5: The Simple Survivalist
Prepares by having basic emergency equipment available for everyday uses, limited knowledge in using them.

4: The Basic Survivalist
Makes sure to have emergency equipment available, more when going into potentially hazardous situations like road trips in winter or depth of summer, is proficient with his equipment.

3: The 72-Hour Survivalist
Makes sure self/family can survive for three days without outside aid in the event of disaster. Has some medical and practical skill knowledge. Is comfortable with his level of preparation.

2: The Survivalist
Has equipment available to survive for weeks in relative comfort after a disaster, has knowledge and preparations for most simple emergencies that can arise during that time. Always looking to further skills.

1: The Long-Term Survivalist
The person who is prepared for the end of the world as we know it. Is proficient at numerous practical skills beyond emergency skills. Has prepared food, information, and living quarters for the long haul. Practices skills regularly. Is highly adaptable to changing situations.

As you assess your level of preparedness, be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Plan to be called on at any time to perform tasks that fit into the level you specify for your group - remember, you wouldn't want to expect a lifeboat and find a paper sailboat floating in that moat around your house - don't expect us to want it either. The simple survivalists, minimally prepared but honest in their self-evaluation, willing to learn, grow, and become more skilled are infinitely more valuable than any Walter Mitty Wannabe types. Motivation counts - bragging rights don't!