How we want you to do preparation
As mentioned on the Start Here! page, we first want people to spend 3-4 hours doing the most essential preparation. Then we want you to begin to inform others as soon as possible, asking them to make this a priority. Informing six or seven others might only take three hours. After that, you can do the less essential preparation and the advocacy, while supporting others to keep taking actions.
It’s critical that people begin to inform others very quickly. The sooner a chain reaction of people becoming prepared and telling others takes place, the more secure you will be, since the number of desperate people will keep dropping as people prepare and pressure government to prepare.
We’ve created a very detailed PDF about preparation. We strongly recommend that you print it out now, and eventually keep it with your emergency supplies. You probably won’t be able to print it later if the grid collapses. Here is the link to the PDF: Grid Emergency Preparation 3-21-17
The same material is on the drop-down menu from this Preparation page. This allows you to read it, study it, and think about it when you have time with your cell phone. Not counting the “Introduction to Preparation” page, the first six pages on the drop-down cover most critical parts of preparation. They are:
- having enough drinkable water;
- having enough food, and a way to cook the food;
- a way to stay warm in cold weather (and cool in hot weather);
- for those who depend on medicine: getting enough or alternative medicines;
- a plan for self-protection;
- deciding whether to stay put or go to another location.
Summary Preparation Checklist
Here’s a master checklist of questions and concerns:
1. Do you have enough water and a way to sterilize it?
2. Do you have enough food and a way to cook it?
3. Do you have a way to stay warm in cold weather or cool in hot weather?
4. Do you have a way to maintain sanitation and handle human waste products?
5. Do you have enough medicines and first aid materials to maintain your health?
6. Do you have a source of emergency lighting?
7. Do you have a radio and batteries so you can receive emergency communications?
8. Do you have a way to protect your electronic equipment from an EMP?
9. Do you have ways to protect yourself, loved ones and your emergency supplies? (Safety in numbers, passive barriers, hiding places, weapons.)
10. Do you have ways to protect your living space from fires?
11. Do you have ways to maintain morale, and other ways to spend your time?
12. Would you be ready to leave your home or apartment if you had to?
Links to other preparedness information can be also found at the end of the drop-down, at Preparedness Resources. For those beginning preparation we don’t recommend these resources. There’s too much information, and the doomsday tone of some of the resources can be stressful.
Next, go to the Introduction to Preparation page for tips to save money and time.