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Preparedness refers to a very concrete research based set of actions that are taken as precautionary measures in the face of potential disasters. These actions can include both physical preparations (such as emergency supplies depots, adapting buildings to survive earthquakes and so on) and trainings for emergency action. Preparedness is an important quality in achieving goals and in avoiding and mitigating negative outcomes. There are different types of preparedness, such as public health preparedness and local emergency preparedness or snow preparedness (i.e.: Snow Preparedness Teams - SPT), but probably the most developed type is "Disaster Preparedness", defined by the UN as involving "forecasting and taking precautionary measures prior to an imminent threat when advance warnings are possible". This includes not only natural disasters, but all kinds of severe damage caused in a relatively short period, including warfare. Preparedness is a major phase of emergency management, and is particularly valued in areas of competition such as sport and military science.
Methods of preparation include research, estimation, planning, resourcing, education, practicing and rehearsing.

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  1. CountryGent

    Most overlooked preps?

    I'd imagine most have seen it in one's own experiences, preparations, or while observing other's preparations: the inadequately prepared aspect, the blind spot, et al. From your own life experience, what area of preparedness do you believe people oft overlook, don't prepare well enough, or...
  2. CountryGent

    Has the wildfires significantly changed your preparedness or life plans?

    This years wildfires were, obviously pretty bad. Last year in these parts were bad too, with a fire very close to our place. And, most importantly, everything I read indicates it will only get worse in the Pacific Northwest and California. Some factors are not going to change, while others...
  3. ATCclears

    Future Home Ideas

    I keep an electronic note of future home ideas. There are snippets from articles, websites, and even perhaps comments from Northwest Firearms. I know everyone has different ideals and considerations. I will post everything here (in a quick series of postings), and welcome ideation from...
  4. Hueco

    Preparedness Mindset

    I've seen a lot of posts, media, articles, etc. about people going stir-crazy or complaining of cabin fever after spending just a few days at home in isolation or semi-isolation. It doesn't matter how much food and water you have if you can't handle the stress of a given situation. Most...
  5. ATCclears

    I spent a week with a doomsday prepper deep in the outback. This is how it changed me

    I spent a week with a doomsday prepper in the outback. This is how it changed me
  6. ATCclears

    Some preparedness lessons from the 1930's

    snippets: The practice of leaving the food out for a noon snack also would lead to what was referred to as “Summer Complaint”, or as we would call it, diarrhea… which was probably a low level of food poisoning. The attitude was ‘So you have summer complaint? Don’t we all. Keep working.’ I’ll...
  7. ATCclears

    Financial prep - watch for rising interest rates, long-term impact

    My summary: Don't be surprised with continued increases in interest rates. This may cause a decline in home prices in most housing markets. This will certainly curtail spending by people who have to service their personal debt (e.g. credit card, car loans) due to rising interest rates. By 2025...
  8. ATCclears

    Got food?

    An interesting quote from the November 6, 2018 Woodpile report Woodpile Report is below. I went through a four-month period of hunger in 1988. Minimal money, one small meal a day. I've never forgotten it, and to this day I still have a propensity to not leave food on the plate. Sometimes I...
  9. bolus

    Planned Obsolescence, Money over Quality and preparedness

    Having my solar system, installed and turned on a mere 6 months ago, fail this week got me thinking about how much of my stuff I have set away for emergencies will fail me when I need it. I had considered going off the grid and just relying on solar but I wanted Tesla to work the bugs out of...
  10. CountryGent

    Limited to two firearms for preparedness....

    So, I've done business down in Puerto Rico for many years. Our company also has a field tech on the island who reports to yours-truly. Over the years, we talked about all sorts of matters, and occasionally brushed upon preparations. I recall him, for example, asking me questions on generators...
  11. RicInOR

    Unfit. Could You Pass a Military Entrance Fitness Exam?

    I remember the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness, and being tested. But For a SHTF situation, being, at least minimally, physically able, seems to me, to be a requirement for survival. If someone tries to sucker=punch you with some ramen cup, would you be able to survive? Facing...
  12. CountryGent

    Dennis Richardson's Preparedness Message

    The Mrs (@TeacherSmurf) received an emailed newsletter from our Secretary of State, Dennis Richardson, today. It concerned preparedness. I thought I would pass it along in the event it is of interest: Preparing For Disaster—Emergency Preparation and Management
  13. 41mag

    speaking of 'preparedness' etc......

    Over the decades I've stumbled into bits of my previous treasures & various gear, tucked away carefully which may have been ignored for some time between rediscovery & storage.... (dramatic pause) Just today was puttering cleaning/oiling etc and came across a :mad:sudden surprise:confused...
  14. CountryGent

    Prep Plans for 2018?

    So, I am working on finishing lists, plans, etc. for the new year. Naturally, preparation plans and projects are on there. Do you have any preparedness plans for 2018? Any neat projects that will help with your preparedness progress? Any new equipment soon to be acquired? Any new books that...
  15. ATCclears

    3 minutes, 3 hours, 3 days, 3 weeks

    Nextdoor is the free private social network for your neighborhood community. This is a downloadable PDF.
  16. ATCclears

    Preparing in South Korea

    <broken link removed> "Prepper," or a person who believes a catastrophic disaster will come in the near future, is emerging as a catchword in South Korea, amid growing military uncertainties over North Korea's missile and nuclear threats. The number of doomsday pessimists is rapidly...
  17. USMC-03

    Infantryman's Disaster Preparedness Check List

    In light of all the civil emergencies facing our great land, I present an infantryman's check list for any eventuality. Tailored by and for yours truly... By USMC-03, Gentlemen-Scholar M1 Garand with 2 dozen clips of ammo; check M1911 with five loaded magazines; check Poncho and poncho liner...
  18. druiseeker

    Why do many people not have basic emergency supplies?

    I was talking with a woman here in Salem the other day about prepping. I was buying several large cases of bottled water and she was asking if I was having an event. When I told her I was replacing some emergency supplies I'd gotten into, she made some snide comments ridiculing "preppers". I...
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