Keep Your Tactical Practical
practical * [prak-ti-kuhl] * adjective
~ adapted or designed for actual use; useful: practical instructions.
tactical *[tak-ti-kuhl] * adjective
~ of or pertaining to a maneuver or plan of action designed as an expedient toward gaining a desired end or temporary advantage.
When we started Practical Tactical to help those new to the world of personal preparedness develop, establish and implement a personalized and practical disaster preparedness plan for themselves and their families, we felt it was vital to define exactly what those two words, practical and tactical, actually mean. This is important because it gets right to the heart of what we believe the idea of personal preparedness is all about, which is giving yourself and your loved ones every opportunity to survive and endure through any sudden life change by taking tactical steps towards preparedness before the crisis happens. Now it’s only normal that as you become more aware of the threat matrix for your family, everything from an unexpected job loss or injury to an extreme weather event to flu pandemic, that you may become a little overwhelmed and feeling hopeless because it just seems there is so much to get done that you don’t know where to start. Well, that’s where the practical part comes in. By laying out a road map to your desired level readiness and attacking each of your preparedness goals in a pragmatic way, you can overcome those feelings of paralysis and mark your accomplishments one by one until the greater task of overall family preparedness is achieved.
When we talk to people that are interested in becoming more prepared, one of the first questions that we ask is “Why? What’s your motivation to get more prepared?” So often the answer is some grand, super-theme along the lines of the ever popular zombie apocalypse or a global nuclear Armageddon. Now, this is fine because it really doesn’t matter what the motivation is, but these types of ideas tend to quickly devolve into the frustration and functional paralysis I was talking about earlier because they are just larger than life. One of the largest obstacles to beginning the journey towards personal preparedness for individuals is cognitive dissonance. When faced with a threat that is so frightening and so great that we cannot fully comprehend what it would mean for us and our daily lives, we as humans choose to ignore the threat because we do not want to face the new reality it might bring with it. While we applaud the initiative to take steps to prepare, regardless of the reason, cognitive dissonance is why we always advise our partners to re-focus their preparedness plans back down to a family level and build out from there.
Prepare! Get a Plan!
We believe that a well thought out preparedness plan based on a localized threat assessment and aimed at the mitigation of real and probable threats is a rock solid starting point for any survival scenario.
With that as the backdrop, what do we recommend to keep the person new to preparedness from being swept away in the torrent of information and gear that they are sure to find themselves in? Stick to the basics. We have identified six basic tenets of preparedness that should be addressed in order to give you and your loved ones the best opportunity to mitigate the impacts of any future emergency.
*WATER *1g/day/person min*we recommend 3g/day/person for hygiene/food prep*
*FOOD *target 1200-1500 cal/day/person min*
*FIRE *light/heat/food prep/water purification/emotional*
*COMMUNICATIONS / DEFENSE
*PSYCHOLOGICAL *mood elevators to keep spirits up*
Once each of the areas mentioned above are addressed, the odds of surviving any disaster situation improve dramatically.
Practical Gear – Tactical Bonus
When choosing the tools and gear you want to include in your emergency kits, we recommend that you identify a specific purpose of use (POU) for each piece of kit before adding it to your stores. *Bonus practical points if the item can serve more than one purpose!* This will prevent unnecessary clutter and cost, motivate you to train with your gear and help you get the most out of your preparedness dollar.
Once you have addressed the basic needs of preparedness and identified the tools and gear you feel best suit your individual situation, it’s time to focus in on your ultimate goals and weave them together with your overall emergency preparedness plan. If you plan to shelter in place for most emergencies, your preps should be tailored to this plan. If your plan is to leave your primary residence and BOLT to a bug out location, then your preps should be reflect this. Whatever you decide is the best plan for you and your family during an emergency, make certain you stay focused and take the steps necessary to achieve your ultimate goals.
The safety and security of our loved ones is at the very heart of why any of us choose to take steps to prepare in advance of an emergency. By developing a plan based on your local situation, covering the basics of preparedness in you family’s plan and building out your kits with the items that best fit your plan and staying focused on your ultimate survival goals, you can get from panic to prepared before you know it. So, get started today, keep it practical and take care out there!