Threats, Risk, Matrix, Mitigation : Part 4

Grid-Down anarchy lawlessness riotIn this series of articles based on threats and risks to the “prepper” I have covered a  lot of ground. My goal was to provide all preppers a valid and reliable system of threat/risk assessment by which those risks/threats could be ranked. Once ranked, you can design a plan to mitigate the associated risks and threats for any given event.

Back in “Part #1<read more> I identified the two parts that threats/risks pose to the prepper. There are two aspects of risk that we are concerned about; 1) probability, 2) severity. And you state it as, “How likely will the event occur from now and how severe will the outcome be?”

We do have impact through manipulation of probability and severity and thus can reduce the events impact on us, our family, our group and our community. And to more fully understand how that happens I went through the vehicle accident mitigation efforts and how companies and government reduced both the probability and severity of vehicle accidents. You can do the same when it comes to planning for the events that will plunge you into an emergency, disaster, or even a grid-down event.

In “Part #2<read more> I touched on the Concern Level and the time-frame in which a plan needed to be created. The Concern Levels are Little, Moderate, Serious, and Critical. Obviously the Critical concern level needs to be addressed, a plan devised to mitigate the problems and to do so quickly.

In my last article I wrote about what I feel are the most pressing issues that my family and I are facing at this particular time. Based on the ratings I assigned to each potential event here are the events in order of concern with the highest concern first:

ThreatMatrix-PersonalOutcomeWhen I charted it out in “Part #3<read more> it looked like this –

Threat Matrix Personal

So now is the time to figure out how to mitigate each event. For learning purposes I will go in reverse Concern Level order.

Heart Attack is a prepper concern, risk, threat during grid-downHeart Attack –

Reduce the probability of occurrence & time frame: I eat reasonably healthy, exercise regularly, have a physical every 3 years and have educated myself on what the warning signs look like. I also don’t go too far beyond what I feel are my physical limitations. I am married and go to church which also statistically reduce my chances of a heart attack but that is not the reasoning for either in my life.

Reduce the severity should it occur: Those around me in daily are trained in CPR. In our little group of friends that hangout together we have a 2 nurses and a paramedic. I came across a bottle of “nitro” that is part of my medkit as well as aspirin.

EMP Nuclear Strike is a concern, threat, risk for preppers during grid-down.EMP or Nuclear Strike –

Reduce the probability of occurrence & time frame: There is nothing I can do to affect this item except at the ballot box. I vote libertarian which tends to lend itself to voting for the person least likely to use a nuclear weapon on someone else, and thus, the other country to use a nuclear weapon on us. Considering the only use of a nuclear weapon was at the hands of a very liberal/socialist/progressive/democrat and same for the near use of one, I feel I am doing the right thing.

Reduce the severity should it occur: I live in an area that is not attractive to a direct strike. I have tools and gear that can be used without power. I have some gear that I have taken modest steps towards protecting against an EMP strike.

Invasion of USA is a concern, threat, risk for preppers during grid-down.Invasion of USA –

Reduce the probability of occurrence & time frame: There is nothing I can do to affect this item except at the ballot box. I vote for the person least likely to get us into a situation where we have foreign troops landing on American soil.

Reduce the severity should it occur: I looked at the disruptions that were likely to occur in this event. They were: food distribution disruption, communications break down, power disruptions, martial law, violence and potential for occupation. To mitigate these I have taken the following steps: 1) I have food storage and the ability to grow more. 2) I have various capabilities to obtain information via emergency radio, I have Ham radio capability as well as alternative means of communicating. 3) I have the ability to provide minimal power via generator and solar. 4) I have the ability to “bug-in” for a sustained period of time. I have obtained skills to assist me in resisting martial law. 5) I have means by which my family can defend itself against violence. 6) We have multiple levels of planning to “bug-out” to alternative locations that are less likely to be occupied.

Epidemic Pandemic is a concern, threat, risk for preppers during grid-down.Epidemic / Pandemic –

Reduce the probability of occurrence & time frame: I have no opportunity to affect either of these events on a large scale. On a family scale we can self-quarantine for a substantial amount of time removing our exposure to others. We have personal protective equipment that can add a layer of protection should we be forced to be around potential carriers. We have multiple levels of planning to “bug-out” to alternative locations that are less likely to be occupied.

Reduce the severity should it occur: We have a basic supply of over-the-counter medications. We also have a supply of basic antibiotics. We have a significant supply of vitamins to supplement our immune system.

Stock Market Crash is a concern, threat, risk for preppers during grid-down.Stock Market Crash –

Reduce the probability of occurrence & time frame: I have no control and no input that can prevent the stock market from crashing.

Reduce the severity should it occur: While we do have some percentage of our retirement accounts in mutual funds, those funds are managed with a certain degree of safety above that which affects the stock market in general. We have the ability to move our stock based mutual funds into “cash” funds with a single phone call and trigger points set to do such. We don’t have all of our retirement funds in stock market related investments. We have some in “cash equivalents” that can be redeemed for cash almost instantly. We have other funds that are in precious metals, other commodities, and real-estate.

Retirement is also for preppersRetirement –

Reduce the probability of occurrence & time frame: We don’t want to reduce the probability of this event, we welcome it.

Reduce the severity should it occur: We have retirement accounts and other investments that will carry us through retirement vs. dependence on Social Security. We have food storage. By the time we are both retired we should have our home and property debt-free. We are working towards being able to provide approximately 50% of our food ourselves.

Financial System Collapse is a concern, threat, risk for preppers during grid-down.Financial Collapse –

Reduce the probability of occurrence & time frame: I have no control and no input that can prevent the financial system from crashing.

Reduce the severity should it occur: We have a cash emergency fund. We have a precious metals emergency fund. We have other commodities that have real value. We are working fervently towards a debt-free home and property. We have part of our retirement investments in a “cash equivalent” that can be redeemed within hours should the need arise.

Flu is a concern, threat, risk for preppers during grid-down.Flu –

Reduce the probability of occurrence & time frame: I have no opportunity to affect this event on a large scale. On a family scale we can self-quarantine for a substantial amount of time removing our exposure to others. We have personal protective equipment that can add a layer of protection should we be forced to be around potential carriers. We have multiple levels of planning to “bug-out” to alternative locations that are less likely to be occupied.

Reduce the severity should it occur: We have a basic supply of over-the-counter medications. We also have a supply of basic antibiotics. We have a significant supply of vitamins to supplement our immune system.

American Police State is a concern, threat, risk for preppers during grid-down.Police State –

Reduce the probability of occurrence & time frame: This event is inevitable, every civilization that has ever existed has ended up as a police state. We are already well into a police state at this point in our country’s history. It have become institutionally and culturally embedded. There is no reversing it. However, that being said, I can be aware of it and each step in the future where it gets worse. I can seek out those that oppose it and vote for them. I can protest steps that entrench it even more (i.e. military vehicles, automatic weapons, grenade launchers, etc. being given to local police departments). Finally, I can speak of it whenever and wherever appropriate to those who will listen to reason and logic, helping to make others aware of it so they too can take steps to resist it.

Preppers need to fight against the police state.Reduce the severity should it occur: This is a tough one. I can basically take all the “Severity” steps listed above and place them under this single event. I must have the following ability:

1 – Ability to defend myself and my family against oppression and violence.
2 – Ability to provide medical care to my family, group and community.
3 – Ability to communicate with others outside of normal media and communication channels.
4 – Ability to provide food without normal dependence on the regular food distribution chain.
5 – Ability to provide, filter and purify water.
6 – Ability to provide a minimal amount of power outside of the normal power grid.
Oath Keepers fight against the american police state.7 – Ability to identify and group together with others who also wish to resist police state occupation (i.e. martial law).
8 – Ability to “bug-out” to alternative locations where the police state might not be as bad.

To be able to accomplish that list of missions/task, I need to:

1 – Have a sufficient supply of weapons and ammunition on-hand.
2 – Have sufficient medical training and supplies.
3 – Have multiple layers of non-standard communications capability.
4 – Have food storage and ability to grow more.
5 – Have water storage and the ability to obtain more. Plus have filtration and purification capability.
6 – Have a generator, stabilized fuel and a way to use it. Have a solar generator and storage capacity.
7 – Find people that feel like I do and coordinate a response plan.
8 – Identify people outside of my area and in various other areas that are willing to enter into a reciprocal agreement to take in each other should the need arise.

What was interesting that I am sure you may have just recognized is this, “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”

By preparing for the worst possible scenario that is inevitable you actually have prepared for all the other potential events. The only difference is the actual survival duration of your preparedness accomplishments.

I would suggest going through your list of Potential Events and rate each one. Then chart them out so you can see which is your greatest threat with the most risk. Once that is identified start looking for what the individual components of the event are. Now, take that list and start identifying what you can do to limit the probability of the event from occurring, or should the even occur what can you do to reduce the severity of the impact it will have on you, your family, your group and preppers need to Take Action to prepare for grid-down emergencies and disastersyour community.

The resulting list will give you clear indication on where you should focus your time, energy and money.

I would suggest that you not look beyond the “community” level at this point. Actually, I would start with the steps to reduce the impact to just your family. Once that is firmly accomplished then move on to your “group” and then finally “community” can be your next goal.

I hope this series of articles has helped you with a valid and reliable way to identify threats/risks and how to minimize their MIssion Planning for preppers during grid-down, emergencies, and disastersimpact through preparedness activities. As I close this article I would propose to you that this system will also work in any environment where risk/threats must be assessed and mitigated. That would especially be true to mission planning. In the planning process identify the risks associated with the mission. Then work down the list each risk on how to reduce the probability that the risk would occur, and then if it occurred how could the severity of impact be reduced.

This is a valuable tool in the preppers toolbox, good luck!

 

 

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  4. You left out one important item ? Cyber attacks, they are very high on the list of events as they are already happening and there will be more. All items of concern on your list but not in my order of priorities ? Heart attack ? how about overall health, fitness and well being.

    Also an EMP or CME are very possible any day and that would be very bad day for all ! Invasion ? why would anybody want to invade a nation of fat, lazy, cowards and baggy pant negroes and illegal aliens ? Police state is a much greater risk as it is also already in motion. Unfortunately the greatest risk is out own government. How whacked is that ?

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