef & commonly used frozen foods. Electric Generator and gas to run freezer. Canning book(s), water pump, matches & fire starters. Larger garden.||Add: 6 month supply of dried food for each person. 1,000 canning Jars & extra lidsGarden Seeds. Chickens & Incubator for eggs & meat. Rabbits||Increase vitamins & food supply to 12 months.Add: Heirloom seeds & hand / garden tools for extended food production.Cows, goats, sheep, horses.|
|Health & Safety(7th priority)||Advanced First aid Kit.Keep plenty of vitamins & medicines. Fire protection||Add: Extra First Aid supplies like alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, triple Antibiotic cream, acetaminophen, ibuprofen & Vitamins.||Add Books – When there is no Doctor & When there is no Dentist. Expand fire protection.||Group Doctor or nurse. Trauma & surgery first aid kit. Books on nutrition.|
|Barter / Share(8th priority)||Cash, Water & dried foods. Extra First Aid kit(s). Extra Batteries & LED head lights Basic first aide kits||Add: Extra first aid supplies Basic Skills, Survival & Medical Books, Bibles. Rechargeable batteries.||Add: Extra ammo in common calibers.Extra Stainless Steel 22 Rifles to arm trusted neighbors.||Add: US Silver &/or Gold coins. Organized weekly community barter & swap events.Extra Hand & Gardening Tools.|
|Extras(9th priority)||Quality AC inverter (120 volt Plug) for your car(s). Police Scanner, can openers. Pet food.||Several 5 Gal Cans of Gas & maps. Propane (long shelf life), Kerosene & Lamps. Para Cord (Mil Std 8 ply).||Solar power system, hand water pump, rain water collection, grain grinder,||Trauma and Surgical Kit, home school books, encyclopedia, fish nets, and Alternate resort off site stores cached for retreat plan.|
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