Self Reliance Checklists

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    What are you going to do if there is a complete world wide economic collapse where your money is worthless? What are you going to do if there is a national emergency that causes a shortage of food or loss of electrical generation? What are you going to do in the case of a local natural emergency such as Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy? Any and all of these will result in a collapse of civilization and or social unrest. If this takes place, are you going to rely on the government like the people in New Orleans, New York, New Jersey during Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy? Don't count on and rely on the government to be there to help you. You need to be in a position to help yourself and your family survive. Always remember that in a worse case situation there is only three days food supply at the local grocery stores.

    Following is a list of recommendations and thoughts that you should consider.

    1) You should have at least one year's supply of food to feed you and your family. It is strongly suggested that food be freeze dried or dehydrated and packaged for long term storage. Do not forget whole grains and a way to process these whole grains into flour so that you can have bread, pancakes and other types of grain products. Most items that you can purchase at a regular grocery store only have a shelf life of one or two years at the most. Pay attention to what you are buying and how long it is good for. Some items that you can purchase at a regular grocery story are good for long term storage as long as they are properly sealed in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers in them. Some of these items include dried beans, rice and un-roasted green coffee beans.
    a) Do you have a renewable food source? If you plan to farm do you have the tools to farm? Do you have the fuel to farm? Do you have heirloom seeds? Do you have a way to protect your crops from animals or crop raiders?
    b) Most older people can get buy on less calories however if you are required to live out doors, the weather might require you to eat more calories.
    c) Any out door activity will require you to eat more calories. Plan your food storage accordingly.
    d) Some younger people naturally require more calories.
    e) Can you supplement your long term food storage with fresh meat from livestock or wild animals?
    f) Can you raise chickens for a source of fresh meat and eggs?
    g) Rabbits are some of the most prolific animals on the face of the earth. Can you raise rabbits?
    h) Do you have a way to feed and water livestock?

    2) You must have an alternate means of cooking or preparing food. How are you going to cook if there is no propane, electricity or natural gas? How about a duel fuel Coleman stove that runs on white gas or unleaded gas. Do you have a way to start a fire without the use of commercial fuels or matches? Do you have a solar oven that allows you to cook any time the sun is shinning? Do you know how to build a 16 brick stove?

    3) You should stock up on at least a years supply of medicines and first aid supplies that one might take in a year's time. These should include;
    a) Antibiotics for treating the different type of infections one might get
    b) Heart or blood pressure medicines, if you normally take them
    c) Insulin, if you are a diabetic
    d) Advil or an anti-inflammatory medicine
    e) Calamine lotion or some thing similar for rashes
    f) Neosporin or Mycitracin, some form of first aid ointment
    g) Band-aids, gauze and tape to cover wounds
    h) Hydrogen peroxide
    i) Rubbing alcohol
    j) Other considerations: pain medicine, dental care
    k) Medicines for other medical conditions
    l) Spare set of eye glasses and or contact lenses with all necessary solutions

    4) You must have a renewable source of fresh water. If you have a well, do you have a generator to run the well? If you are using creek, stream or lake water, do you have a way to filter this water? Do you know how to pasteurize water?
    a) Don't rely on city provided water. It might not be available.
    b) Don't rely on electricity to run your water well. It might not be available.
    c) A well that is on a wind mill would be a constant source of water as long as the wind mill is turning and the pump is working.
    d) A river, stream, creek, lake or pond can be a source of water if you have a way to filter it or pasteurize this water.
    e) You should have at least two sources of water. What happens if your water well motor quits working or your generator breaks and there is no source of electricity?
    f) If you have a generator, is it sized property to run your water well? Do you have stabilized fuel stored up to run this generator for at least a year?

    5) Other personal hygiene items you will need. At least a year's supply of toilet paper, tooth paste, and all of the other items we use daily in our lives. Other items that will be needed and appreciated is bath soap, dish soap, lip balm, clothe soap. How about deodorant, toenail clippers, dental floss, Tampex or Kotex, and diapers?

    6) Do you have a way to protect your resources? It does no good to stock up on all of these items only to have some one take them away from you. One group in Albuquerque that is made up of ex-military and law enforcement people recommend;
    a) It is recommended that you have an assault rifle in the 223 or 5.56 caliber and at least 3000 rounds of ammunition. Since there are so many assault rifles in our society, these bullets are also good to trade and barter with.
    b) It is recommended that you have a 12 gauge pump shotgun with at least 500 rounds of ammunition. About of these needs to be some form of buck shot and the rest needs to be bird shot. These rounds are also good to trade and barter with.
    c) It is recommended that you have a 45 caliber or 40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Most law enforcement now uses the 40 caliber and bullets should be available for law abiding people. It is recommended that you have at least 1000 rounds of ammunition for your pistol. If nothing else you can use some of them to trade and barter for the things you will need.
    d) It is recommended that you have a 22 rifle. There are two that are most recommended. One is the Ruger 10-22. It is a highly reliable and accurate weapon system. The other one is the Henry US Survival rifle. It is recommended that you have at least 3000 rounds of ammunition for your 22 rifle. They are great for small game and in a collapse of civilization 22 bullets are more valuable than gold. In other words you will be able to trade and barter with them.

    Have you noticed that ammunition has almost doubled in cost during the last 12 months? Price of ammo is going to do nothing but go up.

    7) You will need at least a years supply of fuel to run automobile, tractors, cooking stove, lanterns oil lamps and others items. Do not forget to put long term fuel additive in your fuels for long term storage.

    8) You will need flash lights, spare batteries (lots of spare batteries), spare bulbs and emergency lighting. Others items that are a necessity;
    a) Candles
    b) Coleman lanterns, mantels and fuel
    c) Oil lanterns, wicks and fuel
    d) Re-chargeable batteries and a way to charge them
    e) Regular batteries (for most of my electronic items "Energizer Max" alkaline batteries last a lot longer than "Copper Top" batteries. Buy good quality batteries and stay away from the cheap knock off brands.)

    9) Have you stocked up on firewood to heat your home with or to cook meals?
    a) You should have a chain saw with replacement blades and fuel
    b) An axe and a maul are required in the event chain saw does not work

    10) A battery operated am/fm radio with spare batteries would be beneficial to have. Also an emergency radio that can listen to short wave radio transmissions would be nice to have. A radio to communicate with other like minded individuals is a must. Yes, I know you think that you are going to be able to use your cell phone, but what happens if these are shut down? Any form of communication is better than none. Consider purchasing ham radios, especially those that operate on high frequency.

    11) Do you have living quarters that would allow you to live year round without electricity? Think about building living quarters underground where one could live comfortable year round with our a/c in the summer or heaters in the winter. If you can build living quarters underground with at least 24" of dirt covering your living quarters, then you can probably expect temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees year round. The other benefit to having underground living quarters is you would be protected from storms such as tornadoes which could destroy your living area and your supplies.
    a) Living quarters should have emergency lighting that is run off of batteries that are charged with solar panels.
    b) Underground living quarters could easily be heated with a wood burning stove if needed.
    c) Wood burning stove would also give you a way to cook food, pasteurize water or take a warm bath.
    d) An underground bunker can easily be built out of 20' or 40' shipping containers.
    e) FEMA recommends at least 60 sq/ft per person of space. In other words if you have 6 people then your shelter will need to have at least a total of 360 square feet of space.
    f) FEMA recommends at least 15 cubic feet per minute of fresh air exchange per person. That means for each person you will have to supply 15 cubic feet per minute of fresh air and you will have to exhaust out this same amount of air. Exhaust system should be designed to run off of 12 volt batteries hooked to a power converter.

    12) Do you have a year's supply of clothing including boots that you would need to live outdoors?

    13) Items to barter or trade with in the event of an economic collapse, or civil unrest.
    a) Silver and gold coins are useful, but I think it is better to trade things that people need in order to live or survive.
    b) Tobacco products.
    c) Whiskey or alcoholic beverages.
    d) Food.
    e) Fuel, all kinds including fire wood, white gas, Coleman fuel, unleaded gas, diesel and batteries.
    f) Medicine.
    g) Spare guns or ammo. Some other favorite calibers are the 30-06, 270, 20 gauge, and maybe the 30-30.
    h) Spare clothing and blankets.
    i) Emergency radios.

    14) Is you primary living quarters defensible? What happens if a gang of "Zombies" those that did not prepare show up at your door? Do you have a way and the means to protect your investment? Are there others that can join you and assist you? Other ideas;
    a) If you live on a long dead end street, you can build and maintain a road block if you have the people resources and weapons but how do you defend against fence jumpers?

    15) Consider joining other like minded individuals that can provide the skills you and your family will need to survive. Everyone in this group should be responsible for stockpiling all food, guns, ammunition and all items that they will need to survive.

    a) A surgeon.
    b) A doctor.
    c) A nurse.
    d) A dentist.
    e) A construction specialist that can build anything out of nothing.
    f) A mechanical engineer or an electrical engineer that can fix anything.
    g) A survivalist, a hunter, a fisherman, an outdoors man that knows how to live off the land.
    h) Ex-military or law enforcement people that know how to improvise and know how to shoot. Some one that knows how to defend some thing.
    i) Other people that have stockpiled the food and other items needed to survive.
    j) A mechanic that can make any vehicle run.
    k) A farmer or rancher that has the tools and or equipment that your group will need to farm or ranch to feed your group.

    I guess there will be no need to attorneys, politicians or used car salesman in this group unless they know how to shoot, farm, or wash dishes. I doubt that many of these will have these needed skills.

    16) Do you have a bug out location? A bug out location is a safe place that you and your family can get to that is at least 3-4 hours away from a major city or the metroplex. If civilization does collapse or there is an economic collapse, then fuel will become too expensive to buy. You will need to get as far away from the masses of people that you can in order to survive. If your bug out location is at least 3-4 hours away from a major city then a majority of the people will not be able to drive to your location. They might have enough gas to get there, but they most likely will not have enough to get back to their home or secure location. Do you have a means of transportation and the fuel to get to your bug out location? Many people believe that if things get really bad they are going to run off to the mountains and live on government land. There are probably hundreds of thousand or millions of people that believe this. After all there are deer and elk to live off of. Well, I can tell you that there is not enough deer and elk in the mountains to feed all of these people. Other items of concern;
    a) Don't wait until the last minute to head towards your bug out location. Pay attention to what is going on. If you see that things are getting bad or have the potential to turn bad you should pack up and leave immediately.
    b) Your bug out location should be stocked up with the food and emergency supplies and weapons that you will need to survive long term.
    c) Make sure your emergency fuel for your vehicle has long term fuel stabilizer in it so that the fuel does not go bad.
    d) Bug out location should have at least two sources of water.
    e) Bug out location should provide you all of the items you need to farm and or ranch. Some forms of live stock could be supported with automatic feeders at your bug out location as long as they have a source of water year round. This would only require some one to visit ever three months or so to fill up the feeders.
    f) Bug out location needs to be fortified to keep people from breaking in and stealing your supplies when you are not there. It also needs to be defensible while you are there.
    g) The location of your bug out location should be kept secret. Otherwise, all of society will show up locking for a free meal when civilization collapses. All members should be sworn to silence regarding this location.
    h) There should be an established set of rules for your bug out location that determines who is responsible for what and what duties and responsibilities all are required to share in. These rules should include cooking, cleaning, security, farming, hunting, wood cutting, gathering and any other items that come up.
    i) You bug out location should have both short range communication equipment for communicating with other people in your group and long range communication equipment for keeping in touch with the rest of the world.
    j) Have a map with at least 3 defined routes you can take to get to your bug out location. Routes should be based on fastest route, least amount of traffic and potential obstacles. Look at the people that were trapped on I-45 North bound, a couple years ago, that were trying to flee the hurricane that hit Houston. Most of these people had no clue how to get away from the coast without driving on I-45. Many of them sit in stop and go traffic and used up all their fuel. With alternate routes mapped out, many of them could have gotten to safety a lot sooner than they did.
    k) Pick a bug out location that is not located off the main road or thoroughfare leading to a destination like the mountains. You might have way too many people show up to feed and take care of.

    17) Do you have bug out bag? A bug out bag is some thing you throw in your vehicle as you are leaving for your bug out location. What happens if your vehicle stops before you get to your bug out location or you have two or more flat tires? You might have to walk.
    a) The bug out bag should include at least one pistol, one rifle and one shotgun with a limited number of bullets for each.
    b) Your bug out bag should include three days food and water for you and other people traveling with you to your bug out location.
    c) Your bug out bag should include the clothing you will need for three days.
    d) Your bug out bag should include toilet paper, tooth paste and the medicines you will need for three days.
    e) Your bug out bag should include radios for communicating with other vehicles traveling in your caravan headed towards the bug out location.
    f) A bug out bag might not be needed at all if you get to your bug out location before **** hits the fan.

    18) Weapons regardless of what weapons you have, get real proficient at using those weapons. Learn how to operate, load, shoot accurately and clear a jamb without looking at the weapon. Learn to shoot on the move. Take a tactical training class to teach you how to safely operate your weapon system under pressure and stress. Learn how to clear you home or property of Zombies. None of us what to take another persons life, but if it gets down to it, I will in order to protect my family.

    19) Will your living conditions require you to live outside in the great outdoors? If so, do you have the necessary tents, sleeping bags or bed rolls for sleeping all seasons?

    20) Other some times necessary items:
    a) Binoculars
    b) Spotting scope
    c) Tools
    d) Rope
    e) Duct tape
    f) Sewing kit
    g) Night vision
    e) Signaling flares
    f) Salt, sugar and spices
    g) Cable for snares and traps

    21) Trapping could be a useful skill to have. Do you know how to trap, built or operate trap or snare?

    22) A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or even worldwide. Apparently most pandemic diseases are a virus in nature with no known cure or treatment. Most are spread through direct human contact. In the event that there is a pandemic the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and our government will issue instructions to stay home and stay out of public places for a limited period of time to let the pandemic pass. Public places include grocery stores; convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants and any other place that the public might visit.

    The best way to prevent you, your loved ones or members of your group from catching a pandemic disease is to follow the CDC instructions and stay out of public places and stop all direct contact with people out side your group. Do you have enough food and supplies to live for two weeks without going to the grocery store? If you are like most families you do not have the necessary items stored in your home to survive this period of time. Maybe this is another reason to start stock pilling food, water and other items you might need.

    If anyone in your group or family members do venture outside your secure area during a pandemic, then they should not be allowed back into your secured area until such time that the pandemic passes (10 days) and they exhibit no signs of sickness of disease.

    The single best way to prevent the spread of infectious disease is to wash your hands often.

    23) The single most important thing you can do is getting started now. Hopefully you have a sense of urgency about the situation and realize how fragile a world we live in.

    24) The second most important thing you can do is get your friends and family members into thinking about long term food storage and survival. Everyone needs to learn to be self reliant.

    Within our American way of life we have gotten soft. We have forgotten that every 50 years or so there is a major depression or war that creates hardship on our people. Hopefully some of the ideas above will help you, your family and friends get prepared.

    25) During the fall of 2012 The Department of Home Land Security put out a message to the American Public saying "the Zombies are coming" and that we need to get ready. Will you be one of those that get's ready or will you be happy living in a FEMA Concentration Camp? Look up FEMA Camps or FEMA Concentration Camps on Youtube.

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