Your Survival Planning Roadmap

April 19, 2013

Survival Skills

I have survival planning exercise for you today that I think might be really helpful in generating a survival plan road map for your family, that helps you identify your plans weaknesses.

Step 1: Spend a few minutes looking at at this Prepping Matrix (V 1.0) that I discovered from the folks over at Prepperlink.

Step 2: Scroll below this graphic to turn this Roadmap into a survival plan that best meets your families needs.

How To Implement This Roadmap

What’s so perfect about that illustration is that it really captures just how logistically complex survival planning is.  It can help you identify everything form a weakness in your sustainable food production plan, to prioritizing items in your bug out bag checklist.

There are so many components, so many items to check off when planning for survival, that it really seems daunting.

That’s why I wanted to put this article together, to show you how I strategically attack survival planning, using some simple software.

But before I do that, I really need to take a minute and give you a few concepts that will help what I’m about to share with you make a whole lot more sense.

The FASTEST Way To Ruin Your Survival Plan

If you didn’t know, I come from an Entrepreneurial background, and I’m fascinated by business strategies.

One of the concepts that I learned about business that applies directly to survival planning for a TEOTWAWKI scenarios is the fastest way to get a lot of things done is to be able to simply identify the most important item to do on your list.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you have three items to do on your list.

For the sake of keeping this simple, let’s say you believe that after you do these three tasks you feel that your survival plan would be 100% complete.


Strategically, Which Task Should You Start First?

Most people would just pick one, but that’s not the optimal way of planning.

But here’s how I would attack this planning project.

The first step is to rename each of these projects to reflect the core problem they are trying to solve:3_Survival_Planning_Goals

Renaming your projects into your main goals of those projects helps you for the next stage of planning.

The IMPORTANT Question You Must Ask Of Each Project

The next step is to ask yourself, “What would guarantee my family a safe & steady supply of drinking water?

Your list might look something like this:

  1. A Working Well With Clean Water
  2. Buy property with a spring
  3. Large rain catchment system
  4. Ability to filter water (because maybe you live by a stream and only need filter)

Make this list as large as possible and don’t pre-judge any answers.

Screen Your Solutions Against Likely Threats

Once you have a list, ideally it would be bigger then mine, you need to test it to see if these solutions hold up against threats you are trying to survive from.

Here’s the list of threats you might want to consider:

  1. EMP (electro magnetic pulse or solar flare)
  2. Electrical Grid Failure
  3. Nuclear Attack
  4. Fire
  5. Inconsistent producing wells in local area
  6. Flood
  7. Earthquake
  8. Peak Oil
  9. Drought
  10. Tornado
  11. Civil Unrest
  12. Martial Law or Police State
  13. Foreign Invasion

Whether you believe in preparing for any of these threats is up to you to decide.

Whatever threats you believe in, hold them up to your solutions and see if they pass the test.

For example, does your well still work if the electrical grid fails?

Would you feel safe getting water from a nearby river if there was civil unrest?

Would your rain catchment work if there was a heavy drought?

Cull & Add Low Tech Redundancy

Weed out any of your solutions that really don’t hold up to the threats you fear most.

It’s important to build in redundancy so if one of your options fails you have a second option… maybe even a third on key things like clean water.

For me, I live in an area that gets 60 inches of rain a year so rain catchment to a pond was my back up option.

Backup options  should not be vulnerable to the same threats.

If possible, backup options should be very low tech.  Simple solutions are less prone to breaking down.

Cull your list down so that you have at least 2 or 3 complete solutions.

Is There A Simpler Solution?

Beware of the tendency when making your survival plans of being to complex.

Always be asking yourself if there are simpler solutions.

Complexity makes things more likely to break down.

Let’s say that using a generator is your solution for pumping water.

When you ask yourself, what do I have to do to make sure my generator is functional for the duration of this crisis, you come up with things like:

  • Fuel Storage
  • Replacement Oil Filters
  • Fuel Stabilizers
  • Can I replace the pull cord when it breaks?
  • Spare parts
  • Backup generator
  • How will you handle the extra noise of a generator running in a world that’s gone dark.  You will be attracting attention.

I’m not saying a generator is a bad idea.  I’m just saying that you could achieve the same goal with a simpler solution… a hand pump on your well… or a windmill on your well.

So even if you still want to go with the generator, it’s a good idea to make sure your backup plan is as simple as possible.  Because simple is stable.  And stable systems help with survivability.

Here’s another example with water filtration.

Did you know that the sun can kill all bad bugs in your water?

All you need to do is stick a jug of water out in the sun for a sunny day and it won’t have bad bugs.

Oh sure, I’d rather have a Berkey Water Filter that I can just poor buckets of water from my pond into, but to have a backup water filter called the SUN, is a pretty damn stable backup option.

Software To Keep Track Of Your Plan

The next step is to start entering this survival plan into a really powerful piece of planning software called, FlyingLogic Pro.

After entering my answers into their software I’d have something that looked like this:


Repeat These Steps For Your Other Goals:

Now your plan might start to look something like this: (please forgive my misspelling of the word Thieves 😉

SurvivalPlanning2Here’s Where The Planning Kicks Into High Gear

What this plan is still neglecting to show you, are the action steps you need to take.

So just like we asked what was necessary to complete our main goals, we need to ask what is necessary to complete each of our goals sub-requirements.

It ends up looking something like this:

ProtectionFromTheivesPlanIn the above example I’ve tried to keep things simple.  I’ve decided that I need three things for protection from looting thieves.

  1. A Gun
  2. Ammo for the gun
  3. And some sort of detection device that gives me a heads up when someone is close by (a perimeter alarm)

Keep Drilling Down

Notice how I keep asking what will be required of each item.  Like the gun, it’s no good if I don’t know how to use it, so you can follow the logic down to an actionable step.

What I end up with is a plan that includes action steps for what I need to do next.

The final step is to do this with each of your categories.

What you will find is that many of your categories will share the same action step.  See how many of the goals below are starting to share similar action steps?

Do you see how generating electricity is one thing I can do that can help me achieve all three of my survival plans goals in this example?  That indicates an area of leverage that if solved will be one of the fastest things I can do to make my survival plan a reality; because it is one thing that makes progress for three of my goals, not just one.


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How To Use This To Take Action!

What you’re looking for when you have generated a map like this is things that do NOT have any lines coming off the bottom of them.

In this graphic example those would include:

  • Manual Pumps
  • Water Storage Tanks
  • Solar Power Generation
  • Taking a Firearms Training Class
  • Buying Freeze Dried Food
  • Buying Seeds
  • Buying Ammo
  • Researching Security Systems
  • Buying Water Filtering Devices

Please note, this is just an example and not complete.  You need to create your own list.

Now You Have A Plan To Tackle Your Prepping Needs!

Simply pick the item that you would most quickly die without and start from there.

Notice how tactical flashlights in my example have a line coming off the bottom of them.  That means that if I were to buy a tactical flashlight, an item that is not yet a core constraint likely to help me survive a societal collapse when compared to the other items on the list.

This is also helpful for when you get new ideas for your survival plan.

Whenever you get a new idea, about something new to buy, you can analyze it using this map.  Sometimes you’ll realize it’s not the fastest way for you to meet your goals, and other times you’ll realize it’s the simpler, cheaper and easier way to reach your goals.

But at least now you have a way of analyzing your prepping solutions in a way that is strategic, and that if followed ends up helping you check off the most important things from your list, and most quickly work towards becoming prepared to survive TEOTWAWKI.




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