The United States Marine Corps in part describes their philosophy of being a force in readiness as: “to respond swiftly and aggressively in times of crisis.”
I learned as a young Marine that the threat you think you’re going to face is not always the one that you end up facing. Marines do not only train in amphibious landings, we train for many different scenarios. That way if shit goes sideways (and it always seems to), we are ready to deal with whatever comes off the deck next. I recommend being well rounded in your preparations, don’t pigeon hole yourself into preparing for only one possible disaster scenario such as economic collapse for example, only to lose everything to a flood that takes you by surprise.
When starting out, it can be overwhelming to try to prepare for so many different scenarios. I would suggest sitting down and making a list of the most likely scenarios that may affect you based on what region you live in. Once you’ve organized this list beginning with the most likely scenario working down to the least likely scenario, I would suggest starting with a comprehensive EDC (Every Day Carry) kit. Items that will help you deal with your most likely scenarios that are easy to carry with you (on your body) while going about your day to day life. The EDC kit also includes Personal Protection items such as knives and/ or firearms. Next I would recommend outfitting a GHB (Get Home Bag). This is a bag that I keep in my vehicle or office and contains gear I may need in the event that a disaster struck during my commute or while I was at work and I need to hump it back to the house. At this point, I would start concentrating on a HEK (Home Emergency Kit), items such as light, food and water as well as alternative ways to heat and cook. After the HEK is complete Then I would get a BOB (Bug Out Bag) together. Your BOB is for such events as you may need to evacuate or otherwise leave your home with little or no warning. Your BOB should be comprehensive enough that it provides your basic survival needs (shelter, water, fire, food and gear/ tools) for a period of no less than 72 hours. Some people also incorporate an INCH (I’m Never Coming Home) kit into their system as well. The INCH kit should contain everything needed to start a new life from scratch. What I am recommending here is not going to be the sole solution for everyone (everybody’s circumstances are different), but it can help to get you thinking about your individual needs and how you can go about addressing those needs in a way that suits your situation best.
Know how to deal with many different scenarios and prepare yourself mentally (I can’t stress this enough) for every different eventuality that you may face. Maintain a state of readiness and you will be ready to handle whatever life throws at you!