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Prep & Survival Preparedness Checklist

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Stop and think for a moment if the entire US power grid, the entire internet and all cell phone communication suddenly went black for weeks or even months and how it would affect our world and our lives. Stop and think how it would affect how we live and communicate with others. And stop and think how it would affect all the people who are working from home right now as a result of the pandemic.

I'm not writing this to scare you or to cause fear I am writing this because God just put these words on my heart to write and share with you. These words ought to get your attention and these words ought to provoke your thinking and cultivate your thought process so that you and your family can be ready and prepared if something like this was ever to happen. And in the uncertain and unpredictable times we are living in anything is possible. And even though God is still on the throne and even though He is still in control we know that evil lurks all around us 24 hours a day. So it's much better to be ready and prepared in case something like this does happen than to have something like this happen and not be prepared and ready.

Disasters Happen.

This is a basic checklist

1. Water

The CDC credits water with body temperature regulation, waste elimination, and more. Even if you have a reliable water system, storms, animals, and bacteria can contaminate your supply. Water in bottles or pouches is an easy fix for water potability issues. You should also keep water purification tablets to treat water from questionable sources.

Your body loses water through normal body processes (sweating, urinating, and
defecating). During average daily exertion when the atmospheric temperature is 20
degrees Celsius (C) (68 degrees Fahrenheit), the average adult loses and therefore requires
2 to 3 liters of water daily. Other factors, such as heat exposure, cold exposure, intense
activity, high altitude, burns, or illness, can cause your body to lose more water. You must
replace this water.

Dehydration results from inadequate replacement of lost body fluids. It decreases your
efficiency and, if injured, increases your susceptibility to severe shock. Consider the
following results of body fluid loss:

• A 5 percent loss of body fluids results in thirst, irritability, nausea, and weakness.
• A 10 percent loss results in dizziness, headache, inability to walk, and a tingling
sensation in the limbs.
• A 15 percent loss results in dim vision, painful urination, swollen tongue, deafness,
and a numb feeling in the skin.
• A loss greater than 15 percent of body fluids may result in death.

The most common signs and symptoms of dehydration are--
• Dark urine with a very strong odor.
• Low urine output.
• Dark, sunken eyes.
• Fatigue.
• Emotional instability.
• Loss of skin elasticity.
• Delayed capillary refill in fingernail beds.
• Trench line down center of tongue.
• Thirst. Last on the list because you are already 2 percent dehydrated by the time you crave fluids.

You replace the water as you lose it. Trying to make up a deficit is difficult in a survival
situation, and thirst is not a sign of how much water you need.

Most people cannot comfortably drink more than 1 liter of water at a time. So, even when
not thirsty, drink small amounts of water at regular intervals each hour to prevent

If you are under physical and mental stress or subject to severe conditions, increase your
water intake. Drink enough liquids to maintain a urine output of at least 0.5 liter every 24

In any situation where food intake is low, drink 6 to 8 liters of water per day. In an extreme
climate, especially an arid one, the average person can lose 2.5 to 3.5 liters of water per
hour. In this type of climate, you should drink 14 to 30 liters of water per day.

With the loss of water there is also a loss of electrolytes (body salts). The average diet can
usually keep up with these losses but in an extreme situation or illness, additional sources
need to be provided. A mixture of 0.25 teaspoon of salt to 1 liter of water will provide a
concentration that the body tissues can readily absorb.

Of all the physical problems encountered in a survival situation, the loss of water is the
most preventable. The following are basic guidelines for the prevention of dehydration:
• Always drink water when eating. Water is used and consumed as a part of the
digestion process and can lead to dehydration.

• Acclimatize. The body performs more efficiently in extreme conditions when

• Conserve sweat, not water. Limit sweat-producing activities, but drink water.
• Ration water. Until you find a suitable source, ration your water sensibly. A daily
intake of 500 cubic centimeter (0.5 liter) of a sugar-water mixture (2 teaspoons per
liter) will suffice to prevent severe dehydration for at least a week, provided you keep
water losses to a minimum by limiting activity and heat gain or loss.

You can estimate fluid loss by several means. A standard field dressing holds about 0.25
liter (one-fourth canteen) of blood. A soaked T-shirt holds 0.5 to 0.75 liter.

You can also use the pulse and breathing rate to estimate fluid loss. Use the following as a
• With a 0.75 liter loss the wrist pulse rate will be under 100 beats per minute and the
breathing rate 12 to 20 breaths per minute.
• With a 0.75 to 1.5 liter loss the pulse rate will be 100 to 120 beats per minute and 20
to 30 breaths per minute.
• With a 1.5 to 2 liter loss the pulse rate will be 120 to 140 beats per minute and 30 to
40 breaths per minute. Vital signs above these rates require more advanced care.

2. Food

Even if a fire or storm doesn't destroy your home, it might still contaminate your food. So you don't go hungry, stock up on cans or pouches of fruits, veggies, tuna, chicken, and other items. (SPAM could be a lifesaver) For variety, add granola and protein bars, peanut butter, dried beans, rice, and beef jerky. Prepackaged survivalists meals are another option. And don't forget the coffee and the can opener.

Although you can live several weeks without food, you need an adequate amount to stay
healthy. Without food your mental and physical capabilities will deteriorate rapidly, and you
will become weak. Food replenishes the substances that your body burns and provides
energy. It provides vitamins, minerals, salts, and other elements essential to good health.
Possibly more important, it helps morale.

The two basic sources of food are plants and animals (including fish). In varying degrees
both provide the calories, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins needed for normal daily body

Calories are a measure of heat and potential energy. The average person needs 2,000
calories per day to function at a minimum level. An adequate amount of carbohydrates,
fats, and proteins without an adequate caloric intake will lead to starvation and cannibalism
of the body's own tissue for energy.

Plant Foods

These foods provide carbohydrates--the main source of energy. Many plants provide
enough protein to keep the body at normal efficiency. Although plants may not provide a
balanced diet, they will sustain you even in the arctic, where meat's heat-producing
qualities are normally essential. Many plant foods such as nuts and seeds will give you
enough protein and oils for normal efficiency. Roots, green vegetables, and plant food
containing natural sugar will provide calories and carbohydrates that give the body natural

The food value of plants becomes more and more important if you are eluding the enemy
or if you are in an area where wildlife is scarce. For instance--

• You can dry plants by wind, air, sun, or fire. This retards spoilage so that you can
store or carry the plant food with you to use when needed.
• You can obtain plants more easily and more quietly than meat. This is extremely
important when the enemy is near.

3. Paper Goods

So don't forget to add toilet paper and also paper towels to your list. Store them in a waterproof container.

4. Light Source

Fortunately, there are several alternatives to battery-operated flashlights. One cool flashlight has water-powered cells. Another option available let you hand-crank the flashlight. If you prefer the old-fashioned kind, don't forget the batteries.

5. Waterproof Matches

If the power is out, you'll still need to cook. That might mean firing up your grill or making a campfire. Either way, you'll need a waterproof lighter or waterproof matches. Both will light up even if they get wet.

6. First-aid Kit

Minor cuts and abrasions can be a real pain. Be sure to store an emergency kit to care for minor dings.

7. Fire Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher can keep a minor emergency from becoming a major catastrophe. Keep one upstairs and downstairs to manage not-so-friendly flames before they burn out of control.

8. Extra Clothes

You never know how long an emergency will last. Store extra clothes in a waterproof container just in case.

9. Basic Tools

In disaster movies, they never have the tools they need to do things like cut wood or bust open a locked door. Add a few tools to your emergency stash: a hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, and a small hatchet so you can cut wood for a campfire. You might also want to add an extra set of house and car keys.

10. Personal Documents

The thing about emergencies is that you never know what might happen. Make copies of documents (drivers license, birth certificates, marriage license, passports) and store them in a waterproof container. You'll have backup copies if you lose the originals.


Here are some more additional items that would be good to have:

Chlorine dioxide water-purification tablets.
Braided nylon line.
Whistle (to signal for help)
Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
Fire starter
Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
Tinder (for fire-starting)
Signal mirror.
Personal locator beacon (PLB)
Extra blanket and sleeping bags.
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
Extra batteries
Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
Manual can opener (for food)
Local maps
Cell phone with chargers solar and a backup battery
Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
Paper and pencil


NOTE: For a more in depth check list, here is a skilled survival "78 Item" Preppers Checklist:




FM 21-76 US Army Survival Manual - Purchase ... manual-buy

FM 21-76 US Army Survival Manual - Online PDF ... manual-pdf


Satellite Phone: ... lite-phone

Water Purification Systems:

Power options:

Field Medic First Aid Kit ... rvival-kit

Solar Charger / Battery Bank ... flashlight

Portable Emergency Solar/Dynamo/DC & AM/FM/NOAA Radio & LED Flashlight & 1000mAh Charger Power Bank ... power-bank
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