If you are in the business world you’ve probably heard the term, but not many people have ever considered using this valuable analytical tool to help improve their preparedness.
Want to find out how prepared you really are to face disasters and threats? Consider doing a Survival SWOT Analysis.
What is a Survival SWOT Analysis
A SWOT Analysis is a simple, but useful method of really understanding your Strengths and Weaknesses. It also helps you identify Opportunities that you can exploit, and Threats that you might need to avoid during a survival situation.
Performing a SWOT Analysis on yourself and your capabilities is a great way to determine how prepared you really are. This one exercise can tell you more about your readiness than probably anything else you’ve read online. So get out a notebook, and let’s really take a deep dive into how prepared you are to face the very real threats that are out there.
A good place to start is to take an inventory of what you currently have. This can be everything from stockpiles of food and ammo to stockpiles of knowledge. What’s important here is we need to start looking at what we have, what we know, and how our current strengths might help us during a disaster.
Analyzing your strengths will give you a good idea of what you’re capable of doing. It’s also a good way of discovering things that you may have never even considered to be strengths, but could be extremely beneficial during a survival scenario.
Here are the questions you should be asking yourself to determine your strengths:
- What survival gear, equipment, and tools do you currently own?
- What other items do you have in your home that might be useful during a crisis situation? (Blankets, food, tools, etc….)
- What skills do you have that can be used in a survival situation?
- What resources do you have in your area that can be used during a survival situation?
- Make a list of what you feel are your general everyday strengths, and then determine if these strengths would be useful during a crisis or disaster.
This is where you really need to be honest with yourself, but it’s also where you’ll get the most benefit out of this exercise. By honestly detailing your weaknesses now, you will be better prepared to survive a crisis situation when it happens. Once you know what your weaknesses are, you can start to tweak your training to better deal with them. Think about it, do you really want to find out you are deficient in a certain area when things go bad, or would you rather take steps to fix that weakness now?
Here are the questions you should be asking yourself to determine your weaknesses:
- What skills do you need to improve on?
- Are there certain survival skills that you have never actually practiced?
- Is there anything about your location that could be considered a weakness? (Lack of natural resources, hard to defend, etc…)
- Do you have any medical problems or disabilities?
- What other things do you lack that may become a problem during a Crisis Scenario?
When listing your opportunities, try to imagine what resources and opportunities are currently available to you, and what will be available when a disaster strikes. List the opportunities that you can take advantage of now, as well as those that will be important during a survival situation.
Here are some things to think about that will help you identify opportunities:
- What resources and opportunities can you exploit in your area when things go bad?
- Are there opportunities that you can take advantage of that will help strengthen some of your weaknesses? (Local classes, survival schools, library, websites or other learning resources)
- Do you have a network of people who can help?
To truly be prepared, you need to have a realistic idea of what threats are out there and how likely it is that each threat could happen. By going through this exercise, you can better prepare yourself to face each one of these scenarios. You will know exactly what skills you need to work on, what plans you need to put in place, and what equipment you will most likely need.
These are things that can help you identify future Threats:
- What are the most likely threats that you will face? (natural disasters, economic threats, SHTF scenarios)
- What obstacles will you face?
- What are the immediate dangers in your location?
- Who is the biggest threat in your neighborhood? (gangs, criminals, etc…)
- Take another look at your weaknesses? Can any of your weaknesses seriously threaten your survival?
THE NEXT STEP…
The most important part of performing a SWOT Analysis is what you do with your findings. There is no point in performing one unless you plan on taking action. Now that you have a good idea of your overall level of preparedness, you need to act on your findings and start creating a strategic plan of action.