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The First Step In
Preparation:
THE AREA STUDY
THE GREEN BERET PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
Everyone’s situation is different.
We’re different individuals.
We have different households/situations.
We live in differ...
In Special Forces, what made us elite was
our planning. The first thing we did when
we got a mission packet was conduct an...
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 st...
An Area Study is simply examining our
environment with the perspective of
evaluating possible assets and threats
so we can...
Area Studies can have non-
emergency uses, such as if we’re
considering moving to a new place.
An Area Study can provide
v...
Think about it. You live in a tsunami zone.
Have you actually driven your evacuation
route? How long does it take? Have yo...
How close are you to the nearest
military base? Nearest police
station? Firehouse? Hospital? Do
you know where the closest...
Where is your closest source of
drinkable water if your drinking
supply is contaminated?
This often occurs during natural
...
You want to examine your environment
for a lot of things. What can harm you?
What can help you? What can hide you?
What ar...
YOURSELF AND YOUR TEAM
What special skills and background do you have? The
people on your team?
These include medical, con...
The Area Study
The Area Study
Then you must must be concerned with the
events you should prepare for in order of
likelihood.
The Area Study
The Area Study
There are also man-made disasters. Here is a
partial list: Car accident, boat/ferry accident,
train/subway accident, tall ...
Are your power lines buried? What industries are
in your area? What are you downwind,
downstream of? What toxic materials ...
80% of natural disasters also include flooding.
Do you live in a flood zone?
Would you be cut off if your area floods?
You...
The Area Study
This is just the basic beginning. But by
answering these questions you can begin to
frame the priority of preparation.
Thi...
More on all of this in The Green Beret
Preparation and Survival Guide where I walk
you through all these steps with explan...
Print
Book
Free downloadable Powerpoint
slideshows on survival, history
writing, and interesting information
is available ...
The guide on the left is a complete preparation and
survival guide. The one on the right is a pocket-size
manual focusing ...
New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West
Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 75 books
published, includ...
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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 GREEN BERET PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
  2. 2. 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. The Area Study
  3. 3. In Special Forces, what made us elite was our planning. The first thing we did when we got a mission packet was conduct an Area Study of the Area of Operations (AO). In the same way, you need to conduct and Area Study of your home, work, and school Areas of Operation. The Area Study
  4. 4. 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. The Area Study
  5. 5. An Area Study is simply 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
  6. 6. 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. The Area Study
  7. 7. Think about it. 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. 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. Where is your closest source of drinkable water if your drinking supply is contaminated? This often occurs during natural disasters especially floods. The Area Study
  10. 10. You want to examine your environment for a lot of 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. The Area Study
  13. 13. The Area Study
  14. 14. Then you must must be concerned with the events you should prepare for in order of likelihood. The Area Study
  15. 15. The Area Study
  16. 16. 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. The Area Study
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search The Area Study
  19. 19. The Area Study
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. More on all of this in The Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide where I walk you through all these steps with explanations and checklists. I hope you find this slideshow useful. The Area Study is the first step we did in Special Forces when tasked with a mission. I teach a workshop on doing an Area Study. If interested, please contact me at bob@bobmayer.com The Area Study
  22. 22. Print Book Free downloadable Powerpoint slideshows on survival, history writing, and interesting information is available HERE THE GREEN BERET PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
  23. 23. The guide on the left is a complete preparation and survival guide. The one on the right is a pocket-size manual focusing on survival essentials. SURVIVAL GUIDES
  24. 24. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 75 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets, Shadow Warriors, Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world he now lives peacefully with his wife and dogs. Sort of. www.bobmayer.com

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