The Three Categories of Preparedness

By: Tom Chatham

With many people now preparing for various disaster scenarios, it is important to put everything into perspective and organize your thoughts to enable successful navigation of a serious crisis. By placing everything into three primary categories it is possible to focus on the things you may need the most during a crisis. The three categories will allow you to evaluate these primary areas in a brief fashion and determine in a fast way what you may need to work on first or the most. In many instances, preparedness is more than just tangible things. Some of the most important preparedness items cannot be touched or seen but can be the difference between life and death nonetheless.


Physical items

When a person decides to prepare for a future crisis they usually start with items they determine they will need to get through the difficulties. These can range from food and water storage to power sources and energy to shelter, transportation and security devices. Long range items may include food production materials to clothing production, building materials and tools. Physical items make it possible to endure, recover and rebuild after a crisis. They provide a means to leverage a persons’ ability and reduce hardships to minimum levels.


The most valuable resource a person has is the knowledge they posses. With a wide enough knowledge base, almost any crisis can be dealt with utilizing knowledge and available local materials. Knowledge enables a person to leverage the limited materials available and overcome adversity to survive the difficulties. With enough knowledge even limited stores of supplies can enable a person to navigate the crisis successfully.

Mental preparedness

If there is anything that can be more important than knowledge it would be mental preparedness. When an out of the ordinary situation occurs, mental toughness can enable clear thought to navigate the situation. In some situations, mental abilities can carry you through a situation almost on their own. Even with a good supply of physical goods and the knowledge to use them, the lack of mental preparedness to navigate the situation has the ability to prevent successful survival with minimum discomfort. Even with supplies, the loss of hope and the onset of depression can decrease the odds of surviving the crisis.

The ability to survive potentially deadly situations by shear will is possible and must not be overlooked when preparing. Survival is always possible no matter what supplies you have and what knowledge you have only to the point that you give up and succumb to the crisis. To enable your ability to overcome the crisis, you must expand your comfort zone to include any unpleasant circumstances that you may face and decide how to deal with them. This will not only expand your knowledge base but will give you the confidence to overcome the hardship you may face.


As you prepare you must decide on the proper balance of the three categories to give you the best abilities at a cost you can afford and given the time available to prepare. Having the right mental state and a certain amount of knowledge can get you through many situations where supplies are short or non-existent. The proper mental state can be the difference between being a helpless victim and a strong survivor able to go on. A good deal of thought spent on the three categories now can prevent a great deal of suffering later if crisis suddenly occurs with little warning.


Posted on May 1, 2013, in Preparedness and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on The Three Categories of Preparedness.

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