Please don’t look at this list as complete or all-inclusive. This is a starting point and will be revised over time. Not everyone will need all of these items. The more experienced will need only a few. I will be discussing my reasoning for individual items later on in this series. Thank you! TEP
- Knife, folding
- Lighter/back up
- 550 cord (Para cord) (multi-purpose)
- Fresnel lens (multi-purpose)
- Walking shoes/boots
- Mylar blanket
- Duct tape (multi-purpose)
- Multi tool
- Electrical tape (multi-purpose)
- Zip lock bags (multi-purpose)
- Nitrile gloves (2 pair, good quality)
- Change of clothes, functional
- Seasonal layering
- First aid
- Band aids
- Moleskin (big piece/pieces, for blisters)
- Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve
Prescription drugs – One-day supply x estimated days of travel + 1
Food – One-day supply x estimated days of travel + 1
- Energy bars
- Carry what you can
- Katadyn VirusStat, Sawyer mini or similar
- Coffee filters (pre-filtering water) (multi-purpose)
- Poncho (multi-purpose)
- Poncho liner
- Body/baby powder
- Toilet paper
- Wyzee wipes (multi-purpose)
- Toothbrush (if travel will be more than 1 day)
- Small mouthwash (if travel will be more than 1 day)
- Dental floss (multi-purpose)
- Hand sanitizer
- N-95 masks (2)
- Leather gloves
- Knife, fixed blade (necessary for longer trips)
- Binoculars (If your journey will be 2 days or longer)
- Walking stick
- Bivy bag
- Life straw
- Camo netting
- Items for Field Expedient Early Warning Devices
- AM/FM/SW radio
- Cell phone battery pack
- Ham or GMRS radio
- Spiritual material of your choice
- Notes from family, photos (for longer trips)
- Insect repellant
- Insulated clothing
- Long underwear
- Heat packs
- Sleeping bag (extreme cold weather, overnight travel)
- Watch cap
- Insulated gloves
Have you ever taken the time to consider all of the potential emergencies that could impact your life in any of the locations you frequent? If an emergency occurs while you are away from home do you know whether you should stay put or attempt to get home? If you are going to shelter in place are you prepared? If you are going to put your “get home” plan into play are you prepared with the equipment, knowledge and stamina to do it? Do you have a “get home” plan?
During this series we will look at all of the factors that could potentially impact your journey home. We will talk about the importance of planning, preparation and how to execute your plan. We will look at risk assessment, route selection, equipment, and how to create your plan. Throughout we will discuss “missed opportunities” that many of us fail to capitalize on.
Many people never take the time to consider any of the events that could make their trip home more difficult. Rush hour traffic, accidents and inclement weather are common causes of travel delays and while they are annoying, they usually just amount to being an inconvenience. But do we ever take the time to consider all of the events that could either make us take a different route or use a different mode of transportation? What about those that could put us afoot for the trip home
Why have a plan?
Planning gives you the opportunity to consider everything in advance and put it in writing. It is a foundation upon which you can build. Your plan should be a “living” document that you are constantly growing and revising. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t think of improvements to our plans. The key is to write it down when you think of it so you’re not like me spending a lot of time trying to remember the great ideas that came to me! If you do it correctly whenever you have to put your plan into action you should have very few shortfalls.
The importance of having a “Get Home” plan increases with the distance you must travel. The longer the distance, the longer the time you will be travelling and depending on the type of incident you are dealing with and hour trip could become days. If your plan could possibly be covering days of travel in a worst case scenario you must make sure you have other plans in place that enable those who are at home or school to function correctly until you arrive!
“Getting Home” vs Sheltering in Place
It is very important for you to consider all of the incidents you may be subjected to, whether at work, school or shopping, that will require you to consider what is the correct choice. I know everyone wants to bug out and get home but the simple fact is there are times when sheltering in place is the most prudent choice. It is never a good choice to leave shelter and put yourself in harm’s way needlessly.
In order to make the correct decision you must have the ability to identify the type and location of the incident. There are a variety of incidents that would not only require you to know the what and where but you will also need to be able to accurately assess things like distance and wind direction. Clear and simple there are times when it is best to stay put and take direction from those who are trained on these incidents.
Previously I mentioned “associated plans”. While these have no direct bearing on getting home I do feel I would be remiss if I didn’t bring them up. If you are the leader of your group, it is imperative for you to establish a line of succession or “chain of command”. Everyone needs to know who is taking charge and providing direction in your absence. They should also have a written plan to turn to when your corporate knowledge is not available.
If you have any children in school or in day care you should have a plan for them to be cared for until you can get home. Know what actions the school will take during an emergency. Also discuss extended care with your daycare provider. If they will not provide extended care you will have to find a friend or family member who will be able to pick them up.
Here we are in September which has been designated “National Emergency Preparedness Month”. According to the ready.gov website “September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.” Those of you who are already prepared are asking how this affects you and what possible value this has for you? Let’s take a look.
First, it legitimizes our actions. Not that we need it, but it may help draw more people into the preparedness circle. Many of those outside the circle view preppers as somewhat odd to say the least. If they open their eyes, ears and minds to the Public Service Announcements offered by ready.gov they will realize there is a reason for the government’s efforts. The federal government realizes how long it will take them to respond to an emergency and people will need to be able to take care of themselves for up to 3 to 5 days in most cases. What happens to those who haven’t made the recommended preparations during this timeframe? Think about the folks who know you prep but haven’t jumped yet. This is a good opportunity to educate!
Second, it provides guidance from an established source. Ready.gov gives enough information to get someone going by providing them with basic knowledge such as putting together a 72-hour kit and creating a Family Emergency Communications plan. Will people do this? No. Most will not, that’s where we come in. We need to be ready to open a dialogue with those who either haven’t committed or want to but need some mentoring
Third, the more people who prepare the better off everyone is. The more who are fully prepared, the less standing in line for help from the government which will enable the government to do more for those who really need it. Many of those who are depending on Uncle Sam providing for them fail to consider that the necessities aren’t delivered to them. Obtaining the food and water provided by the government will involve some travel and standing in line. Personally I despise standing in line. I also believe I should be at home reassuring my family and keeping them safe instead of standing in line somewhere.
So please take some time and familiarize yourself with all that ready.gov has to offer then take a moment to think about family, friends and coworkers who may benefit from it. Remember, we ALL benefit from each person we bring into the world of preparedness!
Hello my name is Jeff and I am a prepper. If that didn’t turn you off or scare you away you are probably either interested in prepping or are a prepper yourself. Now your saying “Gee, just what we need, another prepping blog!”. I know, I know. I can’t believe I am doing this but please believe me when I swear that my intentions are good. I find myself in a position where I have seen so many subjects that I feel aren’t fully developed or underexplored that I am compelled to get my two cents worth in.
I am not a gung ho,” live in a bomb shelter because the zombie apocalypse is near” kind of prepper. I am a prepper simply because I don’t want to ever see my family, friends, coworkers and even some strangers have to go without the basics they need to sustain their lives. I also believe in order to be successful at prepping, being truly “prepared”, that you have to adopt it as a lifestyle. It doesn’t have to consume your life but you have to have an ever-present place for prepping in your heart and mind, hence “Everyday”.
The prepping experience has been a journey for my wife and I. Usually enjoyable and not close to being finished. We have been made fun of by some of the very people we want to provide for, but they are gradually coming over to our side and that makes it worthwhile. Our concerns, that have served as a catalyst for our efforts, include our children and their families, relatives who believe the government will always be there too provide for us in times of need and my wife working over 60 miles from home. In fact, we now have three daughters who work or go to school over 50 miles from home.
Now, it is my pleasure to welcome you to join us on our journey as we take on the challenge of attempting to engage beginners through experts. It is my desire to offer things that will benefit all. I will tell you up front that I don’t know everything about prepping but I will add what I know to the works of others in order to provide you with a more complete product. All I ask of you is to take what I provide, improve upon it where you can and pass it on to others.
Remember, there is no prize for being the first to cross the finish line at the end of a disaster. The only way to really win is if we all cross that line together!
The Everyday Prepper