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Survival’s Check List

The purpose of this list is to assess preparedness in relation to possible, as well as inevitable, coming challenges. It must be remembered that various services we may otherwise rely on, including for food, water, electricity, gas, may be unavailable. This includes law enforcement and medical, as well.

Keeping in mind how quickly any kind of serious disaster can disrupt the normal social order and give way to chaos, crime, etc., it’s suggested that taking stock of these items is a good starting point to assess your preparedness and also give rise to further questions you may want to address.

  1. How much readily available cash to you have on hand?
  2. How many weeks/months food do you have accessible, i.e. in your home, car, etc.?
  3. How many weeks/months water do you have accessible, i.e. in your home, car, etc.?
  4. How much all-season clothing do you have accessible, i.e. in your home, car, etc.?
  5. How secure are the doors and windows is your home?
  6. Which of the following are likely, or possible, where you live and/or spend most of your time: Floods, fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, falling trees, social unrest, etc.?
  7. What type of emergency equipment do you have at hand, i.e. flashlights, matches, energy generators, water pumps, disinfectants, first aid kids, medications, etc.
  8. Do you, or someone very nearby to you have, and are capable of using, firearms for protection, if necessary?
  9. How close and available are friends, family, neighbors you can rely on?
  10. If you needed to leave your present home, how far would you have to go, drive, bike, etc.?
  11. Do you have first aid/emergency training; how close are you to someone who does?
  12. Do you have a predetermined location for meeting with family in the event of an emergency requiring immediate evacuation?

While the above are starter questions, they can lead to other considerations. For instance, you might live very close to a freeway, road, etc., to leave town. But how many other people may also have to take that route, potentially clogging it up and creating additional chaos? How safe and accessible would it be during a natural disaster…at night?

It would be advisable to also discuss these questions with those in your immediate circle and to brainstorm regarding other relevant questions, situations, resources, etc.

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