The intelligence guys at Forward Observer have an introduction to the area study posted. Having knowledge of your area is critical in any emergency situation. Being familiar with your area is more than just knowing a few streets along your normal routes. If you’re worried about a pandemic, some questions you may have might include: how many doctors are in my area; where are all of the medical facilities near my home/work; who will enforce a mandatory quarantine in my area; does my work/city/county have a pandemic response/preparedness plan;can you continue to work if you are quarantined to your home? If you wanted to be ready for political civil unrest, you may have an entirely different set of questions for your area study.
Chances are good that you and I have a lot in common.
We’re both concerned about the future of this country. Natural disasters, a financial crisis, economic decline, disruption to the power grid, a pandemic, political violence, a full-on Boogaloo… the list goes on and on.
From a risk and intelligence perspective, all of these are very valid concerns.
Americans purchase and acquire a lot of things in order to prepare for these events, but information is often overlooked as a critical component of preparedness.
I’m here right now to convince you of one thing: the absolute need for localized intelligence when any of these events occur.
The stuff you own isn’t going to produce intelligence for you.
No amount of beans, bullets, and band-aids will allow you to collect real-time intelligence during an emergency.
No amount of beans, bullets, and band-aids will reduce your uncertainty about what happens in the future.
No amount of beans, bullets, and band-aids can drive your decision-making during an emergency.
Only intelligence can do that.
Only intelligence can give you a more accurate picture of what’s happening now and a more accurate expectation of what could happen in the future.
And when we have accurate expectations of the future, we can be better prepared.
So what’s the best way to get started with local intelligence?
The Area Study.
During an emergency, we’re going to have blind spots. Another term for blind spot is an “intelligence gap,” or something that we don’t know but need to know. You are going to have lots of intelligence gaps.
One of the best things about doing an Area Study is that we can identify these intelligence gaps before an emergency event happens…