I used to be a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions, but after coming to the end of each year with most of the checklist still unchecked, I have decided to try a different way–to set priorities. My top priority for this year is health–physical, mental, emotional, fiscal. For me, prep is a huge component of building, maintaining, and preserving that health. And an important part of prep is identifying our top threats.

Survival Mom has a very detailed article about doing your own threat assessment, but for today, I’m just going to keep it simple with her abbreviated quiz:

Identify your top 3 events to prepare for by answering these questions:

  1. What is the most likely natural disaster in your area?
  2. What is the most likely extreme weather event that might affect you?
  3. What is the most likely personal or man-made crisis that would affect you?  Examples: long-term unemployment, hyperinflation, civil unrest.
  4. Finally, prioritize these in the order they are most likely to happen and you will immediately have a focus for your preparedness.

For me, the three areas where I will focus my prep attention in the coming year are:

  1. Wildfire
  2. Drought
  3. Income loss due to unemployment or illness

And priority-wise:

  1. Income loss due to unemployment or illness (build an emergency fund, diversify income opportunities)
  2. Wildfire (put together bug-out bag and grab list)
  3. Drought (conserve, practice going without)

It can take less than 5 minutes to come up with your list, and having one can help you stay focused on the most pressing things to prep for so you don’t get overwhelmed. If you are into resolutions, prepping is a good one and Survival Mom has some other great prepping ideas in her How Basic Can You Get? posts #1 #2#3 (which includes the above quiz), #4, #5, and #6. Although most of these ideas are focused toward beginners, there is plenty here for the more experienced of us as well.

What are your Big 3, and how will you start preparing for them in the new year?

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