Identify the type of Emergency/Disaster Scenario
Natural Floods, Tornados, Hurricanes, Mud Slide, Avalanche, Drought, Severe Winter Storm, Pandemic, Extraterrestrial (sunspots, asteroid, comet), Earthquake, Volcano and the like
Man-Made Economical, Social, Ecological, Bio-toxin, Pandemic (can be natural or human induced), Nuclear, Civil Unrest, War, Riot, EMP(electromagnetic pulse), Terrorism, Blackouts , Lack of Energy, Water or Food (Yes this can occur due to nature too, but are often human induced), Toxic Spill and the like
Bad Luck Accidents, Getting Lost, General Clumsiness, Disease, Illness, Injury and the like
Spiritual Armageddon, Rapture, Revelation, Mayan Calendar, Nostradamus and like prophecies
Identify the Scope of Involvement of Disaster/Emergency
Local A portion to all of a city, town, or state
Regional Northeast, Southeast, North Central, South Central, Northwest, Southwest
National The entire country
Worldwide More than one country
Identify the probable Duration of Disaster/Emergency
Short Term Hours up to 7 Days
Medium Term 2 – 3 Weeks
Long Term 4 Weeks to Months or Years
Determine where everyone is: You and your family’s Location at the time the Disaster/Emergency occurs
You Family Members
Away from Home
(work, vacation, sports, other activities)
Questions to always ask immediately after the Disaster/Emergency occurs then enact your preparedness plan to cover all of the above and these basic minimum necessities.
- Illness or Injury needs
- Basic Tools
- Bug-out or Stay Put
- Identify the crisis’s that you feel are the most likely to occur.
- Inventory what you have in your home to survive those crisis’s.
- Inventory what skills you have that will enable you to survive those crisis’s.
- Organize what you have and start your Emergency Binder. List what you lack in this binder and add to it as you acquire what you lack.
- Budget to not only be debt free, but to be able to acquire what you lack in skills and items to survive those crisis’s. Center on Needs instead of Wants to make budgeting, economic self-reliance and collecting your preparedness skills and items easier.
- Plan how to survive these crisis’s. Remember although the basics for each scenario will be similar, one plan will not cover all the various scenarios.
- Accumulate what you need to survive and start with a household 72 hour survival pack.
- Add individual and auto 72 hour survival packs.
- Build food and water stores first for 72 hours, then two weeks and if you feel it is necessary, for months and years. Be sure to have a rotation plan for the food and water to keep it viable, safe, fresh and tasty.
- Gather tools, clothing, skills and other supplies you do not have in your home that you may need for any crisis, first for 72 hours, then two weeks and again if you feel the need, for months or years.
He’s a Prepper, She’s a Prepper, I’m a Prepper too …
I am very lucky in that my personal experiences, hobbies and passions have given me a wealth of hands-on knowledge and skill. I have lived on a farm, milked cows, plucked and gutted chickens. I lived in a very primitive 1970’s co-op for two years where we had to draw and treat our own water; among other things. I have hiked, backpacked and rustic camped all over the U.S. and Canada – including cross-country ski-packing. I am a long time alternative medicine user and companion gardener. I currently “container garden” outside and on my enclosed porch in the winter. I have helped to build a straw bale home from the ground up. And I have friends who have been homesteaders or off-griders for over 6 years. Once I move I hope to be at least utility self-reliant.
So despite my age, I am ready, I am prepared and getting more self-reliant each day. Yes I am a Prepper and I hope this letter gets you started at Prepping too.
Keep on Prepping ;-}
Appendix – Resources and Links
I have uploaded many documents on Google to share regarding: Preparedness, Homesteading, First Aid, Survival, Food Storage and the like. You can view, print and download using the following link. http://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B7fDAC2AGpAFYzI3MjZiZDAtNTFlMi00NGY3LTljMzgtMjIxOTc5NDc2MjAz&hl=en
The following directories are off the root of “Homesteading-Preparedness-Survival” from the above link:
- Animals - Pets - Livestock
- Communication - Technology
- Defense - Protection
- Emergencies - Natural - Man Made
- Energy - Transportation - Heat - Cooling
- First Aid - Medical
- Food & Garden
- General - Homesteading - Surviving
- How To - Make What You Need - Hunt - Trap
- Shelter Building
- Tools - Equipment
- Water & Sanitation
Two key documents in the root of this directory are:
This document holds a list of books, magazines and links that I reference on a regular to semi-regular basis. You may find them helpful too. (My interests are varied, like Civil Disobedience and Activism (another reason to move to the country), so ignore anything that is not pertinent to prepping or homesteading.)
This document is a complete list of all the items I have ever downloaded off the net and still possess in electronic format.
Not all of these documents were of the correct size or file type to be uploaded to this Google site. So if you find one listed that is not on the site and you really want it, let me know and I will send it to you in a compressed RAR format.
Enjoy, have fun and always remember:
The precious things in life are hard to find and obtain; otherwise they would only be worth a dime a dozen and not so very precious.