Over the next six weeks, I’m going to post every survival task from the Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide, one by one. If you follow and complete these tasks, by the end, you will be prepared for a moderate emergency.

Task #1 comes on page 1 of the guide.

This is an adequate supply of drinking water for six days for each person.

Why do you need to be prepared?

80% of Americans live in a county that has been hit by a weather related disaster since 2007

60% of people have not practiced or prepared for what to do in an emergency

55% of people think they can rely on the “authorities” to rescue them

53% of people do not have a three day supply of water

52% of families do not have an emergency rally point (ERP)

48% of people have no emergency supplies

44% of people have no first aid kit

42% of people do not know the phone numbers of immediate family members

You prepare for 3 reasons:

To avoid the emergency.

To have a plan, equipment, training etc. in place in case the emergency strikes.

To give peace of mind in day-to-day living so you don’t constantly have to worry about potential emergencies because you are prepared for them. This allows you to experience a higher quality of life.

Procrastination comes from the Latin: pro= forward; crastinus=belonging to tomorrow. Which is a bit redundant, but you get the point. When we procrastinate we stay in a constant state of worry, knowing there’s something that needs to be done, but hasn’t been. By ticking off these tasks, your peace of mind will expand.

Three Levels of Emergencies.

I’m going to define three types of survival situations/emergencies and will use these definitions throughout the book. They are also the order of what is most likely to happen. Our immediate goal is be prepared for a mild emergency. As we go through we can just focus on mild initially, and then come back to the higher levels; when we’re done procrastinating.

Mild: We experience some discomfort from our normal routine for no more than 48 hours, but it is not life threatening. Example: Our power goes off for a day or two.

Moderate: We experience a large change from our normal routine, either natural or man-made, which is not immediately life threatening but has the potential to become so if not dealt with, and/or it continues. Example: Our power goes off for five days or more. Our car slides off the road in a remote area and we are trapped inside. A powerful hurricane is approaching. A moderate earthquake strikes.

Extreme: A catastrophic natural or man-made event that immediately threatens our life and the lives of all around us, and if it continues, will be a constant threat. Example: A tsunami hits our coastal town. A tornado destroys our home. Nuclear, biological and chemical accident or warfare or terrorist attack. A powerful earthquake. The collapse of civilization. A pandemic with a high transmission and kill rate (BTW—COVID-19 will not be the last pandemic). Assume the worst until the situation stabilizes.

As you can see, Task One gets you ready for a mild emergency. Ever notice how water is one of the first things brought after a disaster?

In a future task, we’ll cover being prepared for a moderate and extreme emergency in terms of water. But we start with the basics. Get the cases of water.

Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide.