Your Survival Will Depend On A Long Term Plan

By: Tom Chatham

There are many people in the U.S. planning for hard times these days but even those numbers are just a small percentage of the entire population. Most people still believe the government line that everything is getting better. They want to believe life will go on as always because the alternative is too much for them to think about.

Those that are preparing have made the mental leap required to prepare themselves for a future that is less than normal. They have reduced their spending on normal consumer items and reallocated those resources to items that will help their families cope with disruptions in the future. They are preparing for the uncertain times ahead.

Most of these people are imagining a time when resources are cut off or hard to find for a period of time. They are trying to imagine the worst case scenario and prepare to get through those times in tact. They are storing supplies to meet their needs for this period of time. While that is a good idea and will benefit them greatly when the time comes, it may not be enough.

The future that stands before us will be a period of catastrophic change. Things will not be as they once were and they may never be that way again in our lifetimes. It is for this reason that planning for a period of disruption may not be enough. A longer term plan may be required to ensure sufficient resources for the rest of your life.

This will require you to think bigger than you have and develop a plan that goes far beyond your current stores. It does not have to be a big plan or an expensive one, it merely has to provide you with a road map to help you maintain a reasonable standard of living.

Your first reaction to this may be, I don’t have the resources to prep now so that is just not possible. You need to keep in mind that any plan of action starts out as a written plan to act as a guide. It will cost you nothing but some of your time to think about possible actions you can take in the future and write them down. That is always the first step to solving problems that seem too big to handle by yourself. As you write them down and address problems one at a time the bigger problem will become many smaller problems you can easily solve.

There are no guarantees for the future. The way you live today will likely change in the near future. When those changes happen you may not have the ability to live as you do now. Your income and living situation may change and when they do you will have to come up with solutions. If you have already come up with solutions and planned a course of action when it is necessary, it will be easier for you to remain calm and confident as you change your lifestyle to cope with the changing conditions. Here are some questions you will need to answer to get you started in your long term planning.

How will you feed yourself?

Where will you live and what kind of shelter will you have?

How will you provide clean water to drink and cook?

What will you do for clothing?

What kind of sanitation will you have?

How will you stay healthy and provide medical care?

What will you do for transportation?

What kind of communications will you have to stay informed?

What kind of security will you have to stay safe?

What energy resources will you need and how will you provide them?

What will you do to earn money or trade for goods?

What special equipment will you need to live and prosper in the future?

These are some of the questions you must be able to answer to insure your living conditions are sufficient in the long term. Simply answering these questions now will provoke you into thinking about possible solutions to future problems that you may not want to think about right now. Keep in mind that your living conditions will likely change radically in the future whether you plan for it or not so you will make it much easier on yourself if you think about it now.

When answering questions about the future keep in mind that you must be thinking about providing resources for years and not just a few months. This will mean you must have a plan to produce or procure resources in some sustainable way. The more resources you can produce yourself the easier time you will have procuring them. Any production you have will also provide you with goods to sell or trade. Thinking through this type of situation will many times provide you with solutions to problems simply by solving other problems. The more thinking you do now, the less you will suffer in the future.


Posted on February 25, 2016, in Economics, Preparedness and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. You say correctly that the changes in the future will be catastrophic, and then follow up with advice to maintain a ‘reasonable standard of living’. It never ceases to amaze me that the writers of these articles always come to the conclusion that out there somewhere is the ability post-teotwawki to maintain a viable almost normal life. If that were possible then it wouldn’t be teotwawki. Does anyone out there really understand what is facing us? I think not.

    • I think you misunderstand my definition of a reasonable standard of living. You must have food, shelter and clothing to take care of your basic needs. A simple cabin with a well and garden to support you and a privy in the back yard is a reasonable standard of living. Many people today equate a reasonable standard of living with a 1,400 sq. ft. home filled with appliances and a new car and lots of stores to shop in. That is a very high standard of living in most of the world today so reasonable is a relative term depending on where you are.

  2. Andy,

    I think a ‘reasonable standard of living’ in the future might just be LIVING at all.

    Given most of the US population has placed their lives in the ability of someone else to provide for them food, water, power, defense, etc…..and if those people can’t do their jobs for whatever reason, the ‘most’ are simply going to starve, or freeze, or get killed in the social chaos that will follow any major breakdown.

    We have worked for years to position our family to the point we grow most of what we eat, have our own non-electric dependent water source, heat (and can cook if needed) with firewood off our land, and have taken reasonable measures to defend what we’ve worked to have….and I’m under no illusion it’s the perfect setup to ride out an uncertain future….but it sure beats having done nothing !

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