Resliency and You

Started by the_alias, June 08, 2021, 04:42:55 PM

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This is a copy of a post from the old place

There is an existing division between prepping and survivalism - many on this forum describe as preppers, some describe themselves as survivalists.

I want to entertain a more basic look at both and propose that the idea of resilience is the 'third way'. I don't intend to create a debate about "prepping vs survivalism" so please don't segway into that.

At the core prepping is about withstanding shocks and overcoming them. Having enough fuel and food to outlast that winter storm in comfort and safety, for example.

With prepping you rely on the return to normalcy. Survivalists are slightly more end of times orientated (and there is nothing wrong with that) - perhaps they fear nuclear strike, or economic meltdown that produces that Mad Max scenario that so many in WWYD dream of. Regardless they are more focused on the long term, but it is a long term ruled by the gun and a total collapse.

Both these viewpoints stress stockpiling and the BOB or INCH. And for many situations evacuation is likely (flooding, tornado damage) so these aren't bad suggestions. However what preppers AND survivalists should be doing is striving for resiliency which is, I believe more holistic than simply prepping.

What is Resiliency?
I'm going to loosely define it as the ability of systems, individuals and objects to avoid permanent damage from serious shocks.

How can something be resilient?
Example 1) Your personal file system

A file system can be made resilient using data backup options. For example one can back up their files using free programs such as Sugar Sync or Dropbox - this adds a layer of resiliency to your personal file protection. Of course such a solution is contingent on internet backups so an additional failsafe could be manual backup to an external hard drive.

When building resiliency complexity needs to be considered - the simpler a solution and the less dependencies it has the better. In this case a backup solution that can function independently of the internet is a good idea.

Example 2) The global transportation network
Does anyone remember the icelandic volcano no one could pronounce? That was a classic systems disruption that showed how lacking in resiliency modern transport is. Something stops us flying across the Atlantic and it is virtually impossible. Ocean crossing have not existed for quite some time - in this example if you were stranded how could you be resilient?

Consider the object is to avoid permanent damage - this could be loss of life to loss of a business deal. Luckily the interconnected world allows many of us to work remotely and at the very least get by remotely. Having your information in the cloud is a definite advantage here.

Of course if you wanted to get somewhere a few things would have been helpful:
    Advance knowledge - this bleeds into everything else. If you know your flight is cancelled why turn up to the airport.
    Cash - ability to use leverage power to rent a car, buy suddenly inflated train tickets.
    A network - if you are hotel less then knowing someone local can be invaluable.

I hope those two examples have you thinking about the broader idea of resiliency.

I now want to borrow from my friend and use his 7 patterns of resilience.
    Avoidance and deflection
    Protection and isolation

Lets apply them to traditional prepping and survivalism

1: Avoidance and deflection
One can avoid a dangerous area by applying knowledge. Or as we like to call it Bugging Out!
If you know a riot is going on it is better to avoid that area. Interested in this aspect? You need to look carefully at threats you can avoid - through moving or evacuating. You also need a realistic time scale - getting stuck in traffic is not a successful avoidance.

2: Protection and isolation

An isolated person or object has a degree of safety that a non isolated does not. Protection of your house is a good one, defensive landscaping, use of firearms for effective defense etc. How do you protect yourself, how do you protect your supplies?

3. Toughness
How strong is your gear? How strong is your immune system? What can you do to increase toughness. Do not forget mental toughness! Are you mentally tough enough to shrug off setbacks and overcome challenges? The tougher a system, object or person the more resilience it has.

4. Redundancy
Backups and replacements. We all know 1 is none, 2 is 1. How do you use redundancy as part of your preps? Are you redundant down to a skill level? How can you increase your redundancy when prepping - caches etc? Do you have two streams of income?

5. Regeneration
Are you able to fix and repair damage? Can you rebuild your income loss? The ability to regenerate what you have lost is VITALLY important for resilience. Self sufficient practices suddenly are a lot more important if you think about being resilient. Food production is a really important area to consider.

6. Flexibility
Specialisation is for insects! That being said there is always going to be a trade off. Humans are omnivores - being an omnivore is a prudent choice for someone interested in resilience. Narrow diets can be a hindrance (though of course this is a very personal choice I'm not judging as someone trying to eat paleo!). Other examples of this would be picking gear to fill multiple roles.

7. Adaptation
A system or a person that can adapt successfully to a massive change to its environment is going to survive. Changing of routines in a disaster, ability to adjust to a new more stressed way of living. We as humans are VERY good at adaptation - but not everyone is equipped for this.

Whew - still with me?

Great so now look at yourself - this is just an example.

How can I be resilient:
Create a second income stream.
Work on savings and investments that build on resilience. Invest in strong banks - ones that can weather a storm.
Make myself tougher - work on fitness, diet and lifestyle.
Grow my own food! Or at least try to supplement it.
Build a community and network with other people.

Identify systems disruptions.
We do that a lot here but really breaking down how systems are likely to be disrupted and the outcomes will help you prep more efficiently. Trying to use more resilient systems is always going to be better. Transport networks are a good one to look at - can they suffer partial shut down? Electricity companies are also worth looking at, what are their redundancies?
So on and so forth.

Build resiliency!
Engage in community projects, how can you lessen your reliance on systems that can be disrupted.

My point of this post is to encourage you to think about resiliency in what you are doing as a prepper or survivalist. And that it is a useful analytic tool you can use to look at the world around you.

Further reading:""""
Few die from pushing on, more die from giving up


I will never claim to have all the answers. Depending upon the subject; I am also aware that I may not have all the questions much less the answers.

As a result I am always willing to listen to others and work with them to arrive at the right answers to the applicable questions.

Ever (Zombiepreparation)

I remember that OP in the Way Back Time! And the insight it gave me in my early days of learning to prepare.

Which, when reading it again just now, seems to have stuck with me clear up and through this pandemic.

Am sure glad to see it here. I also see I was in need of studying it again.



This is fantastic! Excellent post!


This is a great post!
Thank you for puttig it up here as well...
-Is One Bullet that Hits!!!

Mr. E. Monkey

Quote from: the_alias on June 08, 2021, 04:42:55 PMDo not forget mental toughness! Are you mentally tough enough to shrug off setbacks and overcome challenges? The tougher a system, object or person the more resilience it has.

Alias, that is an awesome post, thank you for pulling it over from the old site.

I wanted to highlight the bit about mental toughness, because mental and emotional resiliency don't always get the attention they need, and I'm glad you mentioned it there.

How often do we see it in apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic shows, where somebody who ostensibly has the supplies/skills to get through the disaster, but they just give up?  Either they die some stupid death on-screen, or our Hero stumbles along their previously self-killed corpses?  Sometimes the story sets it up so that the Hero gets some new gear, or it helps "set the mood" for what's coming next.

Either way, we don't want that to be us. 
Quote from: SMoAF'Tis better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.
Quote from: BeowolfDisasters are terrifying, but people are stupid.
Quote from: wee drop o' bushTHE EVIL MONKEY HAS WON THE INTERNETS!  :lol:

Ever (Zombiepreparation)

Ever (Zombiepreparation)

Today was one of those 'Everything in the world is..' days. arrrgh And I wasn't adapting. Resilience was puddling on the floor due to my mind attempting to keep me thinking about 'Everything...'

Trying this and that and that and and and. 😀 arrgh

Started flipping through the movies and tv series for maybe something to distract thinking about Everything.

Not that, too dark. Not that, irritatingly funny. Not that: too true, meaningful, etc. Flip flip flip.

I couldn't believe what screeched to a halt that chatter. 😄  I caught sight of movie "World War Z" in the list and my mind said ahhhh. Max Brooks' zombiepreparation metaphor. This metaphor, in this 'training session-to-book-to-movie', was exactly Everything! All I had to think about was zombies.

Zombies was the filing cabinet I put 'Everything' in. Tricked my mind and cracked myself up.

Thought some kind of little trick like this might be useful to someone having a bit of a resiliance hickup sometime.

(watching the movie, letting them carry the 'worry' load for awhile is relaxing)

― Lecture of Opportunity | Max Brooks: World War Z


Watch the recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience with Mike Glover. Mike has an org dedicated to resiliency. He's a former soecial forces and CIA operative. And knows what he's talking about. He started his oeg to help people prep and defend themselves. Only to be labeled by the gov and big tech as a domestic terrorist. Ya. A guy that bled to defend his country. Got screwed bigtime by his own government. The guy isn't even controversial. He got kicked off facebook for food canning tutorials. Which means Instagram too.

But anyway his latest org and training is about resiliency. And he understands the scientific origins of how it effects people. The podcast is fascinating. And I'm only about halfway thru it.
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