Survival Plan: A Step-by-Step Approach

Create Your Own Survival Plan NOW!

Creating a survival plan could take volumes of text to explain. The nuances of
prepping for every type of event can be mind-boggling. Survival Tactics NOW! identifies the basic priorities for short, medium, and long-term survival requirements.

Survival Tactics NOW! has listed survival plan priorities to maximize survivability while implementing your plan. It’s important to remember that survival skills always trump gear! You can have all the gear in the world, but if you don’t know how to use it, you’re more likely to end up “dead-in-the-water”.

A Step-by-Step Approach to Your Survival Plansurvival plan

  1. Build Your Bug-Out-Bag (72-hour Kit) NOW! – The Bug-Out-Bag (BOB) should contain all necessary supplies to survive for 72-hours without assistance including but not limited to shelter, water (and a means to collect and purify it), fire starting materials, food, knife, flashlight, toiletries, first aid kit, etc. BOBs should be easy to carry in the event that relocation on foot becomes necessary to maintain individual and/or group security.
  2. Develop a Detailed Crisis Action Plan – The Crisis Action Plan (CAP) is a detailed survival plan of action for how you respond individually, as a family, or group when the SHTF. It should consider things like: Retreat location, Get-Out-Of-Dodge plan, rally points, communications plan, escape routes, logistics, etc.
  3. Store 30-days of Water & Food – Plan and budget to build a 30-day supply of water and food for the entire family.  This will enable most people to survive the most common emergency scenarios with relative ease and without having to Get Out Of Dodge (GOOD).  Plan a minimum of one (1) gallon of water per day per person and food that provides at least 1500 Calories per day per person.
  4. Take Appropriate Security and Defense Measures – Besides having a means to effectively hunt for food, you should consider how you will protect your life and your property. This is most effectively accomplished with the aid of firearms. Ensure that you comply with all Federal, State, and local laws and receive adequate training in the safe handling of firearms prior to acquiring guns or ammunition.
  5. Build a Deep Larder – By the time you get to this step in your survival plan you have likely done a fair amount of prepping! You are probably familiar with the lingo and have a sound survival strategy. A deep larder consists of 1+ year of basic supplies stored at your retreat.
  6. Become Self-Reliant – Begin to acquire the skills and knowledge to independently produce all the necessities of life. This might include implementing sustainable agriculture, raising livestock, and producing tools, equipment and clothing.
  7. Take a Deep Breath – Peace of mind comes with being prepared and having a well-balanced survival plan. You should rest easy at night knowing that you have taken measures that 99% of the world’s population could never even fathom. This is the difference between surviving OR becoming a “Zombie”.
  8. Remain Vigilant – Never let your guard down. Stay informed, stay prepared, and stay fit!

Leave a Legacy

Life is already too short. Being prepared won’t kill you . . . but being unprepared might. Preparing for the worst allows you the freedom to enjoy the best life has to offer. I can’t think of a better legacy to leave my family than to teach them by example that having a survival plan, knowledge, and preparation brings peace of mind and a sense of personal freedom.

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About the Author

Greg B. is the president of Survival Tactics NOW! providing professional consultation in survival planning and emergency preparedness. He is an ardent outdoorsman and wilderness survival enthusiast.


  1. Lewis B. says:

    Nice, straight-forward peice. As I type this my rooster is cock-a-doodle doing, the freeze-dryer is freeze-drying 4 dozen scrambled eggs. I have a guy coming over in a couple weeks to look at drilling a well on my property so I have my own water source. Root cellar is stocked with enough food (#10 cans & mylar in buckets) to last a group of 20-30 a full year. I could go on, but you get the point. My problem is that wifey is freaking out because we run two preschools and enrollment is down. Not as bad as 08-09 when we almost lost it all (and thus “woke up”). But still scary. It sucks to think I might go under financially before the economic collapse comes. However, my preps would help even for that. I could start eating the stored food and save money there, etc. Just have to play the hand I’m dealt, I guess.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for another good comment, Lew! First off, congrats on having nearly a year’s supply! That is a tall order for anyone. You bring up several issues that I see as being indelibly tied to prepping. Water independence, financial security, prepping for personal crisis are all important elements of a well-rounded survival strategy!