What Are Your 2013 Preparedness Goals?

Written by The Ready Store

2013 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.

Updated December 28, 2012


  1. Freddie wrote:

    I have a goal to redo my 72-hour kits. We had a lot of wildfires in our area last summer and a lot of people were evacuated for a few days. I want to have my evacuation kits ready so if we need to bug out, we can

    December 29th, 2012 at 11:34 am
  2. CAPT Mike wrote:

    I plan to increase my holdings of gold and silver coinage….especially that which can be used as hard currency in the event that our increasingly worthless dollar continues to lose value. I also plan to increase my holdings of “barter items” that will be more valuable in bad economy.

    December 29th, 2012 at 9:47 pm
  3. Beth wrote:

    I plan to make sure I don’t have any cavities waiting for an inopportune moment.–After looking at a Williams Sonoma catalog, I would like to try a different way of gardening or making my own cheese.–I recently saw a movie in which people didn’t have shoes. So I plan to buy more comfortable shoes at the end of each season, on sale. I realized the other day that things like shower curtains and toothbrushes are equally as important to have on hand. And I plan to read a book from this website, as I’m sure I don’t know as much as they do, when it comes to taking care of myself and my loved ones in unusual circumstances that may or may not arise.

    December 30th, 2012 at 12:33 am
  4. Paul wrote:

    Beth, a great point about shoes and good socks. Consider taking it a “step” further [pun intended]. Before you place you “extra pair” w/ socks on the shelf, break them in by wearing them until they are comfortable. If you ever need them in extremism, it will be one less thing you will have to worry about. Just something to consider.

    December 31st, 2012 at 8:17 am
  5. Farm girl jessica wrote:

    My goal this year is education and physical preparation. I am going to learn to can food from my garden and plant to can so I have what I want to store. Physical fitness is also important and I want to lose weight and increase my endurance. I am also taking NRA pistol and rifle courses, to increase my education accuracy and comfort level.

    December 31st, 2012 at 10:59 am
  6. Beth wrote:

    Actually Paul, I didn’t say anything about sox.

    December 31st, 2012 at 11:31 am
  7. Amelia wrote:

    Finally have gotten my husband on board!! He is adding a pantry onto my kitchen, installing a wood heater with cook top and really reading and researching. If you’ve tried prepping alone you know what a chore it can be and now to have help is GREAT!

    January 2nd, 2013 at 7:20 am
  8. BKS wrote:

    Physical and Financial prepping.

    January 2nd, 2013 at 7:11 pm
  9. Greg wrote:

    1-Build good, solid storage shelving in my basement.
    2-Install back-up propane heating source.
    3-Install emergency generator transfer switch.
    4-Steadily build-up more freeze dried reserves.
    5-Master easy way to can meat.
    6-Learn how to build my own AR-15 at home.
    7-Inform more of my family and friends of the importance to be more prepared.

    January 3rd, 2013 at 1:11 pm

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