Prepare “FOUR” (Acronym) Breakdown Article Three – Step Three

Following up on Article Two, this blog post provides a breakdown of the third step listed under Article One – Introduction to the acronym “FOUR”.

Utilize Your Plan (Step Three)

Utilizing your survival plan can be as simple as going outdoors to appreciate the natural resources available at your fingertips.

Camp out at a potential meet-up/campsite location with friends/family/neighbors.

Put a feasible plan into action. Practice a few life hacks. Perform a few simple drills.

Spend time in nature.

Familiarize yourself with the different types of survival methods you can implement during a crisis.

Research the different things you can do to reorganize, redesign or renovate your home in a way that is emergency ready.

Use trashed items or recyclables (such as, “valuable” scraps of furniture/plastic/cardboard ) to try a new life hack.

You’d be surprised what can be done with recyclables/trashed items.

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Make sure the rules of 3 (all 4 of them), as briefly discussed in Article One, are also considered and applied.

Humans cannot survive without:

  • 3 Minutes of Oxygen
  • 3 Hours of Shelter
  • 3 Days of Water
  • 3 Weeks of Food


While the importance of living green towards improving indoor and outdoor quality is emphasized, survival breathing techniques should also be considered.

For example, breathing techniques (in increments of 30 seconds per day) can be practiced until you can hold it for a full 3 mins.

This is possible.

Of course, depending on how healthy/fit you are, you should consult with your doctor or a fitness expert prior to this or any type of physical activity.

Being fit to survive is becoming a lot more important.

At Prepare FOUR, we are looking to explore this further in a fun way.

Get in shape. Get out. Get active.

Enjoy creation.

A strong cardiovascular system means you’ll survive a crisis w/ less oxygen.

Engage in a favorite sport or hobby (i.e. play basketball, softball, tennis, run, go dancing with some friends or try light jogging/speed walking, etc.).

It doesn’t need to be complicated.

Do whatever makes you fit in a way that’s enjoyable and fun.

The possibilities for cardiovascular activity in a way that feels good are limitless. They just need to be explored, researched or invented.

Be creative.

Another practical method to surviving an airborne threat can also be keeping masks or small portable respirators readily and easily accessible. For example, keep 1-2 dust masks near your bed, in the kitchen or bathroom (along with w/ their operating instructions. Dust masks can also be stored in your everyday carry bags.

A breakdown of the different types of masks/respirators and their uses will be listed and described in (either) our FREE eBook or in a separate article.

Here’s another survival technique: practice fire drills with friends, family or local neighbors. For example, get to know your building by feel (with your eyes shut). Count the doorways to exits. Practice every so often until you are able to escape. Because in a real fire, you probably won’t be able to see anything. Assure that everyone can run drills without even looking, and assemble and disassemble their BOB, emergency kits/masks blindfolded.

While these drills can turn out to be quite fun, remember that safety is first.

Another drill example: when you check in to a hotel, as soon as you get to your room, before you even take off your coat, go back out into the hallway, and count the number of doors to the nearest exit. This way, you will be able to find the exit by feel if you have to. Take the emergency stairs all the way down to the street, and make sure that the exterior door actually opens, so you can escape if you have to.  These drills can be done at other types of venues (resorts, amusement parks, and concert/theaters, etc.).

Last, but, not least, sheltering a room is another way to strategically protect everyone from an airborne threat.

For example, you can accommodate a specific room in your home/apartment – sheltering it w/ a minimum of 10 square feet of space per person – to adequately allow a sufficient amount of airflow. Disconnect all air conditioning/heat ventilating systems. Assure the room is fully equipped with as many emergency supplies as possible (duck tape/other useful tools & gadgets, medications, water, personal hygiene items, survival/food/first aid kits, emergency blankets, flashlights, etc). Insulate it by covering all exposed areas (incl. windows, doors, air vents and any open seams between pipes) with duct tape a few inches wider than the crevices or cracks to properly seal all openings (as shown below).

Sheltering in place is a good way to protect yourself from an airborne threat.

Use an appropriate HEPA air filter to purify the air inside the room. Depending on the severity of the threat other protective equipment such as respirators, or even a Tyvek Suit (as shown below) might need to be worn.

Tyvek Suit for skin protection against airborne threats.

Soon, Tywek Suits will be available for sale at our store.


Decluttering your home for survival is not an option but a necessity. Because, in the event of a catastrophe, the only thing that’s going to matter is whatever you’ve packed inside your BOB (Bug Out Bag).

What’s inside your Bug Out Bag (BOB)?

Watch the short documentary to learn more about the important things:

Reading blogs on living frugal is also another way to focus on the essentials.

Learn how to build different types of shelters with sticks, tarp, wood, dry leaves or cardboard, etc.

You can also get a luxurious house that builds itself… in 10 mins??? Really?

Shelter yourself in 10 mins

Or you can try this portable Qube Tent connectable anytime anywhere.

Train outdoors in all kinds of weather. This way, you can start getting used to the idea of surviving a crisis in any climate.

For example, you can use a snow/hot day for a planned fun day outdoors with family/friends/neighbors to practice walking (rather than using mass transit) with your BOB to a meet up at a specified location or a camping site.

You can also use a snow/hot day to stay indoors and pretend there is no electricity/heat. These are good opportunities to practice different ways to make your own portable charger (i.e. a charger using your body’s electricity, a 3 Penny Battery charger or a USB cell phone charger.

Learn different ways to make candles (in cold weather) or find ways to cool your home (in hot weather).

The Eco Cooler (shown below) can be built using water bottles and a (USB/battery operated) fan to cool a small area.

Pet Survival

Pet survival is so important. One way you can assure your pet receives the proper care or assistance he/she needs is by placing a Pet Safety Alert decal on your vehicle or windows/door inside your home to notify First Responders that you have a pet.

Courtesy by Pet Safety Alert

Survival For Kids

Survival for kids can be fun.

Here’s one family teaching their children how to eat crickets.

Teaching your children to survive a crisis can seem a bit daunting but click here for a Disaster Prep for Children outline that might be helpful.

Survival for the Elderly/Disabled

SOS Wireless emergency devices for the elderly/disabled are also a great way to help them be and stay prepared. Familiarize yourself with the most important things you need to safeguard for them.

Click on to and read this FREE guide to help them stay informed.

Joanne Chory definitely takes a proactive approach towards disaster prevention through a Harnessing Plants Initiative.


Study different (but, simple) types of water purification techniques.

Stock up on both, recycled and newly purchased water bottles. Assure these are rotated. This can be as simple as storing tap water inside the bottles you already recycle or throw away.

Organize your home to accommodate enough room for water storage that lasts for (at least) 30 days. Start making room in small areas inside each closet, inside a spare kitchen cabinet (under the sink is probably best) or create an official DP (Disaster Prep) area in a designation garage space. Stack up the bottles or containers-as many as you can. Label each bottle with its collection date. This collected water can be used for bathing, cooking, toilet flushing or cleaning.

Keep a metal container handy so you can boil water if you ever need to.


Food is vital. However, fire is the energy source used to cook food. So, learning how to make a fire without matches and how to build a portable stove with whatever items you have is a good idea.

Stock up on a minimum of 30 days’ worth of non-perishables (i.e. canned goods, rice, bagged raw beans and shelf-stable – Parliament Milk). As with water, assure these are rotated as well.

Intermittent fasting is another great way to train for survival. Set a weekly meal plan that will incorporate some kind of intermittent fasting (with periods varying from 6-12 hours in between about 1-2 times per week). It’s perfectly okay to add protein shakes, smoothies, and light salads into your fasting regimen. When planning out your monthly budget, set aside some money to purchase small batches of MRE’s (Meals Ready To Eat) per month/week. MRE’s can last for up to 25 years. I recommend the food kits we carry at These are approved by FEMA and are also manufactured in and shipped from the USA.

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Utilize your food plan by researching YouTube videos that demonstrate how to make your own ration or meal replacement bars.

Formulate a food plan that is viable and practical.

Learn how to start your own small indoor garden.

You can start a small garden with simple herbs/spices (such as mint/ basil leaves, cilantro, thyme, hot peppers, etc.), fruits/veggies (tomato, onions, garlic, lemon, or small berries) or air purifying and healing plants (bamboo, aloe vera, spider, snake, lillies, etc.).

An “oldie” but a “goodie”, here is an informative FREE eBOOK Beginner’s guide Vegetable Garden for All to start your own gardening.

Plant identification is a powerful knowledge for survival. Learn more about the Survival Uses of Plants. For instance, which plants are edible, poisonous or medicinal. You can be creative and start a gardening “book” club to share knowledge and cool ideas on how to start your own indoor/outdoor garden.

Check your local library for any type of gardening events or clubs.

If you’re in the NY/NJ METRO AREA, check out the Hoboken Public Library’s upcoming Garden Plant Swap events.

At last, a list of “Foods That Will Last You Forever.”

… okay, okay, well…maybe not really forever….

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Take a snapshot of this pocket-sized chart or print it out to keep it handy. You can post it on to your computer or fridge.

Finally, invest in a food dehydrator. This is an ideal way to stay nourished during a time of food scarcity.

Did you know there is a way you can make powdered eggs?

Food dehydrators will also be available at our store very soon.


This article offers simple suggestions that you can implement into your own customized emergency plan in a way that’s different, practical and doable.

Obviously, the next (fourth) step – R-epeat Your Plan – means you just need to practice your plan over and over again until it becomes second nature.

Suggestions on the creative or different you ways can do this is up to you and what your family/friends feel comfortable with practicing.

Finally, keep in mind that no matter how well prepared (you think) you are, you can never be prepared for the unexpected. But, you can still do your very best to prepare FOUR the worst while hoping FOUR the best.

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