*Layering, Redundancy & Alternatives*
By: NightHiker
30 January 2010

Sometimes it's what you know, sometimes it's what you have and in other situations it's a combination of the two. One of the things you'll noticed about professionals in any field is that they have the right tools to do the job as well as the knowledge AND experience to know when and how to best use those tools. Three very important tools that we have are available to us are Layering, Redundancy and Alternatives. Odds are you've already incorporated these things into your activities but sometimes it is beneficial to take a look at things from a little different perspective.

Layers are essentially backups. You already have layers and just may not be looking at it as such. Let's use your food supplies as an example:

Ok, you're layered, now let's look at some redundancy - it can also be called overlapping capability. This is an incremental approach to selecting a tool or technique to perform a task. I'll use bladed tools as the example:

We all know that one is none, two is one and three is a back-up but I think it's important to try to apply that not just to gear but to our abilities in as many areas as possible. It's not enough to have something to do the job but you should strive to have the ability to accomplish your task by an alternative means.

So exactly how do you employ these 3 concepts? That's going to vary for everybody based on different individual situations and needs but you can start by taking a look at how you might apply them to various areas of your overall plan (these are just a few random examples for illustration purposes):





Again, most people already incorporate these concepts into their plans but sometimes you can identify gaps by listing out things deliberately. Taking the "one is none, two is one and three is a backup" approach with each of the aspects will help keep you from putting all your eggs in one basket - at least 3 layers with triple redundancy and 3 ways to execute should give you more than enough options to choose from in order to ensure your plan works.

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