Monday, May 28, 2012

Episode 98, Staying Safe When the Stuff Hits the Fan

If the stuff really does hit the fan, hard, how will you protect yourself and your family from the violence?

That's really what it comes down to, doesn't it? If the economy and society collapse, what will constrain the formation of violent groups looking to survive? What will keep them from eventually finding you, wherever you are, whether you're hiding out in the city, an anonymous corner of a suburb, or in your rural retreat?

There's a lot of material, some of it good, written elsewhere on the Internet about how to prepare for hard times that include violence. One of the newest and perhaps the best I've read is The Lizard Farmer. In this episode, I give a quick overview of the problem, as TLF sees it, and some of his recommendations.

You just cannot assume that you will be left alone after the SHTF. And staying alive could turn out to be much more complicated than simply defending yourself or your family against an attacker.

Check out The Lizard Farmer. He's been posting great material since April of this year, with a lot more to come, hopefully.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Episode 97. What is your plan?

What is your plan for surviving the big collapse that is coming?

In the manner customary to how we deal with topics on TSOP, I talk about the art and craft of planning as it applies to preparing for the stuff hitting the fan.

What is planning all about? What are the elements of a sound plan?

In this show I talk about including these important components in your plan:

- Your Goal: What is the "future state" that you want to achieve?

- Current State Assessment: How to analyze your current situation, and why it's important.

- Strategy: Of the basic alternatives you have, what "path" will you take to get from where you are to where you want to be?

- Assumptions: What are you assuming about the world during the execution of your plan. The most important assumption is when you think the stuff will hit the fan, and how bad it will be.

- Timing: What is the tempo, the pace of your plan? What are some intermediate milestones?

- Vulnerabilities and contingencies: What might happen to upset your plan, and how will you handle them? How does your strategy expose you to specific problems that you should guard against or plan to handle?

Throughout this show I use my own plan for TSHTF to give some concrete examples--not that your plan should be my plan, but to help you devise your own plan.

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