Episode-421- How to Develop Your Personal Survival Plan

Monday I responded to a listener who asked a question about planning and he was hoping for a checklist.  My response was that I can’t really give you a hard check list because you must develop your own plan (Tenet Ten of Modern Survival Philosophy).  From the beginning of TSP I have stated that to be the case, I also realized that it has been a long time since I did a show on planning and that I have never really dissected the personal aspect of planning for the needs of the individual and their immediate family.  So today we are going to do just that.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • First we must define survival and preparedness
  • Next we should consider the meaning of self sufficient and self reliant
  • It is important to acknowledge that you need a plan in the first place
  • Before we assess threats we need to delineate between acute and long term effects
  • Next examine threat probability and the commonality of disaster
  • Now define your self sufficient and self reliant time lines (“wealth” according to Buckminster Fuller)
  • Then define your primary and secondary priorities
  • Determine your weakest points and assign future resources based on your most urgent needs
  • Journal your progress, successes, failures, the weather, everything
  • A plan is designed to be fluid but you must have a basis and changes need documenting
  • As you shore up weaknesses you will find new ones emerging, prioritize them accordingly
  • Be sure to test yourself both voluntarily and involuntarily
  • Remember no one cares about you as much as you do

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4 Responses to Episode-421- How to Develop Your Personal Survival Plan

  1. Just a small amusement…episode 421…falling on 4/21!

  2. Further the amusement, Ann:

    4/21 was an inside job!

    Another great show Jack (even though it’s still downloading and haven’t listened to it yet)! My iPod has episodes 200 and something to current. I go back and re listen to shows from last year and they are still relevant and timeless.

  3. Thank you for defining the difference between self-sufficiency and self-reliance. I am guilty of interchanging the two terms myself. My husband and I have sketched out a plan, but need to begin documenting our progress and holding our own feet to the fire when it comes to meeting our prioritized objectives. It’s easy to get side tracked on things that we already love to do like working in the garden (or playing with the chickens.. :) ) while there are other important tasks that we should be tackling.

    On a humorous side-note (speaking of chickens) – I had the baby chicks out today for their first visit to the coop & pen. They were pretty nervous, but were finally getting confident enough to wander away from the cardboard box I brought them out in.. I was listening to the podcast, and Jack went “Evangelistic” for a moment.. I never seen chicks take cover in a box so quickly! Just goes to show that survival is instinctive.. :)

  4. Kenneth Konarik

    You said “Survival is not a Right” at Around 49:45. I beg to differ kind sir. Now that we have Health care I’m sure next year or maybe even later this year everyone will have the “Right” to survive :P