That’s right folks! I’ve come up with another witty way to get ready for the end times. All we have to do is learn how to add!

It’s a pretty simple formula, involving only three steps to implement it, although those three steps can be pretty huge. But the bottom line is that this formula will allow you to create an emergency preparedness plan for any situation.

How’s it work? In a nutshell, ADD is actually an abbreviated word standing for analyze, develop and deploy. If you analyze your situation, and then your resources, you can develop a plan of action that you can deploy when disaster strikes. I find that this sequence is where a lot of people get led astray in their planning, and come up short when the need to survive arises.

There are a lot of things that can go wrong today, and many (individuals and companies) are promoting not only events that are wrong, but solutions as well for your situation. That’s where my 3Ps of preparedness comes in to play in deciding how you should allocate your resources. There are two things that need to be analyzed to create your preparedness plans, #1; your situation, and #2; your resources. Not everyone can afford the same solution, so what may be great for the rich lawyer on the next block may be entirely out of your reach.

Your situation is the first thing you want to take into account when you have finally seen the light and decided to become prepared for the coming times. Your situation includes who you are, where you are, and what is happening around you. In other words, if you are a person of limited income, and you live in Oregon, you will be throwing money down the drain if you prepare for a hurricane. You may at some time experience hurricane damage, as all things are possible, but the probability is so low the danger can be called nonexistent. By the same token, a person in the same income situation who lives in Miami would be equally foolish to invest in preparing for a blizzard.

Look at where you are, and what the potential and probabilities are for any kind of disaster that you can think of happening. What is the area’s history of deadly storms and natural disasters? What is the potential for manmade disasters?

To begin this exercise, take a sheet of paper and divide it into two columns. In the left hand column make a list of what you believe are the more probable disaster events you may have to face for your location. List them in order of frequency and severity. In the right hand column list the current resources that you already have at the top. At the bottom you will list the resources you need to obtain in order to combat these disaster events. Your current resources include the knowledge that you now have, and the supplies and equipment at your immediate disposal. Future acquisitions should only be included in your planning as you gain them.

Analyze your threat potential and your ability to combat these threats through this double columned list. Once you have done that you can develop a plan of action to mitigate that risk, and develop a course of action in response to those risks should the come to life. You will be able to decide what you need to do, and what equipment and supplies you need to acquire, as well as what knowledge you need to obtain to meet these risks.

Once you have your plan in order, you can practice the plan and when the time comes, you will be able to deploy your plan, and if you have done your research and properly analyzed both the risks and your resources, you will come out on top as a survivor. So remember, ADD to survive means, analyze, develop and deploy. And don’t forget what Ben Franklin says, if you fail to prepare, you are only preparing to fail.

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