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The Area Study-- the first step in preparation


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Everyone’s situation is different.
We’re different individuals.
We have different households/situations.
We live in different places with varying climate, terrain, and possible natural and man-made disasters.
Thus, before we begin to ‘prepare’, we must know what we’re preparing for and what we’re working with.

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The Area Study-- the first step in preparation

  1. 1. The First Step In Preparation: THE AREA STUDY The Procastinator’s Survival Guide
  2. 2. Everyone’s situation is different. We’re unique individuals. We have varying households/situations. We live in places with varying climate, terrain, and possible natural and man-made disasters. Thus, before we begin to ‘prepare’, we must know what we’re preparing for and what we’re working with. The Area Study
  3. 3. First, we’ll learn what an Area Study is and why we need it. Then there will be checklists to fill out that will get us started in the right direction. At the end is contact information if you desire to have a workshop on conducting an area study for your family, business or other organization. The Area Study
  4. 4. An Area Study is examining our environment with the perspective of evaluating possible assets and threats so we can properly prepare. An Area Study will allow us to tighten down our preparation and focus on things in order of priority. It’s not just the environment but also includes ourselves and our team. The Area Study
  5. 5. Area Studies can have non- emergency uses, such as if we’re considering moving to a new place. An Area Study can provide valuable decision making data. An Area Study is the first thing a Special Forces Team does when given a mission tasking. The Area Study
  6. 6. Think about it. You live in a hurricane zone. Are you prepared to evacuate? Do you have important documents in a single, secure, mobile case? And uploaded into the cloud for backup? Do you have an already determined emergency rally point you will evacuate to? Do you have an out of state emergency contact? The questions are many; do you know how to answer them? The Area Study
  7. 7. For example: You live in a tsunami zone. Have you actually driven your evacuation route? How long does it take? Have you figured out the quickest escape route on foot, when an accident caused by terrified people blocks the road or everyone in your neighborhood flees at the same time on the same route creating a traffic jam? You work on the 40th floor of a skyscraper. Do you ever look around and ask yourself: how do I get out of here if the normal means of egress are blocked? While schools run active shooter drills, what about the work place? The Area Study
  8. 8. How close are you to the nearest military base? Nearest police station? Firehouse? Hospital? Do you know where the closest emergency room is? How long it will take to get there? How quickly can an ambulance respond to your location? The Area Study
  9. 9. You want to examine your environment for numerous things. What can harm you? What can help you? What can hide you? What are your enabling factors? What are your disabling factors? What is the terrain and how can it help you or hamper you in movement? What are the roads, trails, rail, etc. What effect does your environment have on you? The Area Study
  10. 10. YOURSELF AND YOUR TEAM What special skills and background do you have? The people on your team? These include medical, construction, problem solving, military, etc. The key is to know what you can and can’t do, and what those around you can and can’t do. These skills include medical, military, gardening, hunting, survival training and experience, pilot, boat operation, camping, weapons, cooking, land navigation, swimming, communication (personal and technical) construction, problem solving, fire starting, knot tying, the list goes on and on. The Area Study
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  13. 13. Then you must must be concerned with the events you should prepare for in order of likelihood. The Area Study
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  15. 15. There are also man-made disasters. Here is a partial list: Car accident, boat/ferry accident, train/subway accident, tall building evacuation, fire, power outage, burglary, robbery, carjacking, civil unrests/riots, terrorist attack, active shooter, firearms accidents, nuclear power plant accident, nuclear weapons, biological weapons and infectious diseases, chemical weapons/accident, industrial accident. Are your power lines buried? What industries are in your area? What are you downwind, downstream of? What toxic materials and/or gases would be emitted if there was an accident? Where is the closest nuclear power plant or storage area? Are there labs in your area that work with dangerous biological agents? What about the local university? Are you in the flood zone of a dam breaking? The Area Study
  16. 16. 80% of natural disasters also include flooding. Do you live in a flood zone? Would you be cut off if your area floods? You can use the FEMA flood map search to determine this: The Area Study
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  18. 18. This is just the basic beginning. But by answering these questions you can begin to frame the priority of preparation. This will determine your plans and what supplies and equipment you need. Of course there are baseline survival supplies every household should have, such as water, first aid kit, emergency radio, etc. but beyond that, an Area Study will give focus. The Area Study
  19. 19. More on all of this in The Procrastinator’s Survival Guide where I walk you through all these steps with explanations and checklists. I hope you find this slideshow useful. I teach a workshop on doing an Area Study. I am also available to conduct personal and business assessments. In this era of climate change and unrest, conducting a proper Area Study is more essential than ever. If interested, please contact me at The Area Study
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  21. 21. Information is the most important tool you can arm yourself with. I wrote this book specifically for those who’ve been uncertain about how to proceed. The Procastinator’s Survival Guide
  22. 22. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret, and feeder of Cool Gus. He’s had over 75 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets, Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. He’s sold over 5 million books. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world. He’s lived on an island off the east coast, an island off the west coast, in the Rocky Mountains and other places, including time in the Orient studying martial arts. He now lives peacefully with his wife and dogs.