Getting Started in Survival, Prepping, and Preparedness

I have been asked many times, what I would recommend for someone just getting started in survival.  Survival is such a vast Subject, I can understand how easily someone will get confused.

Do I start with water storage or water collection?  Maybe I should begin building the defenses around my home.  What about wilderness survival?  Doesn’t it have a place in all of this?

If you get confused with the Jargon and where you should start, let me help you here.  I will keep this page up to date as I perform my daily functions as a business and consultant.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to preparedness and a resilient life, but I have done my best to give you an actionable roadmap to preparedness with the understanding that YOU WILL ALTER this map to work for YOUR specific circumstances.

Let me tell you this: What you DON’T do is go out and buy a bunch of stuff, not really knowing what direction you are going in.  You will eventually have to spend a little money, but first you should get a sense of your purpose and direction.

The most critical steps in your preparedness journey are ABSOLUTELY FREE!




The big reason that you join a community in the very beginning is because you will have terrific ideas, but they will be untimely and out of order.  Using people as a sound-board for your ideas, you can invite knowledge and wisdom into your decisions from people that have been preparing for quite some time.

I recommend joining an online group or forum, and it doesn’t really matter which one.  



Lists are important.  They are your road map.  By creating lists, you are doing the #1 thing in survival: Stop and Assess the Situation.  If you were going on a long trip, you don’t get in your car and start driving in any direction.  You need to know how to get where you are.  The lists you create are your way of navigating.  If there is ANYTHING I would have liked to be available when I started in preparedness, it would be a guide like my getting started guide, and I wish I would have made more lists in the very beginning.

Your Needs


Before we start on all of the lists, I felt this was a great place to provide a list of your basic needs in survival.  Every other list is based on this list.  When considering what to have in a bug-out bag, it is easier to think, “what are my needs, and how will I meet each one”, instead of just throwing a ton of stuff in a bag.

As you go through the rest of the lists below, consider how my recommendations are geared toward these needs.

  • Water
  • Food
  • Fire/Energy
  • Shelter
  • Health/Sanitation
  • Security

The Food Log

three sisters gardenThe first thing you need to do is get a $0.99 notebook and a pen or pencil.  Keep this on your refrigerator or on your counter-top where you can easily access it when you use items for cooking.  This will be used as a running log of what and how much you use.  I would recommend you write down the items used and the quantities.  Example: 3 Eggs, 2 Cups of flour, 2 tomatoes, and 1 lb ground beef.  When you use spices, just name the spices you use, and this should be good enough.  You can do this for a while (minimum of two weeks).

This food log is going to be done over a little time and you can do other things while you are doing this.

After you have 2 weeks worth of food (or a month, or whatever you choose) you can get the basic amount of food you will need for that amount of time.  As you go shopping for food, you will purchase what is on this list, but DOUBLE IT.  This is basically called copy-canning.  It is a basic, no-frills, way of raising your food supplies.  This will get you to a month’s supply of groceries.

You cannot get milk and such expecting it to last.  This technique works on SHELF-STABLE foods, which I agree are not the healthies, but you are going to store what you eat.  I am not trying to change your diet right now.  As your diet changes over time, so will your storage.

I want you to eat what you store and store what you eat.  As you go shopping, you get a few extra cans of what you actually eat.  Over time, you will notice that you are able to only buy stuff on sales or clearance because you have the ability to wait until the sales.

I recommend a month’s log before planning for further resilience, so you don’t end up with 45 cans of green beans.  Take what you eat over a month and multiply it by 12 to get a years supplies.  This will not actually get you to a full year, but you will know more about that later.

Water Resources


Know where your sources of water are.

Make a list of any natural features in your yard, neighbors yards, or close by such as rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, etc.  Know where you could go right now for water if needed.  You also want to know any normal water sources in your home.  You can store tap water in 2-liter soda bottles, or those thick plastic orange juice or apple juice bottles.  Know that you have water in your hot water heater, and how you will get it out of there.  These are ideas, but you need to make YOUR list.

Then know any way you can store and harvest water.  This would be things like storing water in 50-gallon drum barrels, or an IBC Tote (250 gal).  Can you harvest run-off from your roof, or your shed, or… a tarp that you set up.  Can you collect water from your natural supplies?  What will you use this water for: plants, consumption?  What work will you have to do to harvest and store this water, and where will you put the excess? Can you pump the water to an elevated tank for storage of potential energy and water pressure?

For more information on water harvesting and storage, I have a large amount of posts.  Follow the link to a list of water posts.

The Disaster List


Before you go out and get ANYTHING, you need to consider what disasters are possible and which ones are the biggest threat to you specifically.  Remember, the bigger the disaster, more-than-likely, the smaller the chance of it happening.  Remember, a “The End of The World as We Know It” (TEOTWAWKI) scenario can happen from the smallest disasters.  Your end of the world situation may not affect me in the least.  Let’s consider possible disaster scenarios and place them in some basic size likelihood categories:

Most Likely to Occur, Localized in Damage, Extremely Small (on a global scale)

  • Job Loss, Loss of Bread Winner, Loss of Family Member
  • Mugging, Attack, Break-In
  • Fire or Flooding

Likely to Occur, Regional in Damage, Small to Medium

  • Loss of Local Water Supply
  • Tornados, Hurricanes, Winter Storms
  • Earthquake, Volcanic Eruption

Less Likely to Occur, Regional to National, Large

  • Economic Collapse or Food Shortage
  • Viral or Bacterial Pandemic

Not Likely to Occur, National to Global, Large

  • Nuclear Disasters
  • Chemical or Biological Warfare
  • Super-Volcanos

Unrealistic to Occur, Global, Massive, No Proper way to Prepare

  • Impact from Space or Solar Flares
  • Sudden Polar Reversal
  • Black Hole

For more information of the risks that these different disasters pose just go to my post: Different Types of Disasters and Priorities

You may also listen to audio on this: The Prepper Podcast Episode 2: Top Natural and Extreme Disaster Lists

Choose the Mundane over the Insane when it comes to what you will prepare for.  An underground bunker will help you with a nuclear fallout, but not with a job-loss or mugging, which are more likely.  Having extra money and food on hand, and training with a firearm is going to generally be a beginning step in most disasters.  Apply common sense where applicable.

Every Day Carry List

Your Everyday Carry is extremely important because it is THE GEAR that you will be carrying every day to maintain a minimum amount of preparedness for common scenarios. This may be a list, but it is a list of gear, so I decided to add it to the recommended prepping gear page.

Lights Out Kit, Black Out Kit, Storm Kit

When your power goes out, do you have a kit that will get you through the night?  A basic lights-out kit is key to a comfortable time when the power is gone.  Make a list of the items you want.  You can use my template on the  recommended prepping gear page.

Emergency Action Plan

Most people want to keep 100% operational security, but I think you will run into some logistical problems if you don’t write down your evacuation routes and other plans.

If we are going to have Emergency action plans, or emergency evac procedures, I think that the way to create these would be in Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel, for ease of reference.  You can also use Google Docs, or you can look up open office, for free versions on your computer.

Where should the digital copies be stored?

  • On a laptop for portability
  • On your smartphones or tablets, even better portability and less energy use.  You can keep small inverters so you can keep them charged by your vehicle, or even keep a solar charger.
  • On every computer in the house, for reliability.
  • I recommend emailing the document to yourself (web based email) so you can get to it from any computer.  Depending on your operational security concerns, you may even try a “cloud drive.”

Keep several physical copies of this procedure printed out.  Technology can always fail eventually, and batteries eventually die, even if you can figure out how to extend their lives.

So keep physical copies of the plan in:

  • Each vehicle (3 ring binder)
  • Each bugout bag (make a smaller softback “pocket version” that can be put there, maybe in a smaller folder or something.)
  • Have a few copies in your home.  You need one for EACH family member, and a final copy with your important documentation.
  • Give copies to a few trusted family members to keep.  This procedure is not just for you, but can also be used by your family members.  This can be your contribution to help those that aren’t crazy survivalist guys.  When something happens, they will be able to contact you and meet up with you for assistance.

Just as important as where your procedure book is, is what is in it.

We need to think about what emergencies could happen, what the most likely scenarios are and the results of those.  Think of where they come from and what you will do (stay home vs. evacuate, and more).  Give them a rank, and work on your plans for the most likely ones first.

  • Loss of a job.  Something this simple is a basic local disaster.  It is local to you.  You should have resumes polished and thinks of this nature.
  • House Fire or House Damage
  • Tornados.
  • Hurricanes
  • Snow or Ice storms
  • Earthquakes
  • Floods
  • Volcanic Eruption
  • Meteor Impact
  • Economic Collapse or Viral Outbreak
  • And any other more less likely scenarios.

What kinds of  things should be in your Emergency Action Plan?

You need to have important information and documentation to assist you and others when you aren’t sure what the next step may be.  So lets think of what should be in this book:

  1. First thing you should have is a list of contacts.  You will want personal and professional contacts, and maybe in a different contact section.  Some things to consider:
    1. Family members such as immediate family members, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc. should be on your contact list.  Have neighbors on there as well, so you can check up on things if you are away.
    2. Have professional contact info for your banks, brokers, investment firms, employers;
    3. Police, fire department, and other emergency numbers for any emergencies that they can help with.
    4. Have all phone contact information (land line and cell phone), addresses, emails, and other contact info for each person on your list.
    5. Evacuation Planning List.  You probably will want a list of what to pack when you only have specific amounts of time to pack.
  2. Roles for Each Family Member.  This will help everyone keep up with what their jobs are, if you are gone, and will keep you on track managing them if you are there.  Below is just for an example.  Decide what is best for you.
    1. Father: keep the family together, security operations, other things.
    2. Mother: Packing list, Important documents, call family members, etc.
    3. Child 1: (assume teenager), grab their own bag and important stuff, gather pet supplies, possibly social updates if required
    4. Child 2: (assuming small children) Grab their own packs and toys, Grab important pets
    5. You can add or subtract roles.  This depends entirely on your comfort level with their responsibility levels.
  3. Financial Information.  I am not saying that you want to have your routing and bank numbers, but at least think of how many accounts you have at what bank.
    1. What banks you have and what accounts you have, such as personal savings vs. checking, business accounts, etc.
    2. Loan information (home, car, etc) with contact info for your account managers.
    3. Investment firms that you hold accounts with
    4. Brokers that you are invested with.  You can call and get everything put into cash, right away, if needed.
    5. It is possible to keep all of your account information in this by using a basic encryption of letters and numbers.  I am not going to try to design an encryption system for you guys, but one way could be the letter turned into a number, and then add 1.  So the letter B could be the number 3. B=2 and then add 1 which equals 3. Then the word bee, would be 3-6-6.
  4. A copy of your favorite survival books, both urban and wilderness.
  5. Have a Plan for your pets, since they are your family members as well.  I am not really talking about a hamster, fish, or snake, but more like the family dog or cat.
    1. Have their own bags, plan out what will be in the bags.
    2. Pets need food also, so have large bag of cheap dried dogfood that you can give them when something happens, and you can’t go out and get them their preferred food.
    3. Where will you place the animals in each vehicle? Do you have a kennel for them, or will they just sit in the back.
  6. Evacuation Routes
    1. Have your main and at least 3 or 4 different alternate routes of travel.
    2. Have a map that covers these routes with them all marked up so everyone can follow them.
    3. Have different rally points, although you may want to call them something less militant, like rest stop.
    4. You may not have them listed as such in the Emergency Action Plan, but you can call your family and say, I will be at rest stop B on route 3.  Everyone should know exactly what you mean, and be able to meet up there.
    5. If you are not at home when something goes down, you may want your spouse to be able to open the binder and know exactly where to go or what to do.  That is why we have multiple copies.
  7. You may want to have certain code “phrases” that indicate danger.  Obviously these would only be necessary for times in which you want operational security.  Write it down, or don’t; it is your choice.
  8. Packing Lists.  You will have different packing lists for different scenarios.  They are usually based on time to pack.  Some emergencies will give you some time, while others don’t allow any time to pack.
    1. Immediate Packing: Bug Out Bags, premade bags, important documentation in a small fireproof safe.  Anything you can grab easily, quickly, and will do the most good.
    2. If you have an hour or two: you may want to consider some other items.  Think of other things to pack.  This is your list based on your needs.
    3. You may have a day: Once again based on your family and needs.  That is why you plan these things.
    4. You may want to keep a more detailed financial map, or more important financial information that you wouldn’t want to get into others hands in a locked fireproof safe with your other important documents.

Keep this list up-to-date.

I would recommend about every 6 months that you update the information.  There won’t be much to update most of the time, but minor changes should be documented, so you don’t let a bunch of minor things add up to be bigger things.

If you are the one that is ready and your spouse is not, the written plan may be the only thing that will keep your spouse on track, and give them a clear head.  It can help you with your own memory in a stressful situation.  Stress clouds the mind, and this will combat that.

Your children may be irresponsible today, but with a good plan in a bad situation, they could surprise you.  Written plans also will help you figure out what you are weakest at, what is most important, and what needs the most attention.  This is a pretty large list to go off of, but you can take from and add as you see fit.

More information may be found here:

Bug Out List

Your Bug Out List is meant to be your early list of your bug out bag gear and a list of your bug out location requirements.  It WILL NOT have everything you need.  This excercise it to get you thinking about what you have so you can build on this.  Think of all the camping and hiking gear that you have on hand now.  Write it down and where you think it should be.

What do you think you will need for a wilderness hike for 72 hours, and what are you lacking in your supplies?  You need to be able to do this, so consider what you will need, and what your family will need.  See the section on Bug Out Bags, below here for more bug out bag details.

What are your needs of a Bug Out Location (A retreat location when home is too dangerous)?

Bug Out Bags

Bug Out Bags are meant to get you from point A to point B in a disaster scenario.  It supports you for 72 hours, which is why many call it the 72-hour bag.  I made a general list for a basic bug out bag with items for you to use.  You are meant to adjust it to fit your needs since there is no one-size-fits-all solution to preparedness.

To see the Bug Out Bag List for Beginners, just go to my recommended prepping gear page.

Bug Out Locations

At first, the biggest thing you need from a Bug Out Location (BOL) is the ability to get away from home.  It needs a source of water and food as well.  This could be a simple solution like having a hotel room for a week or going to a family member’s house.  Your early BOLs do not have to be a 98 Acre Plot of land with ponds, food forests, and bunkers.  It takes a LONG time and a LOT of money to get to that point.  And, still, many people with these “awesome” locations overlooked some critical basic needs, so they wouldn’t make it through much anyways.

You NEED to have a Bug Out Location.  I am not telling you to go out and purchase 5 acres of your own to settle on in the wilderness.  You can get to that point when it is time to, but not in the beginning.

Bugging in is staying home when a disaster is pending, and bugging out is leaving your primary residence when there is a looming disaster.  So any location that you would go to is a “bug-out location” or BOL for short.

You have family and friends that would house you if needed.  Everyone’s situation is different, but you need to find somewhere you can go that has an established life support system.  So you need all of the items on this list.

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Energy
  • Defense
  • Health and Sanitation

Make a deal with your family or friends that if they provide you with emergency support that you will do the same for them and their families.

Take me for instance, I may be in Tennessee, but I know that if I needed to, I could go to Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, and possibly even Virginia and Washington for a BOL.  So if there is a local, or even regional disaster, I could be covered with a place to go.

Another great option is hotels, hostels, or bed-in-breakfasts.  If this is in your plan, you must have the cash saved up to pay for the shelter.

As I said, you must get this figured out before you start working on some of the other things that I will be listing, because you can have all the water and food stored that you would ever want, but if you are forced to leave, you will be leaving most, if not all, of the preps at home.  Don’t get stuck in a horrible position where you spent all of your time and effort on preps, and never considered the fact that you may need to evacuate.

If you want to learn a little more, you can read the following:

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Medical First Aid and Minor Surgery

Create a list of your immediate requirements in First Aid.  Your first step is to take CPR/First-Aid Courses.  What good are components if you don’t know how to use them?

Remember, we are making a list, not buying stuff.  So far you shouldn’t have bought anything.

There are two different first aid kits that I would consider in the very beginning.

  • A wilderness Kit
  • An “At-Home” Kit

Wilderness First-Aid Kit

A wilderness kit should cover many different aspect of first aid.  You have to take care of many minor discomforts, stop bleeding, help breathing, brace bones, and keep germs out.  Remember that when looking at your bug-out bag, you will probably considered first aid in it.  So your wilderness kit may be covered by this.

The list below is not a very detailed list, but is designed to give you a few ideas about what you should have in a wilderness first aid kit.  Remember, you are doing NOTHING but making lists, which are FREE.  You are planning your route and drawing a map to follow to a location called “Preparedness.”  Wilderness kits are required for each family member that will be out.

  • Tweezers
  • Safety Pins
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Antiseptic Towelettes
  • Wound Closure Strips
  • Moleskin or duct tape for blisters
  • Bandaids
  • ACE bandage
  • Bandanna (for splints)
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antihistamine
  • Gatorade powdered drink (emergency electrolytes, energy)
  • Signaling device (whistle, mirror)
  • Safety Matches/fire-starter
  • Mylar blanket

At-Home First-Aid Kit

The BEGINNING Home First Aid Kit will probably be a bit bigger than your wilderness kit, because you can store it better.  When making the list of your first-aid needs, don’t forget that your wilderness first aid kit will be home when you are not “out and about.”  This means that your At-Home Kit will look a little different, and you can assume that some of your needs can be in your wilderness kit.

  • 4×4 Gauze Pads
  • Vet Wrap
  • Ace Bandage
  • Silvasorb Gel
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Antimicrobial Soap
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Saline Solution
  • Bandaids
  • Maxi Pads
  • Analog Thermometer (No Batteries)
  • Adaptic Dressing
  • Moleskin
  • Muccinex
  • Benadryl
  • Ibuprofen
  • Acetaminophen
  • Anti-Diarrheal Medication
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Medical Tape
  • Bandage Scissors
  • Cold Packs
  • Hot Packs
  • Pedialyte
  • Flashlights or Headlamps
  • Your Maintenance or Prescription Medications (Enough to last their lifetime)
  • Basic First Aid Manual

When you finally do get to more advanced first-aid gear (which most of the above are not) so you can actually take care of yourself when there is NO DOCTOR.


At this point you haven’t spent a dime!  Good on you.  It is now time to stop making lists and go right into getting prepared.

You STILL don’t have to spend ANYTHING!  How many consultants will tell you this???

This step is NOT to get you spending any money yet.  It is to get you thinking about what you need and get you ORGANIZED.  A huge leap in your preparedness is to know what you have and where it is.

First, just search your shop, garage, bathroom, basement, attic, and under your bed for all the gear that you take camping… or should take camping.

Next, you just consult your “Needs List” and determine what items you have that will meet these.

Do you have any water purification pills?  Do you have a filter?  These cover your basic water needs.

Do you have any jerky, canned stews, or camping food?  This will cover your basic food needs.

Camping Supplies typically have lots of fire building items and some batteries and extension cables.  So now you have your fire and energy needs.  Also, does your camping gear have flashlights?  There is your lighting.

Look around for a camp stove or small grill in your supplies for basic cooking.

If you have a tent or tarp in your supplies (or garage) you have shelter… check that baby off of the list!

Many people will take a portable-loo for bathroom times.  Are you one of them?  You have a backup toilet.  Also steal toilet paper from your bathroom, and smash it down to save space.

Check your closets and camping supplies for sample bars of soap (or from hotels) if you want to stay clean.

With this simple strategy, you are very likely to have the resemblance of a 72 hour kit for home use.  If you want to take away from or add to what I have listed, understand why you are doing so, but it is your kit, not mine.  Do what you want to with it.


At this point, I think you need to buy some stuff, but not much.

Storms, small black-outs, fallen trees, or failed equipment can quickly take power away.  Although we lived that way less than 100 years ago, most people have grown accustomed to some basic aminities.

So based on our new normalcy, I want to tell you some things to have for situations where your power is gone.

First, get a basic book bag or duffle bag for the gear you will either round up from around the house, or purchase.

Next keep a few bottles of water in your bag.  Keep at least 32 fl oz of water for each person (two bottled waters).  This is not a “grid down” bag, this is a basic storm blackout kit.

Pack a few granola bars, meal bars, or energy bars in the bag for each person.

Have flashlights or headlamps (I prefer the latter).  Just get a bunch of cheap LED flashlights (only ones that take AA or AAA batteries) so you can place them in every room in the house.  This is meant to get you back to your bag and to ensure everyone has one.  Tea-light candles are good to have in the storm bag along with a couple quality flashlights or headlamps.

Get an inverter.  You only need a 250-400Watt inverter.  Bigger is NOT better right now.  Just plugging them into the outlet in your car is the best thing here, because how easy it is.  Keep a long extension cord with it, and have some electric blankets (one per person).  Also have a small fan for each person.  The blankets, cord and fans cannot fit in the bag, but this was a good spot to get the gear and stash it away.

Know where you can go to get away from danger.  Storm Shelters, Safe Rooms, etc. are all forms of exit strategies.  Leaving, or Bugging Out, is also an option.

There is much more you can add to this list, but if you keep it simple, you will find that you become prepared faster.

Blog Post: Low Cost Storm Survival



Earlier, I had you make a list of your bug out bag needs.  This is not where you will purchase anything on this list.  This is where you are gathering supplies that you currently have that will work as a cheap alternative to the stuff you want in your list created above.

YOU WILL STILL GET A FULL BUG OUT BAG SOON, but for now we are trying to take what you have, organize everything in a bag so you can be minimally prepared before buying anything.

I have already had you get all your stuff together from camping supplies.  Now you determine if that gear is best suited for home use if you lose your normal systems, or if you should place it in a bag so you can grab it on-the-go.  Remember, material in a bug-out-bag is also useful at home.  So the same equipment in your bag can be counted as basic home survival gear… BUT NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

I would recommend that you purchase one thing at this point: A Good Bag.  

Maxpedition bags are great and they have lots of functionality.  If you want to get the right bag the very first time so you don’t have to buy more, then get a Maxpedition bag.

If you want to look less “obvious” as a prepper, you can get a great hiking bag that is much less obvious and a little less functional than the military style bags.

The reason that I want you to get a bag is because I want you to be able to hike for 3 days with this bag and not regret it.  If you have a basic duffle bag or book bag, you will quickly regret it during the hike or bug-out.

Using your list that you created, come up with things that you have on hand that will cover all of the basics in the field.

I know you want to have all of the fire-making tools on the list, but at least get a bic lighter so you have something.  There is usually one in every house… the make-up bag. (ladies don’t kill me for that).

This is NOT a camping bag, so although it has to cover your behind in a bad situation, you can’t expect to throw a grill, stove, 37-person tent, etc. into it.

If you decide that you cannot cover all of your survival needs, it is ok because you will be getting to that very quickly.  If you cannot just leave it at this, and you MUST have all of your needs covered right now, then you are too much like me, and I would recommend you going to a local store and get the basics that you are lacking. 


Just like I stated in step 2 (List Making) in the Bug-Out Location (BOL) section, you don’t need to get a 50 Acre plot of raw land to develop into your bug out location.  That isn’t what this is about.  You are taking advice in a PREPPING 101, GETTING STARTED page.  I have to assume that you have nothing like that.  There are many more important items to get to for basic preparedness before you go buy up land.

So make sure you have contact information of lots of hotels in your town, and several towns within 2 hours in each direction from your home.

Next, contact all of the people (family and friends) and determine where you can go.

Once you know who you would stay with, or who would help you, it would be a good idea to have the emergency numbers in their town, have hotel information, and open up a safety deposit box, to keep a little bit of cash in.

Safety Deposit boxes are cheap and provide anonymity for you there.

It may be a good idea to come up with the idea where there is a mutual agreement for each party to assist the other when they have a disaster occur.


You have gotten to the end of stuff that you can easily do without a lot of money.  I wish I could tell you that you need to do everything for free, but prepping is, in small part, about accumulating stuff that you need to help your survival.

To make things cheaper, keep in mind that you can go to garage, yard, and estate sales to find a lot of the items that you need.

Now you need to begin acting on the many lists that you have created.

Disaster List

Work on plans for all of the likely disaster scenarios and what everyone is required to do when it happens.

EDC (Every Day Carry)

Begin working on getting a more all-inclusive every day carry (EDC).  Use my  recommended EDC List to start and then remove and add as you feel it is necessary.

Bug-Out Bag

Now you purchase stuff for your bug-out bag.  This is where you will be replacing your contents that you threw together (from what you had on-hand) to better quality content.  My recommended bug-out bag list on the recommended prepping gear page may be able to help you during your upgrades.

EAP (Emergency Action Plan)

Remember that you need to keep your Action Plan up-to-date when you go through your preparedness journey.


Start purchasing an extra can here and there to build up a supply based on your math.

Once you have a year supply of food, then you can begin filling in the gaps with freeze-dried foods.

You should also be gardening and learning how to store your garden foods.  Give thought also to perennial plants (come back every year) for your food sources.

Now is a good time to pick up some livestock as well, and learning to hunt.


You should know your sources, now work on systems of harvesting and storing water.


Learn skills to build wilderness shelters, and spend a lot of time working on the energy efficiency and productivity of your own.

First Aid and Medical Kits

You already have a list to work off of.  Get all of your required minimum needs based on the list that I gave you already, or the list you made.  You can set up both your BOB and At-Home Kits.

Bug-Out Location

Now is when you finally begin looking for a bug-out location that will support all of your wants and needs.


I have a search bar on the website.  It is on the top.

It will look up tags, categories, post titles and even words that I have included in the posts themselves.  If there is a subject you have questions on, you can probably find it here.

Next, you can ask me questions.  All you have to do is contact me.  Understand that I run websites and perform consulting services, so I am busy and may be delayed in answering back, but as long as I have a REAL email address, I will do my best to respond to each and every email.

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