Needs are any good, knowledge or skill that you feel you will physically die without; ie are required to survive a particular crisis.
What are Goods?
Goods are all the tangible things we can touch, see, taste and smell; the reusable and consumable stuff. Like: tools and storage items from food, medicine, clothing, nails, hammers, sleeping bags, hunting, fishing, defense tools, lanterns, cooking/eating items, barter things, as well as “mental wellness” items like books, journals, guitar, harmonica, playing cards, Holy books etc.
What is meant by Knowledge?
Knowledge is all of the intellectual know-how drawn upon to use the goods.
What are Skills?
Skills are the physical, practical application of the knowledge in using the goods.
Most of us lack Skills; we either have the knowledge with no practical application experience or we are no longer physically able to perform the skill.
All Needs (Goods, Knowledge, Skills) have a process and procedure behind them even if it is just one or two words.
What is a Survivability Quotient?
Survivability Quotient is that elusive figure that determines who survives what, why and how. There are a multitude of factors, both tangible and not so tangible (including luck) that go into a Survivability Quotient and most are out of human-kinds realm of control.
- We humans have ‘instincts’ and ‘sixth senses’ that we should not belittle or ignore
- We humans have irrational fears that we should not belittle or ignore
- Science and Education have been known to be majorly wrong (the earth is not flat or the center of the universe, 100 year floods have occurred multiple times in under 100 years, etc)
- We humans will instinctively attempt to void anything that is remotely sad or bad, even when we consciously know that bad things happen to good people all the time, and as a result these are the things we usually get blindsided by.
- Category: Natural, Human-made, Personal, Metaphysical (spiritual) 99% of crises will fall into the natural and personal category.
- - Personal or Bad Luck & Clumsiness: Laid off, illness, injury, accident, crime, fire and the like
- - Natural: Planetary & universe actions out of human control: solar storms, asteroids/comets, earthquakes, volcanoes; Extreme weather (hurricane, tornado, flood, ice storm, etc.); Epidemic (Hanta virus, Legionnaires Disease, Influenza, etc.)
- - Human-Made: Failure of a man-made structure and/or ideology: bridge/dam /infrastructure collapse; war; terrorism, Bio-Terrorism (epidemic); economic and/or civil collapse, etc
- - Metaphysical/Spiritual: Armageddon, Nostradamus, Newton’s Bible Code and other like predictions and prophecies that can’t quite be proven or disproven.
- Scope of Involvement: The Size of the Area affected AND the Number of People affected (Note: 5000+ people injured, dead or dying in a high-rise is completely different than 5000+ people injured, dead or dying spread out over miles of area.)
- Duration: The timeframe from when the crisis hits, to when we are returning to how we were before the crisis hit.
Also understand that some crises can fall into multiple categories. For instance an epidemic can be natural or human-made. Depending on what side of the ‘global climate change’ issue you fall into will depend on if this crisis is natural or human-made to you.
The crises we most often ‘forget’ or don’t think about are:
- Some kind of FIRE: We hate thinking that we may have a house fire or a fire at work or school or while at the theater. Yet historical fire events show and the ‘experts’ state, that the odds of us being affected by or experiencing a fire of some kind is greater than any of the larger catastrophic type crises we hear and worry about, and even some of the natural type crises too.
- Some kind of CRIME: This can take the form of a carjacking, home invasion while you are home or not home, a robbery while at the grocery store, a mugging, identify theft and so forth. Crime is on the rise around the world and the U.S. is no exception.
- Some kind of severe ILLNESS or INJURY to you or a loved one: This can be anything from falling off your front porch and breaking a leg, a heart attack, auto accident or some other illness or injury.
- Some kind of PERSONAL FINANCIAL crisis: This can be from a poor investment, losing a law suit or getting laid off and the like.
The order in which these come to mind are your subconscious priorities to these crises. Be sure to list the projected Scope of Involvement and Duration.
Also, if your writing is like mine – hard to read, then go ahead and type these up on the computer and then print them off.
So this list will be the same crises as on your Possibility List only prioritized by the chances or odds of occurrence. Make a note of what science and education say the potential Scope of Involvement and Duration are likely to be.
You will need to know your areas crime figures, weather history and your household’s health history. For the other types of events that can occur see What are the Odds-Possibilities, Probabilities & the Needs Based Prep Plan Part A-L or for the full document (login required), What Are The Odds
Again if your handwriting is bad or hard to read, type this up and print it off.
To moderate any differences in the projected Scope of Involvement and Duration, list them as a range or high/low.
So if your Possibility List says the Scope is thousands people over your state and the Probability List (or Science & Education) says 5,000 over a county in your state; then your Moderated Crisis List would have the range of: 5,000 in one county to 300,000 statewide or 5000 county/300,000 state.
If your Possibility List says the Duration is 1-2 years and the Probability Lists says 6-12 months, then the Moderated list would have a Duration of 6mths – 2 years or 6mths/2yrs.
No matter what I would type up this list and print it out, as this is the list that will be used to create your Needs Based Preparedness Plan.
Blank forms/worksheets for the Possibility, Probability, Moderated Crisis Lists; Needs and Acquire Lists see Crisis Possibility Probability Needs Acquire Lists & W-W-W-W Calendar Forms
Until the next post, Prep On