Basic Preparedness checklist

Preparedness Checklist

Survival Planning & Preparation


Remember that we are basing our Preparedness Planning on our Emergency Disaster Scenario. The complete loss of electricity and power for three weeks to three months!  Seven days will only get you through 50% of the disasters, but we are examining a disaster of biblical proportions!

Disaster Survival Readiness & Emergency Preparedness Checklist

The checklist presented below is a compilation of suggestions from several sources including Lowe’s Severe Weather / Natural Disaster Readiness Guide and the American Red Cross Website guides.

It was originally compiled by The Joseph Plan has made modifications and additions.

Prior Plans, Arrangements and Actions

Short-Term and Long-Term plan for inadvertent separation:

Escape route plan and alternate plans for:

[ ]   House Escape (e.g., meet at corner, church, school or_______________________

[ ]   Location Escape (e.g., meet at uncle’s house in X City)

[ ]   Address and Phone Numbers:

Pre Storage:

[ ]   A List/Photocopy of Important Numbers In a waterproof protector/container

[ ]   Last year’s Telephone Book

[ ]   Personal/Family Address Book or List

[ ]   Current Local Telephone Book

[ ]   Insurance Agent(s)

[ ]   Insurance Company (ies)

[ ]   Policy (ies) in known safe place

Important Home Documents (Kept in sealed water proof box/containers/document-holders, which in turn are stored inside a fireproof safe, gun safe, or fireproof file cabinet):

[ ]   Check Books, Birth Certificates,  Pass Ports, Visas, Mortgages, Loans, Ownership, Cash, other small valuables

[ ]   Computer backup system that is restorable

  • Computer/Data Information Disaster Recovery Plan

[ ]   Emergency Cash.  There is often a time frame when cash is unavailable, even if you have money in the bank and a dozen credit cards. When money systems are temporarily not working, cash can become a scarce and valuable commodity.

Remember our Emergency Survival priorities from the JosephPlan page.

1-Drinking water





6-Survival supplies

Disaster Survival Items & Issues

[ ]   Large Plastic Trash Can(s), with Wheels and Cover used to store the Disaster Supplies, 40 to 55 Gallon, no holes (leak proof / floatable).

  • If new and clean, it may be lined and filled with water
  • It is difficult to get liners larger than 55 gallon size

[ ]   Plastic Sheeting (NOT the super thin cheap stuff, big rolls (found in paint supplies), 75 yards

[ ]   Duct Tape, 150-175 yards (NOT masking tape)

[ ]   Flashlight(s) and Batteries, tested and working

Observation 1: All family members feel tremendously more secure if they have their own flashlight, even if its an LCD light for a two-year-old.

Observation 2: Lately the expensive self contained perpetual electric generation by motion or crank lights seem to be worth consideration. There appear to be two versions, as some have very dull lighting and some are very bright – test before purchasing. Know the usage instructions.

[ ]   Matches/Lighter, Dry, with reserve Fuel, Water Proof Container. Usually when these are needed there is 100% humidity, everything is wet, and the wind is blowing. Wind Proof Butane lighters.

Magnesium Strikers work all the time, anywhere (not cheap, makes ignition spark, not flame).

Matches and Waterproof Matches are less reliable in bad weather conditions. A mix is best.

[ ]   Oil burning Lamps/Lanterns. Extra oil, maybe a few spare wicks and/or glass bulbs. Oil wicks dry out and any un-used oil in the lantern base will evaporate over time. Wicks may need to be re-primed with a little oil – be careful, there is a reason that oil lamps are not used much anymore – any oil-lamp mismanagement is a fire hazard.

  • Warning: Do NOT leave kids, animals, or mentally challenged people around burning lamps.
  • Warning: Do NOT leave lamps on table cloths or similar conveyances as they may be pulled off and start a fire too easily.

[ ]   Fire Extinguishers, quantity 2 x 10-20 Pound, ABC Type Rating (only and always)

[ ]   Candles, Many, Long Burn Time is Best. Learn to save all candles accumulated over time in a candle (shoe) box

  • Warning: There are times when using candles/oil lamps is a safety hazard (presence of: natural gas, dust/small particles, chemical agents, anything that can burn or explode; also kids, pets, and wind or loose materials create additional safety issues).
  • Warning: Do NOT leave candles unattended and their benefit is for after the disaster, NOT during the disaster.

[ ]   Batteries for all existing battery operated equipment (Look through this list for any reminders)

[ ]   First Aid items: See

 ***Colloidal Silver- great natural alternative to anti-biotics, anti-viral, anti-fungal medications 2 quarts per person in stock. It’s cheap to make, but use care.

Communication Considerations – Make reasonable choices:

[ ]   Device Batteries and Spares, Fully Charged,

[ ]   Gather the Battery Charging Units (House and Automobile). Note:-Sometimes people live off generator and

Automobile charged battery systems for weeks. Sometimes the generator is located at a friend’s home, a Church or a business establishment

Two Way Communication Units:

[ ]   Cell Phone, Satellite Phone

[ ]   CB Radio and or base station (system)

[ ]   CB/2 Meter/Ham Transmitter (Requires Power System, Antenna System, and prior knowledge/training/and a license to operate). This may be a neighbor.

[ ]   Internet: Don’t forget the Internet (when available).

One Way Communication Units:

[ ]   AM/FM portable radio, Short Wave Receiver

[ ]   Radio (battery operated, also with AC is better) with shortwave reception is best, digital and analog

[ ]   TV (battery operated, also with AC is better) analog and digital signal capable

Water & Container considerations:

(Most likely used for cleanup but can be treated and drunk. Assumes clean environment to start and water boiled for 5 minutes and/or chemical treated. Read treatment instructions. If Clorox, non scented and non soapy, one drop per liter/quart or five drops per gallon, mix and let set for at least five minutes. All water natural treatment requires boiling.

[ ]   Bottled Water:

  • Refill sanitized bottles (grape, apple, water) over time.
  • Buy bottled water by the case (plastic or glass). Consider bottled/canned non refrigerated Juices too.

[ ]   Best: Large Construction Site Plastic Water Jugs with a side tap (not cheap, at least one, 20 to 30 gallon. Fill it where it will be stored by hose, pitcher, or water cans.

[ ]   Plastic Water Bladders, Water Cans (3 to 5 gallon, Many, Plan One Gallon per Person per Day minimum, more if working or other known local situation).

Sustenance (NON-Refrigerated):


[ ]   Stew, Beans, Meat, Fish, Peanut Butter, Other Protein (can’t have enough)

[ ]   Vegetables

[ ]   Milk- powdered

[ ]   Soups

[ ]   Juice

[ ]   Survival or Camping Prepackaged Meals

  • · Caution: Most Prepackaged Meals Require Water Plastic:

[ ]   Gatorade (powder or liquid form)

  • · Caution: Powdered mixes require water.


[ ]   Vehicle(s) topped off, and Road Ready. Consider Evacuation, where/when appropriate.  See Vehicle & Travel Checklists

[ ]   Plastic Fuel Containers, Appropriate, Correct Fuel Type, Safely Stored. Fuel can be a hazard if not properly protected. Metal cans rust; full cans prevent water condensation.

[ ]   Propane Fuel Bottle(s), full

[ ]   Optional: Fuel Hose or Fuel Siphoning System

  • · Warning: Don’t get yourself into a situation where you may be considered to be a looter. Know your neighbors, work with friends

[ ]   Generator: Topped off with Gasoline and Oil. Trade off exists between Size (Watts) and Fuel Use. Generally,the bigger the better, bigger units use more fuel. Best Case: 1800 Watt and a 5000 Watt. 5000W stays stationary. 1800W ported for tool use. Not to be used in a home or enclosed space. Read the operator’s manual and know appliance Watt ratings. DO NOT Connect to the house current, plug appliance into extension cord.

  • · Note: Propane Generators also exist but are only worth consideration if you have access to a very large propane fuel reserve source.

[ ]   Extension Cords: 50 Ft, Heavy Duty, 4 to 8  & one 10 gauge

[ ]   Stove/Grill: White Gas, Propane, and/or Charcoal, Camping type.  Propane seems to give more utility with 10 and 20 pound bottles (which can be used for other items). The system has the greatest utility if it can also function from the 1 pound bottles (which are commonly sold in “sporting goods” departments or stores).

  • · Caution Keep bottles current as they expire by law (propane suppliers/dealers know the requirements).

[ ]   Propane Lantern that can run from the same fuel tank as stove cooking system and/or from little one pound fuel bottles. Use a “tree or gang” hose outlet (mantels, wrench, and hoses).

[ ]   Refrigeration/Cooler/Ice (mix solutions if possible):

  • · Pre set all refrigerators or freezers to coldest setting.
  • · Open as little as possible.

[ ]   Mini Electric or Propane Operated Refrigerator, Combination Electric and Propane is best.

[ ]   Cooler(s): Bigger is better, more than one if possible (coolers usually can float, if necessary)

[ ]   Ice: If you have a freezer, use the freezer as a cooler. Pre-Freeze blocks of ice in plastic bags and/or buying Ice can be a very valuable commodity.

[ ]   Bow Saws: One 3-4 Foot Blade, One 2 Foot Blade, Spare Blades

[ ]   Face Masks, Disposable

[ ]   Trash Bags (2 boxes Kitchen size, and 1 box/roll of Lawn/55 Gallon Drum sized)

[ ]   Zip Lock type Plastic Baggies (Gallon and Quart)

[ ]   Safety Goggles or Safety Eye Shield(s)

[ ]   Plastic Buckets (5 gallon size, 3-5 count)

[ ]   Sponges, Big (size of 2 fists of 1 big male, 3-5 count)

[ ]   Bleach (pure bleach, NOT the color fast stuff), used for sanitizing.

[ ]   Towels (Lots of Paper and Cloth)

[ ]   Knives (HD Swiss Type & HD Survival Type)

[ ]   Baby Needs

[ ]   Baby Wipes / Handy Wipes, These have great utility for individual cleanup (like a bath in a box)


[ ]   Coloring Books/Paper, Crayons

[ ]   Reading Books (parents too)

[ ]   Paper, Pencils, Color Pencils

[ ]   Little Job Responsibilities (putting pictures in albums, memorizing the states/capitols/Presidents)

[ ]   Can Opener, manual (Knives and P38’s get old in a hurry)

[ ]   Camera, working, with Film (Disposable Camera can be stored). Take pictures of the immediate after-disaster effects before restoration/clean-up work begins, especially for Insurance purposes

[ ]   Soap (bar and dish liquid). Personal Hygiene is very important. Soap is the #1 bacteria killer.

[ ]   Disinfectant

[ ]   Toiletry Kit(s)

[ ]   Sewing Kit

[ ]   Work Gloves, enough for family and friends.


[ ]   Good heavy duty work clothes, changes of clothing

[ ]   Underwear and good work socks

[ ]   Heavy duty boots

[ ]   Wide brim hat(s)

[ ]   Eating ware (the idea is sanitation disposability in an area where water is not readily available, otherwise use your regular eating ware)

[ ]   Paper plates

[ ]   Paper cups

[ ]   Plastic eating ware / cutlery

[ ]   Aluminum foil, heavy duty and wide

[ ]   Medications: It is wise to have a list and schedule of medications for each person.  Some meds require special cooling or handling.

[ ]   Use plastic bags and mark them as needed

[ ]   Paper and Pencils

[ ]   Water Proof Markers, Lots

[ ]   Toilet Paper, Lots

[ ]   Paper Towels, Lots

[ ]   Pet Food and Water Considerations

Camping Equipment:

[ ]   Tent and associated gear

[ ]   Sleeping bags

[ ]   Stove, working with all pieces present plus fuel

[ ]   Blankets / space blankets

[ ]   Mattress/pads

[ ]   Chain saw, spare chains, oil, lube grease, keys/wrenches, spark plug, gasoline (in container).

[ ]   Axe(s)

[ ]   Cordless drills (charged, spare battery), drill bits, screw bits (+ & -), hex bits.

[ ]   Screws: Assortment (boxes) of Phillips (+) round head size 8, 10, & 12 at lengths of 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4 inches

[ ]   Hammer, nails (boxes of flat heads, 1, 2, 3, and 4 inch)

[ ]   Wrenches, large, medium, and small (for 1/4 inch to 3 inch nuts)

[ ]   Pliers (large & medium)

[ ]   Scissors, big (box cutter in a pinch)

Levers (Heavy duty for blown down work – AVOID Electrical Lines):

[ ]   Crow bar, long (3 foot)

[ ]   6 foot long, 2 inch wide steel pipe

[ ]   Wood 6 feet of 2×4 or 4×4 inch posts, no knots (does not conduct electricity or transmit heat)

Ladders (AVOID power lines! Read Safety Instructions):

[ ]   6 Foot step ladder

[ ]   24-34 Foot extension ladder


[ ]   Minimum of 8 to a bundle: 8 foot long, knot-free 2×4’s,

[ ]   Minimum of 2: 4×8 foot sheets, 3/8 inch thick

[ ]   Other lumber as needed/desired

[ ]   Nylon rope and tow straps, for dragging and other heavy duty work, (strength measured in tons, not pounds)


[ ]   1 long flat blade

[ ]   1 long spade (pointed) blade

[ ]   1 snow shovel (with a long-tined rake – works surprisingly well for muddy and wind-blown debris).

[ ]   Mops, brooms


[ ]   1 Metal (Heavy Duty)

[ ]   1 Long Tine (Plastic or Metal)

Cleaning Supplies:

[ ]   Buckets, soap, sponges, towels, heavy duty rubber or latex gloves

[ ]   Wet/Dry vac

[ ]   Wheelbarrow, big, with airless tires best for this situation.  If pneumatic front Tire, then fill with

correct air pressure. Tire Pump, Flat Tire Repair Kit, Tube

Home defenseHave on hand whatever you feel your family needs to defend your lives and property. Make sure everyone is well trained. It is not advised that you have dangerous weapons around unless everyone is well trained and licensed.

Other Considerations

[ ]   The second most common disaster regret (after life and death issues) is the loss of pictures and photo albums. Consider a storage/relocation plan. This is a good responsibility for kids.

[ ]   Neighbor/family check/support/report System

[ ]   Livestock Safety

[ ]   Pet ID, vaccination, photos, papers

[ ]   Consider investing in a total propane backup system (4+ propane bottles [20 pound], stove, lamps, mini refrigerator [about .5 bottle used per day with mini-refrigerator])

[ ]   House standby generator

[ ]   Pipe heaters, wood burning stove, HD hair dryers

[ ]   People shelter – safe area creation/designation and reinforcement

[ ]   Safe fire clearing around house (including firewood storage way away from house or building), ability to seal up a house


[ ]   ***Water purifier-very important***. Hand operated, expedition type, typically available through better camping supply stores. Read Instructions and have extra filter cartridges.

[ ]   Windproof/storm-proof a house (pre made window coverings with fast connect/disconnect bolt system)

[ ]   Emergency fire fighting system (small trailer with water tank, generator, pump, hose, fire suppressant chemical.

[ ]   Big fans

[ ]   One way sewage flow valve

[ ]   Plan for gathering and storing loose outdoor/lawn items – a good responsibility for kids.

[ ]   Document Storage (Waterproof/Fireproof containers, Complete Offsite Way Away Remote Digital Storage)

[ ]   Plan for shutting down utilities, quickly

[ ]   Earthquake proofing (lots to do here, research online)

[ ]   Spare Circuit Breakers

[ ]   Various Sized, Stackable, Sealable Plastic Storage Boxes

Alternate Transportation:

[ ]   Bicycles

[ ]   Small boat, canoe, inflatable raft with oars/paddles & gear.

[ ]   ATV

[ ]   Snow Mobile

For more extensive information please see:

Anything we are missing? Add you comments!

About Pastor Thomas

Christian recovery ministry, pastoral care, author
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4 Responses to Basic Preparedness checklist

  1. ministry says:

    Gabriel. I believe they (the ruling class) has a very different agenda than what you and I would consider to be “In OUR BEST INTERESTS”.

    Thank-you for your comments.
    Remember God will provide. If He has blessed you with the foreknowledge and funds to prepare for a disaster…prepare!

    God Bless,

  2. ministry says:

    Hi Clint, Do you see anything important that the list may be missing?
    If so post them please. With the actions of our present administration this past week, I strongly advise everyone to stock up on whatever you can right now. The United States may be in for a big surprise very shortly. Only God knows but there are many of us that believe we have crossed the line and will be receiving a judgment from God.

    See the post entitled “Emergency message to all citizens” and watch the Henry Gruver vision message issued last week.

    Blessings and please prepare your family and prepare your soul.

    Psalm 91
    God Bless,
    Pastor Thomas

  3. stocking up clint says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Basic Preparedness checklist.
    Regards and God Bless,

  4. Gabriel Hefti says:

    if there are 300 million people in the country, and the poverty line is considered 10,000 or 14,000 a year, and there are 36 million folk below the poverty line, and paying 36 million folk 12,000 each would cost 432 billion dollars spent to employ folk to facilitate access to food and medicine and other basic needs for the 36 million folk who live below the poverty line as well as the 264 million folk who live above the poverty line … so shouldn’t the pentagon fork over the cash so they don’t look katrina sized stupid the first time a terrorist attack locks up and impoverishes an entire metro region??? even if only 17% of those paid to help people bothered to help anyone, 2% of the country, 6 million people, would be there for folk in times of need … & if only 2% of those paid to participate actually participated & 3.6 trillion was spent to compensate for the lack of activity: would the u.s. have heavy investment in military that functions, rather than disunions?

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