I recently ran across Marcello Surjopolos’ 7 Prep Steps program. It is a step by step guide to help walk individuals through getting prepared for any and all possible emergencies. There is a lot of emergency preparedness information available nowadays, which is good. The only problem is a lot of people online are not really experts and don’t really know what they are talking about.
What caught my attention about Marcello, is the practical experience he was able to gain over the last decade, through running his emergency preparedness company. I have lived long enough, and dealt with enough people in enough industries in my life, that I feel like I am pretty good at being able to tell the real deal from a phony. As I looked closer at the information about his program, I could tell Marcello knew what he was talking about. So I purchased his program.
This article is my review of his program. Once I purchased it I quickly realized that it is the most thorough, comprehensive and well put together emergency preparedness guide I have ever seen. It really is that good! I was not only impressed with the time, hard work and thought it took to assemble all this information into one place, but how simple he made it for the end user. It is very user friendly.
7 Prep Steps
In the image on the left I show his actual book, that comes with this program. They mail this to you. But that is only a part of the 7 Prep Steps program. You also get access to his website where he walks you step by step through your preparation with videos; a lot of videos. Next to each video he gives you some PDF documents he designed to help you complete each step effectively. And finally you get access to his Facebook community where you can ask questions of other people who have purchased this course. He really gives a whole lot of value for the cost.
I am going to list his 7 steps here, and then in the sections below I will also talk a bit about each step. So let’s get going! His 7 Prep Steps are:
- Risk Assessment
- 72-Hour Preparedness
- Water Preparedness
- Food Preparedness
- Meet Your Other Needs
- Maintain Your Standard Of Living
- Help Others Prepare
1. Risk Assessment
This is a critical step that most people either skip over, or don’t do an adequate job of. People think they know what they want to prepare for so they don’t take the time to do this step correctly. This step is one that cannot be taken lightly. You don’t want to be blindsided by an emergency or situation you did not plan for.
In this step if you follow Marcello’s program, you will be taken through just about every possible type of emergency, and shown a video that will give you an overview of what to do and how to prepare for that type of an emergency. Marcello will have already taught you how to prioritize emergencies based on your geographic area. If this scenario is one of your top priorities then you will go deep in this program so you can thoroughly prepare. If not, you will only watch the short overview video.
2. 72 Hour Preparedness
The first 72 hours of any emergency is when most of the fatalities occur. Most people think that all you have to do to prepare for this, is to put together a quality 72 hour kit. But there is so much more to 72 hour preparedness than that. The 72 hour kit is very important, but it is only part of getting prepared.
Marcello gives a good example of this when he talks about the PanAm runway plane crash in the 1970’s. On on of the planes most of the people had a chance to escape and live. But so many froze and didn’t know what to do. He tells of one couple where the man had been in a fire before, knew where the exits were, and grabbed his wife and drug her to the exit to safety, even though she was in shock. Having a plan and knowing what to do is as important as having life saving supplies.
The three steps Marcello walks you through in this section are:
- Prepare 72-Hour Emergency Kits
- Create Your Emergency Plans
- Practice Your Emergency Plans
Knowing how to properly prepare for each of these steps can be the difference between life and death. And Marcello does one of the best jobs of teaching and illustrating how to do this that I have seen.
3. Water Preparedness
In many emergencies people die, not because they can’t find water, but because they can’t find clean water. It is said that you can die in 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without heat, and 3 days without water.
To be truly prepared, you will need to be able to plan for your water needs should you be stuck in your home (even if the tap water is off or contaminated), have to evacuate (by car or on foot), as well as if you have to last for an extended period of time.
Marcello focuses on teaching you these 5 critical aspects of water preparedness:
- Calculate Your Water Needs
- Purchase The Right Containers
- Store Your Water Properly
- Collect Additional Water
- Filter And Purify (Treat) Your Water
Making sure you are prepared in the area of water is one of the most important parts of emergency preparedness. This 7 Prep Steps program will help you be prepared in many important ways most of us hadn’t thought of.
4. Food Preparedness
In the rule of 3’s I spoke about earlier they say you can die in 3 weeks without food. I personally have gone without food longer than that, and I am still here. So it is obviously not a hard and fast rule. It depends on the conditions you are living under, as to how long you can live without food.
(If I am honest about it I am carrying some of my food storage in the form of extra weight at the moment. I could stand to go without some food for a while, and I don’t think it would hurt me. I might look a bit better. But I digress lol!)
One thing is for sure, going hungry, especially our little ones going hungry, is not something anyone wants to have to go through. So lets add food preparation into our emergency preparedness plan as well.
This area all by its self is worth the whole price of the 7 Prep Steps course, and then some. There is so much people don’t know that they don’t know, when it comes to food storage. Marcello divides this section up into four main subsections. They are:
- Short Term Food Storage
- Long Term Food Storage
- Long Term Food Replenishment
- Food Preparation And Preservation
5. Meet Your Other Needs
Not only did I think that this was a very important section as well, it is a fun section. Being prepared in these areas not only help keep you alive, they help keep you mentally healthy. For example, when my father was a kid he grew up on a farm near a tiny town in Wyoming. He learned how to live off the land.
Then later when I was a kid he went with me on several boy scout camp outs. He used to make fun of them because of all the conveniences and treats these “city boys” would bring with them. He would say “I would go out in the woods for weeks at a time, with just a bedroll behind my saddle and a pocket knife.” So my dad took me camping his way a couple of times and I can tell you it is a lot more fun having a tent, pancakes for breakfast and Hershey bars.
My point is a sudden shift from the conveniences you are used to can add to the stress of an emergency. A little preparation can make dealing with the emergency a whole lot more enjoyable. In this section he helps people prepare to maintain some conveniences you are used to by going over these emergency preparation topics:
- Heating & Cooling
- Fuel Sources
- Alternative Light & Energy
- Alternative Shelters
- First Aid & Health
- Sanitation & Hygiene
- Self Defense & Safety
- Entertainment & Education
- Tools & Supplies
6. Maintain Your Standard Of Living
In this section of his 7 Prep Steps course, Marcello talks about things you can do to maintain your standard of living. What he means by this is in a emergency, short or long, how can you prepare so that you have, or can trade for the things you need. This goes beyond just preparing for conveniences he talked about in the previous section.
In this section Marcello goes over the following categories:
- Create Your Rainy Day Fund: This is not like the typical rainy day fund like you learn about from Dave Ramsey. Dave recommends keeping this in a bank account. That works fine for personal financial crisis emergencies. But in a national or regional emergency where the banks are shut down, you won’t have access to your money. So Marcello teaches you how to have a rainy day fund in cash in your home. He teaches you how much, what denominations, and where to store it so that you know that it is protected.
- Create Your Hedge Against Inflation: In this section Marcello talks about what he learned by living in Brazil during a massive inflationary period, and he goes over his strategy of how to prepare to being able to keep your standard of living during that kind of a situation.
- Store Extra Supplies: This section is about how to have enough of the things you use anyway on hand (in addition to food) so that your standard of living does not go down during an emergency.
7. Help Others Prepare
This section of the 7 Prep Steps course is a simpler and shorter section, but still very important. In this section he goes over the importance of creating a “tribe” of people around you that are prepared and like minded so that you can have each other’s back and look out for each other during emergencies.
Some people might have skills and tools different than what you have. The more people, especially that live close to you, that you can help prepare, you guys can put together a neighborhood preparedness plan in case of emergencies.
In this section he goes over two very important aspects. He teaches you who you should include as you put your list together of people to reach out to in this area. And he teaches you some advice on how to go about reaching out to these people to find out who has interest without turning people off or causing them to avoid you.
Okay, as you can imagine I have seen a lot of “Emergency Prep Guides” or programs over the years. Marcello’s 7 Prep Steps course is the most comprehensive and best in my opinion. And I think it is also the most user friendly; I really like it.
If you are looking for a common sense plan that you can just work through at your own pace and make sure that you get yourself and your family prepared for what every emergency may come your way, you need to get this course. I am not saying you will find every answer from this course, but it will help you go through the thought processes you need to be very thorough in your planning. He has thought of so many things that are very important that most people just don’t consider.
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