How Prepared Are You?

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 Since you are interested in this Prepper’s site, you probably have acquired an interest in your personal survival along with that of your family and friends.

Knowing who we are, and why we do things are fundamental to our existence. Without these, we tend to walk aimlessly through life and waste time and effort on unnecessary pursuits.

That is why I believe an initial analysis of where we are at, what we want, and where we want to go are very useful in our pursuits towards preparation. Personally, I believe a lifestyle centered around a good quality homestead with quality people around us is best.  The problem arises as to HOW to get there from here.  This is why the APN (American Preppers Network) was founded.  WE can make things happen together. No free-loaders, just good helpful support and direction from fellow seekers.

Here are some basic, yet crucial, concepts to address within your life to help you make more successes than failures!  We can do only so much in the world around us, so if each of us is aware of what we are personally looking for, we will be more apt to survive, and for the right reasons.

*** There are NO answers in this column, just suggestions! You must find your own answers, we are only able to help each other, and, in so doing, can we possibly realize and implement our own specific answers. ***
This is a different look at 10 important reasons FOR and AGAINST self preparation.  Firstly, it is possible that some of these reasons could go either way, for or against.  Why is this so? Well, just about every topic in society has opposing views, and for some reason, there are people out there who disagree with things that others find critically essential.  It will help each of us to ponder why any of these topics could be viewed differently from our own perspective.  If any reason you see below stumps you as to why someone could believe otherwise, ask around or contact me, and I can share with you some discussions with the ‘people’ I have encountered over my years, it probably will amaze you!

Reasons for Preparation:


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__For__________________Against
_______Personal Survival_________
________Family Survival_________
___________Friends_____________
____________Cost______________
___________Freedom____________
____Purpose (why we are here) ____
_______Being Put on a List________
_____Alienation from Others_______
_______Maintain Society__________
______Too Difficult to Do_________

Questions to ask oneself:

Why Survive? What am I here for? Do I have a purpose? Is there a spiritual / religious reason for me?

Who do I want to survive with?  Family?  Friends?  Church members?  Why them?

Initial assessment:

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I suggest you search through these other topics columnists here have written to see where you stand with them, and where you would like to go from here.

There are no ‘Right or Wrong’ answers here, just your own honest observation of your current situation. Remember, this is for your own use, so be honest.  This is when you ‘woke up’ to your situation, and it is up to YOU to decide where you go from here.  This can be kept and re-evaluated a couple of months in the future, to see your progress.  (Circle your current status in this area and make notes for you.)

Areas of your life:

Personal Health (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Family members’ health (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Financial status (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Focus: (Keeping your head on straight) (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Firestarting: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Food Preparation: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Food Storage: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Water finding: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Water Purification: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Water Storage: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Communications: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Map Reading: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Compass Use: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Mountaineering: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Personal Equipment: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Survival Equipment: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Medicine – Emergency: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Medicine – Hygiene: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Medicine – Survival: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Retreat / Survival location plans: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Transportation Emergency needs: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Homesteading: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Current Events: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Salvaging / Junking: (Status: Poor – Okay – Good – Great) Notes:
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Please let me know what you are looking for, I will find it for you.  We are here to help each other, and my take on it is to enjoy ourselves while doing it!

Courtesy of American Preppers Network.

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