How to prepare your family to survive and thrive in todays uncertain world

90 Days Left: The Assessment

Brainstorming-List-350x262So here’s the first installment of the ’90 Days Left’ series, where we go over my thoughts on what to do if we know that we’ve got 90 days to finalize preps before something horrible happens.

The first thing to do, above all else, is to not panic.  Yes, you just got awful news.

Yes, it’s scary.

No, panic won’t help.

So relax.  Have a nice cup of coffee, or tea, or whatever will settle you.

Then grab a pen and paper and think.

Go over in your mind where you’re at.  Now chances are this won’t be where you REALLY are at, but at least it’ll be a good starting point.

Think about different categories.  Food.  Water.  Medical.  Defensive.  Fuel/Energy.  And so on…

Don’t just think about having stuff on hand to consume, think about how you can become a producer for these things as well.  For example, food storage is great and important, but having the ability to grow your own stuff is critical.

While you’re thinking, take notes.  Take them in whatever order they occur to you.

If you’ve done brainstorming before, you’ll know how this works.  You’ll be thinking about one thing and another idea will pop into your head from left field.

Write it down, and keep pondering.  Now is not the time to organize, now is the time to get it all down on paper.

Eventually you’ll start running out of things to write down, so now it’s time to coherently organize your thoughts.

I typically like to organize them along categories (like the ones mentioned above) and then into rough themes, usually around storage, preservation, and replenishing.

You’ll find that as you organize, you’ll remember other things … no problem, just get it written down and eventually organized.

This still isn’t the time to go off half cocked.  Get the lists together.  That’s all you’re doing right now.

Take as long as you need, but no longer.  A couple of hours is usually enough.

Next time we’ll discuss the next step, prioritization.  Or how we take this overwhelming pile of tasks and turn it into something we can actually deal with.

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8 Responses to 90 Days Left: The Assessment

  1. What’s the 90 SHTF scenerio? Pandemic? Earthquake/Volcano? EMP? Are you staying or bugging out?

    • Pick Your Scenario … The details aren’t super relevant for this, it’s the thought process that counts…

  2. I imagine it depends on the individual situation! First thing I notice, however, is that it is MARCH which is an excellent time to start this sort of game. If it happened in fall, I’d be sunk.

    • Well….I’m writing this in march, but the thought process is the important thing. Short term issues are a bit different, but since we’re talking about being ready for a year, either way you get to deal with a full set of seasons.

  3. If I knew I had 90 days to prepare for devastation on the homefront, the first thing I would have my children, grandchildren and their mothers/fathers do is all purchase water for me to store. I have a large amount on hand, but I realize that I will never have enough. Also I would immediately, 24-7, start dehydrating everything in my freezers – one is for veggies that we grow that I don’t can, and one is for meats, that I haven’t gotten around to canning.

  4. This will be helpful to get us newbies going. And a great day to get started since its a snow day here.

  5. You will probably get into this in future installments, but at what point does the person (who knows he/she has 90 before SHTF) stops to ponder, while doing all this planning, what they will be doing in the next 90 days? I am sure part of the planning will be how much money they will/can make and what that can be spent on. Maybe start doing one of those 60-90 day insame workouts and martial art plans, but I ponder how this person will be able to interact with friends and such knowing the days are numbered?? Who might they tell or ask to join them or to start preparing themselves? Still, knowing you have 90 days your plan will not be to live in a hole for a set amount of time then come out and go back to life as usual. These plans will have to be how to live a different life.

  6. When we’ll be close to 90 days left, most people will know it instinctively. There will be plenty of signs.