We often talk about getting ready by storing foods, buying guns, gear etc. With so much information out there, we get lost in the confusion and don’t know where to start. Here is a list, a 123, abc kind of list to help guide those just starting out in their preparations. It’s not a cut in stone list nor do you have to work them one at a time. It is a place to start and proceed in an orderly fashion.

Primary list — should be done first. Every individual/family should:

1. have a minimum of three days’ worth of food and water on hand.

2. establish primary and alternate meeting locations, one should be out of the area (maybe out of state).

3. have a primary and alternate means of communication.

4. establish items that each member carries every day (EDC).

5. have a “get home” bag to help them return home.

6. have a Bug out Bag (BoB) in case they must leave in a hurry.

7. have copies of their important documents stored in at least one alternate location.

Secondary list –Every individual/family should:

1. increase their water storage to two weeks’ worth (1 gallon per day per person).

2. increase their food storage to 3 months’ worth (normally eaten foods).

3. assist other members (kith and kin) with preparedness.

4. prepare for extended periods without utilities (water, lights, cooking, sanitation, etc.).

5. prepare an “I’m not coming home” (INCH) list to ensure they take what is most important if time allows.

Tertiary list –Every individual/family should:

1. increase their food storage up to a year using long term storage foods such as wheat or rice and beans.

2. establish an emergency fund of at least $1,000.

3. start a garden.

4. attempt to get out of debt.

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