It’s that time of year again…namely a New Year. Happy New Year and here is Prepography‘s New Years Gift to you…a cut and paste list of 101 Prepper Resolutions for the New Year. Don’t try to accomplish them all or you’ll just frustrate yourself, but pick a few or come up with some of your own to continue on with your preparedenss journey in 2013. We’ve grouped the resolutions according to the Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine Fundamentals, 10 for each Fundamental and a bonus resolution to achieve 101 Prepper Resolutions.
- Join your local Gun Club
- Go to the range to shoot quarterly, monthly or weekly
- Register and attend a Project Appleseed weekend (learn rifle shooting skills and history)
- Register and shoot in an IPDA or IPSC competition (practical pistol shooting)
- Join the National Rifle Association and/or Gun Owners of America who protect your rights to self defense
- Obtain a Concealed Carry License if legal in your State or a nonresident license from another State if it’s not. Make sure to get training well beyond what the states requires and commit yourself to regular practice and range time because the minimum training requirements are ridiculously weak.
- If you’re already Concealed Carry Licensed and adequately trained, resolve to carry everywhere it’s legal…you never know but you may end up being the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike of illegal gun violence
- Practice head-on-a-swivel situational awareness while out in public
- If you can’t or won’t carry a firearm, carry a non-lethal self defense item that’s legal in your city/State like pepper spray or a kubaton. Get training for employing it as well.
- Stock up on those security preps that may not be available to you for all of 2013…especially full capacity magazines for all your weapons that are designed to hold more than 10 rounds.
Shelter & Clothing Preparedness (protection from the elements)
- If you store wood/pellets/propane/fuel oil onsite for heating…get your supply topped off as often as feasible
- If you don’t have a way to safely heat your home in the event of a service outage…get one (backup heat)
- If you do have a backup way to heat your house, make sure that you have adequate fuel to run your stove/heater/furnace for as long as you believe may be necessary
- If you’re on a septic tank, have it checked and emptied…you never know if you’ll be able to do it later
- If you have a septic tank ask your septic tank guy or plumber what septic tank treatment he/she recommends to keep it healthy.
- Resolve to keep enough materials on hand that you can weatherproof a section of your home if the remainder is damaged…some lumber, wood and plastic sheeting or the like.
- Resolve to enter into a prepper compact or compacts with friends or family members that live varying distances from your home. With a prepper compact you agree to take in the other in the event that one family must bug out from their home. Agree on what you would take to the others home and if one family lives in an area where bugging out is the first choice (hurricane, wildfire, dense urban core, etc.) then preposition preps at the remote home.
- Resolve to review each family member’s wardrobe to make sure that there is appropriate clothing, cold weather gear, work clothes and footwear for a survival or grid down scenario.
- Resolve to review the shelter you carry in your bug out bag twice a year to make sure it’s adequate for your environment and climate
- Consider shelter requirements of family and friends…decide ahead of time if/who you would be able to take in so that you aren’t forced to make decisions in the heat of the moment. If possible discuss this with those family members in good times…before the bad.
Health (Personal), Fitness and Medicine Preparedness
- Make sure your immunizations are up to date
- Make sure that you don’t have any unresolved dental problems
- Get a physical exam (they’re probably included without extra cost under the misnamed Affordable Care Act)
- Begin or Continue a physical fitness regimine
- Talk with your doctor about how to stockpile adequate prescription medications to get you through service interruptions or a drug shortage
- Sign up and take first aid training from your local Red Cross, emergency services department or other provider
- Have your eyes checked for proper prescription and medical problems
- If you are reliant on contacts or eyeglasses…purchase at least one spare pair of eyeglasses just in case
- Get Lasik or other eyesight correcting surgery to reduce/eliminate your reliance on contacts or glasses
- Lose weight which may reduce your reliance on prescription medications (consult your doctor)
- Resolve to build/improve your relationship with your mechanic. An honest, qualified mechanic is every bit as important an adviser as an attorney, accountant, or insurance agent. Build a personal relationship of trust and mutual support, ask for advice. Select a mechanic that values a long term relationship more than any immediate sale.
- Commit to regular maintenance for your vehicles. It’s less costly and disruptive than fixing problems after they arise.
- Check the air in your tires regularly for safety and expense (under/over inflated tires wear faster). Don’t forget to check the spare as well.
- Replace your wimpy little spare tire with a full size spare. Manufacturers are under such government pressure to shave weight (weight=MPG) that they are installing lightweight spares that are only good enough to get you to the next exit.
- Make sure that you own at least one pair of boots suitable for walking…don’t forget to break them in
- If you elect to store fuel for your vehicle, do it safely and away from your home. Don’t forget to treat with STA-BIL or it will go bad quickly.
- Replace worn or under performing windshield wipers…situational awareness = safety
- Obtain road maps for your state and at least the neighboring states. Keep these in each of your cars and bug out bags. These are usually free from the state and are often left out at rest areas as well.
- Perform preventive maintenance on any bicycles, scooters, or ATV’s you have…keep them in good running order as a backup to your car
- Resolve to use/practice with your backup transportation whether it’s a bicycle, scooter or has ten toes attached to it…this can be good exercise as well.
Family & Community Support
- Resolve to get to know your neighbors or to get to know your neighbors better
- Teach your children how to shoot (a Security Prep as well)
- Resolve to eat dinner together at the table as often as possible
- Start a new hobby with your spouse…doesn’t even have to be preparedness related
- Get involved in your community’s emergency preparedness efforts but maintain operational security (OPSEC) on your preparedness activities
- Volunteer in your community for something that interests you…you’ll forge or deepen ties with others that have similar interests
- Join your local volunteer fire department or auxiliary
- Enlist as a reserve service member. It’s a big commitment but a great way to learn new skills and meet great people
- Join your local police or sheriff’s department as a reserve police officer or posse member (yes they still exist but are primarily ‘booster club’ equivalents now)
- Get involved or stay involved in your church, synagog or other place of worship
- Resolve to learn to can and/or new canning methods. There’s a lot of interest lately in canning meat that I never noticed before.
- Plant a garden or expand yours
- Mentor a neighbor who wants to plant a garden…the better prepared your neighbors are the better prepared you are
- Learn to butcher your own game/livestock. It’s a messy job but would be a very handy skill to have.
- Start or expand your food storage
- Add variety including spices to your food storage
- Take a foraging class taught in your area
- Teach your children how to really cook…not just heat things up
- Take a trapping class or start trapping again…it’s a great way to put meat on the table without expending much energy/time in a survival situation
- Practice cooking without electricity, propane or natural gas…you have a plan for this don’t you?
- Find an investment adviser that understands it’s not ‘business as usual’ anymore and ‘all markets are manipulated’
- Keep appropriate cash reserves at home and don’t raid them for pizza money or big screen televisions
- Learn and/or practice a barterable skill in case your day job or savings become obsolete
- Resolve to move a portion of your savings/wealth into inflation hedged investments (agricultural land, commodities, precious metals in your custody, etc.)
- Continue to pay down debt, but make sure that you maintain enough in savings to keep you financially flexible.
- Maintain relationships with bankers at several, unrelated institutions…don’t centralize all your accounts at one bank either
- Make or revise your budget as it probably is out of date with the way inflation is starting to eat (pun intended as food inflation is a big part of our increased costs) into your buying power
- Resolve to find ways to bring extra value or income to your employer for job security, promotion, pay raises, or just because you’re grateful for the opportunities.
- Turn a hobby into a income opportunity
- Review your insurance with a local agent (the one who will have to look you in the eyes if he/she screws something up) to make sure that you’ve got your financial behind covered in the event of a death, disability or disaster (personal, not societal).
- Store water or more water, rotate your water storage 2x each year
- Learn at least three ways to make water potable and have what you need on hand to do so
- Store water purification supplies or store more water purification supplies
- Resolve to keep some water in each of your vehicles and rotate that stock monthly
- Learn what pathogens and pollutants are indigenous to your area and how to counter them
- If you own a well, have the water tested (even if you aren’t currently using it)
- If you have a well, invest in an alternative way (not utility service dependent) to get the water out like a Flojak backup pump. You can also use this to run water from a disconnected well into your home’s plumbing.
- If you own land without a well, research the costs and legalities of putting one in and do so if at all possible
- If you own land consider building a lake or pond as water catchment (check legalities)…stock it with fish and you’ll have an additional food source as well
- Resolve to be the best neighbor imaginable if you don’t have water (not water service) on your property but your neighbor does. You might even offer to help him/her develop the water resource…check out Engineer775′s great YouTube videos on the subject.
- Establish or review your family’s communications plans in the event of a communications breakdown. Who do you leave messages with (out of state), where/how will messages be left at the house if you have to bug out, etc.
- Invest in a shortwave radio…even if you never transmit (or you buy a receive only) you’ll be able to monitor bands from around the world. Transmission requires a license.
- Obtain your Amateur Radio (HAM) license. Don’t worry you don’t have to learn Morse Code any more…but you might want to
- Learn Morse Code
- Resolve to provide each family member a wallet size card with the phone numbers and e-mail addresses of at least ten family members or friends that they can contact for help in an emergency
- Remind family members that cellphone texts often work when voice communications won’t
- If you’re in law enforcement or emergency services arrange to have priority cellphone service (first responder cellphones take priority and knock a non-first responder off the cellphone network when the network reaches it’s capacity)
- Develop a plan for your neighborhood watch (even if you don’t have one yet) to communicate if the phones are down. Print 20 copies and put them in a binder just in case.
- Implement a plan to assure continuous charging of batteries in the event of a prolonged power outage…good for flashlights too.
- Resolve to develop a ‘duress code’ with family members. A duress code is an innocuous statement that lets the other party know that the speaker is under duress without alerting those holding the speaker under duress. Many alarm systems also have this feature where a call to emergency services is made if you enter the duress code (which appears to turn off the alarm or grant access to the area) instead of the disarm or open code.
Cognitive, Mental & Spiritual Preparedness
- Resolve to read the news even if it annoys you…you’ve got to maintain your situational awareness. Read with an analytical mind, read widely and deep…not just items that reinforce your own world view.
- Resolve to introduce at least one family member (outside your household) or friend to preparedness, using our Why Prep page if you like. Having like minded family members to prepare with is a morale boost.
- Resolve to read/listen to one preparedness related book each month… switch it up if you like with some fiction, some non-fiction. If you need ideas, check out Prepography’s Bookstore.
- Resolve to attend the religious institution of your choosing regularly.
- Clarify what you believe if you haven’t and practice your religion. You may have noticed that people who have strong faith are often emotionally strong people.
- Resolve to play what-if games with yourself this year as a form of mental rehearsal. Frequently ask yourself questions like ‘what if an EMP hit right now’ or ‘what if our power is knocked out for two weeks beginning now.’
- Resolve to build up your emotional resilience this year.
- Resolve to say ‘yes’ when presented with any opportunity to learn/experience something new that will make you better prepared or bring you closer with someone it is worth knowing.
- Resolve to write about your preparedness journey. Many prepper and survivalist sites accept guest submissions or just shoot the editor an e-mail (usually through a contact form) with your tip. Share what you know…you can even do it anonymously if you want.
- Resolve to organize your preparedness library. It’s the work of a few minutes or an afternoon depending on how large it is but having that information at your finger tips could prove lifesaving.
- Resolve to use Prepography’s e-mail or RSS subscription tool. This is your easiest resolution to complete…just go to the top left of this page now!
Remember that preparedness is a journey…you don’t have to do everything at once, just one thing at a time and before you know it you’ll have the piece of mind knowing you are more self reliant and prepared. Thanks for reading and Happy New Year.