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Twelve Months of Prepping: One Month At a Time

Back in September 2011, when I first wrote about 12 Months of Prepping, I was excited and highly motivated to share monthly checklists with the beginning prepper.

Leading up to the 12 months article, I had done a lot of reading and a lot of research.  It was overwhelming to learn and to recognize just how much I did not know.  I tried not to become alarmed and applied my typical pragmatic approach to moving forward, not only for the readers of Backdoor Survival, but also for myself.  Most assuredly, I had some gaping holes in my own preps and what better way to fill the gaps then to break things down into manageable chunks?

12 Months of Prepping – The First Year

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Updated:  January 3, 2015

Back in September 2011, when I first wrote about 12 Months of Prepping, I was excited and highly motivated to share monthly checklists with the beginning prepper.

Leading up to the 12 months article, I had done a lot of reading and a lot of research.  It was overwhelming to learn and to recognize just how much I did not know.  I tried not to become alarmed and applied my typical pragmatic approach to moving forward, not only for the readers of Backdoor Survival, but also for myself. 

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12 Months of Prepping: Month One

12 Months of Prepping Month One

Getting prepared, and becoming a Prepper, has got to be one of the more important challenges for families living in the 21st century. The reasons are clear.

We live in an uncertain world with a shaky global economy, extremes in weather, nasty superbugs, risk of an EMP, and threats of cyber-attacks as well as terrorist attacks by militant political regimes.  Add to that disappearance of the middle class, Wall Street corruption, and an ever increasing dependence on petroleum products, and indeed, there is cause for worry.

For these reasons, a sizable segment of the population has turned to prepping and family preparedness as a solution to the inherent dependence we have on supermarkets, shopping malls, organized medicine, and government. 

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Two

12 Months of Prepping Month Two - Backdoor Survival

In the course of my travels, I am often asked about Backdoor Survival.  The most common question is “What is the website about?”.  The answer is always the same:  Backdoor Survival is lifestyle website that shares tips, tools and information for creating a preparedness lifestyle.  This usually leads to the next question:  “Why prepare?”

The answer to that question can vary, depending on circumstances.  For many, being prepared means having the tools, skills and mindset to deal with a natural disaster in a sane, and dare I say, comfortable manner. 

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Three

12 Month of Prepping Month Three

Regardless of the time of year, the task of successfully preparing our home and families for an unexpected emergency is ongoing and does not end just because the calendar says it’s springtime, a holiday, or some other special day or event.

Over and over, we learn of natural disasters that strike out of the blue, putting many unsuspecting and ill-prepared citizens in harm’s way.  And as much as it is human nature to have an “it can not happen to me” attitude, in our heart of hearts, we know that is not true. 

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Four

12 Months of Prepping Month Four - Backdoor Survival

If you were to ask a stranger what they were doing to prepare, chances are they would indicate that  they have a few cans of extra food and some bottled water in their pantry along with a couple of spare flashlights and maybe some batteries.  To be honest, those are the things that most people think of when it comes to being prepared.

You and I both know that if a disaster were to occur right now, those folks, out of ignorance or naiveté, would be cut off from the outside world. 

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Five

12 Months of Prepping Month Five

For those that are new to prepping, time may appear to be your enemy.  You know the old cliché “I have so much to do and so little time”?  Well let me dispel the myth that prepping needs to be done all at once.  It doesn’t.

When it comes to preparedness, there is no reason to feel panicked and stressed into thinking you need to do everything all at once.  The reality is that time is actually your friend.  By taking things slow and easy, you add to your preps at a comfortable pace that does not burden your budget or your psyche.  

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Six

12 Months of Prepping Month Six - Backdoor Survival

One of the challenges we face is finding time to do it all.  Not only do we have families and jobs to attend to, but also the never ending list of household chores.  There is always something that needs to be done, right?

When faced with too much to do in too little time, it is easy to turn our thoughts away from preparedness and instead to take whatever smidgen of time is left to enjoy our hobbies or even to catch a bit of extra sleep.  The need for sleep notwithstanding, I want to remind you that many hobbies can be part of your preparedness journey.

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Seven

12 Months of Prepping Month 7 - Backdoor Survival

We have now passed the half way point and are entering month seven of 12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time.  By now you should be feeling secure in the knowledge that you are ready to beat the odds should a natural disaster or other disruptive event occur in your geographical area.

Having said that, you do not need a PhD in family preparedness to know that there are far more reasons to prepare than a calamitous disaster.  As the article Disasters 101 pointed out, the sudden loss of a job, illness, the death of a family member and a rash of other circumstances may require you to rely on emergency supplies to get by. 

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Eight

12 Months if Prepping - Month Eight

You may be familiar with the saying “behind the eight ball”.  This idiom implies that you are in a tough, difficult or losing position from which it is unlikely to escape.

Now surely that is not someplace that any of us wants to be and for that reason alone, we find justification to prepare.  Prepare for what?  Who knows.  It might be a major disaster, it might be a personal health or financial crisis, it might be a terrorist attack or it might be the collapse of civilized society as we know it.

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Nine

12 Months of Prepping Month Nine | Backdoor Survival

Nelson Mandela once said: “It always seems impossible until it is done”.

And so it is with preparedness.  At the beginning, the task of prepping seems impossible.  But once you start, and once you really get going, the process does not seem so difficult and most definitely seems possible.

Now don’t get me wrong.  Talk to any prepper and he or she will tell you that the job is never done.   Oh sure, you eventually acquire enough gear, water, and food to get you by for three days.  Next, you work on being prepared for a week, then a month and ultimately, for as much as six months or a year.

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Ten

12 Months of Prepping: Month Ten | Backdoor Survival

As I do each month, I would like to begin month ten with a little pep-talk on preparedness.  We all know that power outages, wildfires, storms, floods, and other disasters can happen anywhere at any time.  Although first responders do their best when it comes to mobilizing their resources to assist victims, if the disaster or disruptive event is major, there will be a lot of families in need of assistance.

Wouldn’t it be better to rely on your own resources instead?

Being an optimist, I can only assume that if you made it this far in the 12 Months of Prepping Series, you are well on your way to becoming self-sufficient in an emergency. 

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Eleven

12 Months of Prepping Month 11 | Backdoor Survival

As we enter month eleven of 12 Months of Prepping, it might be easy to become complacent and decide to set aside this month’s preparedness tasks until some other, more convenient, time.  After all, if you are following along in accordance with the calendar year, there are family gatherings and holiday preps to attend to this month.

Please do not slough off and let that be a deterrent to the task at hand.  Prepping is a lifestyle and a commitment to preparedness, courage, optimism, and family values. Let us use this opportunity to continue our learning and to continue to pursue our quest to be ready for whatever disruptive event may cross our path.

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Twelve

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The term “at the twelfth hour” is often used to describe something or someone that is late. But in Month Twelve of 12 Months of Prepping, nothing could be further from the truth.  More to the point, if you have been following along the Backdoor Survival series on 12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time, you have already taken major steps toward becoming self-sufficient if a natural disaster or other disruptive event should strike in your neighborhood or within your family group.

As we enter in to our twelfth month of prepping, we are going to take a look back at two of our critical areas of sustenance, namely food and water. 

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