All of our careful efforts to store water, food, and other supplies could be for nothing if we are unable to hang onto them when we actually need them! People have a variety of reasons for choosing to prepare; the fact is, preparation is an investment. It is only worth our time and money to prepare because we are convinced that it is worthwhile—we want to survive (or thrive) in poor conditions by having what we need when we need it. Unfortunately, whether you’re preparing for economic collapse, political instability, or natural disasters, the same things you’re preparing for will almost certainly be a threat to your preparations.
There are three main ways to protect your preparations, and they are:
- Hide them
- Share them
- Defend them.
In my upcoming blog posts I’ll be discussing each of these strategies in much greater detail, including various options and considerations that you will make as you decide how to prepare to stay prepared.
As you decide how to protect your preparations, you’ll face some of the same challenges over and over again:
- Temperature control.
- Personal safety while protecting your preparations.
Of course, different solutions address these challenges in different ways.
You’ll have to choose a strategy that will work for you. You will probably choose a combination of strategies.
As we begin this discussion, there are five guiding principles that you’ll want to keep in mind:
- Some items may be more protected than others. For instance, you may have your week supply of food storage out (for accessibility), but keep your year supply hidden. If you have a lot of food and someone steals a case of it, it isn’t as big of a deal as if you were to lose everything, and the risk of having other people know that you have a week supply may be worth the increased accessibility. You may be more proactive about defending items that have more value (eg, precious metals), or items that would be harder to replace in an emergency (eg, a can opener).
- You will probably use overall strategies and individual strategies. For example, as an overall strategy, you may have lots of armed people around, and then you might hide individual items.
- The types of disasters you’re preparing for will influence the strategies you use. For example, if you are most concerned about a physical disaster (such as a fire), it will make a lot of sense to keep your items at various locations, without the same concern for trusting other people. If your home is burned, there will be no reason to worry that your friend will keep your stuff, or that the bank will not let you access a safety deposit box. On the other hand, if you’re preparing for a major economic collapse, there may be no real reason to be especially prepared for a fire, and having everything within your immediate control may be more valuable than having it in various locations to diversify. (Or, you may not choose that, because you could worry about looting.)
- The more strategies you use, the better prepared you will be.
- Preparation is a process. You don’t have to do everything all at once. You can start by using some strategies, and add in others as you’re able to.
For now, think about what you have done to prepare so far. What could threaten your preparations? What are you already doing to make sure that you’ll be able to hang onto your preparations when you need them? What ideas do you have for making your preparations more secure?
In my next blog post, we’ll get started with a discussion on hiding preparations: how, where, and why (or why not).