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Preppers Checklist

Preparers Checklist by Bravo Echo

In the nation’s current pandemic posture that will most likely run in to the summer of 2020 and possibly longer; I would strongly encourage you to stretch your preparedness plan out six months or longer, if you can. I realize storage space and monetary constraints can affect your ability. Just do the best you can to stay ahead of the game. There are many available checklist to build your own personal lists. Here is another checklist example to crosscheck your resources.

Food Pillar – You should have no less than 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 blivets, or cistern)

Water resupply plan

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.

Home Security/Early-Warning System

Home Alarm

Motion Detectors

Remote camera systems

Lethal Weapon Systems

Handgun and spare mags or speed loaders, ammo and accessories

Rifle and spare mags, ammo and accessories

Shotgun and spare mags, ammo and accessories

Less-lethal Weapon Systems

Less-lethal shotgun rounds

Personal-defense spray/tear gas dispenser and replacement cartridges

Restraint systems

Stun gun and batteries

Taser and replacement cartridges, batteries and other accessories

Communication Pillar

Amateur/HAM radio, CB radio scanner and accessories

Cell phone and accessories; share phone numbers with teammates

Chargers and batteries

Faraday cage or other protective containers

FM/AM/SW/Weather radio and accessories

Personal locator beacon/EPIRB

Satellite phone and accessories

Solar charging panel and accessories

Television and power source

Two-way radios and accessories

Health Pillar

90-180 day supply of all vital prescription medications

Backboard or other litter

Blankets/space blankets

Emergency dental kit, one per person

Epinephrine pen kit

Home first aid kit

Hygiene and sanitation supplies

Individual first aid kit, one per person

Neck brace and splints

Personal hygiene kit, one per person

Slings and cravats

Snake bite kit, one per person

Special medical equipment; defibrillator, CPAP, oxygen machine and any other equipment needed

Suture and trauma kits, one per person

Additional Items

Assorted hand tools, according to your needs

Bug-out bag/three-day pack, one per person

Bushcraft knife (suggest carrying more than one knife)


Dependable transportation, fuel and repair and maintenance supplies

Flashlights and hands-free lights and batteries

GPS, compass, maps, protractor, map case and marking pens

Optics for day, night and thermal, and batteries and accessories

Pace-counter beads

Seeds and other gardening needs

Windproof/waterproof matches, fire starters, and tinder

Windproof lighter and fuel

Emergency Plans

Bug-out plan and leave-behind note

Group emergency preparedness plan

Local Community Emergency Response Team (Cert) point of contact

Local FEMA/Homeland Security point of contact

Local hospital phone number

Phone number and address of local National Guard Armory

Police and fire phone numbers

These are just some suggested items to consider for your resources and plans. Pick what works best for you. Build your resources to fit your needs and plans.


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