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The 12 Foundational Articles for Preparedness Planning

By Denis Korn

You must build on a strong foundation of knowledge!

After careful consideration, I have added 5 previously written articles to my Foundations category.  Serious reflection on these articles will be of vital importance in developing an enduring foundation for proper and effective preparedness planning and action.  Be diligent and honest in answering the many questions you will find in these articles.

If you are new to Learn To Prepare, welcome and may these articles build on your current preparedness knowledge and interest.  For returning readers, perhaps some of these articles have not yet been evaluated, and I have included a short statement reflecting each articles theme.

Accurate and comprehensive knowledge provides you the opportunity to celebrate peace of mind.

Links to each article will be found at the right column of this blog.

12 Foundational Articles for Preparedness Planning

1. 12 Crucial Questions of Preparedness Planning

Preparedness planning is fundamentally built on two principles – (1) developing a philosophical or personal worldview while evaluating and assessing the current state of affairs – (2) then developing a specific plan of action based upon your reflective conclusions, needs, and the physical conditions that you anticipate can occur.  These questions apply to any preparedness planning scenario you believe to be appropriate. Answer them carefully – your safety, health (emotional and physical), peace of mind, and comfort depend on it.

2. Checklist of Essentials for Emergency Preparedness & Outdoor Adventure Planning Including Vehicle Preparedness – Updated & Expanded

Although this list is an authoritative and comprehensive compilation of crucial supplies for emergency preparedness and outdoor adventure, these suggestions focus on basic necessities, and are not intended to be an exhaustive and detailed list of all choices, as each person or group has their own special requirements and needs. While there are numerous options to choose from in each category, use this guideline of essentials to ensure you have evaluated all the possibilities given the scenarios and circumstances for which you are preparing and provisioning, whether for preparedness planning or outdoor adventuring. Your life may depend upon it!

3. A Primer on Long-Term Food Storage

The language of food storage – defining and clarifying terms, product options and related information.

4. Barriers to Critical Thinking

As I have stated before, there is more to preparing for emergencies than the physical “stuff” you surround yourself with. Evaluating, understanding and acknowledging all aspects of the planning process is essential for a proper and complete preparedness program.

This article, which I wrote, has been an important part of the college course I have taught on Critical Thinking – a class I believe to be an important part of a college experience in philosophy. I have not changed it for this post – this is what the students read, reflect upon and discuss in class. Most struggle with its implications and accuracy. It not only applies to preparedness planning – but to all aspects of human deliberation.

5. Beginning and Improving Preparedness Planning

If you are a newcomer to preparedness planning or have been engaged for some time, the information and suggestions contained in this article will certainly help you begin or add to your experience of confidence and peace of mind, and assist you with practical steps you can take.

It is my intention in this article to present a guideline that can be followed which will lead you on an important journey to being prepared in the event of any number of potentially unexpected events. This process is basically undertaken in three phases – each one of which will take as much time as you wish to devote, and the degree of urgency you are experiencing.

6. Here is My List of Triggering Events – What’s Yours?

Simply put, if you are still hesitating to prepare for emergencies or disasters, I urge you to identify and assign significance to a triggering event that will finally motivate you to provide for yourself and family during a significant emergency.

As you reflect on the scenarios that you presume might – or might not – occur, think about the concept of a “triggering event.” Ask yourself, “What are the triggering events that will motivate me to immediate action?” “What triggering event will launch the imminent arrival of the scenario I have presumed might occur or thought wouldn’t occur?” If you have created a list of triggering events, you will be on the look out for possible immediate action.

7. HONESTY – The Cornerstone of Effective and Truthful Preparedness Planning

I have written a great deal on preparedness planning on this blog. I have given both general and specific information on the preparedness process – tips – guidelines – action steps – and numerous crucial questions I feel are essential for proper planning. There is still an area I believe that should be emphasized and pointed out as one plans for the unexpected. As the current political, social, economic, spiritual, and natural earth changes concerns intensify, I see more folks taking emergency preparedness more seriously. While this is a very good state of affairs, it also brings into focus the question of personal honesty – being honest with yourself.

8. The Essential Emergency Planning Guide for Food and Water

These guidelines, questions, suggestions, and facts are directed to issues concerning food and water during emergency situations, outdoor recreation, or any situation where proper food and water planning is appropriate. The obvious fact that quality food and water free of contaminants is essential, not only in the course of normal daily life, but also during emergencies and outdoor adventures, makes the following information vital for proper nutrition and survival during challenging circumstances.

9. The Importance of Attitude

One’s attitude during trying times sets the context or foundation for all the actions taken – or not taken. Attitude often determines whether your actions and intentions will succeed or fail. Attitude can often be the difference between life or death – hope or despair – calm or chaos – order or confusion – love or hate – selflessness or selfishness.

Yes – attitude is a decision – your attitude during a traumatic event or disaster is essential for survival – attitude is everything. So what does this mean, especially during an emergency, disaster, or catastrophic event?

10. The Research and Evaluation Process

Having taught college philosophy courses in Critical Thinking, I am aware of the evaluation process most folks use in researching various subjects. I teach students to consider the three “E’s” in their practice: Evaluate – Embrace – Embody. Evaluation is earnest and appropriate research with discernment and reasoning. To embrace that which you have evaluated requires prudent judgment and sensible critical thinking skills, combined with a little healthy intuition. Embodiment is the hard part. It takes discipline and a strong will to incorporate your carefully considered decisions into your thoughts, attitude, and actions. I believe understanding and making use of these three steps in the evaluation process will aid you in your research of preparedness and outdoor products and advice.

11. Who do You Trust?

Preparedness planning is a prudent and wise action to take. This search for provisions however, can create a dilemma – Who do you trust? Remember, you and your family are relying on preparedness products, especially food and water options, to sustain you during critical times. Some situations can be so catastrophic as to have life or death consequences. It is this very real potential scenario that compels me personally to take the process of emergency planning very seriously.

12. Why Prepare?

“As a society today, we are extremely vulnerable to events over which we have virtually no control. The systems created to support our basic needs are now so complex and interdependent, that a serious emergency can cause breakdowns in the supply of essential goods and services.” – Denis Korn, 1989

Not since I started in this very specialized industry, 37 years ago, have I felt so called to encourage friends and customers to be adequately informed and prepared. The warning stated above is even more fitting today than it was 23 years ago. While it has always been my attitude and choice not to exaggerate nor focus inappropriately on the negative and menacing issues of the times, I am neither naive nor ignorant of the current and emerging challenges that we all face at this point in time.

We are at a crossroad in the evolution of our society. For most reading this commentary, the events surrounding us and the potential for a significant impact on our chosen lifestyles are unprecedented – and difficult to comprehend. We are encircled by political, economic, psychological, and natural calamities that are creating an atmosphere of constant and pervading uncertainty. What if any actions are to be taken? As far as preparedness planning is concerned, it is my hope that whatever action you choose, it is motivated by knowledge, good advice, and critical thinking, not by fear and knee-jerk reaction.

 

 

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