What are some of the reasons you are getting prepared?
My top 5:
1. Natural disasters 2. Inflation / Hyperinflation 3. Job loss 4. National debt (aka ~ economic collapse) 5. Terrorist attack
Any one of these reasons are plausible. Depending on which one occurs, we could be looking at being self-reliant anywhere from a few days to weeks or even months. I'm not relying on FEMA to come to my rescue!
History tells us that every society will have booms and crashes. Our will as well.... Will it be in my lifetime? I do not know, but as a husband and father, it is my responsibility to care for my family and that includes for everything I can imagine.... FYI, I have a fairly creative imagination, so I keep pretty busy...
I once started to make a list, and it started simply with: 1. Personal Events 2. Community Events 3. Regional Events 4. National Events 5. Global Events
But then I opened all five of them up into a flow chart and began mapping different examples to each. As I did this I saw that many subcategories could be considered either: 1. Short Term 2. Long Term
The simple list and its subcategories had grown into a complicated flowchart with examples sharing each other. I then began giving color designations to events based on my opinion of its likelihood of occurring. The simple list was now an analytical matrix. I gave up on it because I had over complicated a basic simple list.
My Crisis Matrix starts as a personal event. A personal event could be a financial loss, or an injury that could limit my abilities, of a personal or family event that would be a great financial burden.
A loss of a job is another personal event to plan for. If you suddenly lose your source of income and you are well supplied in food, dry products, personal hygiene products, household supplies, medicines etc, then you will have a great financial relief during the time you are looking for work.
Next was a community event. Look at the communities in central Texas that went a period of time without public services like electricity due to the wildfires. Communities sometimes are given a choice to shelter in place or evacuate due to natural disasters. In other countries an infectious outbreak may cause communities to shelter in place.
A regional event may be similar but for a large area. Floods along the Mississippi have disrupted large populations in the last decade, and other events such as major hurricanes.
I spent over a week in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I was there within 24 hours after the levee broke and Lake Pontchartrain waters flooded a large area of the city. Many floods have happened in the last century that were worse than that one, but what made this one such a tragedy was the number of people completely unprepared mentally and physically to do anything at all to help themselves. Many people that had such a dependence mentality they were now completely helpless. I did see some people that were equipped to take care of themselves and their families for the duration of time public services were not going to be available. This was the event that really got me thinking about prepping.
Usually personal, community and regional events are temporary, but being prepared for the long term problems could get you through a short term problem.
Next on my Crisis Matrix was National Events. Some could be temporary, but most would be a long term crises, but not all are preverbal it hit the fan problems. These are the events most commonly spoken of in our prepper community it seems.
An example would be a fuel crisis happens and fuel supplies are limited. This could be a temporary scenario that only lasts a few months, but it lasts long enough to where independent truckers park their rigs, and once trucking becomes strained, grocery stores stock would be emptied in a week. The cost of everything would skyrocket.
Other National problems could go long term, and those would prove to be extremely difficult and uncomfortable times. No need opening that long conversation up right now.
Last on my matrix is Global Events. Human sacrifice, dogs and casts living together, mass hysteria! Dr. Peter Venkman (Ghost Busters)
In my prepping view the lower on the list of 1 -5, the more common these events occur. I prepare for the long term events bit by bit as they are more expensive and tougher preparations, and in doing so I am covering the more common temporary events.