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Levels of Preparedness

  1. EDC (Every Day Carry) - Things you already/always have on you
  2. 72 hour kit
  3. One week
  4. Three weeks
  5. One month (GOOD supplies ready to go?)
  6. Three months
  7. Six months
  8. One year
  9. Two years
  10. Three years
  11. Five years
  12. Ten years

Bug Out Bag Types

  • 72 Hour Kit Bag
  • GOOD Bag (Get out of dodge)
  • INCH Bag (I'm never coming home)

Clothing Considerations

  • Feet: shoes and socks
  • Gloves: Dealing with weather and work
  • Head cover (Seattle Sombrero)
  • Layers and changes: base, mid, outer, shell

Methods of cleaning water

  • Bleach
  • Camp stove (Jetboil, MSR Whisperlite International)
  • Iodine tablets
  • Steripen
  • Water filter - Gravity (Big Berkey)
  • Water filter - Pump (Combi)

Methods of power generation

Long Term Preparedness Items

  • Disinfecting and cleaning supplies
  • Medical supplies (from basic ibuprofen to other needed meds)
  • Pest control items
  • Toilet paper and other bathroom cleasing methods
  • Waste disposal plastic bags
  • Visqueen - black and clear

Dealing with trash and waste

The Get Home Bag

1.       Walking Shoes and socks
2.       Maps and a Compass
3.       A change of clothes
4.       Energy Bars
5.       Water
6.       Extra Water Container
7.       Ten dollars in singles and additional money ($250)
8.       Thermal Emergency Blanket
9.       Tarp
10.   Paracord
11.   Hand crank radio/flashlight/cell phone charger
12.   Pepper Spray
13.   Multi-tool


Knife and Scabbard – A strong, sharp single edge knife with a sharpening stone is a tool for many operations. There are so many to choose from that you may find it difficult to decide what to buy. Quality is an important factor because if you are out on a cold day with the sun going down and the blade breaks while getting your first piece of wood you will be stuck. Buy a knife designed for outdoor, strenuous use.
Fire Starting Kit – Keeping warm, cooking and treating water are only three reasons you need to make fire. Lighters and matches are great and will serve you well for a time, but knowing how to make fire from “scratch” will save your life. I have a small tool the size of my hand. It is a rod of magnesium and striking steel fixed to a wood handle. Attached with a cord is two pieces of saw blade. A spark hitting a little pile of magnesium in a bed of tinder will quickly become a blazing fire once you know how to do it, and the tool will last a lifetime. Find one that you can manage with your disability.
Cordage – You can use rope or twine but paracord is light and strong and reliable. Shelter comes faster and easier when para cord is used, so a fifty foot roll will keep you out of the weather with enough left for traps and many other uses. Also include a finer gauge nylon cord to help with repairs and small snare traps.
Mess Kit – A small complete kit for your meals is necessary and inexpensive. They are light weight and take up a small amount of space in your bag. Choose one that includes a pot with lid, pan, dish, cup and cutlery. They come in their own waterproof bag for easy storage.
Tarpaulin – For use as shelter, windbreak and protection from the wet ground, a tarp or piece of heavy duty commercial plastic is an asset. In a pinch, you can wrap your supplies in it and use it as a pack. A tarp helps to radiate the heat from your fire, collect water, and shelter you, so use a good, lightweight but strong tarp measuring 8’ by 8’ at the minimum.
Space Blanket – A reusable “blanket” with a ton of uses, but in this instance, for sleeping. You can substitute a tarp for this, but to me, a Space Blanket goes the extra mile to keep you comfortable, and you must be able to sleep in order to have the mental alertness to effectively survive.
Backpack – The above items, which are the top six survival items you need, should be stored permanently in a weatherproof, easily accessible backpack or bag that is easy for you to find and carry. You should keep your pack, your Bug Out Bag, in an easily accessible place at all times. Keep it clean and well stocked.
Additions – To increase comfort and ability to survive there are other items that can be included in your bag.
Fire Kit – An assortment of items ignitable under any circumstance. These can be made at home or purchased.
Duct Tape – Carry a roll of high quality tape. When in doubt, use duct tape.
Saw – A folding saw will help you create shelter and manage firewood. Camp saws are both strong and inexpensive.
Ax or Hatchet – A perfect tool to help with firewood and to fashion more permanent shelters.
Sharpening Stone – Your edged tools work best when sharp, so you must have a stone or kit to keep them that way.
First Aid Kit – A waterproof basic kit is good protection and a comfort to have when adapting to a survival situation. There will be small injuries and keeping them small with bandages, topical antibiotics and cleanliness is important.
Containers – Lightweight collapsible containers are important for liquid and food. You must be able to store water.
Compass – In a survival situation, GPS systems may not be available to help orient us as to our locations. The use of a compass is easy to learn and will tuck into any small pocket of your pack.

Weapons Maintenance


    Cleaning solvent (the good stuff. Don't go cheap here.)
    Light gun oil (again, don't even think of skimping.)
    Spare wire bore brushes (because they wear down quickly when you actually use them.)
    Spare small wire brushes (because using a bore brush to clean out the inside of a slide assembly is foolish.)
    Spare bore and magazine swabs (because they get dirty in a hurry, and you can only clean them so many times before they become useless).
    Spare patches (as many as you can lay hands on), and spare patch-holders.
    Spare rods of sufficient length (those things are notoriously fragile when you don't want them to be.)
    A big pile of clean/unused rags, set aside especially for cleaning your guns. Make completely sure that they're lint-free.
    Spare tools specific to assemble/disassemble your firearms (the funny-looking wrench you use to take apart the muzzle of an M1911 .45 ACP, for example, because pliers will work but really, not right.)
    Spare consumables for your firearm (examples? No problem: My .45, over time, will eat slide-return spring bushings, slide springs, an extra grip, spare screws for the grip, magazine springs and followers, an extra barrel or two, etc.)

Items to get

  • Bicycle tubes

Hurricane Sandy Brings Out Last Minute Prepping

  • food that can be easily prepared without power and that don’t need refrigeration. Think canned meats, soups, chili, nutrition bars, things that can be eaten “as is”.
  • propane tank(s)
  • flashlights, candles, batteries

Hardware store:

    • plywood
    • 2x4's
    • tarps

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