12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time

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Once the prepping bug hits, it is easy to want to go for it.  You know what I mean:  Let’s do it and let’s do it all Right Now!

There are some problems with this.

First there are time constraints and second there are money and budget issues.  But the biggest problem and undoubtedly the one that is overlooked in the initial flurry of readiness preparations, is that without reasonable care and thought given to the process, the tasks and the actual products involved, you can make some costly mistakes. 

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Getting Prepared Month 1: Supplies, Gear and Tasks to Get You Started

Last month I laid out a calendar of prepping, 12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time.  Today, I explore Month #1 in greater detail.  But before getting started, I want to go back in time and have a chat about what I like to call the Survival Mindset.

The Survival Mindset is a frame of mind whereby daily life is focused on the pursuit of of independence and self-reliance.  This focus is done in a non-obtrusive way to the determent of no one and the betterment of everyone.  It is a lifestyle and a commitment to preparedness and to courage.  To optimism and to family values.  Ultimately, it is the will to live and to survive with the knowledge that you have done the very best you can to protect yourself and your family from danger and the woes that come from living in complicated and uncertain times.

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Getting Prepared Month 3: Special Foods, Fire Drills and Home Safety

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The holidays are upon us but alas, the task of successfully preparing our homes and families for an emergency is ongoing and does not end just because the calendar indicates a special day is coming up.  Today, surrounded by the warmth and cheer of the December holiday season, I present Month 3 of 12 from 12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time.

Let’s start with the supplies and gear.

Month 3 Supplies & Gear:

  • Canned fruits – 3 cans per person
  • Any foods for special dietary needs (enough for 3 days)
  • A large plastic tub or bin for storage of food and other emergency supplies.
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Getting Prepared Month 4: Prescription Medicine, Cash, and Things to Keep Us Warm


The cold days of winter are upon us here in the Pacific Northwest and whereas we have not seen any snow yet, the temperature is frigid, especially if your factor in the wind chill.  Outdoor activities are limited to walks with the dog and not much else.  Preparedness wise, this reminds us that we need to insure that we have adequate jackets, blankets and warm socks put away in our emergency storage container.

But wait.  I am getting ahead of myself as I present Getting Prepared Month 4 of 12 from 12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time.

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Getting Prepared Month 5: Sanitation Supplies and Establishing a Community of Like Minded Folks

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The months seem to be flying by.  And as each month passes, I feel a sense of relief that that except for a short burst of extreme winter weather, my household has not had to dig into our emergency supplies for sustenance.  On the other hand, some unexpected personal emergencies have come up and with them, a renewed focus on being prepared not only for the big events in life but also the smaller events that can turn your world upside down.  More about that on the Sunday Potpourri.

What are we doing in month five of 12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time

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Getting Prepared Month 7: Gear, Tools and Skills to Save Lives

We have now passed the half way point and are entering month seven of getting prepared 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 crisis appear in your area.

The gear and tools we are going to purchase this month are lifesaving and useful in many types of situations.  Add to that an essential skill that everyone should learn and we have a two-punch whammy for seeing you through disasters, accidents, health care woes and more.

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Getting Prepared Month 8: Adding Supplies, Tasks, and an Emergency Preparedness Kit for Your Vehicle

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Note:  This article was updated on 09-08-2014.  Visit http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/12-months-of-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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Getting Prepared Month 9: Duct Tape and Drills


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

This reminds me of prepping.  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 hard 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, enough water and enough food to get you by for three days. 

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Getting Prepared Month 10: Practice Going Off Grid

As I do each month, I would like to begin month ten with a little pep-talk on preparedness.  As the recent power outages, wildfires, and storms have proven, a disaster can happen anywhere at anytime.  Although FEMA, the Red Cross and local agencies are going to do their best to mobilize and help you, there are a lot of people out there that will need 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, you are well on your way to being self-sufficient in an emergency. 

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Getting Prepared Month 11: Stock Up on Disposables & Build a Neighborhood Contact List

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In North America, we are enjoying the final months of summer.  This is a time for family activities, picnics, BBQs with friends and perhaps a weekend camping trip.  There is also the usual rash of summer chores:  mowing the lawn, washing the car, weeding the garden and the more mundane tasks of laundry and housecleaning.

I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be enjoying the fun in the sun than serious prepping this month.  For that reason, this month we are going to do things that are a natural outtake from our summer activities. 

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Getting Prepared Month 13: Taking Your Preparedness Plan to the Next Level

For all intents and purposes, 2012 was the year that prepping – the newfangled word used to describe emergency preparedness – went mainstream.  Whether it was the popularity of reality TV shows such as Doomsday Preppers, the well-publicized encouragement from our government, or simply the realization that in order to prevail following a disaster or crisis we must learn to become self-sufficient, the word “prepping” is now a part of our vocabulary and that is a good thing.

While prepping – in concept at least – has gone mainstream, there are still those around us that think we are a bunch of nut jobs, striving to set ourselves apart from the rest of society with the crazy idea that we can take care of ourselves. 

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Getting Prepared Month 14: Emergency Water Shut Off and Practice for Grid Down

Being in the habit of preparing – or prepping – a little at a time should now be ingrained in your monthly routine.  By taking a systematic approach to your prepping, the job of setting aside the food, supplies and gear is less overwhelming and infinitely more manageable.

As I mentioned in Getting Prepared Month 13: Taking Your Preparedness Plan to the Next Level, we are now at a stage where we can move beyond the basics of 3 days of water, 3 days of food, and the essential equipment to survive a disaster or collapse of life as we know it. 

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The All New 12 Months of Prepping – One Month at a Time

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Sometimes we all need to go back to the beginning to regroup, redefine and start over with a new perspective

Back in 2011, when I first wrote about 12 Months of Prepping, I was excited and highly motivated to share monthly checklists with the beginning prepper.  At the time I was somewhat of a newbie prepper myself, and being studious and industrious by nature, I read a lot, planned a lot and spent a good deal of time stocking my supply pantry with goods and gear.

It was right about this time that the term “prepper” started to enter the mainstream. 

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