Please note that this is a sample Preparedness Calendar and you should modify your Preparedness Calendar to meet your individual situation including your climate, likely natural disasters (for example: hurricanes on the Coast vs. wildfire season in the American West), preparedness level, family situation and the aggressiveness of your preparedness journey (maybe you can’t wait to tackle a particular task).
- Review your Financial Preparedness Plan
- Inventory Financial Preps
- National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month: Go to the shooting range (you need practice shooting with all that ‘snivel gear’ on)
- Garden: Plan & Order Seeds/Starts (if mail ordering)
- Review Security Preparedness
- Conduct security audit of your home and/or retreat
- Inventory your security preps
- Discuss Operational Security with your family and/or preparedness group
- Review Health & Medical Preparedness
- Get a Physical Exam
- Make sure all immunizations are up to date
- Inventory medical & first aid items. Check expiration dates and rotate in fresh items
- Go to the dentist and have your teeth cleaned. Ask about sealants…most dentists don’t offer them to adults because insurance won’t pay
- National Nutrition Month – Review your Food Preparedness
- Test your sump pump – replace if over 5 years old
- Daylight Savings Time: Test smoke detectors & Change batteries. Visually inspect Fire Extinguisher and make sure charge still shows green
- National Donate Life Month: Make sure to sign up as an organ donor and explain your wishes to your family. Becoming an organ donor may help another family avoid a personal TEOTWAWKI event.
- Arbor Day – Last Friday: Visually inspect all trees and take actions as necessary. Plan further plantings to coincide with best time to plant in your locale.
- Clothing: Rotate your summer clothes into your closet and retire your winter clothes for the season. Make sure that you have appropriate seasonal clothing for your worst case scenario
- Garden: Prep garden beds and start seeds inside
- Loyalty Day, May 1st: A special day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.
- National Transportation Week, 3rd Friday in May: Review vehicle maintenance records and make sure all recommended services are up to date. Perform preventive maintenance checks & services (PMCS) including visually inspect wiper blades and replace if worn. If bicycles are part of your bug out plan or backup plan, perform PMCS on your bikes as well.
- National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
- National Hurricane Preparedness Week, 3rd Week: Make sure you have all necessary supplies and materials on hand to secure residence or business. Clear a fire break around structures if you live in wildfire country.
- Garden: Plant or transplant what you started inside…outside
- Rotate Water Storage: Replace stored water. Sanitize containers if reusing.
- Inventory water purification tools and supplies. Rotate as necessary
- Have a plumber drain & refill your hot water tank to avoid sediment and maximize this as a last ditch water storage.
- Visit your eye doctor for a check of your eye health
- Make sure you have a primary and two backup pairs of prescription (safety or polycarbonate) lenses (buy extras at the end of the year if you have extra money in your Sec 125 cafeteria plan)
- Make sure that you have at least two pairs of safety glasses for those family members who don’t wear prescription lenses
- Go to the dentist and have your teeth cleaned
- Review and practice bug out plan with family
- Take advantage of Preparedness Month sales for major preparedness purchases
- Focus on your Shelter this month:
- Inspect your residence and resolve any maintenance issues
- Make sure you have adequate fuel to heat your home through the winter
- Get your furnace serviced before the rush
- Have a chimney sweep clean the creosote out from your chimneys or better yet…have the chimney sweep teach you how. This must be done much more often than annually if you regularly use your fireplace/woodstove/wood furnace.
- Clothing: Rotate your winter clothes into your closet and retire your summer clothes for the season. Make sure that you have appropriate seasonal clothing for your worst case scenario
- Disconnect hoses and winterize outdoor faucets
- Doublecheck antivirus software
- Doublecheck & Verify Backup software. Use Mozy for free up to 2GB
- Backup key files and survival library to USB drive
- National Energy Awareness Month: Conduct your own energy efficiency audit of your home and autos
- Review Communications Preparedness:
- Conduct Inventory of Communications Preps
- Test all Communications Procedures
- Review Emergency Communications Plans with Family and/or Preparedness Group Members
- Test and Change batteries in smoke detector
- Visually Inspect Fire Extinguisher and check charge (Green is Good)
- National Critical Infrastructure Protection Month
- Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month: Order your
- Cognitive Preparedness: Focus this month on maintaining your awareness of the possibilities. Prepare yourself mentally and spiritually to deal with the unexpected. By preparing yourself mentally and spiritually you will have the emotional resilience to be a source of strength for your family and community when something bad does happen.
Final thoughts: Just because something appears on your calendar doesn’t mean it can be ignored the rest of the year…the calendar item is just a reminder to stop and focus on that particular part of preparedness, even if nothing has grabbed your attention. Use the Submit a Prep Tip button to suggest additions.