The Annual Preparedness Test

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Every August, I like to re-take the preparedness test that I found buried in the LDS Manual a couple of years ago.  I start with my  “walk around” inventory and reassess my preparedness strengths as well as newly discovered weakness.


What is a walk-around inventory?  In the simplest of terms, what that means is that I walk around my home, garage and yard with an eye peeled to deficiencies that need to be corrected to insure my safety in the event of a natural disaster.

Here where I live, that primarily means an earthquake or winter storm but in fact, it could mean anything that disrupts my normal way of life.  To be honest, lately it also means bolstering security I the event of an economic collapse. Something else that I do at least annually is to organize my various e-books, manuals and prepping checklists which, over time, can become a big mess.


A  Preparedness Test Are you interested in taking or re-taking the preparedness test? Click below to read more.

Uncorking the Lid on the Preparedness Test


No matter how prepared you think you are, it seems as though there is always something new to do.  Whether a new skill, some updated gear, or simply an update to your survival mindset, it is good to stay fresh and stay current. Every time I take this test – which is about every 6 months – I come up with a new checklist of preps.  After all, being prepared is a work in progress that will never end.  With a  fragile planet, a global financial mess and an ongoing threat of man-made, terrorist activities, this business of prepping is here to stay for a long, long time.

To download a printable copy of the preparedness test, click here.  In addition, you can find the original version of this great Preparedness Test buried in the LDS Preparedness Manual which is a 100% free download.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Ron Brown and I put together this little 99 cent e-book on how to build a 2000 hour flashlight. Okay, Ron did most of the work but I actually built one to test and to fine tune the process. An early version that I built is still bright enough for bedtime reading. This is something every Prepper should do. Dirt cheap and fun! Only 99 cents! The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight

Bargain Bin:  If you are like me and things are going to heck, you may want to consider some of the items in today’s bargain bin.

The Beginning Of The End:  This is Michael Snyder’s first novel.  If you want to know what things in America are going to look like in a few years, This is the book to read.  It is a mystery/thriller set in the United States in the near future.  Need I say more?  This is the book to get for your summer reading!

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: A cast iron skillet will serve you well if you are required to cook outdoors because the grid is down.  Once you have a cast iron skillet, you will use it for everything, indoors or out.

Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: If you don’t know about Clara, be sure to read Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen.

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking: At an average cost of 50 cents a loaf, this bread is easy, delicious and inexpensive to make.  Making your own bread is a skill everyone should have.  Also Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients.

How to Live on Wheat: Everything you need to know about wheat.

Kaito Voyager KA500 Solar/Crank Emergency AM/FM/SW NOAA Weather Radio: There are a lot of different hand crank, emergency radios but this is the one I own.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): I do believe in helping my neighbors in the community so a supply of these will be handy to hand out to those in need. You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. Be sure to test one out in advance so that you have the confidence to trust the blanket in an emergency.

Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart: This book, by Joe Nobody, is the book you that will teach you how to defend your  homestead in the event of civil unrest or a collapse.

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I really love the Provident Pantry Corn Muffin Mix which I cooked up as corn bread in my cast iron skillet.  Oh my gosh – it was better than anything boxed that I have ever purchased and as good as home made.  The best part is that all I had to add was water!

Same with the Buttermilk Biscuit Mix.

These are just two of the food storage items that you can purchase at Emergency Essentials.  And if you need some recipes?  Go to the Food Storage Recipes page of Emergency Essentials for lots of creative (and free) ideas for using the good you have on hand.


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The Annual Preparedness Test — 6 Comments

  1. I just came upon your site by trying to find out when the book, Holding Their Own 6 was to be released. You had a contest that came up. I just subscribed. To everyone, this list is so true, especially inventory and knowing how to use equipment you just purchased. I live in the Socialist Republic of CA. and have always been prepped for a couple weeks for an earthquake. The past few years I realized there are so many other possibilities that can make my life very unpleasant in an instant. A little bit of time spent while things are calm can make your life easier when SHTF. The one thing we all have noticed is priced just keep going up. Putting away supplies today is money in the bank. Just look at ammo prices! Just remember, you DO NOT want to go to a FEMA camp.

    • I own the Kaito Voyager and am very happy with it. I also have some Midland FRS radios and I can receive both weather and emergency information on them as well. You know how I like redundancy!

  2. I used to live in that ” Republic”, and I’ve thought about the chaos if TSHTF. All my daughters and grandkids live in heavily populated areas. I don’t know what to say; I tell them what I’m doing and part of the reason I’m here ….but they just think I’m nuts. I don’t try to convince them, because I’m hoping they are right, but at the same time , I’m slooooowly preparing for the eventuality of them joining me here. I am low income, so my preparedness is slow, when it comes to food and supplies, but you know what? It’s kind of fun….a challenge to find things that are cheap, on sale, or free to stockpile away for anything that might come up. My problem is keeping things dry out here. I want to find stow away places outside my house, but the items have to be well sealed in ….something, or they will just become moss covered , like everything else here in the rainforest of AK. I’m opting for a cross bow and lots of arrows.

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