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)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Checklists, Checklists and More Checklists

“Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.”
W. Edwards Deming

Did You Know?

  • Only 1 in 10 American households has hit the preparedness trifecta: a family emergency plan, an emergency supply kit, and training in first aid and CPR.
  • 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster.
  • Close to 60% of Americans are wholly unprepared for a disaster of any kind.
  • Although 89 percent of those surveyed believe it's important to be prepared, far fewer are ready for an emergency.
  • One-third of businesses surveyed do not have a business continuity plan in place.
  • 93 percent of parents agree it's important for their child's school emergency preparedness efforts to be recognized by the American Red Cross.

“Today is the Tomorrow that you worried about Yesterday”

Getting started on a Preparedness Plan can seem like a daunting task. The Red Cross is a great place for "getting started" checklists. They have some simple, crisis specific checkslists covering a wide range of possible crises:

  • Chemical Emergencies
  • Chemical Emergencies - Home Product Precautions
  • Chemical Emergencies - Important Points
  • CO Poisoning
  • Commuter Safety (great tips-no downloads)
  • Coping with Shelter-in-Place Emergencies
  • Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
  • Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors
  • Disaster Recovery: Picking up the Pieces after a Disaster
  • Disaster Recovery: Picking up the Pieces after a Fire
  • Disaster Recovery: Repairing Your Flooded Home
  • Disaster Recovery: Returning Home after a Hurricane or Flood
  • Disaster Recovery: A Guide to Financial Issues
  • Drought Preparing for
  • Earthquake Safety Checklist
  • Emergency Contact Card
  • Emergency Information Sheet
  • Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Small Businesses
  • Financial Planning A Guide for Disaster Preparedness (no downloads but great info)
  • Fire FAQS Home Fires
  • Fire Prevention & Safety
  • Fire Safety CANDLE Safety
  • Fire Safety ESCAPE Planning
  • FIRE SAFETY Fact Sheet
  • Fire Safety HOLIDAY
  • Fire Safety SMOKE ALARMS
  • Fires and CHILDREN
  • Fires COOKING
  • First Aid/CPR E-Sheet (office setting) (Select item you want and download the Word Doc)
  • First Aid/CPR E-Sheet (warehouse setting) (Select item you want and download the Word Doc)
  • First Aid/CPR/AED E-Sheet (office setting) (Select item you want and download the Word Doc)
  • First Aid/CPR/AED E-Sheet (warehouse setting) (Select item you want and download the Word Doc)
  • Flood Safety Checklist
  • Flu Checklist
  • Flu Family Preparedness Fact Sheet for Pandemic Flu
  • Flu Pandemic Flu Coping and Emotional Well Being
  • Flu Taking Care of People with the Flu
  • Food and Water in an Emergency
  • Frostbite and Hypothermia
  • Halloween Lucky 13 Tips for a Safe Halloween
  • Heat Wave Safety
  • Helping Children Cope with Disaster
  • Home Pool and Hot Tub Maintenance and Safety
  • Hurricane Safety
  • Hurricanes and the Oil Spill in the Gulf
  • Landslide Safety
  • Masters of Disaster (for kids) educators Kit
  • National Flood Insurance Program
  • Oil Spill Checklist
  • Oil Spill Staying Hopeful
  • Pet- Order a Cat First Aid Manual
  • Pet- Order a Dog First Aid Manual
  • Pets and Disaster Safety
  • Pets- Plants potentially poisonous to pets
  • Power Outage
  • Power Outage Checklist
  • Prepare Now for Peace of Mind Later - A family health and safety guide
  • Preparing for Disaster
  • Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs
  • Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs
  • Preparing Your Business for the Unthinkable
  • Ready Rating Program for Businesses (great info-no downloads)
  • Ready Rating Program for Schools (great info-no downloads)
  • Safe and Well - Let Your Family Know You're Safe
  • Register Yourself as “Safe and Well” or Search for Loved Ones
  • Safe Room Reinforcement
  • Staying Healthy Every Day (for kids) handout by Sesame Street
  • Swimming Safely in Lakes, Rivers and Streams
  • Taking Care of Your Emotional Health after a Disaster
  • Terrorism Preparing for the Unexpected
  • The Scrub Club (for kids)
  • The Scrub Club (for kids) downloads
  • Thunderstorm Safety
  • Tornado Safety
  • Tsunami Safety
  • Wild Fire Safety
  • Winter Storm Safety Checklist
  • Workplace - Personal Workplace Disaster Supplies Kit
  • Workplace - Preparing your Business for the unthinkable

For links to where to download these nifty checklists see: Red Cross Checklists @ and TNTs List of Preparedness Checklists @

“Without self-reliance, there is no independence.
Without independence there is no freedom.
Without freedom, there is no self.”



  1. I have a specific question. People who make up these lists include "your important papers" among the things that should be in your go-bag. But I keep mine in the safe deposit box in my bank because it is much safer than keeping them at home. At home they could be stolen, as well as the usual hazards of fire and flood.

    So what precisely are we supposed to have in our go-bags?


    Pat, feeling quite stupid this morning with the haze in the air.

  2. Very good question …

    In terms of a 72 hour grab-n-go bag that would be your driver’s license, passport, bank book(s), credit/debit cards and the like.

    In terms of your household grab-n-go bag in case of having to vacate your home – this is much more extensive. How extensive really pertains on just what crises you expect could cause you to vacate your house. For more detail on these types of “important documents” see Preparing Your Emergency Documentation Book-Binder and Important Document Book Forms to Print & Complete (Ver 2)

    "When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live." Samuel Johnson


  3. PS these doc's are on the left of this blog page under "Downloads"


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