October 21, 2014

The Ten Commandments of Preparedness

The Ten Commandments have guided many cultures throughout, they are ten simple rules given by a loving God to live a righteous life.  I thought I would come up with ten rules or commandments that if followed should ensure you are prepared for what life brings your way. I apologize for the formatting, it didn’t translate well from Word.

1.  I am responsible to meet the five basic human needs of my family.

  • The five needs are water, food, shelter, energy and security.
  • This responsibility does not fall on my extended family, neighbors, friends or government.
  • They may be there to support me, but the responsibility is mine.

2.  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

3.  Eat what you store and store what you eat.

  • The cardinal rule for food storage, this rule will insure you store foods your family eats.

4.  The rule of three’s.  The average human can last:

  • 3 minutes without oxygen.
  • 3 hours without shelter in severe weather.
  • 3 days without water
  • 3 weeks without food

5.  Avoid debt.  It steals from your preparedness and your future.

  • Do not go into debt to prepare.  While top of the line is nice, perfection is the enemy of “good enough”.  Use what is good enough and save for that perfect item.

6.  In the cold cotton kills, in heat cotton cools.

  • When wet, cotton wicks your body heat away. This is ideal in hot climates, but can kill you in cold ones.
  • Even when wool gets wet it retains body heat, which is ideal for cold weather survival.

7.  Be Gray; maintain Op-Sec (Operational Security)

  • Be wary of whom you share your preps with.  If they see today, you may be force with sharing or turning them away tomorrow.
  • Sharing is fine, but it should be on your terms.

8.  Two is one, one is none.

  • Often used when speaking about equipment or gear. This should be a commandment for plans as well.
  • Build redundancy into every possible thing.

9.  Always work to improve your life or situation.

  • Apathy can kill.  If you keep working to improve your life or situation, you can avoid apathy.  When you stop caring about your situation, you are closer to giving up.

10.  Learn from yesterday, live in today and prepare for tomorrow.

  • Do not live in the memories of yesterday, but learn from them.
  • Live in the moment, enjoy the good times, and mourn the bad.
  • Prepare for the future so you can mitigate as many bad times as possible.

 
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Comments

  1. Yep. “Two is one; One is None; and Three makes me happy!”

  2. Randall Ingram says:

    Great list of commandments. Appreciate the efforts put into this.

  3. Jenny Miller says:

    Yes, fantastic list! Thank you for sharing with us.

  4. “A thing untested is a thing not possessed”

  5. It’s better to have and not need than need and not have………rule of the infantry in Vietnam conflict.

  6. Awesome stuff Chris. Gotta share this everywhere.

  7. Carl Rooker says:

    Good thought went into this list.

    How about;

    “Waste not, want not.”

    • I spent two weeks mulling over the list, and with your and others it could be the fifteen commandments.

      yours is a good addition too.

  8. Love the list

  9. The title of your post is very good – I used it on my blog – LearnToPrepare.com over 2 years ago. Your 10 are good and have value, and mine have a different twist – I like mine better. Good luck to you.

  10. For number 6 I’d change it to:

    Cotton is cooling, wool is warming, regardless of weather.
    It’s more ‘catchy’ and easier to remember. Great list though!

  11. We may want to rethink the FIRST responsibility. I would change it to six basic needs, by adding responsibility for my family’s spirituality too.

    • Chris Ray says:

      While I agree with you in spirit, the five basic needs are what is needed to stay alive. There are several million people proving that having a healthy spiritual life is not needed to stay alive.

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