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Checklist for Getting Started in Preparedness

Fellow Patriots,

With all the events currently occurring around our great nation, it would be wise and very prudent to take steps to have some basics stored in your home or location to hold you over in the event of disruption to our existing supply and demand system. As I have covered in previous articles, newsletters and training, we are currently living through a period not previously experienced at once. That being, a pandemic, fires, hurricanes, riots, anarchy, shortages of some consumption supplies and soon winter will be upon us, not to mention what appears to be a tumultuous election soon. Are you ready?

Below are some basic goods and materials you may wish to stock up on and have available in the event any of the ongoing events impacts your region or community. Remember, the disaster does not have to be upon you to impact your way of life. Any event around the nation could impact the ability to keep food, fuel, medicines, and even electricity, to you. Are you prepared?

Just do the best you can to stay ahead of the game. There are many available checklist to build your own personal lists.

Preparers Checklist

Food Pillar – You should have no less than a 30-day supply on hand for each person. I strongly encourage you to stretch that out to six months as soon as possible. You must determine the number of calories required daily for each person. Men should be around 2,500 and women around 2,000. Also, consider the level of activity, stress, age, and healthy condition when determining the total needed per person. I attached a food calculator to the email just sent to you that you can use to identify number of personnel and number of days/months you are planning for as you start to identify your food requirements.

Cooking Oils (coconut, vegetable, olive, etc.)

Cooking Powders (flour, baking powder/soda, etc.)

Dairy products, dry

Eggs, dry

Freeze-dried entrees and meals

Fruit (dried, canned, preserved)

Grains and cereals

MREs and other ready-to-eat packaged foods


Protein, animal (fish, meat, poultry)

Protein plant (beans, lentils, nuts, powdered mixes)


Salt, iodized

Seeds for both consumption and planting

Soups and stews

Sweeteners (agave, honey, sugar, etc.)

Vegetables (dried, canned, preserved)

Food Procurement Needs (Hunting and Trapping)

.22 air pellet gun, pellets and gas cartridges

.22 rifle and ammo

Compound bow/crossbow and arrows

Maintenance materials for items in this group

Rifle and ammo

Shotgun and ammo

Traps and snares

Fishing – Compact fishing kit and full-sized fishing rod and tackles

Water Pillar

You should have enough potable water to support each person with two gallons per day for the duration you are planning to support. Hydration is critical. Store water away from light, chemical and pesticides, and do not stack plastic containers on concrete surfaces. You should always use opaque, FDA-approved, food-grade containers to store your water. If possible, rotate your water supply every six-months unless you treat it with a water preservative.

Water Storage Options:

Individual bottles or cans

Portable water container (1, 5, or 7 gallons sizes are easier to move)

Static water containers (30-50 gallon drums, larger tanks or cistern)

Water resupply plan

Water filtration straws, water treatment tablets, drops, or clorox

Preservation and Treatment

Chemical disinfectant supplies

Heat source and fuel for boiling water

Ultraviolent water sterilizer

Water filter/purifier per person

Water flavor enhancer to improve the taste of treated water

Shelter Pillar

During an emergency, you are usually better off hunkering down in your home. A time may come when you need to seek shelter elsewhere. Additionally, you should know where your emergency shelter is located but also have a bug-out plan in a safe location where you can seek shelter.

Hunkering Down at Home

Fire extinguishers

Generator, fuel and maintenance tools and materials

Power Inverter

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and batteries

Wood or manufactured fireplace logs and kindling

Fabricated Shelter

Sleeping bags and ground mats, appropriately sized and insulated

Tarps, real 550 cord and bungee cords

Tent replacement and repair parts

Tent(s) large enough for people, pets and weather-sensitive gear

Local Emergency Shelter

Know the location of the closest emergency shelter

Clothing and Equipment

Base layer and street clothing suited to your environment at any time of the year

Hunting/camouflage clothing and accessories

Insect-and snake-protective clothing

Weather-resistant clothing, outerwear, headwear and footwear

Security Pillar

This pillar includes safety issues, along with self-defense, making it a very broad category. If you have additional security and safety preparations, you should add them to this list.

Remember, you want as much stand off distance between you and the threat and early warning to let you know the threat is approaching. The threat doesn't always have to come from the outside. You should also consider internal threats as well. A hungry human can turn on you instantly, family, friend, or stranger.

Home Security/Early-Warning System

Home Alarm

Motion Detectors

Remote camera systems

These items are just the basics and you should consider adding other resources as you identify them. Build a binder with your checklists, location of resources, quantities, and then track same to know when you are getting low and need to resupply if possible. Don't wait till the last minute, if there is a last minute.

If you have questions feel free to email me.


Bravo Echo Out

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