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Updated:  January 3, 2015

Back in September 2011, when I first wrote about 12 Months of Prepping, I was excited and highly motivated to share monthly checklists with the beginning prepper.

Leading up to the 12 months article, I had done a lot of reading and a lot of research.  It was overwhelming to learn and to recognize just how much I did not know.  I tried not to become alarmed and applied my typical pragmatic approach to moving forward, not only for the readers of Backdoor Survival, but also for myself.  Most assuredly, I had some gaping holes in my own preps and what better way to fill the gaps then to break things down into manageable chunks?

The overwhelming popularity of the 12 Months of Prepping series took me by surprise.  I was astounded.   What started as a basic roadmap for a modest number of readers, expanded and grew to where in each month, I was receiving hundreds of emails asking me questions, offering tips and lending support for my monthly prepping articles.

Thrilling?  Yes.  Humbling?  You bet.  Challenging?  You have no idea.

Now, as we approach the end of the calendar year, I am updating the original article and posting it again with a few more tips plus links to the individual monthly posts.  For those of you getting started, I hope you will find this useful as begin your journey toward self-reliance.

And for the experienced prepper?  Please take this time to review your supplies, gear and skills and fill in any blanks just as I have done.  We have twelve new months of prepping starting soon and for sure, you will want to be ready.

12 Months of Prepping – Year One

The roadblocks to getting started on the journey toward preparedness are many.

Time, money and the lack of moral support from reluctant family members all play a role in putting off or when it comes to your prepping efforts.  And then there is fear; not only the fear that something may happen and you will not be ready but also the fear of the something itself.

Let us put those fears and concerns aside for now and instead, focus on moving forward.  Let me help you  break down the overwhelming task of emergency and disaster preparedness (“prepping”) by providing you with a month by month roadmap of things to do, tasks to complete, and items to purchase.

The goal is to have a manageable number of things to do in a finite amount of time. At the same time, you will be able to do so with a limited cash outlay.  And instead of looking at a task list 10 pages long, you will have a short list that is eminently doable in 30 days or less.

Does this sound like a good plan?  And are you ready to start?

MONTH 1

SUPPLIES & GEAR:

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MONTH 13

Congratulations. You have completed your year of preparations. Now is a good time to go back to month 1 and review, replenish, rotate and drill. Good job!

Moving Forward to 12 Months of Prepping – Year 2

Now that you have been bit by the prepping bug, your life has undoubtedly changed.  Trips to the grocery store now include searching out bargains on dry goods and canned goods so that you can purchase one for now and one for later.  Family outings now focus not only on having a good time, but on learning how to cope in the outdoors and making do without all of the creature comforts that come with a roof over your head.

As we move forward to year two, you will find a greater focus on singular skills such as building a shelter, learning how to start and maintain a campfire and cooking with the merest of basics.  These things and more are topics found at Backdoor Survival, In addition, you will find insight, tips, and strategies to help with food preservation, gardening and the gear you will need if you are required to bug out (hopefully not) or shelter in place.

In each article there are suggested activities, recommended purchases, viable alternatives, budget saving strategies and references to more reading material.  I hope you will  join me.

The Final Word

Perhaps not readily evident is that as I write and as I research, I am standing side by side with you during this prepping journey.  Like you, I continually strive to expand my knowledge and increase my survival skills.  For us, our common goal is to learn to depend on ourselves not others for our basic well-being – no matter what. 

I consider myself to be an ordinary citizen, who again like you, is just trying to get by in these uncertain and chaotic times.  And as trite as it sounds, I hope that what I learn, what I do and what I share will make the road to self-reliance just a bit easier for the next person.

The final word for today is this:

Emergency preparation is your journey and should be unique to your circumstances, your family, your geographical location and your financial resources. Yes, it can be a chore. But as I have said before, it should be a chore with a happy ending.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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BaoFeng UV-5R  Dual-Band Ham Radio: I had to look twice when I saw the price of this – $29.55 as of this writing!  The Baofeng UV-5R is a compact hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. It is a compact, economical HT that includes a special VHF receive band from 65 – 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported.  Here is the antenna I ordered:  NAGOYA Antenna for BAOFENG UV-5R (thanks to a recommendation from my pal, George Ure).

Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.

FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp:  Here we go with another flashlight.  At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.55 with free shipping.  It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.

Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife.  It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp.  I paid $12 for this knife last week and today it is $8.95 so I ordered another one.  It was worth $12 and of course is a steal at $8.95!

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my .

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