Rings of Survival – a System for Preppers
I’ve been a “serious” prepper for about a year now; and by serious I mean not just buying an extra can of food every time I shop, but reading and learning about prepping and survival as well as doing. And just like a lot of people new to prepping, I made my share of newbie mistakes. If you’re new to prepping, read my rookie mistakes and Disaster Preparedness for Beginners.
Once you’ve learned where to start and made you’re rookie mistakes, you need a system to keep your prepping on track. It was during my learning and research that I came across a couple of theories on how to develop systems for prepping. One theory was from The Maine Prepper and one was from The Patriot Nurse. I blended the two into what I call “The Rings of Survival”.
Rings of Survival
For me, for a system to work it has to be easy to remember and simple to implement; rings are easy to visualize, remember and implement.
The Maine Prepper’s idea was you started with one weeks worth of supplies – an inner ring – then you built outwards with a second weeks of supplies – another ring – and so on till you had a month or a year’s worth. He built outward expanding rings of supplies.
The Patriot Nurse’s idea was based on rings of time. She carried on her, a small first aid kit that she calculated would get her to her car, which was approximately 15 minutes away – the inner ring. In her car she carried a much more complete first aid kit – the second ring – which she estimated would get her home or to a hospital 30 minutes away – the final ring. She built her first aid supplies based on rings of time – how much time would ring one buy and then ring two, etc.
The Inner Ring
In my theory I combine the two into Rings of Survival.
The most inner ring being you – that is where you start. You’re told on an airplane to put your oxygen mask on first and then help your children because if you pass out you can’t help them. Likewise in prepping, if you can’t take care of yourself, you’ve little chance of surviving regardless of how big your stockpiles are. So, start with the inner most ring – you – and get mentally and physically fit.
From a ring of time perspective, being mentally prepared to take action, whether at home or away, can make all the difference in surviving. Likewise, being physically fit can get you out of harms way quickly and buy you time to get to better survival gear.
Using The Maine Preppers idea of rings, start by getting mentally prepared – the inner ring. Think about your situation – where you live and work – and visualize how you would react in different situations. Then, start getting physically fit to meet these situations.
Then look at your clothing – the next ring. Is it fit for purpose to survive the situations you may find yourself in? I don’t wear jeans anymore as they are unsuited for survival needs. Now I wear cargo style pants with enough pockets for my EDC gear. If you work in an office, maybe you have to wear a suit or uniform. You could carry clothing more suited to your survival situation in an EDC bag.
Next, look at what survival items you’re carrying. You are carrying some, right? Make sure they are suited to your survival situation. Keep the rings of time in mind. Maybe you just need enough EDC gear to get you to your car; and then enough there to get you home and then a bug out bag to get you to your bug out location.
The Next Rings
Once you’ve got you sorted out, if you have family, make sure they are prepared for their survival situations. Talk to them about being prepared so they are mentally prepared to take action – don’t be a victim! Discuss their clothes and EDC gear. But be careful if they are in school or university.
Then, using my Disaster Preparedness for Beginners , start building your supplies at home following The Maine Preppers idea of building ever larger rings of supplies – one week at a time. That is if you’re “bugging in”.
If you’re bugging out, build your kit one ring at a time while keeping time in mind – how long does this bag need to last me? A couple of hours or a couple of days?
The great news is, you start building these rings right now, right where you are with what you have on hand! And, you can start building several rings at the same time.
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