We all want to be able to survive crises that inevitably come our way.  People do this in many different ways. Some stick their heads in the sand, buy Insurance, believe in InShaAllah or "if God wills",  join a religious group, fill a big house with lots of stuff, save as much money as they can, dedicate their whole life to a job or business, gain wilderness or military survival skills, etc. Others become “preppers” stocking up on supplies and knowledge preparing to survive the coming apocalypse, financial meltdown, EMP, zombie apocalypse. etc. Often being well prepared in one area but entirely neglecting others.

Most crises require planning in multiple if not all of the 7 Pillars of the Frugal Prosumer. Spending most of ones effort in only one or two of these areas can be disasterous if that’s not the area a crisis hits you.

  1. Spiritual- preparedness has many components. We are all spiritual beings and spirituality is what holds everything together. Spirituality involves relationships between people, nature, and the spirit world. This is called Allélón, the Greek word for one another. One another is the most important and first step everyone needs to do to prevent and be prepared for disaster. As a matter of fact, if one only lived and practiced One-Another they may not need to worry about prepping in any of the 7 areas. (Note: for those who believe in an afterlife, preparing for that would be very important.)
  2. Psychological- preparedness means we plan ahead for mental and psychological help during and after disasters. We are all going to face things in life that affect us psychologically in a negative way. 
  3. Education- preparedness is self evidence. Education is the only way to do any preparedness. We’re not talking about just academic preparedness, anything you do to prepare is a matter of educating yourself.
  4. Health- preparing for a health crisis is absolutely crucial. If you are sick or injured and disaster hits you, all your preparedness and equipment does you very little good if you don't have the health to use it.
  5. Financial- preparedness means you plan ahead for your financial needs and do not consume future income in the present. It means you have a reserve built up and have a way to survive financially after a crisis.
  6. Prosumer- preparedness means developing skills that conserve resources. These resources on reserve enable you to prepare for a crisis and use the same skills to survive after a disaster.
  7. Security- is preparedness or having the tools, reserves, and knowledge to be able to prevent a crisis and ability to function well if you physically survive a disaster.

The two goals of preparedness is to:

  • Prevent preventable disasters
  • Have the resources (knowledge, relationships, tools, finances) to recover after a non preventable disaster- if you survive it. 

The problem is we have no way of knowing exactly which disaster to be prepared for so we have to put our eggs into many baskets. As I always said: “The problem is we don’t know if we’re going to live tomorrow or die tomorrow, but we can plan for both.” Problem comes when we over emphasize or mainly think about only one.

My goal is to have a plan of action that works if either scenario happens. This at first may seem impossible but I believe that practicing Allélón and the Frugal Prosumer principles is a very powerful way to do this.

AuthorJohn Johnston