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Prepper List Part #3 (see Part #2 - http://seasonedcitizenprepper.com/?p=3057)
by MsKYprepper, Editor-at-Large
Starting Your Ark
If Noah had waited for the rain to start building the ark, the world would be very different today.
Don’t get caught in the rain; get moving with this short list of To-Do’s to quickly get your arc in shape.
|Prepper List Part #2
by MsKYprepper, Editor-at-Large
See Part One ….http://seasonedcitizenprepper.com/?p=3049
How does your gut feel? Sometimes “Gut Feelings” are God’s way to get us moving. If you are feeling unsettled, like you should be doing something – but don’t know where to start, here is a short list to get you moving. Most are low cost, some only require that you spend time.
Most can be done in a few hours.
Prepper List Part #1
by MsKYprepper, Editor-at-Large
Need help with New Year’s Prep Resolutions? Make 2013 the year you get better prepared. Here are 10 projects to launch you into action. Each is low budget; some require nothing more than your time. Most require no more than a weekend to complete.
- Get organized! Begin a 3-ring binder to organize notes; this will be your Emergency Binder. Use it to consolidate your preparations notes and lists in one place.
- Research on Google Earth the area around your house. Get to know your danger areas. Where are the “choke points” for escape via automobile? Where are the natural water supplies? Where are the risks? Make notes for your Emergency Binder.
- Using Google Earth, find three different routes from work to home, from home to your safe place and other places you may need to travel. (pick up children from school, etc.) Identify possible problem areas. Update your Binder
- Buy a detailed laminated paper map of your city and county. Store in your Binder.
- Begin to accumulate $200 in 1-dollar bills. Store in your waterproof, fireproof, secret compartment place in your home. When able, increase to $500.
- Scan your personal documents and copy to a thumb drive. Store the thumbdrive in a save place. Include social security cards, passports, birth, driver’s license, marriage, divorce decrees, insurance and title documents, deeds and contracts, bank account numbers and charge cards, (including lost or stolen notification numbers), stocks and bonds, wills, medical information, prescriptions, etc.
- Scan head-and-shoulder photos of each family member. Save to your thumb drive. Print a copy for your Emergency Binder. If family becomes separated, a recent photo may help.
- Video or scan still photos of your home contents. When disaster strikes, having a home inventory will help with insurance claims. Copy to your thumbdrive.
- Start saving plastic 2-liter pop bottles (not milk jugs, they decompose). Sanitize and fill 1 with ¾ with water. Use it to fill any empty space in your freezer. If your electric fails, this ice jug will help keep food preserved in the freezer as well as being a source of drinking water. If space permits, have a least 1 2-liter bottle in the freezer per person.
- Ask friends and family members to save soda bottles for you. Lie about your intentions, (tell them it’s a school project for little Johnny). Sanitize the bottle, lid and threads. Fill with tap water. Your goal is to accumulate 30 bottles per family member and large pet. Store them easily with a DIY bottle rack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuJNQdE3tro
- This one is for you – now that I’ve got you thinking about low-cost prep’s you have probably already thought of something else you want to do. Go for it!
Car Alarms as defense, offense and for personal safety.
Quote of the Day
“Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.”
Take Your Car Keys to Bed with You
By Bev Sandlin
Way back when, before there were car alarms, 3 blasts of a vehicle horn on the homestead meant “Come a runnin’! EMERGENCY.” It could be animals out or wounded, you crawled back to the vehicle with a sprained ankle and needed help, stuck in a snow bank (again), fire, whatever. But you had to be able to get to the vehicle first.
This showed up in my email box and made so much sense that I have to share it with you!
A smile for you…
Military Common Sense Rules
A lot of life’s problems can be explained by the U.S. Military and its applications of common sense…
1. “Sometimes I think war is God’s way of teaching us geography.”
2. “A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what’s left of your unit.”
(Army’s magazine of preventive maintenance).
3. “Aim towards the Enemy.”
(Instruction printed on US M79 Rocket Launcher)
4. When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.
(U.S. Marine Corps)
5. Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. The bombs always hit the ground.
(U.S. Air Force)
6. If the enemy is in range, so are you.
7. It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.
(US Air Force Manual)
8. Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.
9. Try to look unimportant; they may be low on ammo.
10. You, you, and you . . . Panic. The rest of you, come with me.
(Marine Gunnery Sergeant)
11. Tracers work both ways.
(US Army Ordnance)
12. Five second fuses only last three seconds.
13. Don’t ever be the first, don’t ever be the last, and don’t ever volunteer to do anything.
(US Navy Seaman)
14. Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.
15. If your attack is going too well, you have walked into an ambush.
16. No combat ready unit has ever passed inspection.
17. Any ship can be a minesweeper… once.
18. Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.
(Unknown Marine Recruit)
19. Don’t draw fire; it irritates the people around you.
20. Mines are equal opportunity weapons.
(Army Platoon Sergeant)
21. If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly.
22. Your job is to kill the other person before they kill you so that your national leaders can negotiate a peace that will last as long as it takes the ink to dry.
23. In the Navy, the Chief is always right.
(Written on the door into the Chiefs quarters)
One of the most valuable tools in your preparedness system is not what you might think. It is a notebook and a pen or pencil.
You see, planning is very valuable when it comes to preparedness. Sitting down and answering a few questions on paper can quickly put into focus what priorities must be had.
Here are a few questions:
- What am I preparing for?
- Will the electricity be out? If so for how long?
- Will the food supply be interrupted (stores closed)? If so, for how long?
- Will medical services be interrupted? If so, for how long?
- Will communication methods be interrupted? If so, for how long?
- Would you expect lawlessness? If so, for how long?
- How much food do you have currently in days? Be realistic.
- Do you have back up power? Do you have emergency lighting methods?
- Do you have several alternate methods to cook?
- How much water do you have?
- Would sanitation be effected? Washing clothes? Washing yourself? Washing dishes? Disposing of trash? Going to the bathroom?
- Do you have a method of defensing yourself?
There are many more questions to be answered and possibilities to be considered. Putting them all together and then prioritizing a list of things to do/get to gradually or rapidly improve your readiness is what this is all about.
Got some paper?