New Mexico Urban Homesteader

Hello, I am A 50 Something, Prepper ;-}; former 60's Flower Child, don't believe in taxpayer subsidized special interest groups (political parties), DO believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights (1st 10). Long time Independent & Informed Voter. Lover of the outdoors and firm believer that History Teaches - if only we will listen!

(No longer Urban or in NM. Now Rural in the mountains of Maine.)

This blog was started at the request of some dear friends that wish to become Preppers.

“No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.”

Demosthenes (384–322 BC, Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Step Two: Create Per Crisis Needs Lists - How to Make a Preparedness Plan that Works & Not Go Broke

“Chance never helps those who do not help themselves.”
BC 495-406, Greek Tragic Poet

Step Two: Create Per Crisis Needs Lists.

This is a list of all the goods, knowledge and skills you feel you will need to survive the particular crisis for its potential scope and duration. It doesn’t matter if you already possess these items or not, list them.

You will most likely find that there are quite a few items that will repeat themselves from list to list. Write them down anyway but do “flag” them as repeats.

  • Clean these Per Crisis Needs Lists up a bit by prioritizing and listing all the repeated items first and then follow with prioritizing the remaining needs that do not repeat.
  • Next, take each Per Crisis Needs List and flag all the goods, knowledge and skills you already possess. These are your Final Per Crisis Needs Lists for use in building your preparedness plan.
  • Lastly create a consolidated Acquire List of all the goods, knowledge and skills you need to acquire.
o Start with your #1 Crisis Needs list and all the items that you do not already possess. Flag any repeat
o Continue on to the #2 Crisis. Do not relist a repeat, however do put a ‘tick’ mark next to the first time this is listed, so you have an idea of how many times this repeated.

Once this is completed you will have a prioritized Acquire List for your preparedness plan.

Worksheets can be found at:

A great place to get you started on needs per crisis is to check out as they have a ton of high level crisis based checklists.

For a list of links to many more detailed preparedness checklists contact me via Comments @ and I will send you a spreadsheet of these links.

Ready, Set, Go! - 24 Weeks of Crisis Supply Procurement
Is There a Hierarchy for Acquiring Preparedness Needs?
Hierarchy of Survival Needs What to Buy First
How & Where to Learn Traditional Skills
SurvivalBlog’s "List of Lists" (spreadsheet)

Next week it’s Who, What, When and Where Oh My …

Step One Crisis Lists - How to Make a Preparedness Plan that Works & Not Go Broke


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