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The Preppers Checklist - Are You Ready?

 "Life was filled with guns and war, everyone was trampled on the floor - I wish we'd all been ready...

Children died, the days grew cold, a piece of bread could buy a bag of gold - I wish we'd all been ready..."

Larry Norman - 1970

This idea comes from Ragnar Bensons "The Survival Retreat", (very highly recommended).        GO

I have adapted the checklist so it can be printed out, and used to objectively analyze your ideas. I have gone a step further and included both "Urban" , and "Rural" breakdowns to better target specific areas.

The first two checklists below are concerned with bugging in or out, and involve location, structure, etc.

For Food storage and preparedness ideas in-house, see the ASG pages 14-16 & 44-45

 

Print this list and use it as your own progress report card.

Use this list to be objective about your plans - we all tend to see things in our own unique perspective, so these lists help clarify the view. 

There are no "right" or "wrong" answers here.

You may have some "NO"'s. Thats OK.  Use those "No's" to point out how you could improve things, or maybe they just don't apply to you. Everyone must live or die by that determination.

 

Note that these were written for "Bugging Out" to a separate location, however, they also apply if you are planning to "Bug In" , your retreat location is simply your own home in that case...

 

The SUBURBAN or RURAL checklist:


(Y)

(N)

KEY ITEM

 

 

 

 

 

Will your plan A (Bug In) or Plan B (Bug Out) location, hold all of the people who are likely to show up to use it?

 

 

 STRUCTURE / SHELTER

 

 

Hazard By Hazard Analysis:  Is it Concrete, stone, dirt?

 

 

Hazard By Hazard Analysis:  Is it Wood or some other flammable material?  (not desirable)

 

 

Hazard By Hazard Analysis:  Is the roof metal, tile, or slate?

 

 

Hazard By Hazard Analysis:  Is the roof asphalt shingle? Cedar shake? (not desirable)

 

 

Hazard By Hazard Analysis:  Is a portion below ground at least 4 ft?

 

 

  WATER

 

 

Is water available nearby or inside (not municipal supply) (ideally 1 gal/person/day)

 

 

 Do I have the means to treat water?  Chlorine,tablets, boiling?

 

 

FOOD

 

 

 Do I have the skills to preserve food (meat, fish, berries, fruit)

 

 

Do I know at least 10 plants that grow nearby that can be eaten?

 

 

 Do I have means to cook with heat? (mess kits, pans, pots?)

 

 

 Can I raise a garden in safety, grow vegetables, raise animals?

 

 

 Do  have a plan to continue stocking supplies while in the retreat?, or am I now cutoff? 

 

 

 Do I have enough food stored? ( 2MRE/person/day , pr 2 cans/person/day, or enough to provide 2000 calories/person/ day minimum)

 

 

 COMFORT

 

 

 Do I have an adequate supply of clothes for every season?, boots? socks? gloves?

 

 

 Can the retreat area be heated? (is it enclosed and weathertight?)

 On the other hand is there adequate ventilation?

 

 

 Do I have a means to heat it? (fireplace, stove, campfire?)

 

 

 Does it have adequate sanitary facilities? Is there enough water to wash? What about toilet facilities?

 

 

 Can I ‘grow’ into the retreat, or will I outgrow it by adding people?

 

 

 Do I really know the capabilities of the people that will be sharing the retreat with me?

 

 

 SECURITY

 

 

 Is the location hidden from view Now?

 

 

 Can the location be hidden from view when occupied?

 

 

 Can I safely store food, ammunition, weapons in the retreat when I do not occupy it? (can it be secured prior to occupation?)

 

 

 Can access to the location be cut off by barricades, wires?

 

 

 Do I have the materials on site to do this?

 

 

 Does anyone else, other than those utilizing the retreat, know that it exists?

 

 

 Is it likely that some people will also try to use this retreat?

 

 

 Can you prevent your retreat from being firebombed? (This is important, it is the simplest method of attacking you, and materials will be available).

 

 

 Have I looked at the retreat from an intruders point of view? Have I analyzed what they might do to get in? Can I counter this?

 

 

 Do I have a specific plan to deal with fire? Explosion?

 

 

 DEFENSE

 

 

 Do you have a workable defense plan already made up for this retreat?

 

 

 Will your defense plan require more than 50% of your people in the retreat?

 

 

 Can you patrol the area and keep it clear?

 

 

Do you have control of the likely approaches? Do you have a plan for each approach?

 

 

 Do I have enough equipment to defend, patrol, and barricade the retreat?

 

 

 Do I have plans to divert people away from the retreat?, Keep them away? What about refugees, women, children?

 

 

  Do I really intend to shoot intruders? What if they are unarmed? Can the people sharing the retreat shoot intruders? What is my plan to deal with these people?

 

 

 Do I have any NBC masks, suits?

 

 

 Are my weapons designed to maximize efficiency by being the right weapon for the right job? Do I know this?

 

 

 Do I have a Psyops plan in coordination with a defense plan? (Signage, dogs, entanglements, any other discouragement tactics)

 

 

 Can people sneak up on the retreat from a hidden area? Have you identified any such areas? Do you have specific plans for these areas?

 

 

  MEDICINE

 

 

Do I have enough medical supplies to address: severe burns?, bullet wounds?, amputations?, broken arms and legs?

 

 

 Do I have any anesthetics? Alcohol? Cloves?

 

 

Do I have any decontamination kits for radiation? A civil defense meter or dosimeter?

 

 

 Does the group have any special medical issues? Have I provided for them (diabetes, high BP, etc.)?

 

 


 

 

 Do I know how everyone intends to get to the retreat? Does everyone have multiple ways in?

 

 

 Is there a prearranged meeting spot outside and away from the retreat to prevent being discovered?

 

 

 Do I have other transportation skills that I could use? Do others in the group? Pilot? CDL? Engineer?

 

 

 Are there at least three different ways to reach this location? Do I have the equipment available to utilize all three if need be?

 

 

 Do I know how much time it will take to: reach the retreat? Close off access? Secure the area?

 

 

 SKILLS

 

 

 Do I have a library of knowledge that can be accessed by others?

 

 

 Can I : improvise an explosive? Reload ammunition? Rig a boobytrap? Clean a weapon? Teach others to do these things? Do I know people who can?

 

 

 Am I confident in the groups abilities right now? Do I trust every one of them?

 

 

 Do I, or someone in the group, know the territory intimately?

 

 

 Do I have tools, hardware, utensils that will make life much easier? Axes, crowbars, saws, pulleys, rope etc.

 

 

 COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 Does everyone know the pass phrase that triggers a bugout or bugin? Do they know what to do without using the phone to confirm anything?

 

 

 Do I know, and those involved know, the warning signs that will put them on alert to be ready to go?

 

 

 Do I have a plan for communications once at the retreat? How about with people on the way in?

 

 

 

 

 

  BARTER

 

 

Do I have a stock of items to barter with? Do I know the intended value? Would a person receiving the barter item know what it is worth?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 













































































































  I have left some empty lines for you to add other observations.

 

 The urban prepper faces the same basic elements, but has to have a different solution for them than the Rural prepper.

How we meet the 7 basics is the difference between us.

No matter how we intend to bunker down, in the city or in the country , we need light, heat, water, food, shelter, communications, and security.

 

 

The URBAN checklist:

 

(Y)

(N)

KEY ITEM

 

 

 

 

 

Will your plan A (Bug In) or Plan B (Bug Out) location, hold all of the people who are likely to show up to use it?

 

 

 

 

 

Hazard By Hazard Analysis:  Is it Concrete, stone ?

 

 

Hazard By Hazard Analysis:  Is it Wood or some other flammable material?  (not desirable)

 

 

Hazard By Hazard Analysis:  Is the roof metal, tile, or slate?

 

 

Hazard By Hazard Analysis:  Are you on the top floors of an apartment? (not desirable)

 

 

Hazard By Hazard Analysis:  Is the roof flat? Close to another roof?

 

 

Hazard By Hazard Analysis:  Is your retreat on the street level, or below street level? (not desirable)

 

 

Where will you obtain water? Do you have ½ gal/person /day supply for at least 60 days? (15 gallons/month min./person) (these are absolute minimums)

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have adequate food stocks? (Minimum 2 cans/person/day – 60 days) that’s 60 cans/ month/person

 

 

 

 

 

Can the retreat area be heated? (is it enclosed and weathertight?)

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have a means to heat it? Or can I retain heat in it?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have means to cook with heat? (mess kits, pans, pots?) (how will you cook?)

 

 

 

 

 

If in another building or structure - Can I safely store food, ammunition, weapons in the retreat when I do not occupy it? (can it be secured prior to occupation?)

 

 

 

 

 

Does it have adequate sanitary facilities? Is there enough water to wash? What about toilet facilities?

 

 

 

 

 

Can access to the location be cut off by barricades? wires? Glass? Vehicles?

 

 

 

 

 

If relocating - Is it likely that some people will also try to use this retreat?

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a workable defense plan already made up for this retreat?

 

 

 

 

 

Will your defense plan require more than 50% of your people in the retreat?

 

 

 

 

 

Can you patrol the area and keep it clear? (rooftop accessible?)

 

 

 

 

 

Can you prevent your retreat from being firebombed at the street level?

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have control of the likely approaches? Do you have a plan for each approach?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have enough equipment to defend, patrol, and barricade the retreat? The apartment entrances, windows? The street around it?

 

 

 

 

 

Can I raid empty units for food and supplies?

 

 

 

 

 

Can I ‘grow’ into the retreat, or will I outgrow it by adding people?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have a library of knowledge that can be accessed by others?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have enough medical supplies to address: severe burns?, bullet wounds?, amputations?, broken arms and legs?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have any anesthetics? Alcohol? Cloves?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have any NBC masks, suits?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have any decontamination kits for radiation? A civil defense meter or dosimeter?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have plans to divert people away from the retreat?, Keep them away? What about refugees, women, children?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I really know the capabilities of the people that will be sharing the retreat with me?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I really intend to shoot intruders? What if they are unarmed? Can the people sharing the retreat shoot intruders? What is the plan to deal with this?

 

 

 

 

 

Does everyone know the pass phrase that triggers a bugout or bugin? Do they know what to do without using the phone to confirm anything?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have a stock of items to barter with? Do I know the intended value? Would a person receiving the barter item know what it is worth?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I know how everyone intends to get to the retreat? Does everyone have multiple ways in?

 

 

 

 

 

Is there a prearranged meeting spot outside and away from the retreat to prevent it from being discovered?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I know, and those involved know, the warning signs that will put them on alert to be ready to go?

 

 

 

 

 

Are my weapons designed to maximize efficiency by being the right weapon for the right job? Do I know this?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have a plan for communications once at the retreat? How about with people on the way in?

 

 

 

 

 

Have I looked at the retreat from an intruders point of view? Have I analyzed what they might do to get in? Can I counter this?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have a Psyops plan in coordination with a defense plan? (Signage, dogs, entanglements, any other discouragement tactics)

 

 

 

 

 

Does the group have any special medical issues? Have I provided for them (diabetes, high BP, etc.)?

 

 

 

 

 

Can I : improvise an explosive? Reload ammunition? Rig a boobytrap? Clean a weapon? Teach others to do these things?

 

 

 

 

 

Am I confident in the groups abilities right now? Do I trust every one of them?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I, or someone in the group, know the territory intimately?

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have tools, hardware, utensils that will make life much easier? Crowbars, bolt cutters, pulleys, rope, pails for water? etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have a specific plan to deal with fire? Explosion?

 

 

 

 

 

Can people sneak up on the retreat from a hidden area? Have you identified any such areas? Do you have specific plans for these areas?

 

 

 

 

 

Is there adequate ventilation for oxygen, smoke?

 

 

 
















 

This is a quick checklist from another source, and well worth following up on -

 

Excellent Site - Highly recommended - 

 
Read more: http://www.strategic-living.net/#ixzz24m8L3OyF

THE PREPAREDNESS TEST

1.   Has your family rehearsed fire escape routes from your home?

2.   Does your family know what to do before, during, and after an earthquake or other emergency situation?

3.   Do you have heavy objects hanging over beds that can fall during an earthquake?

4.   Do you have access to an operational flashlight in every occupied bedroom?  (use of candles is not recommended unless you are sure there is no leaking gas)

5.   Do you keep shoes near your bed to protect your feet against broken glass?

6.    If a water line was ruptured during an earthquake or hurricane, do you know how to shut off the main water line to your house?

7.   Can this water valve be turned off by hand without the use of a tool? Do you have a tool if one is needed?

8.    Do you know where the main gas shut-off valve to your house is located?

9.    If you smell gas, do you know how and would you be able to shut off this valve?

10.  Gas valves usually cannot be turned off by hand. Is there a tool near your valve?

11.  Would you be able to safely restart your furnace when gas is safely available?

12.  Do you have working smoke alarms in the proper places to warn you of fire?

13.  In case of a minor fire, do you have a fire extinguisher that you know how to use?

14.  Do you have duplicate keys and copies of important insurance and other papers stored outside your home?

15.  Do you have a functional emergency radio to receive emergency information?

16.  If your family had to evacuate your home, have you identified a meeting place?

IF AN EMERGENCY LASTED FOR THREE DAYS ( 72 HOURS) BEFORE HELP WAS AVAILABLE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY:

17.  Would you have sufficient food?

18.  Would you have the means to cook food without gas and electricity?

19.  Would you have sufficient water for drinking, cooking, and sanitary needs?

20.  Do you have access to a 72 hour evacuation kit?

21. Would you be able to carry or transport these kits?

22. Have you established an out-of-state contact?

23. Do you have a first aid kit in your home and in each car?

24. Do you have work gloves and some tools for minor rescue and clean up?

25. Do you have emergency cash on hand? (During emergencies banks and ATMs are closed)

26. Without electricity and gas do you have a way to heat at least part of your house?

27. If you need medications, do you have a month’s supply on hand?

28. Do you have a plan for toilet facilities if there is an extended water shortage?

29. Do you have a supply of food, clothing, and fuel where appropriate: For 6 months? For a year?

 


Read more: http://www.strategic-living.net/#ixzz24m8L3OyF
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