Preparedness Essentials You Should Not Overlook Revisited

Posted: October 30, 2012 in Survival
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When it comes to being prepared, the following are some essentials you should not overlook.

  • Keep your vehicles gas tanks full.  When your gauge shows 3/4 full make sure you fill up again at that point.  A full tank of gas has essential uses.  Never let your gas tank run down; keep it topped off.
  • Keep at least 10, 5 gallon gas containers full, in a cool dry garage location and use Stabil to increase their storage life.  Date the cans so you know when the gas needs to be used by.
  • Have a 10,000 watt backup generator available and have an electrician wire it so it is ready to run your house if the power is out.  Have a secure, security chain applied and locked to a secure exterior portion of your home to keep it from being stolen.
  • Keep a 3 months supply of food and water stored for each member of your family.  Don’t forget about your pets.
  • Keep a 3 months supply of all common battery sizes available.
  • Have your well maintained firearms available with a sufficient quantity of ammunition for self defense purposes.
  • Keep pre-cut plywood available for boarding up windows if needed.
  • Have a charcoal grill with a sufficient supply of charcoal for emergency outdoor cooking.
  • Firewood properly stored is another essential item along with a sufficient quantity of dry matches.
  • Make sure your garage doors have backup locks and that all your window and door locks are fully functional.
  • Brace your front and back doors with rigid, vertical suspension bars.
  • Keep your communications gear/cell phones/radios and flashlights fully charged.
  • Keep at least $100.00 in singles and $50.00 in coins readily available.

  1. 1stminstrel says:

    I have included 4 portable ham radios and a base station for in-house commo and outside area commo if needed.

  2. Get the gas outta the (attached) garage! Major crisis potential. Mine does fine in the summer in a shed.

    • I’ve adapted this for my cycle! One thing I did learn the hard way was to check the tyres are pumped up at all times even if I don’t think I need it…as soon as they’re flat and got a puncture it is required as your “bike in shining armour” to rescue you from the latest emergency 🙂

      • rmactsc says:

        I know when it comes to our SUV’s I never skimp on tires. They sell tires now with kevlar reinforced sides to resist punctures which I have on my SUV and they are pretty good for the price 🙂

      • I gave that idea serious consideration after the last unexpected puncture – I hadn’t been out on it for ages either. Changed my mind for now as the price is far from pretty good round here! It’s scary!! But I do like to know it’s roadworthy for SHTF situations when cars may and may not be available/adviseable. In a SHTF situation a bike could prove a far more trustworthy and reliable form of escape transport 🙂

    • rmactsc says:

      I have a high wall mini barn in the backyard which gets really hot in the Summer. I have a 3 car attached garage with lots of airflow ports built in, which stays cool year round and is over sized as well so there’s a lot of room in there which makes it a better choice for me for fuel storage. My wife refers to our garage as the mini airport due to the size lol 🙂

  3. thatoldschoolgirl says:

    well said

    I also have a solar/crank/battery radio, a dynamo flash light and a few other “abnormal” things just in case.

    • rmactsc says:

      Thanks. Crank flashlights and crank radios are my backups as well although I think with the amount of batteries I own I must have made the stock price in battery companies rise a few points lol 🙂

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