The New Prepper Checklist- EP 146


The New Prepper Checklist- EP 146

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Where to begin

  • PERSONAL THREAT ASSESSMENT

  • The best place to begin is with a personal Threat Assessment

  • A personal threat assessment or risk analysis will do several things -

  • Identify Threats

  • Calculate Risk

  • Rank and Sort Risk Events

  • Suggest Prevention and Mitigation Tactics for Events

  • This will help you prioritize as you begin the preparedness process

  • Where should you start? Where should you put more or less efforts? How should you mitigate the risks?

  • A basic threat assessment will help you rank risks by probability and severity

  • You can find some basic templates online to help you with this

  • Here are some of the categories to consider as you are writing down these risks

  • Personal Health

  • Do you have chronic diseases?

  • Are you on a daily med?

  • Are you overall healthy

  • Do you workout

  • Do you require any special medical treatments

  • Finances

  • Are you living paycheck to paycheck

  • Do you have an emergency fund

  • Do you have any cash on hand

  • Are you preparing for retirement

  • Is your credit good

  • Employment - is it stable?

  • Natural Disasters/Geography

  • What natural disasters are prevalent in your area

  • Which are most likely and which are possible or probable

  • Do you live near a nuclear plant

  • Do you live near a military facility

  • Transportation

  • Do you have a long commute?

  • Is your vehicle in good shape?

  • Are you regularly driving in inclement weather?

  • Do you have backup transportation options

  • Home & Home Security

  • Is crime an issue?

  • Do you have a security plan?

  • Do you have smoke alarms & extinguishers

  • Are you prepared for power outages

  • Cyber Security

  • What is your online presence like?

  • Are you vulnerable to cyber attacks?

  • Other Possible Issues

  • Larger scale events like

  • Civil Unrest

  • Pandemics

  • Economic Collapse

  • Asteroid Impact

  • WW3

  • EMP


  • Emergency Plan

  • An emergency plan is a great initial step into prepping

  • I’ve talked about it a million times, but its critical

  • After you have done the threat assessment, the emergency plan will help you plan for an emergency

  • You will use your threat assessment information

  • It will help you and your family to know what action items you each have in an emergency

  • I like the one from Red Cross, but there are lots online


  • Basic slow goals first (72hrs and 2 weeks)

  • Ready.gov and homeland security recommends everyone to have at least 72 hour kits. 72 hours of food water and supplies to keep you safe and comfortable.

  • Primarily food and water, and this is a very doable goal. It can be done in likely less than an hour, and you will still have an advantage over most.

  • Focus on family members each having 72 hour kits

  • Advantage to 72 hour kits is that they are mostly portable. Can be added to a bag (more on this later) or easily thrown into a vehicle if you need to leave. Why they need to be a focus.

  • Then your ultimate goal overall if you do any slightly more difficult goal this year, STORE 2 weeks worth of food water for you and your family AT HOME. It can be a lot. For my family that's 70 gallons of water. 100-140k calories. So yeah its a much bigger goal but HUGE in self sustainment

  • These are the two goals I would aim for in the beginning.


  • General Health-fitness-self defense

  • Fitness and health are so critical, but are often overlooked as you begin prepping

  • Being healthy and physically fit will help you be more prepared, but will also improve almost every other aspect of your everyday life

  • This doesn't mean that you need to be an obsessed CrossFit champ or a vegan food nutritionist youtube influencer

  • Basic fitness and some basic nutrition will go a long way

  • If a SHTF event occurs, and you are unable to walk a mile with a pack, it's gonna get rough

  • Being unhealthy is a daily risk and will make your prepping that much harder - medical bills can rack up, you can feel sick and tired all the time, can’t prep much when you feel like shit

  • Doing your best to get rid of some avoidable or preventable diseases will make you better prepared - obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension - sometimes they can’t be exercised away, but sometimes they can

  • Eating healthy foods, getting good sleep and getting regular exercise is critical

  • Your body needs to be ready to take on the stress of an emergency situation

  • Make a plan. Make it simple. Make it achievable

  • For working out, find something that you enjoy and if you can, find a buddy. Work on strength, mobility and stamina. Don't be hyper focused on being the strongest man in the apocalypse. All that muscle will probably just slow you down.

  • With eating healthy, be realistic and make it a lifestyle, not a diet

  • Get rid of those bad habits - smoking, chewing, vaping, daily 294 ounce sodas

  • Consider vitamins and supplements

  • We will also add in self defense here

  • Self defense is a critical part of staying safe everyday as well as in high stress, emergency situations

  • Find a place to learn the basics, and repeat the training as often as you can, taking one self defense class and calling it good isn’t going to be super helpful

  • Look into self defense weapons as well


  • Water

  • Crucial to life. Cant go long at all without it. 3 days maybe.

  • Its bulky and takes up a lot of room to store

  • Avg person uses 101 gallons per day

  • Goal of 1 gallon per person per day roughly 15 gallons per person per day for 2 week supply

  • 55 gallon drums are great, keeps light and growth out, easy to store and use

  • Have readily accessible water, and also ways to treat and filter it just incase and if you require more you will be ready to prepare it.

  • Filters, purifier drops, pots and means to cook or boil incase loss of power and gas.


  • Food

  • This is usually the first thing people go for when they start prepping

  • But, usually it's the 25 year shelf life food

  • I’d start with that 2 week supply of regular, non perishable pantry food

  • Canned goods, freezer food, the stuff you eat weekly

  • Rotate that out as you consume it

  • If you don’t have a larger freezer, work to purchase one

  • This is usually a great start

  • Then work yourself up to the 25 year shelf life food


  • Finances

  • Likely one of the main disruptions people are likely to face. Whether it be job loss, pandemic shut down, loss of banks and access to ATMs, cards rendered useless, money isn't available.

  • over 50% of Americans can’t handle an unexpected $500 emergency - WITHOUT need for credit card - shockingly sad

  • I've known many people, where when they didn't get your weekly check because holiday or issues, they cant afford gas to work.

  • If you are that person, besides food and water THIS needs to be your main goal to create an EMERGENCY FUND

  • If it can be in readily available cash, this is best, not in dogecoin

  • Emergency funds typically should be smaller usable bills, accessible and coverage for ATLEAST 3 months - ideally 6 months

  • Useful for everyday life issues not just a prepper SHTF scenario

  • Some think ah well if SHTF happens my financial woes are over and I dont have to worry about money, debt and bills - wrong

  • Peace with financial planning and security that sets up a person in being self reliant

  • Also you got to buy that food and water ahead of time to store not just day to day

  • Also don't spend what you don't have to get nonessential items. If you are in a pinch and just get food and water on credit, this would be the ONLY exception. Otherwise don't go into debt to prep with all the gear you want or buy super expensive food storage. Be wise.

  • DOCUMENTS - Do you have a will, life insurance, beneficiaries, home insurance, retirement plan, savings etc. All part of prepping for REAL WORLD scenarios, backup drives, photos, deeds etc - get it all prepared, stored with backups in other locations


  • Cooking/food prep supplies

  • Sometimes in an emergency situation, your normal methods of cooking aren't available

  • Work to have several alternate methods to cook food and heat water

  • Having a regular propane BBQ grill is a great start with some extra propane on hand at all times

  • A smaller camp stove is great as well with the smaller propane bottles

  • Even having a way to start a fire in your backyard and cook over a campfire

  • Also make sure to have some extra seasonings, oil and other cooking supplies prepared


  • Lighting

  • Power grid is fragile, lights will go out

  • Consider quality lighting devices for safety and comfort

  • Focus on 3 types, hand held, headlamp, and home lighting options

  • Make sure you have means to recharge them

  • Have them easily accessible

  • Consider building a black out box, near you and your family to get to in the dark that has lighting

  • Flashlights, candles, survival candles, lighter, batteries, maybe even a charged battery backup


  • Energy

  • Having power in a situation where there is none available from regular sources can be lifesaving

  • If the power goes out in the dead of winter, and you can’t heat your house, you could be in trouble

  • Also you could lose all of your refrigerated or frozen food

  • Just keeping devices charged is a huge benefit as well

  • Work to get some ways to power, charge and run devices you need

  • A generator is a key prep, but may not be feasible right away

  • Small battery backup banks are usually priced low enough that its worth putting at the top of your list

  • You can get small devices that will hold a charge and can power or recharge your phones, tablets and radios

  • Find one that uses solar as well and your are even that much better


  • Fire and heat

  • Work on means to stay warm, cook, sterilize and decontaminate water

  • Lighters are cheap and useful, buy a few cheap and quality

  • Waterproof matches

  • Fuel and kindling

  • Wood burning stoves

  • Mr. Buddy - propane

  • Solo stove, Biolite camp stove,


  • Comms

  • Communication is key for survival and preparedness

  • The first step in this is the emergency plan

  • Your emergency plan will also spell out much of how you will communicate during a crisis

  • Your first line of comms is usually your cell phones

  • Obviously have those available at all times and keep them charged.

  • Also have a way to charge them if they die

  • Other lines of comms you can start to work on are - 2 ways, CB, HAM

  • Also, after cell phones, I believe the next most important comm is your emergency radio

  • Have one that has 3 way charging available - solar, battery and crank

  • One of the easiest things you can do is apps on your phone

  • Early communication when an event is coming is one of the most important things

  • Sign up with your local emergency management offices app if they have one

  • FEMA, Red Cross and others have apps that you can have alert you when bad storms, other natural disasters, pandemics or other major events are hitting your area



  • Hygiene/Sanitation/Health

  • Quick way to get sick, dental issues, lack of medical care

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Toilet paper

  • Plastic bags

  • 5 gallon buckets

  • Cat liter, wood chips

  • Laundry soaps, Coby's family has been storing used containers filled with water, stuff is very concentrated and can go a long way to clean

  • Clorox

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, body wash

  • Consider all you use now daily, and add it to your 2 week supply unopened

  • FAK

  • Daily meds - RX backup FIRST if your life depends on it - ask for 90 days

  • Useful OTC meds like Tylenol, allergy, ibuprofen, stomach meds, constipation meds

  • DIY kits are best then you know what you have and better quality like Band-Aids that stick, gauze wraps, ointments, ace bandages

  • Possibly suture kit if you know or willing to learn or know someone that could help you if you have the supplies


  • Entertainment

  • An often overlooked action item with new preppers is entertainment for short or long term emergencies

  • A lot of time during an emergency will be spent waiting or hunkering down

  • You need to keep your spirits up and your minds occupied as to not lose your shit

  • Especially if you have children

  • If the power is out for a long period, and you cant keep devices charged, you’ll need alternate methods of keeping entertained

  • Look for books, board or card games, sports balls, musical instruments and anything else you like


  • Clothing/Weather preps

  • You may have to go through winter or blazing hot summer with no heaters or AC

  • May have to travel out in it

  • Do you have proper clothing for you and your family to do this

  • Hats

  • Gloves

  • Light clothing to wick away moisture

  • Layering for winter

  • Proper footwear - especially if you have to leave and live in it and hike in it

  • Blankets and tents - can pitch one indoors and all stay warm in one central room

  • Plastic or Visqueen, block out all drafts

  • Why we never seem to throw out blankets - can be walls, bedding, storm blankets for windows, privacy


  • EDC

  • In my opinion, this has been one of my most useful and used preparedness items

  • EDC means EVERY DAY CARRY

  • This is gear you have with you every single day that may or may not be used

  • Typical EDC items are - knives, watches, phones, FAK’s, Flashlight, fire starting gear, water, food, usb charger, water filter, mask, gloves, tactical pen, paper, wallet, keys, multitool

  • This can be carried on you, or in a pack

  • I do a little of both

  • I have a larger EDC pack in my vehicle at all times

  • That way I can throw it on in an emergency or I have the items close by when they are needed

  • But I always have a knife, wallet and phone on me


  • Kits - EDC, BOB, GHB, VEHICLE

  • Now that you have all the bug in or home a local preps that will most likely come into play, consider your worst case scenario plans

  • If you are at work, need to get home, do you have a reliable vehicle to get you home, possible around road blocks?

  • No engine lights or errors

  • Good quality tires

  • Oil changed

  • Half full tank at least always

  • Maybe it is a bug out vehicle or both

  • Consider one for more rugged off-road use to a safer location - and most important can it get you there

  • Do you have a vehicle/ghb kit which consists of items to help incase you are stranded in that vehicle or cant carry the EDC items on you at work

  • Knife

  • Footwear

  • Gas can

  • Vehicle tools

  • Food and water

  • Clothing

  • Battery backup

  • jumpers

  • BOB

  • Your bag/kit to allow you to survive 72 hours on your own

  • Build one for you and each of your family members

  • Water, filters, food

  • Clothing change

  • Gear -knife, fire starter, comms, shelter, lighting

  • Maps

  • Cordage - shelter building and repair items

  • INCH

  • More sophisticated all inclusive bag to live away from home for an indefinite amount of time

  • This is a big durable bag with a lot of items to stay away for a longer time

  • Lots of work as you want to only pack the most useful needed gear

  • A lot is similar to BOB but more details as you may be weeks out your own

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