What Are Your 2016 Preparedness Goals?

2016 is fast approaching and that means New Year’s Resolutions! So, what are your preparedness goals going to be?

The beginning of the new year is a great time to analyze your needs and wants as a family. That’s why we’ve prepared this easy-to-use preparedness checklist.

Preparedness Checklist Printable

Many people don’t even know where to begin when it comes to preparedness. Lucky for them, they have great friends like you! Use this sheet to help them know where they can begin.

Gather Information
The first thing you’ll want to do is assess your risks. For example, if you live on the east coast hurricanes would be a threat. If you live in the Midwest, tornadoes might be your biggest threat.

If you’re not sure what to prepare for in your area, contact one of our ReadyExperts or your local community’s emergency management team.

This is also a great time to ask your work if they have an emergency plan or your children’s schools and daycares.

Make a Plan
Once you’ve figured out what you’re planning for, begin to make a plan of how you’ll be prepared. The best thing you can do is discuss these issues with family members and friends. In order to help children know what to do during a disaster, talk about it and practice.

Have an evacuation plan in place to get out of your home in case of a fire. Also plan how you would leave the city if there were a community-wide evacuation like a wildfire or hurricane warning.

This is the time when you should also prepare by assessing how much food and water you’ll need. Your ReadyExpert can help you know how much food and water you’ll need for your family.

Collect and Prepare
Now is the time to execute your plan. Begin to collect the non-perishable foods you’ll need. Gather supplies for your 72-hour kit, water containers, etc. Based on what you’ve planned, your needs will be unique.

It’s important to prepare but don’t run faster than your legs can carry you. Pace yourself and take the list one step at a time.

Your goals?
So, what are your preparedness goals for this next year? Comment below and let us know how we can help.

8 thoughts on “What Are Your 2016 Preparedness Goals?”

  • Rich

    I've been a prepper since 1978 and through out all those many decades, have depleted and replenished my food storage many times. Mostly due to times of unemployment. Being an Eagle Scout as well as a former soldier has taught me well enough to prepare myself through most hard times and disasters. However, I'm still learning. I don't have all the answers and I know of no one who does. When we experience disasters and what not and live to tell about them, we just chalk them up as more experiences in life that help us as well as those around us later on down the road of life. Like I said I'm always open to new Ideas so keep the articles coming. Many thanks.

  • Ray

    When it comes to preparedness, my suggestion is to just start. The hardest thing is always the first step. Buy your first package of food storage and water. Think about how you will stay warm if you lose your power in a snow storm. The important thing is to take that first step today.

  • cynthia

    I just jumped in, had been mini prepping since Y2K...lol. My family has always lived off and on the land, as well as enjoying the fast food explosion. Now I have a bigger family and am starting to seriously prep for 20 + years. Water is the only issue and I am learning day to day. Do not be afraid to start ! My family shakes their heads at my efforts, but I am only spending my time and money.

  • dmwalsh

    Most important thing is to set small achievable goals. Don't let the enormity of prepping overwhelm you. Prep for 72 hours without support, then a week, then two weeks. Then you can branch out to less likely disasters and slowly build up your supplies. Eventually you'll find you're ready for most disasters even some longer duration events like pandemics or economic collapse. Just make sure to learn what you can from sites like this to minimize any mistakes you might otherwise make.

  • jon

    My first thing is to make a list of what to gather, so that in times of stress, I won't have to stop and think. Keep it handy and add to it.
    Then go get what you will need.
    Pork & beans are cheap, high fiber, and good hot or cold. They can be added to anything.

  • vj

    cynthia- my family does the very same thing to me. They just shook their heads at me and think i'm crazy. But, when IKE hit the deer park, tx area, we had no electric for 3 weeks, guess where they came to get coffee and food. my house, they don't shake their heads at me anymore, at least not in front of me. Some have started to prep. I don't have every thing yet, but, little by little.

  • Marilyn

    to Cynthia- water was a big concern of mine until I discovered the Berkey Water Purification System. I live in an area where there are ponds and creeks so I have a water source and a way to purify it. The Berkey removes the impurities and chemicals . I can even use ditch water. I've had mine 3 yrs. and I use it everyday with my tap water. It makes the coffee and tea so much better and its in operation if things go bad. I suggest getting extra filters for the long haul. My family thinks I'm a little over the top, but that's O. K.

  • domain names

    Greetings! Very helpful advice on this article! It is the little changes that make the biggest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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