Part of truly being prepared for anything, means knowing exactly what threats you’re facing, and then analyzing how those threats will affect you in the future. By performing a realistic threat assessment, you can get a better idea of what threats are out there, and then learn how to prepare for those threats in the future.
Performing a threat assessment will help you improve your ability to handle threats, manage threatening situations, and protect the people you love from harm.
There are three primary objectives when performing a threat assessment – Identify, Assess, and Manage.
IDENTIFY The Threats
The first step in analyzing your overall preparedness level is to identify the most likely threats that you will face.
What are the most likely threats that you will face? Who/What are the threats, and what are your vulnerabilities?
- Natural disasters: What are the most likely disasters you will face based on your geographical location? (Hurricanes, Floods, Earthquakes, etc…)
- SHTF scenarios: What do you believe are the greatest threats to you livelihood? (Economic collapse; political instability; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats; riots; wars; etc…)
- Personal Threats – Economic Problems, Job Loss, Home Invasions, Debt, etc..
- Security: What are the largest security risks that you face in your area? (Gangs, Criminal Activity, issues effecting urban areas, etc…)
- What are the immediate dangers in your location? Is there anything that stands out about your neighborhood? Are there obstacles or dangers that are specific to your geographical location that could leave you vulnerable? (terrorist threats, chemical and/or biological threats, threats to critical infrastructure, criminal activity, inadequate access to supply routes or escape routes during a disaster, etc…)
ASSESS The Threats
The next step is to assess how these dangers will affect you, and then figure out what needs to be protected?
- How will each of the above listed threats affect you, your family, your property, and your survival plans?
- How will each situation affect your overall preparedness efforts?
- Are there any areas in your plans, security, or overall preparedness efforts that need to be addressed?
- What steps do you need to take to protect yourself, your family and your property?
MANAGE The Threats
The final step is to take immediate protective actions that will help prevent, or minimize your exposure to these potential threats.
- What can be done to minimize your risk?
- Develop appropriate emergency response plans, and threat reduction strategies for each situation.
- Are you prepared to Bug Out if the situation calls for that action?
- Intelligence – Those that are truly prepared will seek information from multiple sources. Make sure you have a good way to gather information before and after a disaster hits. (BEFORE: Survival Websites, Books, Radio etc… AFTER: Personal Networks, Ham & Shortwave Radio, etc…)