What is a SWOT Analysis and How Can It Assist in Disaster Preparedness?

Doomsday PreppingWhether you are a beginner prepper or an experienced survivalist, there is likely room for improvement in your disaster preparedness. SWOT analysis is a test commonly used in business to identify Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in order to make a business stronger internally and externally. This same method can be applied to personal preparedness and will enable you to identify those weak spots in your plan and allow you to get them patched up ASAP.

As mentioned previously, the purpose of this assessment is to pinpoint Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT). Strengths and Weakness are internal, or personal, issues. Opportunities and Threats are external things that may be dictated by your geographical location, surroundings and other outside forces. Once you identify your family’s areas of expertise and shortcomings, you can work on filling in the gaps. Below you will find an example of a Disaster SWOT Analysis.

Personal Strengths

Food and water to last several weeks

Items on the DIY survival checklist

Two-person household


Personal Weaknesses

Need to brush up on first aid and CPR skills

Outside family members may need our assistance

Fitness is an ongoing concern


External Opportunities

Find bug-out locations within walking and driving distances

Build underground shelter

Create a plan that includes outside family members


External Threats

Live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant

Live in Tornado Alley

Rural location may mean delay in emergency responders


I’m Not Sure Where to Start. Where Can I Find Disaster Preparedness Information?


If you are at a loss as to where to start, here are 10 questions to start the process. You can also find disaster preparedness information specific to your location, including perceived threats, rescue organizations, community efforts and more at The National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Ready.gov and the Red Cross.


A SWOT analysis is useless without action. Match your Strengths with Opportunities. Weaknesses should be converted into strengths. Every perceived Threat is also an Opportunity. Make plan based on your examination to ensure your family is as ready for disaster as possible.

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